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Arctic base camp hiking tour into Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island


Explore Auyuittuq National Park and Baffin Island by foot and by boat from this Arctic base camp. This unique tour allows you to hike and explore one of the most remote parks in North America without the burden of a heavy pack. On this tour you will explore the natural habitat of polar bears by land and bowhead whales by sea, while experiencing the true essence of an Arctic summer and have the luxury of returning to a comfortable safari camp at the end of each day for a delicious meal and comfortable bed.

Discover the remote and rugged beauty of the Arctic as you explore the awe-inspiring glacier capped and studded coastline of south-eastern Baffin Island.  Experience the long days of Arctic summer and long twilight, all from the comfort of a safari-style base camp, located just outside Auyuittuq National Park, one of Canada’s most stunning national parks.

Spend your days roaming the natural habitat of polar bears by land and intriguing bowhead whales by sea. Admire the views of the mirror smooth water speckled with dazzling icebergs that reflect a striking panoramic view of the surrounding mountain peaks and visit ancient Thule dwelling sites. You’ll also delight in picking and sampling wild blueberries and savouring delicious grilled Arctic char, caught fresh from a river near camp.

Cruising on small craft boats, you will revel in an opportunity to get up close and personal with polar bears and bowhead whales out in the wild in a non-intrusive way. As the sights and sounds of this spectacular environment stimulate your senses, the rest of the world will seem like a distant echo.

The intent of this arctic expedition is to introduce you to the Arctic summer in all its splendour and radiance. Enveloped by mountains and glaciers we’ll observe an abundance of Arctic wildlife in a stunningly beautiful raw, and natural setting. Wildlife is widely dispersed in the Baffin region; their prevalence at any given time is dependent upon the weather, the presence of pack ice, the abundance of seals and other natural factors. In the Qikiqtarjuaq area, you can expect a truly unique Arctic adventure with spectacular scenery and picturesque landscapes, but we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings.

 

 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Hiking
SEASON

August

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

This tour includes the service of Inuit guides and experienced expedition staff. They are anxious to share their knowledge and culture of the area with you.

 

RESTRICTIONS

This trip requires no past Arctic experience. This expedition is somewhat active but not too strenuous. One can choose to do as little or as much as he/she would like throughout the adventure but participants should be a good health and able to hike on uneven terrain and moderate elevation gains.

It is assumed that participants have the spirit within themselves to enjoy the unique solitude of the Arctic and the free time provided. With a flexible attitude as an equally important prerequisite, age should not be considered a deterrent.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Inuit culture: 

We encourage our trip participants to understand and be sensitive to the cultural and historical ways of the Inuit, including their traditional subsistence hunting lifestyle. You may see evidence of hunting, including dead animals, as you wander through the gateway communities. Examples include the stretching of seal skin boots or gloves, and Inuit dog teams being fed Arctic char or seal meat. While out on our adventures, we may also come across an Inuit hunting party returning from a hunt. If you are open to the experience, these sights can provide a window into cultural traditions that stretch back for generations and exist in harmony with the wild Arctic.

As part of the Inuit cultural experience and to enjoy some local ‘country food’ such as seal, caribou or Arctic char, you may observe how an Inuit hunts the local wildlife that feeds their subsistence lifestyle traditions that dates back thousands of years. They will show you how to stalk wildlife for viewing and photography, which uses the same techniques a hunter utilizes to obtain their game.

TRANSPORTATION

The tour begins and ends in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. Qikiqtarjuaq is accessible by air from Ottawa, Ontario. We can offer special tour operator rates for this flight.

WEATHER

July and August in the Qikiqtarjuaq region showcase the warmest time in the Arctic region. Being at the Arctic Circle, temperatures during the season range from +5°C to +22°C (41° to 72° Fahrenheit). Weather is generally good but you can expect some days of rain and wind.

In August, the sun sets at 9:30 pm and rises at 3:30 am. There is still daylight during the time the sun is below the horizon and still does not require night time lights.

The Arctic has many variables that can influence any travel plans. Being relaxed, patient, and flexible are important attitudes to have in the Arctic. It should be expected that even the best laid plans sometimes need to change. Whatever is planned will likely be changed for any one of a variety of reasons, therefore, itineraries are for general reference only. The weather, snow, and sea ice conditions invariably play a role in every Arctic adventure.

