View the Kings of the Arctic on this wildlife viewing tour for polar bears, walrus and whales near Igloolik, Nunavut.
The amazing panoramas and Arctic wildlife of the Foxe Basin set this trip apart from all other Arctic safaris. For more than four thousand years, the Foxe Basin has drawn the Inuit to harvest the abundant wildlife that summer there. Surrounded by captivating scenes of glistening ice and mirror-smooth waters, venture to the floe edge via snowmobiles and qamutiks, then board boats to explore the kingdom of polar bears, bowheads, and walrus. These “Kings of the Arctic” reign over a spectacular polar environment:
Electric blue pack-ice formations, crystalline icebergs while reflecting the magical glow of a midnight sun. Whether sitting quietly on the floe edge waiting for a passing bowhead whale or having lunch on the floating pack ice near walrus, we become familiar with the effect of ice movements. Have your camera ready to photograph walrus basking in the sun. A long lens will let you gaze into the eyes of a polar pear on a nearby ice pack.
Wildlife viewing under the midnight sun is simply magical. Dusk moves directly into dawn, with each sunset followed by an immediate sunrise, creating a dramatic play of light and shadow across the ice and the open sea.
Discover the majesty of Arctic animals and the beauty of polar landscapes while boating through Foxe Basin around the island of Igloolik. Spend days out on the Arctic Ocean, under the glow of a midnight sun, taking in the sights and sounds of this stunning region. As the ice begins to thaw, huge pods of walrus can be seen lounging on pancakes of ice, hunting for fish, or sinking gracefully in the waters to dig for clams, one of their favourite foods. The rare bowhead also swims through this area, pausing before migrating through the notorious Fury and Hecla Strait. Polar bears also frequent the area and can often be spotted on the ice pans while hunting for seals and walrus.
Igloolik is home to the oldest and most traditional Inuit community in Nunavut making this region not only naturally captivating but historically significant as well. We’ll enjoy excursions to ancient Dorset and Thule archaeological sites to discover the fascinating history and culture of the Inuit.
Highlights of this tour include:
- Watch northward migrating bowhead spy-hop playfully, fin sideways and slap their immense fluke on the mirror smooth water amongst floating ice pancakes.
- Be amazed by the girth of a walrus, which can be bigger than a car.
- Observe large pods of walrus sunning themselves on floating ice islands.
- Watch for polar bears that may be out hunting for seals on the floating pans of ice, or swimming in the water.
- Capture stunning photographs of Arctic wildlife, in the soft glow of the midnight sun.
- Listen for the chirps and whistles of whale song through a hydrophone.
- Experience the diversity of the high Arctic, from Inuit culture and ancient Thule settlements to spectacular wide-open landscapes and native wildlife.
- Watch spring arrive in the Arctic with melting rivers and blossoming Arctic flowers.