Taste of the Arctic Spring
Experience the best of arctic spring activities and culture from dog sledding, igloo building, Arctic Char fishing, to snowmobiling and northern lights.
Get a taste of the Arctic way of life in spring. Travel north to Iqaluit, Nunavut's capital, from Ottawa on a short 3 hour flight and experience all that an Arctic spring has to offer. Led by Inuit guides who live and breathe the great outdoors, you'll develop a deeper appreciation for the Arctic. Try your hand at building your own igloo, go snowmobiling to explore the terrain, catch some Arctic char while ice fishing, and learn more about Inuit history and culture at Iqaluit's museums and art galleries. Your itinerary combines the best of the early spring season and a few of Iqaluit's top highlights and attractions. Then, after a full day of discovery, relax and keep an eye out for possible northern lights in the evening sky.
It is recommended that you have a minimum of 1 pre tour night and 1 post tour night in Ottawa.
Day 1: Ottawa > Iqaluit Depart Ottawa around 9:00 am and fly north to Iqaluit, arriving early in the afternoon. You will be met by your Arctic Kingdom tour leader at the airport. After getting checked into your hotel room, we will begin with a city tour of Iqaluit. We'll pass by the major sites and attractions, and visit the Visitor's Centre, museum, and the legislature from where Canada's newest territory is governed.
Day 2: Iqaluit Today you begin your day of exciting Arctic activities. After breakfast, we head out for a morning of dog sledding. Step back in time and travel along one of the traditional hunting routes used by the Inuit for generations. The iconic image of an Inuit hunter with his dog team is still visible all over the Arctic to this very day. As much as the snowmobile, also known as the "iron dog", has replaced the dog team as the primary work-horse of the Arctic, traditional dog teams still play an important part of the Inuit life and culture.
Visit the area where numerous dog teams are kept and help rig the dogs for your journey. After a good half day of travelling by dog team, we'll stop for a hot lunch and drinks. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 3: Iqualuit Today we trade in the dog sled for a modern form of Arctic travel as we journey by snowmobile to explore more of the awe-inspiring landscapes. We'll head inland to one of the many lakes and after auguring holes through the ice, you can try your hand at jigging for Arctic char. Lunch will be spent out on the land where we will grill our fresh catch and enjoy a mouthwatering meal under the beaming Arctic sun.
In the afternoon, participate in another age-old Inuit tradition and one of the most challenging and fun-filled Arctic activities - igloo building. Your Inuit guides will demonstrate the art of igloo building and explain how to choose the right snow for proper igloo construction. After showing you how to carve blocks into the right size, you'll get a chance to build your very own igloo. This activity will not only give you a deeper appreciation for the traditional Inuit way of life but leave you with unforgettable memories.
Day 4: Iqualuit > Ottawa After a relaxed breakfast, we tour the city's art galleries and meet with local artists. After lunch, check in and fly back to Ottawa. Arrival in Ottawa will be between 4:20 and 4:50 pm.
• 3 Nights hotel in Iqaluit • Return flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit • Return transfer at Iqaluit airport • All day trips, including igloo building and snowmobiling, town tour, entrance to museum, cultural performance and fishing licenses (Day trips subject to change depending on conditions and availability) • All lunches • Designated guide/town escort and local Inuit guides
Pricing (per person) $AUD
Feb 5, 12 19, 26
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
Not included • Breakfast (available at hotel)
• Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
• Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage
• Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Iqaluit or Ottawa
• Breakfast (available at hotel) • Alcohol • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Iqaluit or Ottawa