Baffin Island Floe Edge: Narwhals & Polar Bears

  1. 2017
    Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017
    Tour Duration: 
    8 days
    Tour Price:
     $6,250 CAD, $5,295 USD
    Single Supplement:
     $135 CAD, $115 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Pond Inlet, Nunavut
    + 5% GST for Canadians, + 2.5% GST for non-Canadians. Single rooms cannot be guaranteed in the Pond Inlet hotel. Single tents are available. June 15, 2017 departure is full.
    Number of Persons Limit: 
    11
  2. 2017
    Thursday, June 15, 2017 to Thursday, June 22, 2017
    Tour Duration: 
    8 days
    Tour Price:
     $6,250 CAD, $5,295 USD
    Single Supplement:
     $135 CAD, $115 USD
Highlights

• Unique opportunity to camp near the floe edge and view rich marine life

• Cultural experiences from throat singing in town to traveling on the ice with local Inuit guides

• Close encounters with Narwhal and opportunities to see polar bear

• Visit to a bird nesting cliff

• Experience the land of the Midnight Sun!

Overview

Rugged mountains, stunning glaciers, flocks of northern seabirds, the wonderful Narwhal, and traditional Inuit culture – this is what awaits us on a truly amazing Arctic tour to the wilderness of northern Baffin Island.

We experience this dramatic Arctic landscape at a time of year when the sun never sets and wildlife is returning to this very rich area of the Arctic. There are northern birds in abundance, including Thick-billed Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, and King and Common Eiders. Other highlights include Sabine’s and Thayer’s gulls, Red-throated Loon and with much luck, we may see the all white Ivory Gull! In addition, the mixing of ocean currents from Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound makes the marine life very rich! At this time of year, the sea ice is melting back and marine mammals are traveling north along the ice floe edge where food is concentrated. We hope to see several species of seals and the amazing spiral-tusked Narwhal. With luck we will also see polar bear or the endangered bowhead whale. Remote wilderness, striking Arctic landscapes, rich northern wildlife, and fascinating culture – this promises to be the experience of a lifetime!

Itinerary View Full Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival in Ottawa

Day 1: Travel to Pond Inlet

Day 2: Travel to the floe edge

Days 3–6: Floe edge and Bylot Island

Day 7: Return to Pond Inlet

Day 8: Travel to Ottawa and onward

 

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Featured Wildlife
Reviews

"Epic trip. A once in a lifetime experience executed well. 5/5 stars" Baffin Island participant 2015

"Unique experience and quite an adventure. Absolutely wonderful to see the narwhal, one of the world's greatest mammals. 5/5 stars" 2015 participant

"This was an experience of a lifetime. Tracking down the Narwhals and polar bears, and learning about the feathered creatures from expert birders was more than wonderful. Everyone who can handle the cost and physical stress, should do this at least once in their lifetime.  And they should do it soon while it is still available." 2015 participant

"The animals and scenery were wonderful - the professionals also great." - 2015 participant

“Full on experience of the Arctic with knowledgeable guide ensuring that we see what there is to see regarding nature at that time, whilst keeping full care to everyone’s needs, excellent food all diets catered for, simply wonderful! Thank you.” - 2016 Baffin Island Floe Edge Participant

“Exciting experience – beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife to see. Tour leader’s enthusiasm for the sightings and his knowledge added a lot. It was a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.” - 2016 participant

“Fantastic in every way – great location, wonderful staff, Cam was the best.” - 2016 Participant 

“I ventured to the floe edge with the expectation of seeing extraordinary creatures. Not only did I get to see them, I got to experience them in such a infinitely thought-provoking environment. Camping on the floe edge quickly became a cathartic experience. The thousands of photos I took would never be able to capture that which I hope to feel again.” - 2016 participant