Far north lies the domain of two truly awesome mammals – walrus and bowhead whales. Our tour to search for these remarkable arctic residents takes us to the shores of the Foxe Basin in Nunavut, Canada.
The Foxe Basin and adjacent Baffin Island are area rich in wildlife and Inuit have lived here for centuries. Bowhead whales, weighing up to 100 tons, feed along the edge of the sea ice as they wait to move further north. Groups of walruses haul out on pieces of sea ice to bask in the sun.
We travel with Inuit guides in search of these massive creatures plus ringed and bearded seals and many birds. Photography should be superb with 24-hour warm arctic light, calm waters and a backdrop of gleaming ice.
There are seabirds on the water and nesting islands host a variety of northern birds, including Red Phalarope, Common Eider, Sabine’s Gulls, Arctic Tern and more.
Join us for a remarkable arctic wildlife experience on our Baffin Island walrus and bowhead whales tour!
You can combine this tour with our Baffin Island Floe Edge: Narwhals & Polar Bears tour for a modest increase in airfare.
This tour will include 6 nights in a hotel in Igloolik with 4 days of boating to look for walrus, bowhead whales and other wildlife of the Igloolik area.
• Bowhead whale
• Sabine's Gull
• Arctic Tern
• Common Eider
• King Eider
Worldwide, we feel this is one of the best places to see bowhead whales on a tour.
Early June is still cold in the Arctic. Temperatures may not be much above freezing and it could snow, but warm layered clothing along with the waterproof boots should keep you warm. It is usually sunny though and the sun is up 24 hours, so bring sunscreen.
Our daily activities will be focused on looking for walrus and bowhead and watching birds, but we won’t hesitate to enjoy other aspects of the natural and cultural history of this area on this incredible Arctic tour.
While we have outlined the detailed itinerary, this schedule and our daily activities will be very dependent on the daily weather and ice conditions as well as possible schedule changes from the airline. In addition, we cannot guarantee single occupancy in our hotel in Igloolik.
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