REGION
Nunavut
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All transportation to and from the town of Qikiktarjuaq. All boats and equipment and all camping and cooking gear.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

A recommended clothing packing list upon enrollment confirmation will be provided. We recommend that anyone travelling to the Arctic dresses in layers. Of particular importance is the insulating outer layer. You will need a warm coat, fleece or wool underclothes, hiking boots, warm socks, hat, gloves.

We realize that good quality, Arctic-worthy equipment is expensive to purchase all at once and may not be necessary for a one-time Arctic adventure. We have a Polar Clothing Rental Package that will ensure you are comfortable, warm, and dry for your Arctic expedition.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, first aid kit.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Set in a backdrop of incredible scenery, our top-of-the line, safari-inspired tented accommodations will be your home away from home. Fully equipped with showers and beds, you’ll have the opportunity to rest easy and enjoy delicious meals that will help fuel you for your daily adventures.

Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari 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 away from home in one of the worlds most remote yet breathe taking 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,our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

The camp provides charging stations for all your power needs. From solar panels to an in-camp generator, you will have a place to charge all your cameras, ipods, laptops or any other electrical device you may choose to bring. Power provided is 120VAC/60Hz using North American standard plug outlets. Some plug adaptors may be available but it is recommended that you bring your own plug adaptors to suit your electrical devices.
  

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Your guides believe in providing only the best food possible during our Arctic expeditions and they spare no expense in bringing their own private chef to manage his own kitchen tent. It will be here that your chef will spend most of his or her time preparing the day’s meals, snacks, and delicious desserts baked in our custom made field ovens. The dining/lounge area will have a convenient buffet table where unlimited snacks and hot drinks are provided all day long.

Hot lunches, steaks for dinner, local fish such as Arctic char, can be enjoyed, and if you would like to try it, we can also arrange for other local foods such as caribou to be prepared.

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018
$9295.00 / per person - CAD

Aug 17, 2018 - Aug 23, 2018
$9295.00 / per person - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Outside of 90 days a full refund of deposit less $50 admin charge is given. 90 to 60 days prior to a trip entitles client a 50% refund less $50 admin charge. 0-60 days prior to trip no refund will be offered.

Aug 10, 2018 - Aug 16, 2018

Day 1

This morning, depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, at around 9:00 am and then change planes for your connecting flight to Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, you will fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world’s tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff at over 5000 feet of sheer rock.

Qikiqtarjuaq is a small hamlet on Broughton Island with a population of approximately 600. A narrow channel separates the hamlet, which faces the large mountains of Akshakyuk Pass of the Auyuittuq National Park, from the main land of Baffin Island.

On Arrival in Qikiqtarjuaq, you will be welcomed by your expedition escort and transferred to a waiting boat. You will then thread your way past many islands along the mainland of Baffin Island while passing floating icebergs along the way, reaching our Arctic Safari Camp after an approximate 1 ½ hour boat ride. Upon arrival, settle in and enjoy a deliciously prepared meal while watching the crimson red sky ‘set’ all night long.

Day 2

Day 2-6

From our base camp, the next few days will be spent taking in the highlights of the area and experiencing the true essence of an Arctic summer. Our camp is ideally located near lakes, with a river passing through that provides fresh drinking water for food preparation and one of the best cups of tea or coffee you’ll ever have.

Each day provides an opportunity for adventure. Enjoy day trips to Akshakyuk Pass, where you can hike at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord, as well as a boat trip to the Penny Ice Cap Glacier for some hiking and exploration. Fishing for Arctic char right in camp and gathering fresh blueberries and blackberries nearby are also popular pastimes.

Wildlife discoveries are always a highlight. Bowhead whales are known to frequent the area just a 30 minute to 1 hour boat ride from camp, while polar bears can often be spotted on islands throughout the area. In some cases, more than 20 polar bears can be seen on a boat ride from Qikiqtarjuaq to our base camp. We also provide inflatable kayaks that if/and when the opportunity presents itself, they can be deployed at any time.

Day 7

Today, we board our boat and head back to Qikiqtarjuaq after an unforgettable polar bear expedition. Upon arrival, transfer to the airport for a 10:00 am flight to Iqaluit and onwards to Ottawa. Arrival in Ottawa will be between 4:20 pm and 4:50 pm. Transfer to a hotel of your choice or connect for an evening flight (departing at least after 6:30 pm) to your next destination.