Canadian Arctic Watch 2019 8 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 GBP1500pp (or equivalent) applies to this itinerary.
Note 2: a 2.5% Canadian tax applies to all components of this itinerary
Note 3: Dates available are June 29th, July 18th & July 23rd
- 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
- Full board accommodation at Arctic Watch
- Expedition parka
- Loan of polar quality boots
- Pre and post hotel accommodation in Yellowknife including breakfast (as part of mandatory transfer package)
- Group transfers to and from charter flight (as part of mandatory transfer package)
- Charter flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch and return (as part of mandatory transfer package)
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Arrive at any time and check in to hotel. Evening briefing and distribution of parkas and boots
Today, board your 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.
After breakfast, long-distance hikers and runners will get their hearts pumping on this once-in-a-lifetime trek across the tundra! From the lodge, you’ll run or hike across the varied terrain of Somerset Island, following along ridges, passing fossil beds and crossing over striking red iron-oxide stone up to Nansen’s Ridge, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Northwest Passage.
Following breakfast, you’ll head out on a full-day ATV excursion across Somerset Island, from Cunningham Inlet to Garnier Bay. Take in the memorable scenery as you ride over the rough arctic terrain, from riverbeds to ridges, and keep a lookout for muskoxen, which are common here. Not far from the bay, we’ll stop at Inukshuk Lake for a picnic.
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 more activity before you depart: hiking and stand-up paddle boarding in Google Canyon. Wander between the narrow walls of this cool-looking canyon, named after a Google research balloon crashed here. Herds of muskoxen can often be found grazing in the area. At Sunday Lake, you may encounter snow geese as you savour a picnic lunch, before returning to the lodge.
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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