Wildlife Watching Tour

9-Day Wildlife Viewing Adventure in Floe Edge, Baffin Island | CA-BWA901

Admire ecosystems as they unfold after winter hibernation in a comfortable base camp in Floe Edge

Overview

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Pond Inlet
  • North of Baffin Island
  • Floe Edge
  • Wildlife viewing

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 9-day 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.

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
Available May - June
Duration 9 days
Departs From Pond Inlet
Difficulty Level Easy / Moderate
Group maximum 8
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Region Nunavut

From

7 795 CAD

Per Adult

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

Availability (2020):
Floe edge adventure camp (skiing and kayaking options): May 15-23, 2020. $8350
Floe edge wildlife camp: May 24-June 2, 2020. $8350
Floe edge photography camp: June 2-10, 2020. $8350

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What's Included

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Included

  • Accommodation
  • Safety Equipment
  • Meals
  • Expedition Equipment
  • Transportation

What to bring

  • Warm clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions
  • Long underwear
  • Wool socks, gloves, hat, mitts, warm coat, balaclava
  • Winter boots
  • Snow pants
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle

Not Included

  • Flights from and to Pond Inlet

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

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Information

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.

As Canada’s “Jewel of the North,” Pond Inlet, while not very widespread in size, is rich in culture, dramatic topography and diverse wildlife. Mountain ranges visible from everywhere in the city make this gem one of the most picturesque villages in Nunavut. Pond Inlet is home to the town of Floe Edge, where we’ll spend the next 6 days.

At Pond Inlet, you’ll find an abundance of wildlife. Narwhals, barren-ground caribou, polar bears, ringed seals all consider this edge of the world to be their home.

On Day 1, we’ll greet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where your guide will serve a welcome dinner and introduce you to your upcoming trip. Then, we’ll perform a gear check and spend the evening exploring the area and community.

First, we’ll have breakfast and a final gear check at the hotel. Then it’s time to depart the hotel with snowmobiles and wooden sleds, and head towards the Sirmilik National Park.

Located in the Arctic Cordillera, the park consists of three other areas: Bylot Island, Oliver Sound, and Borden Peninsula. Bylot Island is where we’ll set up our camp, although, due to weather and ice conditions, the exact location of the base camp is unknown until the very last minute. Our well-seasoned guides with heaps of experience will determine the best place to set up the camp.

The camp will consist of a kitchen and common group tents which will include a bathroom, cooking stoves, generators, utensils, dishes, and other necessities. We’ll also bring sleeping tents that are free-standing, custom expedition dome tents where two people can sleep comfortably. Sleeping tents will have all the necessary items for convenience, such as sleeping bags, mats, etc.

Starting with day 3 and finishing with day 7, we’ll be exploring the surrounding areas and wildlife found here. During our expedition, we’ll be spoiled by the endless sunlight as from May through June, days never really end because of the Midnight Sun. This allows for more opportunities to spot wild arctic animals in their natural habitat.

Every day, depending on the weather conditions, we’ll head out as far as possible into the Arctic to discover new landscapes and seek out polar bears, seabirds, seals and narwhals, and, if we’re lucky, majestic bowhead whales. The nature at Floe Edge is the best that can be found anywhere, offering an abundance of photo opportunities.

Nature and wildlife lovers, photographers and explorers will discover a true paradise on Earth.

At the end of each day trips into the Arctic wilderness, we’ll return to our base camp to overnight.

After four days of nature and wildlife exploration, we’ll return to Pond Inlet to unwind and recover from our expedition. We’ll have supper and stay at the hotel overnight.

We’ll be treated to a hearty breakfast at the hotel one last time and then, depending on your independent travel plans, you’re welcome to stay at Pond Inlet for longer or depart to Ottawa via Iqaluit.

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.

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

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.