This exclusive expedition is an Arctic safari exploring the rich wildlife of Lancaster Sound, an area known as the Serengeti of the North.
Set against a backdrop of spectacular icebergs and glaciers, spring sees a reawakening; revealing a carpet of dazzling flora and a sky full of migratory birds, as narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales cruise the icy waters and polar bears roam the land. Private safari style camps provide a comfortable base from which to explore each day by foot, skidoo, kayak or zodiac. For generations the Inuit community have lived in this remote wilderness and it is their exceptional local knowledge that really sets this trip apart. Using local guides and elders guests can be sure they will be escorted by those that know this area best as well as combining state of the art expedition equipment such as satellite imagery and spotting scopes, with traditional tracking techniques.
29 May - 7 June3 - 12 June10 - 19 June
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Fly London to Ottawa
You will be staying at Novotel Ottawa
Fly Ottawa to Iqaluit
Fly Iqaluit to Pond Inlet
Pond InletUpon landing at Pond Inlet, be welcomed by a local representative and transferred to a comfortable hotel for the night. During dinner, your expedition leader and lead Inuit guide will give a briefing and gear check. The rest of the evening will be yours to relax, enjoy and explore Pond Inlet and the not too distant mountains of Bylot Island under the midnight sun.
You will be staying at Local Hotel
Pond Inlet / Floe EdgeAfter breakfast, meet the guides on the beach in preparation for departure to southeast Bylot Island and the floe-edge. Travel will be on a traditional Inuit-style qamutik and snowmobile across the sea ice. The route of approximately 70km will include tea-stops at historic grave sites, hanging glaciers, and abandoned whaling stations and hunting cabins. The final destination will be the ice floe edge where a base camp will be set up just back from the ice edge (conditions permitting).
You will be staying at Arctic Safari Camp
Floe EdgeThe next few days will include trips from the Arctic Safari Camp out to the floe edge along with excursions to other attractions in the area by qamutik and snowmobile. With the warm spring weather it is hoped to engage in a variety of activities both on land and at the floe edge. Expect to see icebergs, 'bergy-bits', and drifting pack ice with playful seals poking their heads up out of the water and looking directly at you. Plenty of time will be provided for unhurried observation and exceptional opportunities for impressive Arctic photography.Perhaps the greatest highlight is the opportunity to observe a wide variety of Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. On the floe edge, the likelihood is high that you will see narwhals, bowhead whales, polar bears on the prowl for seals sunning themselves, and possibly walrus and beluga whales. Bylot Island's uplands are home to Arctic foxes and hares, weasels, collared lemmings, snowy owls, rough-legged hawks, and gyrfalcons. Migratory birds are also in abundance. Pure white ivory gulls, gaudy king eider ducks, low flying northern fulmars, thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, and greater snow geese (kanguq) are just a few of the many bird species that can be observed. Ice conditions permitting, we may also get to enjoy a visit to the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where over 200,000 birds choose to nest.There may also be a chance to visit the evocative ancient Thule sites to observe the traditional tent rings and learn about the culture and history of the area.
Floe EdgeActivities on the floe edge.
Floe EdgeA day of adventure on the flow edge.
Floe EdgeFurther excursions on the floe edge.
Floe Edge / Pond InletAfter breakfast, depart camp by qamutik and snowmobile for the return journey to Pond Inlet. The Nattinnak Visitors Centre, located on the bluff, houses an excellent exhibit of the region's natural history. The Co-op store (which typically has a selection of carvings and other crafts) and the Northern store (historically known as "The Bay," derived from the famous Hudson's Bay Company stores) are worth visiting. There may also be the opportunity to buy carvings directly from local artists.
Fly Pond Inlet to Iqaluit
Iqaluit / OttawaAfter breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport.
Fly Iqaluit to Ottawa
Fly Ottawa to London overnight
Phone: +44(0) 1285 885 333
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