Great Migrations of the Northwest Passage

Great Migrations of the Northwest Passage

9 Days/8 Nights or 8 Days/7 Nights Round trip from Ottawa

Price from$18,049

Stimulate all of your senses in this region world-renowned as one of the most prolific wildlife areas in the Arctic. On this small group journey you'll witness the migration of the beluga and narwhal to their summer feeding groups - a rare privilege - at the flow edge of Lancaster Sound. Bordering the Northwest Passage, this is one of the few places where all Arctic marine animals co-mingle. At this time of the year you'll see the transition of the Arctic from winter to spring, from frozen tundra to melting rivers and blossoming Arctic flowers. The perfect setting for the ultimate scenic and wildlife safari.

You'll stay 5 nights at the Arctic Kingdom Premium Safari Camp, inspired by African mobile safari camps, this camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic. The modern, specially designed yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home in one of the world's most remote, yet breathtaking places. Sleep quarters are spacious and warm with over 10' cathedral ceilings. The yurt-style safari sleep structures are 16' in diameter and are entered via a lockable door. Configurations with either two twin beds or one king size bed are available. Each bed is complete with mattress duvets, pillows, and a warm comforter. No detail has been overlooked - from large windows that give a 360 degree view, to coat hooks, cozy rugs, and heaters for those that would like it a little toastier, the Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

Great Migrations of the Northwest Passage map

Day 1: Ottawa > Iqaluit > Arctic Bay (D) Depart Ottawa with a morning flight to Iqaluit (approximately 9:00 am), then transfer planes in Iqaluit and continue with an afternoon flight to Arctic Bay for a late evening arrival. (Total flying time is approximately 6 hours.) Enjoy the scenic flight to upper Baffin Island as you fly over spectacular fjords, vast expanses of ice and water, and deep valleys below. Upon arrival, just outside of Arctic Bay, you will be met by an Arctic Kingdom representative and be transferred to the hotel. After a welcome dinner at the hotel, followed by a brief introduction and time to meet and mingle with other trip participants we head out to camp. We travel by snowmobile and qamutik (a traditional Inuit sled) to our safari-inspired base camp, resting on the sea ice a short distance back from the floe edge, and experience first-hand how the Inuit travel to their summer camps.

Day 2: Arctic Bay > Base Camp (B,L,D) After breakfast, we travel by snowmobile and qamutik (a traditional Inuit sled) to our safari-inspired base camp, resting on the sea ice back from the floe edge, and experience first-hand how the Inuit travel to their summer camps. We'll make our way along the spectacular red-hued St. George Cliffs that tower thousands of feet vertically above your head and admire the vast panoramas of the Arctic. We'll also pass by bird cliffs, home to many species of nesting birds such as Thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, and more. Upon arrival at base camp, you'll be welcomed by the rest of team with delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by our professional chef. After settling into your spacious quarters, feel free to wander and absorb the incredible mountains, ice, and picturesque scenery that surrounds you.

Day 3 -6: Arctic Bay > Base Camp(B,L,D) Over the next few days, we'll experience the beauty and wonder of the floe edge. The time of year provides a perfect opportunity to observe the annual migrations of narwhal, beluga, and bowhead whales, and makes for an excellent season of Arctic whale watching. Admire the grace of the narwhal, known as the unicorn of the sea, and delight at the sight of belugas who appear to always be smiling as they glide through the tranquil waters. Bowhead whales may also make an exciting appearance as they spy-hop and splash back down into the water just meters away.

Those who would like a more exciting and up-close and personal encounter with these majestic sea creatures can opt to go kayaking and snorkel amongst them. After donning your dry suit,enter the exhilarating waters and experience some of the most magical moments of your life as whales swim beneath you, turn on their backs and gaze back at your with curiosity, and welcome you into their spectacular world. Simply unforgettable!

During our stay at camp, we'll also get to enjoy short hikes overland to towering icebergs. Be dazzled by the impressive ice formation and glistening icicles that dip into turquoise blue melt-water pools and then take a break with some warm tea made from fresh chunks of 1000 year old ice. We may even spot polar bear tracks and follow them when we can for a chance to observe them prowling for prey from a safe distance.

Day 7: Base Camp > Arctic Bay(B,L,D) After breakfast, we travel back to Arctic Bay via snowmobile and qamutik to arrive in the late afternoon. Once here, you'll have a chance to enjoy some leisure time to explore the local community. Visit the soapstone carvers, check out the sod house, watch seal skin being stretched, and observe or take part in other Inuit cultural activities.

Day 8: Pond Inlet > Iqaluit > Ottawa (B) Wake up in the early morning and transfer from Victor Bay camp to a hotel for a hot breakfast. After breakfast guests will be transferred to the airport for their flight back to Ottawa.

The above is a representation of an itinerary. This can be used as a guideline for what to expect, but due to the unpredictable nature of the arctic - ice conditions, animal behavior and weather play an integral part in determining the daily activities. However, this can be seen as the beauty of the arctic and wildlife viewing. You can never predict exactly what you will see and no two trips are ever the same.

Accommodation - Premium Safari Camp on Ice Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Arctic Kingdom Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic.

The modern, specially designed Arctic yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home-away-from-home in one of the world's most remote, yet breathtaking places.

Sleep quarters are spacious and warm with over 10' cathedral ceilings. The yurt-style safari sleep structures are 16' in diameter and are entered via a lockable door. Each bed is complete with mattress duvets, pillows, and a warm comforter. No detail has been overlooked "“ from large windows that give a 360 degree view, to coat hooks, cozy rugs, and heaters for those that would like it a little toastier, our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

• Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff • Return transfers in Arctic Bay • All transport for duration of trip • All accommodations; 6 nights in Premium Safari Camp and 1 night in Victor Bay (15 minutes from Arctic Bay) • All meals • Dry suit, mask, fins, hood, gloves for snorkeling

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

Tour price

Taxes

Return Flights from Ottawa to Arctic Bay

-

$18,049

$903

$7,251

-

$32,488

$1,625

$7,251

Departs

2017 Jun 3 (9 Days/8 Nights)
Jun 10(8 Days/7 Nights)

Booking conditions

• Group Size: 14. Average Temperature: -2 to + 10 Celsius. Daylight Hours: 24 Hours

• All guests are required to complete Arctic Kingdom's Reservation and Medical Profiles. The Reservation Form must be completed at time of booking and the Medical Profile must be completed within 150 days of the trip departure date. • A deposit of 30% is required upon booking. Full payment is due 150 days prior to departure. • We recommend pre and post tour accommodation in Ottawa. Ask World Journeys for prices

Responsible Tourism Tourism and film production can be a real boon to local Arctic communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. World Journeys work with companies who practice responsible tourism. Everything, from the way they plan and operate their trips is geared toward making a positive impact on the regions visited. Our Arctic journeys are designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; local guides and local drivers are used, local produce (whenever possible) are bought, and local services are used, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economy and the host communities. We are continually reassessing our trips, trying at all times to ensure that they are socially, economically, and environmentally sound.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Return flight to Arctic Bay from Ottawa • Accommodation in Ottawa • Gratuities and personal expenses • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Arctic Bay, Iqaluit or Ottawa