Skiing Tour

Cross Country Skiing Expeditions on Baffin Island | CA-BWA1403

Relish the moments in the icy Canadian Arctic during these two-week ski expedition tours

Overview

Get a once-in-a-lifetime breathtaking experience and ski the slopes of the most remote northern regions of Baffin Island!

Tour Highlights

  • Akshayuk Pass (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Auyuittuq National Park (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Qikiqtarjuaq (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Owl River Valley (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Snowmobile/Qamutik ride (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Weasel River Valley (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Pangnirtung Fjord (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Crossing the Arctic Circle (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Mount Asgard (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • Overlord Peak (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse)
  • “Big wall” region (Arctic “Big Wall’ Ski Tour)
  • Clyde River (Arctic “Big Wall’ Ski Tour)
  • Snowmobile/Qamutik ride (Arctic “Big Wall’ Ski Tour)
  • Sam Ford Fjord (Arctic “Big Wall’ Ski Tour)
  • Walker Arm (Arctic “Big Wall’ Ski Tour)
  • Stewart Valley (Arctic “Big Wall’ Ski Tour)
  • Evening with a local Inuit family (Arctic “Big Wall’ Ski Tour)

Take a deep breath of crisp Arctic air, strap on your skis, and go on an adventure amid pristine fjords and glaciers on the world’s fifth largest island. Baffin Island is a remote corner of the Arctic region, perfect for soul-searching, recharging in nature or simply having the time of your life in a place of untouched natural beauty.

Wander all the way down the Akshayuk Pass, spend time with a local Inuit guide, ride on the Qamutik, uncover Auyuittuq National Park, see the pristine fjords, and camp in tents as you go. These are the ultimate adventure tours, in a location where there are no beaten tracks to get away from!

  • Small group
  • Expert guides
Available Apr - May
Duration 13 / 15 days
Departs From Nunavut
Group maximum 4
Minimum age 16
Difficulty Level Moderate / Challenging
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

7 395 CAD

Per Adult

  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2020):
Auyuittuq Traverse: Apr 10- Apr 23, 2020. C$7395 per person.
Clyde River tour: Apr 29- May 13, 2020. C$7595 per person

Loading

What's Included

Included

  • Guides: 4:1 ratio (plus one Inuit guide with snowmobile/Qamutik for Auyuittuq Ski Traverse tour)
  • Accommodation: 11 nights of camping + 2 Nights hotel
  • Meals: trail meals and snacks, most meals in town
  • Expedition Equipment (sleeping tents: free-standing, custom expedition winter tents - 2 per tent kitchen/group shelters, cooking stoves, utensils, dishes, etc. pulks and harnesses, ice grippers)
  • Safety Equipment (first aid, safety, rescue, and repair kits)
  • Snowmobile transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation of guides, group gear, food, etc. to and from the expedition

What to bring

  • Warm clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions
  • Warm ski jacket
  • Wool socks Gloves
  • Long underwear
  • Warm coat
  • Winter boots
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Mitts
  • Balaclava
  • Snow pants
  • Fleece underclothes
  • Camera

Not Included

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax) - 5% of the trip fee
  • National Park fee - $150 (Auyuittuq Ski Traverse tour)
  • Personal clothing and gear - a recommended clothing & equipment list will be provided
  • Ski Touring Skis, boots, poles, kicker skins (can be rented at a nominal price)
  • Travel between your home and the trip rendezvous
  • Souvenirs, purchases of a personal nature, personal phone calls etc.
  • Any additional expenses or costs incurred as a result of delays or changes to the trip caused by factors beyond our control: snow and ice conditions, weather, sea conditions, flight delays, etc
  • Any costs associated with your emergency evacuation from the trip - please contact our office for more information on extended insurance options
  • Gratuities - we recommend $12-$15 per day per guide

Contact us for more Information about this tour

TOLL FREE NUMBER IN N. AMERICA: +1 888 285 1676
INTERNATIONAL NUMBER: +1 780 414 1676

You can also send an email to info@adventures.com, or use the contact form here below.

Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights

Information

Baffin Island is an extremely remote area, but luckily we offer more than one way to explore it. It’s up to you as to which secluded part you want to travel through! However, as the Arctic is an extreme destination, these tours are only suitable for those who already have some experience in winter and wilderness travel.

The Auyuittuq Ski Traverse is a 97-km long journey through millions of years of geological history in the Akshayuk Pass. We’ll make our way through the glorious Arctic mountains, tundra valleys, and meandering ice rivers - creating the otherworldly scenery of Auyuittuq National Park. The expedition begins at North Pangnirtung Fjord, passes through river valleys, lakes, and glaciers and reaches the camping spot at the Summit Lake - the highest point of the pass. Celebrate your stamina at the Overlord shelter, and then take a swift ride to the Inuit hamlet of Pangnirtung!

The intrepid travelers among you can test their mettle on The Arctic “Big Wall” Ski Tour, which begins and ends in Clyde River. This path is slightly harder, as the area is more remote and wild, to the north of Auyuittuq National Park. Many climbers and explorers are drawn to this exceptional region thanks to its colossal mountains and majestic deep fjords, which even seem unreal in photos!  Don’t wait to challenge yourself and join the ranks of those who have conquered these electrifying landscapes!

Auyuittuq National Park in the Canadian Arctic is an explorer’s dream replete with colossal granite mountains, vast frozen valleys, and shimmering glaciers. The Great White North is one of the most secluded and untamed places on earth, offering unparalleled scenery, which the local Inuit communities call home.

