As you arrive into Ottawa airport, you will be greeted by our representative and welcomed into Canada. You'll then be helped to check in ahead of your onward flight and transfer on to your camp.
Flight from Ottawa to Igloolik, via Iqaluit
Igloolik is one of the oldest Inuit settlements in Canada. Upon arrival, you'll meet your expedition leader and group members ahead of your transfer to camp. The safari begins with a brief orientation talk and an equipment check after which we set off on an exciting 30 to 60 minute trip to camp on snowmobiles and qamutik, a traditional Inuit wooden freight sled. Once we reach the camp, we'll unload our equipment and settle into our tents before meeting together for a hot meal and an itinerary briefing from the expedition leader.
Lead by expert Inuit guides, our excursions over the next few days will vary depending on the weather and the movements of the Arctic animals that we’ve come to observe. We'll begin with a visit to the ice floe edge to get a feeling for this fascinating environment. Each day, we'll go out on boat rides into the Arctic Ocean to look for the bowhead whales and walrus that live here. We'll see enormous walrus sitting around in piles on the ice and bowhead whales spy-hopping and playing as we cruise past, offerring outstanding photography opportunities. As we make our way across the tranquil waters of the Foxe Basin, you'll see gigantic floating islands of ice platforms, usually crowded with walrus and a variety of seals – harp, bearded, and ring - sunning themselves. We might also see polar bears swimming in the water, hunting for seals, and lounging on ice pans. You'll also be brought out on captivating excursions to discover both ancient and modern-day Inuit settlements and have the chance to admire vibrant Arctic wildflowers and spot the wide variety of birds that migrate to the islands during the summer months.
This morning after breakfast, we we pack up our gear and make our way back to Igloolik again by snowmobiles and qamutik.
Transfer to Igloolik Airport
Flight from Igloolik to Ottawa, via Iqaluit