The best place to observe the awakening ecosystems of the Arctic is undoubtedly Floe Edge - a place where sea and land mammals hunt, Arctic seabirds nest, and algae flourishes.
Travel to the edge of the world, where the Arctic Ocean meets the clinging ice of Pond Inlet, and explore an array of Arctic wildlife found nowhere else. During this expedition, you’ll absorb the knowledge and experience of well-seasoned guides accompanying you on this never-to-be-forgotten adventure.
From May to June, Floe Edge becomes one of the most spectacular ecosystems on planet Earth, hosting seals, walruses, narwhals, polar bears, beluga and bowhead whales, and an extraordinary variety of seabirds. Every day, we’ll head out into the wilderness from our central camp and observe wildlife in their natural habitat.
These Floe Edge trips have been designated a “Canadian Signature Experience” by Destination Canada. From the community of Pond Inlet, we will travel by snowmobile and “Qamutik” (wooden sled) towards the floe edge – an area known as the “line of life”. Guided by highly-qualified Black Feather and local Inuit guides, ice conditions and weather will determine the exact route and location of our comfortable base camp. The base camp will serve as a hub for the expedition and the various activities that will be undertaken.
Your safety will be the number one priority as we explore, film, and photograph one of nature’s most amazing and variable landscapes. Full advantage will be taken of the endless days to explore and learn more about this incredible environment and maximize on opportunities to see polar bears, a variety of species of sea birds, narwhals, seals, and (possibly) the massive bowhead whale. Depending on the conditions, there will be the opportunity to explore the area by ski or sea kayak.
May 19 - 26 May 26 - June 2
Trip focus: Bird and wildlife watching, kayaking, skiing.
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If you’re looking to tick every Arctic animal off of your bucket list, there’s no better place to start than Floe Edge. This diverse ecosystem is home to an abundance of sea mammals, polar bears, a vast variety of birds and fresh algae.
As the winter draws to a close, we’ll head out to the edge of the world, set up a camp where the ocean meets the ice, and admire the life of the Arctic up close! The trip is perfect for all nature and wildlife lovers, as well as photographers.
Also, for those of you seeking more extreme experiences, kayaking and skiing mini trips are available at an extra charge.
Flight from Ottawa to Pond Inlet, via Iqaluit (at own expense) Airport pick-up and transport to the hotel for check-in and welcome dinner Group talk and gear check, an evening spent relaxing or exploring some of the community )
Breakfast at hotel Tentative lunchtime departure from Pond Inlet by snow machine and Qamutik to the Flo Edge, located about 70 Km east of the town Arrive at basecamp )
Explore the Floe Edge and the shores of Bylot Island by snow machine and Qamutik - view bird cliffs, icebergs, floe-edge and sea ice Weather and ice conditions permitting, there may be opportunities for skiing and sea kayaking )
Return journey by snow machine and Qamutik to Pond Inlet Dinner and hotel accommodation )
Breakfast at hotel Flight from Pond Inlet to Ottawa, via Iqaluit (at own expense) )
This trip has been described as the classic Arctic expedition. Weather is always a factor in this part of the world. This is not a physically demanding trip, yet all clients should be able to handle a variety of weather and ice conditions. Most years...)
This trip has been described as the classic Arctic expedition. Weather is always a factor in this part of the world. This is not a physically demanding trip, yet all clients should be able to handle a variety of weather and 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.
Recommended for guests in good physical condition.)
Recommended for guests in good physical condition.