Arrive in Ottawa and overnight at hotel of your choice.
Pond Inlet Hotel
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit and onto Pond Inlet (approximately 4hrs of flying time). Your journey begins when you arrive in Pond Inlet. After dinner, enjoy a truly authentic cultural presentation of Inuit throat singing, drum dancing, and storytelling by local elders.
After breakfast, meet your guides on the beach (yes, there are sand beaches in the Arctic!) and depart for the floe-edge where ice meets open water. You will travel Inuit style by qamotiq (kamoo-tik) and snowmobile across the sea-ice. This journey of almost 90km (3-6 hours) may include tea-stops at historic grave sites, hanging glaciers, and an abandoned whaling station. In the late afternoon you’ll arrive at base camp and set up just back from the ice edge (conditions permitting.)
Your safari style base camp on the ice edge is the best location to explore wildlife-rich Lancaster Sound, deemed the “Serengeti of the Arctic.”
While enjoying warm, spring-like temperatures, watch for narwhals, ring seals, and more than 15 species of migratory birds. During the week there is a chance to observe polar bears in the pack ice possibly on the prowl for seals, and you may get lucky and see bowhead whales.
Pure white ivory gulls, king eider ducks, low flying northern fulmars, thick-billed murres and kittiwakes are just a few of the bird species in the area. Ice conditions permitting, visit Bylot Island’s nearby bird cliff sanctuary in Sirmilik National Park.
Pond Inlet Hotel
Return to Pond Inlet late in the afternoon, explore the hamlet, and have the opportunity to purchase soapstone carvings or local prints.
Morning departure via Iqaluit for Ottawa.