Arrive in Ottawa and overnight in the hotel of your choice.
Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut. Change planes and arrive in Igloolik/Hall Beach – the starting communities from which your journey begins.
Transfer to a waiting snowmobile and boat and travel to the luxury outpost safari-style base camp where the chef has prepared a welcome dinner.
Take your first visit to the floe edge – where sea ice meets the open water. Familiarize yourself with this new environment. Wonder at the numerous sea birds diving and swooping over the water.
Travel by boat far out into the Foxe Basin where you may come upon a pair of walrus huddled on the ice pack. Quietly watch these enormous animals and take photographs from both the ice and boat, getting as close as our expedition leaders and Inuit guides will allow.
Enjoy a hot lunch on the very same piece of ice as the walrus, which are not at all concerned by your presence. On the journey back, you may spot a few bowhead whales cruising the icy waters.
Journey out again by boat. The bright sun reflecting off the crystal-clear flat waters is simply magical. You’ll come upon four large floating islands of ice covered with walrus.
At least a hundred animals sit on each island. Steam rises from the group as they sun themselves. Observe the walrus diving for clams and repeatedly hauling themselves out of the water and back up onto their resting platform on the ice.
Enjoy daily boat excursions (can be up to 10 hours per day with lunch stops and wildlife viewing) with local Inuit boats and guides out into the waters of the Foxe basin in search of walrus and bowhead whales. If lucky, you will spot polar bears swimming among the ice.
Early morning departure to Ottawa.