Arctic in Bloom

This is the Arctic in Bloom! Visit a destination that few people get to explore, the North Baffin, 700 km (435 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. In this magical land of ice and light, life abounds in the arctic spring and summer.

The beginning of July brings a profusion of wildflowers as the arctic plants look to set seed quickly in this all too brief summer. Take in the explosion of colour on the tundra as you find many species of arctic flowers and learn about the incredible survival strategies they use to live in this unforgiving northern climate.

People have lived in this area for thousands of years, and you will visit the site of some old qarmat (sod houses) where people stayed while collecting slate for ulu (women’s knives), and take in a cultural demonstration from local Inuit in Arctic Bay. You will also visit a more recent human endeavor, the site of the first mine ever dug north of the Arctic Circle, located at Nanisivik.

The North Baffin is a wonderful, and wonder filled land, of mountains and fiords, populated by friendly people. You’ll see it at the most beautiful time, with warm 24 hour sun.

Summary

Location: Floe Edge

Length: 7 Days

Available Dates & Costs:

  • April 1, 2018 - May 26, 2018
  • $6,250

Package cost does not include flights to and from Arctic Bay.

Highlights

  • Narwhals, beluga whales, walruses
  • Ringed seals, bearded seals, harp seals
  • Polar bears and cubs
  • Breeding season for different species of migratory birds
  • Great time for sight seeing and hiking
  • 24 hour daylight and midnight sun
  • Fishing
  • Dried fish or char

Location

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Arctic Bay

Guests will be picked up by taxi or shuttle at the airport in Arctic Bay. On arrival, guests will be met and transferred to the ‘Tangmaaqvik Hotel’ or home stay for our overnight accommodation.

Day 2 Sightseeing

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Baffin Island, take pictures of different kinds of seals, different species of birds, and meet with local elders for a taste of traditional life.

Day 3 Hiking

Hike to the flat-topped King George Mountain, within arms reach of the hamlet, and take in the breathtaking view of Arctic Bay, and Victor Bay.

Day 4 Fish & Feast

Get ready for some spectacular salt water fishing. Catch yourself a wild, arctic char and enjoy the fruits of your labour as the sun sets over an open fire at the end of the day. We’ll provide the rods!

Day 5 The Midnight Sun

We’ll take a tour of the Piqqusilirivvik Cultural Learning Centre, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Inuit meal with guides and elders who will share stories about their history and traditions.

Day 6 Skidoo Adventure

Keep your eyes open for whales, polar bears, and more as we travel the landscape by skidoos and komit. A great way to end the trip, and take in the rich beauty and eclectic wildlife this area has to offer. 

Day 7 Leave Arctic Bay

Guests will be shuttled back to the airport to connect with their outbound international flights.

What's Included

Guides

  • Arctic Bay Adventure’s guides at 3:1 ratio, the guides are Inuit

Accommodation

  • Camping + 2 nights in Arctic Bay

Meals

  • Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner.

Expedition Equipment

  • Base camp: generators, bathroom for male and female, kitchen/group tents, cooking stoves, dishes, utensils.
  • Sleeping tents, sleeping bags, cots

Safety Equipment

  • First aid, repair kits, satellite phones, inReach devices.

Transportation

  • Snow machines from base camp
  • Airport transfers in Arctic Bay

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