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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.

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 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.

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
Availability May - June
Duration 8 days
Departs From Pond Inlet
Difficulty Easy / Moderate Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Group maximum 8 years
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Region Nunavut

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8 401
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  • Toll Free number in N. America: +1 888 285 1676
  • International number: +1 780 414 1676

Availability (2023):

May 19 - 26
May 26 - June 2

Trip focus: Bird and wildlife watching, kayaking, skiing.

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What's Included

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Included

  • Accommodations (5 nights tent camping on the ice, 2 nights in Pond Inlet)
  • 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.

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Itinerary

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Information

two men in a komatik sled in canada

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.

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  • 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
extreme weather proof tents on a frozen lake
  • 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
photographers waiting for polar bears on ice
  • 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 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:

  • Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.
  • A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.
  • Balance of payment is due 90 days before trip commencement.
  • If booking within 90 days or less, full payment is required.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel 91 days or more before the start of the trip any funds submitted will be refunded as follows: 70% refund plus a 15% credit to be used on another trip with the same operator in that season or the next operating season. In addition, a $200 CAD administration fee will be deducted
  • If you cancel 90-61 days or before the start of the trip any funds submitted will be refunded as follows: 10% refund plus a 15% credit to be used on another trip with the same operator in that season or the next operating season. In addition, a $200 CAD administration fee will be deducted.
  • If you cancel 60 days or less before the start date there is no refund or credit. We highly encourage that you purchase trip cancellation insurance so that you are covered for any unexpected change in plans.