Canadian Arctic Watch 2018 10 days
Spend time exploring the Canadian Arctic at this unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada. Situated 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers guests fully guided opportunities for diverse adventure activities, and extraordinary polar photography thanks to 24 hours of daylight. Observe the elusive musk ox, polar bear and more wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy comfortable accommodations and superb food, all accessible via a scenic flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is a family-run basecamp, hosted by Arctic enthusiasts Josée Auclair and her husband, Richard Weber, along with their two sons, Tessum and Nansen. They are distinguished across the Canadian High Arctic as polar experts, particularly in Nunavut, and specialise in North Pole and Arctic tourism.
Note 1: a mandatory transfer package of GBP1400pp (or equivalent) applies to this itinerary.
Note 2: a 2.5% Canadian tax applies to all components of this itinerary
- Encounter rarely seen Arctic wildlife in natural habitats, including polar bears, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and snowy owls
- See hundreds of beluga whales
- Travel in specially designed ATVs
- Take part in optional kayaking and rafting
- Visit historical sites
- Pre and post hotel accommodation in Yellowknife including breakfast
- Group transfers to and from charter flight
- Charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch and return
- Full board accommodation at Arctic Watch
- Expedition parka
- Loan of polar quality boots
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Arrive at any time and check in to hotel. Evening briefing and distribution of parkas and boots
Today, board our private chartered plane to fly the 1,000 miles (1,500 km) to Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. During the four-and-a-half-hour flight, you’ll pass over the treeline as you cross the Arctic Circle. Following a refueling stop in the community of Cambridge Bay,circle above Cunningham Inlet, a beluga whale migration site.
Arctic Watch & Somerset Island
After a hot breakfast, you’ll have the chance to explore Cunningham Inlet, home to ring and bearded seals as well as nearly 2,000 beluga whales, on one of Arctic Watch’s new fat bikes. You’ll ride out on the sea ice to visit Flatrock Falls and Kayak Falls. Formed as the result of shifting fault lines, these two spectacular geological formations have steep walls that vary in height from 200 to 1,000 feet (61 to 305 meters).
After a full breakfast, you’ll tackle the tough arctic terrain on ATV—one of the most popular activities at Arctic Watch—travelling along the Muskox Ridge Trail, which offers scenic vistas of the entire area. Along the trail, you’ll also pass by an impressive Arctic fox den, where you may have the opportunity to watch fox cubs at play. You’ll likely encounter muskoxen, too.
One of today’s activities may be kayaking in Cunningham Inlet. Paddle among icebergs, looking out for beluga whales as well as ring and bearded seals. Sightings of seabirds, including Arctic terns and eider ducks, can be expected. After a lunch served along the shoreline, you’ll take a short hike to explore a local canyon aptly named Kayak Falls. From there, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Northwest Passage and the opportunity to see polar bears.
Today we’ll depart for a trip to Flatrock Falls, crossing the Cunningham River delta. There, you’ll have the option of hiking or travelling by Mercedes Unimog a (multi-purpose four-wheel drive truck). You’ll visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as the result of shifting fault lines.
Today, you’ll set out on an ATV to Cape Anne, where you’ll visit some Thule sites along the coast and look for polar bears. The Thule people were bowhead whale hunters, ancestors of today’s modern Inuit.
Today’s full-day rafting adventure will begin after breakfast with a Mercedes Unimog truck ride to the Arctic Watch raft launch on the Cunningham River, 12.5 miles (20 km) from the lodge. Opt to hike the final four miles (6 km) through the Badlands, passing the skeletal remains of two bowhead whales that date back 8,000 years. On the way to the launch, you may encounter muskoxen, snow geese, jaegers (skuas), Arctic fox, sandpipers and rough-legged hawks.
Arctic Watch - Yellowknife
Today, you’ll bid a fond goodbye to the lodge team and the High Arctic. You may have time to take advantage of one last activity before you depart. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Yellowknife. Upon arrival in Yellowknife, you will be transferred to your included hotel.
After breakfast and boot return, you are free to stay in town or continue to airport and home.
A view from Above
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
This unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site is located on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada, 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle.
The lodge offers guests fully guided opportunities for diverse adventure activities, and extraordinary polar photography thanks to 24 hours of daylight. Observe the elusive musk ox, polar bear and more wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy comfortable accommodations and superb food
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