Explore the rugged coastline of Baffin and Broughton Island and learn about the Inuit aboriginal culture on this multi day summer boat or winter snowmobile tour. The trip departs from Qikiqtarjuaq, formerly known as Broughton Island, and the tour focuses on the local Inuit culture as well as viewing the unique wildlife and landscape of this arctic oasis. The wildlife and the scenery draw visitors to Qikiqtarjuaq, but Qikiqtarjuaq is also often referred to as the iceberg capital of Nunavut. Pronounced kik-kik-tar-jwak, the glacier-crowned fiord coast of Baffin Island is spectacular and sightings of icebergs and whales are common in the summer. Winter tours offer a different perspective of the landscape and culture of the area and you can travel by snowmobile or dogsled and your guide can teach you the skills of building an igloo.
The northern cape near the town captures many of the icebergs that travel down Davis Strait from Greenland. This area is rich in marine mammal wildlife and you may see beluga whales, narwhal, walrus, bowhead whales and seals. Near Qikiqtarjuaq the rugged peaks of Baffin Island, including Auyuittuq National Park, offer spectacular beauty and these mountains are the highest in North America, east of the Rockies. On these authentic cultural tours, you will travel by boat in the summer and by snowmobile in the winter. Winter tours can also include dogsledding and building and sleeping in an igloo.
The itinerary for the tour can be customized but a typical summer itinerary would be as follows:
Day One: Sightseeing and looking for wildlife, polar bears, whales and other sea mammals.
Day Two: Go to Spectacular Coronation Fiord and visit vast glacier called Penny and do a short hike and have lunch.
Day Three: Look for wildlife and visit vast number of icebergs and enjoy lunch nearby.
Day Four: Look for wildlife and visit huge bird colony with 300,000 birds.
Day Five: Look for wildlife and have lunch on ice on your way back to the community.