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Arctic wildlife watching from a lodge on Somerset Island, Nunavut


Visit one of the best locations in the world for viewing arctic wildlife at this lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut.  Somerset Island is of particular interest to naturalists because of the abundance of wildlife, and to hikers and adventurers because of the diversity of activities available which include hiking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, mountain biking and ATVing.  The lodge is a permanent facility that offers rustic hotel-like accommodation in a remote Arctic setting.

Guests experience the beauty and wonder of this fabulous place, whilst enjoying the comforts of home and fine cuisine.   The lodge was built primarily for whale watching and Cunningham Inlet is internationally renowned for the 5,000 beluga whales that visit from July to August each summer. Though whale watching is the major attraction, it is also a haven for bird watching and for viewing polar bears, muskox, arctic fox, seals, arctic hare as well as visiting the many historical sites in the area.  The north coast of Somerset between Cunningham Inlet and Cape Anne has many ancient camp sites. At Cape Anne there is an incredible Thule site where stone walls still stand four feet high and the entrance tunnels are still visible. The Thule people are the ancestors of the present day Inuit. From 800 A.D. to 1200 A.D., these people hunted almost exclusively the giant bowhead whales and  Bowhead whale bones still litter the ground today. 

Wildlife is plentiful at this lodge and on this tour you will use various means of transportation to view the variety of animals including ATVs, mountain bikes and kayaks.  About 3000 beluga whales make their way to Cunningham Inlet from mid-July through the first week of August. They roll around in the shallow water of the Cunningham River estuary to shed their skin and enjoy the warmer river water. The bay is also a nursery for the young whales. It is possible to approach the whales from the shore to within a few feet.  

Polar bears are also viewable from the lodge and it is possible to see bears regularly on the north shore of Somerset, about 10 kilometers from the lodge.  In the past there have been large families of muskoxen a few kilometers from the lodge all summer long. Muskoxen wander the valleys in northern Somerset Island looking for green vegetation. The chance of seeing them during a day's outing by mountain bike, ATV or foot is excellent.  There is a wide variety of land and sea birds, including Arctic tern, three types of jaeger, snow buntings,  guillemots, kittiwakes, and fulmars, three types of loon, snow geese, brant geese, rough-legged hawks, and peregrine falcons.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR CANADIAN CLIENTS: Due to the drop in the value of the Canadian dollar we are now offering the price of this trip at par in Canadian dollars.

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$12400.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Wildlife Watching
SEASON

July to August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
32
GUIDE INFORMATION

The staff are passionate, professional, expert and very caring. 

RESTRICTIONS

Baggage allowance on charter flight is 44 lbs (20 kg) per passenger including carry-on luggage.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Children are welcome and children's programs are available at the lodge.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Yellowknife is accessible by air from Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver on Air Canada or West Jet.

The package price includes a charter flight between Yellowknife and the lodge.

WEATHER

The weather is traditionally good in the summer. Temperatures average about +10 deg. C (54 deg. F) to +12 deg.  C (59 deg. F). Night time/ bad weather temperatures can go down to 0 deg. C (32 deg. F). The highest temperatures are +18 deg. C ( 65 deg. F) Winds can be high at times. The sun is above the horizon 24 hours per day.

REGION
Nunavut
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Kayaks, rafts, ATVs and mountain bikes.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm jacket, rain gear, hiking boots, warm socks, fleece underclothes, rubber boots, camp shoes, hat,

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, video camera, day pack, sunglasses, sunscreen.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accomodations at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife are included in the price for your first night (Thursday night) and your last night (Friday night). Complimentary airport shuttle is available for this hotel.

The accommodations at this lodge are the most comfortable remote facilities in the High Arctic with private cabins and even Internet communications. The lodge consists of a main complex of almost 5000 square feet with a kitchen, dining room, audio-visual projection room, lounge, bathing room (hot showers), equipment room and mud room. For accommodation (double occupancy) there are 16 heated cabins 12 feet by 12 feet, each with a marine toilet and cold running water. As well, there is a pump house, garage and freezer/ pantry. The lodge can accommodate up to 32 guests. New to the lodge is a  lounge, meeting room and natural interpretation center.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are included.  The food is hearty, tasty and varied. We serve some northern food such as muskox, caribou and Arctic char.  Special diets can be accommodated.

Two breakfasts in Yellowknife are included.

Jul 05, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018
$15700.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. Single occupancy is $22,400 CAD.
Jul 12, 2018 - Jul 19, 2018
$12400.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. Single occupancy is $17,500 CAD.
Jul 17, 2018 - Jul 24, 2018
$12400.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. Single occupancy is $17,500 CAD.
Jul 22, 2018 - Jul 29, 2018
$12400.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. Single occupancy is $17,500 CAD.
Jul 27, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018
$15700.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. Single occupancy is $22,400 CAD.
Aug 03, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018
$15700.00 / per person - CAD
Double occupancy. Single occupancy is $22,400 CAD.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include:

A $1900.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposit is refundable up until December 1 Cancel before May 1, receive full refund minus deposit Cancel after May 1, no refund
ITINERARY
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