On this skiing expedition, we’ll cover the entire Akshayuk Pass (97 km / 60.3 mi), exploring rarely seen corners, such as the northern section in the Owl River Valley. The Akshayuk Pass, an ancient, eroded riverbed home to glacial rivers, is one of the most popular travel routes on Baffin Island. It cuts through the mountains between Cumberland Sound and the Davis Strait.

Our trailhead is Qikiqtarjuaq - an Inuit hamlet off Baffin Island’s northern coast. From there, our Inuit guides will take us on a snowmobile & Qamutik trip (about 80 km, 5 hours) to the end of North Pangnirtung Fjord in Auyuittuq National Park. There we’ll load our pulks (personal sleds), gear up and begin our journey south.

We’ll ascend the Owl River Valley, reaching the heavenly cylindrical Mount Asgard (500 m/1,640 ft) which is at the top of the pass. From the Weasel River Valley, we go all the way down to reach Overlord on Pangnirtung Fjord.

While conquering this erratic route, we’ll pass the massive glaciers of the enormous Penny Ice Cap and the staggering Mount Thor (1500 m) with the longest cliff face in the world! We’ll also pass the Windy Lake, Crater Lake, and even cross the Arctic Circle, so get ready to tick some items off your bucket list!

As we approach our final destination at the majestic Overlord peak, our Inuit guide will take us by snowmobile and Qamutik (wooden sled) on a 30 km trip to his home village of Pangnirtung.

Wandering in the Arctic can be rough, but those who venture here, are rewarded with an incomparable experience and a lifetime of magnificent memories!

This cross-country skiing expedition offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore some of the most dramatic alpine scenery in the Canadian Arctic. The tour takes you around the wild “big wall” region near the small Inuit hamlet of Clyde River on Baffin Island’s east coast.

This faraway gem is also called the "Yosemite of the North" and is often compared to Trango Towers in Pakistan. Abrupt towering rock walls, some over 900 meters high, shelter the access to mysterious fjords, including the Sam Ford Fjord, Walker Arm, and Stewart Valley.

We’ll get really close to these glorious Arctic behemoths. While almost endless daylight ensures that there are endless opportunities to test your mettle on different terrains and seek out new adventures. This ski tour will exceed your wildest expectations for an Arctic getaway!

We’ll meet at the airport on the Clyde River, an Inuit hamlet of 850 people in northeast Baffin Island. The tour will begin as the local Inuit guides drop us off with their “Qamutiks” (wooden sleds) at the starting point, a small hamlet called Kangiqtugaapik, which means “a nice little inlet.”

Our journey will take us through all the spectacular parts of the polar landscapes: we’ll wander in wintry river valleys, marvel at glaciers and frozen lakes, and set foot on sprawling fjords. Each expedition comes with a hint of mystery, as our daily schedule will be weather- and participant-dependant.

As we approach the culmination of our trip, we’ll ski back to the community at the Clyde River, where you can choose to relax after a long trip in a hotel or spend a lovely homestay evening chatting with a local Inuit family!

Each group member must be physically fit, have previous winter and wilderness travel experience, and be capable of pulling a small gear/supply sled (50-80 lb / 22-36 kg) for two weeks. However, the weight of the sled will be adjusted to reflect each skier’s abilities.

Given the time of year, the days are very long, so time will be taken to do some extra exploring not necessarily involving pulling the sleds. A good level of fitness adds to your enjoyment. We recommend that you go on a warm-up trip to work out the kinks in your technique and ensure that your equipment functions well. The guides will always be able to assist you with every task and provide coaching.

We will have an Inuit guide with snowmobile/komatik who will be able to transport some of the heavier items. Much of the trip is in an area of extreme isolation. If you were to get injured or become ill then it might take some time before you can receive any external medical treatment. Anyone with recurring medical issues or chronic injuries should consult their physician before applying for this expedition.

At the campsite everyone pitches in with setting up cooking shelters, tents, preparing meals, telling stories etc. The guides co-ordinate things and are always ready to assist you with any task. They will provide expert coaching and lots of personal attention. Feel free to contact us to discuss your suitability for this trip.

Baffin Island is classified as having a Polar Tundra climate. In the 24 hour darkness of mid-winter, the average day time low is -33°C.

By late April there is a lot more light during the day and it becomes slightly warmer. Expect the daytime high to average around -8°C (18°F) with night time lows of around -16°C (3°F).

The record highs and lows range from +11°C (52°F) to -31°C (-24°F) during the dates of the expedition, also winds can make it feel colder.

The average wind speed is 13 km/h, usually from the NW. The air is quite dry. With the gradual warming in the spring the snowfall increases. The snowiest time of year is during our expedition with an average of 18 cm of new snow for the month.

Expect snowfall on one out of 3 or 4 days. The average accumulated snow depth on the ground is about 60 cm. There is bright sunshine for about half of the daylight hours during this time of year.

All in all, the weather is quite pleasant for skiing - cool enough for staying dry, but not uncomfortably freezing.

Apr 29, 2019 - May 13, 2019 ($7595.00 / per person - CAD Clyde River tour.)

Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019 ($7395.00 / per person - CAD Auyuittuq Traverse.)

Payment Details

Deposit and Taxes

  • 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 61 days, deposit refundable minus $100.
  • From 31 - 60 days we retain 50% of the fee.
  • From 15 - 30 days we retain 75% of the fee.
  • From 0 - 14 days we retain 100% of the fee.