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Arctic wildlife viewing from a basecamp on the floe edge of Baffin Island


Search for narwhal, polar bears, beluga whales, bowhead whales and other arctic wildlife on this floe edge basecamp journey to the edge of the ice. The floe-edge is the name given to the area where the frozen ocean meets the open ocean.  Trips to the floe-edge take place in May and June. Under constant daylight and the midnight sun, travel to the edge takes in magnificent mountain views, glaciers, ancient Thule sites and the chance to see a variety of Arctic wildlife.  Icebergs can often be found frozen into the sea ice and present great photo subjects.  

From the community of Pond Inlet on Baffin Island, you will travel by snowmobile and komatik (wooden sled) towards the floe-edge, an area known as the "line of life". Guided by highly experienced and seasoned guides, ice conditions and weather will determine the exact route. Once a suitable area has been chosen, a comfortable base camp will be created. The base camp will serve as a hub for the expedition and the various activities that will be undertaken. Client safety will be the number one priority as you explore, film and photograph this, one of Nature's most amazing and variable landscapes. Combined with top quality customer service and attention to detail, this is truly one of the classic Arctic adventures. Full advantage will be taken of the endless days to explore and learn more about this incredible environment and area. During this expedition there exists the chance to see polar bears, a variety of species of sea birds, narwhals, seals and possibly the massive bowhead whale.

This unique Arctic basecamp trip combines two incredible Arctic activities in one; sea kayaking and skiing. From a comfortable base camp near the floe edge to the east of Pond Inlet,  the day trips by ski , sea kayak and/or snowmobile will explore the land and sea ice.  With Bylot Island and Sirmilik National Park on one side and the towering glacier-clad mountains of Baffin Island on the other, ice conditions and weather will determine our exact daily itinerary. The sea kayaking and ski touring is optional ... clients who wish to do this should have prior experience in skiing and wilderness sea kayaking.

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

late May to June

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

Your guides are professional and knowledgeable of the area.  They will provide and safe and comfortable trip.

The principal guide on the Pond Inlet Floe Edge Adventure will be David Reid. Since moving to the Canadian Arctic in 1989, David has led, organized and participated in more than 300 Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, trips and projects. A member of The International Explorers Club, David lives in Pond Inlet in North Baffin Island and travels extensively in the off-season.

RESTRICTIONS

Recommended for guests in good physical condition. Attempts will be made to combine groups to meet 6 minimum participants requirement.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This trip has been described as the classic Arctic expedition trip. Given the topography of this region, this expedition has been designed with a start (drop off) point and an end point - the community of Pond Inlet. Weather is always a factor in this part of the world. This is not a physically demanding trip. All clients should though be able to handle a variety of weather and related ice conditions. Most years the sea ice, on which we travel, will be relatively smooth however rougher sections can be encountered. The komatiks (sleds in which clients travel in) are designed to maximize comfort and enjoyment. Route-wise, this expedition is almost completely on the frozen ocean - sea ice. Each day the group will depart from the comfortable base camp and explore the surrounding area.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate from Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. Pond Inlet is serviced by major airlines out of Ottawa, Ontario.  Flight cost is extra but reduced airfare rates available.

WEATHER

Pond Inlet is classified as having a Polar Tundra Climate. In the 24 hour darkness of mid winter the average day time low is a punishing -38°C. By June it is light 24 hours a day and things have warmed up considerably. Expect the day time high to average something like +6°C (43°F) with night time lows of perhaps 0°C (32°F). The record highs and lows range from +15.5°C (60°F) to -14°C (7°F) during the dates of the expedition. Winds can make it feel colder. There is always some wind. The average wind speed is 9 km/h. With the gradual warming in the spring the precipitation increases with an average of 5 cm of new snow and 12 mm of rain in June. Expect some precipitation one out of six days but the amounts are usually negligible.. The average accumulated snow depth on the ground is about 5 cm. The sun is very bright during this time of year, averaging 12 hours of bright sunlight per day. Sun protection is important as the light reflects from the snow. All in all the weather is quite pleasant for outdoor activities - cool enough that things stay dry but not uncomfortably cold.

 

REGION
Nunavut
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Snowmobiles, Komatiks (sleds), group camping gear and equipment, survival suits, winter boots.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions, long underwear, wool socks, gloves, hat, mitts, warm coat, balaclava, winter boots, snow pants. A full packing list will be provided upon booking.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, daypack, sunglasses, field guides, cross country skis, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Two nights accommodation in a hotel in Pond Inlet and six nights in tents at base campsite.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Excellent trail meals and snacks from Day 2 lunch to Day 8 lunch plus dinners (Days 1 and 8) and breakfast (Days 2 and 9) in Pond Inlet.

9 day tour, available May, 2018 - June, 2018
$7750.00 / per person - CAD
2018 dates: May 18-26, May 27-June 4, June 5-13, June 14-22.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Cancellations up to 60 days, deposit refundable minus $100. Cancellations 60-43 days, deposit non-refundable. Cancellations 42-29 days, 50% of the cost of the trip is kept. Cancellations 28-15 days, 75% of the cost of the trip is kept. Cancellations 2 weeks or less, no refund.

9 day tour, available May, 2018 - June, 2018

Day 1

Morning flight North to Pond Inlet (cost for flight not included in tour price)


Greeted at the airport and transported to hotel for welcome supper. Hotel accommodation.
Group talk and gear check. Evening spent relaxing or exploring some of the community.

Day 2

Expedition Departure
Breakfast. Final gear check and lunchtime departure from Pond Inlet by snow machine and komatik towards Sirmilik National Park and Bylot Island floe-edge area to our Base Camp.

Day 3

Days 3-7 are day tips from the Base Camp.
Exploring by snow machine and komatik - Bylot Island, bird cliffs, icebergs, floe-edge and sea ice, Over nighting at our floe edge base camp.

Day 8

Return to Pond Inlet.
Return journey by snow machine and komitik to Pond Inlet. Supper and hotel accommodation

Day 9

 Departure - Flight South to Ottawa.

Breakfast. Flight from Pond Inlet to Ottawa via Iqaluit, NU.
Arrive in Ottawa in afternoon.