Tailor-Made Holiday

Canadian Arctic - Adventure and Wildlife

13 days

from £6,395pp

Discover a remarkable wilderness from an extraordinary camp.  This holiday idea to the Canadian Arctic takes you to the unique Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge for the beluga migration.

  • Witness the seasonal home of hundreds of beluga whales
  • Encounter rarely seen arctic wildlife including musk ox, polar bears and arctic fox
  • Fully guided adventure activities such as hiking, rafting, kayaking and ATV driving
  • Visit ancient Thule sites

This a beautiful trip to a pristine wilderness home only to dramatic scenery, rarely seen wildlife and prehistoric fossils and ancient thule sites.  Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is based 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Each day set out on one of the many adventure activities available.

Belugas

There are many opportunities to observe the belugas in vast numbers from both the shore and on the water.  The belugas congregate during the summer in the warmer shallow waters of the Cunningham River estuary. This site is unique world over due to the sheer numbers and also the extraordinary close proximity to the Arctic Wilderness Lodge.

Hiking

Hiking is a very good way to appreciate the immense landscapes of the Arctic.  The tundra comes alive during the short summer season. Tiny arctic flowers bloom giving bursts of colour to the otherwise barren landscape.

River Rafting

Raft along the crystal clear waters of the Cunningham River. A beautiful channel with no difficult areas or rapids and dramatic views of the steep canyon walls.

Kayaking

Opportunity to take to the water and paddle amongst the icebergs.  This is a wonderful alternative for viewing seals and sea birds and beluga whales. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Calgary

Fly Calgary to Edmonton

Fly Edmonton to Yellowknife

Day 2

Fly Yellowknife to Canadian Arctic


Adventure and Wildlife
Meet fellow passengers and attend the expedition welcome and briefing.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 3

Adventure and Wildlife
This morning take the charter flight 1,000 miles to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. The flight last approximately four and half hours, passing over the treeline as it enters the Arctic Circle. Land at Somerset Island and a short walk across the tundra, followed by an even shorter raft ride across the Cunningham River will bring you to the lodge.

After being escorted to the cabins, meet the hosts for a safety briefing and overview of the activities and options to come over the next few days.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 4

Adventure and Wildlife
After breakfast there will be a briefing on how to drive all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) which are fun and easy to drive. Later take a short hike to the Cunningham River estuary to spot beluga whales in the shallow waters. Lunch and then a hike to the Triple Waterfalls. Here it is possible to see nesting peregrine falcons, loons, snow buntings and more. Explore the canyon, observe the beautiful arctic flowers and even encounter a musk ox.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 5

Adventure and Wildlife
Today drive the ATVs across the Cunningham River delta along the Muskox Ridge Trail which allows for great views. It is likely musk ox can be observed along the way and even Arctic Fox.

Lunch at Inukshuk Lake and for those that would like to try some fishing, gear will be provided. Return via the River Trail to view hoodoos (sculptured sand pillars and local coal deposits).

After dinner there will an informal lecture will be given.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 6

Adventure and Wildlife
Kayaking in Cunningham Inlet today. Paddle amongst the icebergs, looking out for ring and bearded seals as well as beluga whales. Sea birds such as terns and eider ducks can be observed.

After lunch on the shoreline, take a hike to explore a local canyon. From here striking views of the Northwest Passage can be enjoyed and the opportunity to see polar bears.

Return to the Cunningham River estuary, a beluga whale migration site. This is site is very special due to the density of the belugas and its proximity to the Arctic Watch Lodge. Guides will use hydrophones to hear the underwater calls.

After dinner there will be a lecture on the beluga research that is being conducted in Cunningham Inlet.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 7

Adventure and Wildlife
Depart this morning for Flatrock Falls. Here there will be the option of hiking or travelling by 4x4. Visit Somerset Island canyons. The steep walls vary from 200 to 1000 feet. Millions of fossilised plants and animals litter the ground. Opportunity to observe nesting birds.

Lunch is served al fresco, on the flat rocks with the incredible canyon views.

This afternoon visit Gull Canyon to see the beautiful contrast of colours between the barren canyon and the gull rookery. This site has recently been declared a unique eco-system by the Canadian Wildlife Service, due to the rookery and the presence of peregrine falcons.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 8

Adventure and Wildlife
This morning head out to Cape Anne by ATV. Visit some Thule sites and keep a look out for polar bears. The Thule people were bowhead whale hunters, ancestors of today's modern Inuit. The trip brings great scenery, icebergs, ancient Inuit campsites and giant prehistoric whale bones. Cape Anne Thule site is the largest in the area. Polar bears can often be seen on the shoreline as they pace the coastline waiting for the ice to return.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 9

Adventure and Wildlife
Today embark on a full day 12.5 mile rafting adventure along the Cunningham River. Option to hike the final four miles through the Badlands home to the skeletal remains of two bowhead whales dating back eight thousand years. Possible sightings today include musk ox, snow geese, jaegers, arctic fox, sandpipers and rough-legged hawks.

A picnic lunch will be served on the beach beside the river. Raft back to the lodge with wonderful views of the steep canyon walls.

This evening is the final night and a farewell dinner will be given.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 10

Adventure and Wildlife
This morning there may be time for one last activity before departing the Arctic Watch Lodge. Return to Yellowknife in afternoon where you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening.


You will be staying at Arctic Watch Lodge

Day 11

Adventure and Wildlife
Depart Yellowknife this morning for your journey home.

This is a sample itinerary of a typical week at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. Day to day activities may vary depending on the weather. The likelihood of seeing belugas early in the season is dependent on weather and ice conditions.

Fly Canadian Arctic to Yellowknife

Day 12

Fly Yellowknife to Edmonton

Fly Edmonton to Calgary

Fly Calgary to London overnight

Accommodation

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Arctic Watch Lodge

Arctic Watch Lodge

Located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle The Arctic Watch Lodge is a world class beluga whale observation site....

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