Arrive in Ottawa and overnight in hotel of your choice.
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit by jet. Transfer planes for Arctic Bay. The flight alone is spectacular as you fly over vast expanses of ice, deep valleys, fiords, and mountains.
Overnight Arctic Bay.
Travel by snowmobile and qamutiq (Inuit sledges) to the seasonal upscale safari-style base camp set directly on the sea ice close to the floe edge. Along the way, experience first-hand how Inuit travel to their summer camps.
Travel beneath spectacular sheer vertical cliffs thousands of feet high. Be enamored by the vast panorama of the Arctic that will unfold along the journey. Arrive at your upscale safari base camp set directly on the sea ice, and be welcomed by hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chef. After settling into your spacious quarters, feel free to wander and absorb the incredible mountain backdrop, ice, and photography-rich scenery that surrounds you.
Journey to the floe edge on daily sorties to witness the congregating beluga and narwhals. One day there may be belugas and the next a single narwhal, and perhaps the next hundreds of whales feeding, diving, and resting at the surface. No two days will ever be alike, as each sortie will illustrate the rapidly-transforming ice edge.
When possible you’ll visit icebergs and conduct hikes onto the mainland and overlying vistas. Experience the dramatic, silent panoramas unfolding to the horizon.
As you will be deep in polar bear country, it is quite possible to see bears hunting seals or wandering through the pack ice, black tipped noses sniffing the air and silently moving from ice-pan to ice-pan. Sink in to the daily routine of observing whales and wildlife.
Listen for the exhale of a large bowhead whale and simply experience the high arctic with all your senses.
Depart Arctic Bay for early morning flight to Ottawa.