Narwals somerset island

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Itinerary and Pricing Land Tour
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

August 5 to August 14, 2021

$16,300 CAD + 5 % tax

Map

Arctic Watch Lodge Map

Itinerary

  • Yellowknife 1

    Day 1: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
    The Adventure Begins

    Fly to Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories, and spend the night at the Explorer Hotel.

  • Arctic watch arial view

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    Day 2: Somerset Island, Nunavut
    Catch Your First Glimpse of the Northwest Passage

    After breakfast, depart Yellowknife on a private charter for the three-hour flight to Arctic Watch. You will land in the Arctic later that afternoon. After an introduction to the lodge and the surrounding landscape by the Arctic Watch team, you will have time to settle into your cabins. Before dinner is served, a short hike up to the local mountain is offered, featuring breathtaking views of the Northwest Passage and ice formations on the Arctic ocean.

    Lunch and dinner included.

  • Belugas

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    Day 3: Somerset Island
    ATV to Cunningham Beluga Estuary

    ATVs are our most practical form of transportation to cover long distances on the tundra. Attend a hands-on introduction to all-terrain vehicles followed by a short drive to the Cunningham Estuary to watch beluga whales. Archaeological sites and artefacts dating to Viking contact can be seen along Somerset’s coastline. Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet back at the lodge before departing for a short afternoon hike to the Triple Waterfalls. This short five kilometre roundtrip hike gives you an introduction to the plants and animals that live in the area. Encounters with muskox are common.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Fishing for arctic char

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    Day 4: Somerset Island
    Fish for Arctic Char at Inukshuk Lake

    Travel by ATV across the Cunningham River delta to Muskox Ridge. This scenic trail provides spectacular views of the area and is a great vantage point from which to see muskoxen and Arctic foxes. From the high ridge, hike down into one of the many depressions where muskoxen often spend the summer months foraging.

    After a picnic lunch at Inukshuk Lake, fishing gear will be supplied to catch and release Arctic char. Head back to the lodge along the River Trail keeping an eye out for birds such as snowy owls, jaegers, rough-legged hawks, and more. Instead of ATV, a human-powered option is also offered for guests—use electric bikes to explore the tundra with your guide. After dinner, an informal lecture by Richard Weber on his North Pole expeditions—highlighting his historic (and unrepeated) 1995 unassisted journey—will be offered.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Kayaking

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    Day 5: Somerset Island
    Sea Kayak through Cunningham Inlet

    Sea kayak the gin-clear water of Cunningham Inlet while enjoying views of Gifford Point in the distance. Watch for beluga whales passing by your boat as they travel between the open water of the Northwest Passage and the mouth of the Cunningham River. Hop out on the other side of the inlet at Kayak Falls with stunning views of the Northwest Passage, and (with luck!) spot polar bear. After dinner, an informal lecture by Nansen Weber on wildlife photography will be offered.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Hiking gull canyon

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    Day 6: Somerset Island
    Hike Spectacular Canyons

    Travel by Mercedes Unimog to the east side of Cunningham Inlet where several unnamed canyons offer great hiking opportunities. The afternoon will be spent at the estuary to watch the beluga whales play in the freshwater as it spills into the Arctic Ocean. Packing into the turquoise waters of the sheltered bay, they can be seen splashing and gurgling as they rub themselves on the river stones. This particular spot is renowned because of the density of the whale population and their proximity to the shore.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Exploring tundra with atv

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    Day 7: Somerset Island
    Drive to Thule Archaeological Sites

    Enjoy the views of the Northwest Passage from passenger seat of the four-seater all-terrain vehicles. Driving along the west shore of the inlet, stop at historic 1,000-year-old Thule sites situated along the coast and learn more about the rich history of the area. Turning west at Polar Bear Point, look for wildlife as we drive along the Northwest Passage. A short hike to Nansen’s ridge offers incredible views across the passage and showcases the characteristic Arctic landscape.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Paddling the cunningham river

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    Day 8: Somerset Island
    Paddle the Cunningham River

    Climb into the all-terrain Mercedes Unimog truck and head to the raft put-in on the Cunningham River. Hike the last stretch through the Badlands, a unique landscape with ancient 8,000-year-old bowhead whale skeletons exposed on the tundra. The area is inhabited by muskox, snow geese, and Arctic foxes. Savour a picnic lunch by the river as the team prepares the rafts, kayaks, and/or standup paddleboards for the two to three hour return to Arctic Watch. Leisurely paddle as the river narrows into a towering canyon, eventually opening again into the braided flats in front of the lodge. Upon the return, it is the final dinner of the adventure. In the evening take the polar plunge!

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Muskox

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    Day 9: Somerset Island
    Choose Your Own Adventure

    By now, you'll be familiar with the area and can opt to do an activity that you missed during the week or would like to repeat. There is lots of time before the flight departs in the late afternoon. Upon arriving in Yellowknife, you will spend the night at the Explorer Hotel before your return flight home.

    Breakfast and lunch included.

  • Yellowknife 2

    Day 10: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
    A Fond Farewell

    Depart Yellowknife for your return flight home.

Accommodation

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    Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

    Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located on Somerset Island, Nunavut. It is an off-the-grid basecamp built to withstand Arctic weather and protect the fragile environment, all while providing guests with a high standard for accommodation and comfort. In addition to the main lodge’s common area, dining room, and showers, there are sixteen private guest cabins with en-suite marine toilets and sinks.

    Amenities:

    • Sixteen private cabins, each with en-suite marine toilet and sink
    • Common area, dining room, espresso bar, and archaeological centre
  • Cabin at arctic watch lodge

    Lodge Cabins

    Sixteen private guest cabins welcome adventurers who visit the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. With a small group focus and an average of 1 to 1.5 staff to guest ratio, the lodge provides an intimate environment. Thick duvets are provided atop queen beds and each cabin has a private wash facility equipped with a marine toilet and sink. Due to the extremely sensitive natural environment, private showers are located in the main complex. A generator provides electricity to the cabins from early morning until 11:00 p.m. There’s no electricity at night, not that you need it under the midnight sun.

  • Wildflower raspberry desert

    Food

    Our talented chefs bake breads and make yogurts, ice creams, and other delights to satisfy you at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Experience gourmet fare inspired by every Canadian province, from locally sourced Arctic char, Alberta Organic Beef, Okanagan Valley wines, and more.

    Food sensitivities, special diets, and personal choices can be accommodated with advance notice.

Details

  • Land Tour

    Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

    August 5 to August 14, 2021

    $16,300 CAD + 5 % tax

  • Single Supplement: Contact us for more details

  • Starts: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

    Ends: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

  • Flights

    • Flight included: From Yellowknife to Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge and return to Yellowknife

  • Tour duration: 10 days
  • Group size: 26 guests
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
  • Staff to Guest Ratio: Average of 1 to 1.5
  • Covid-19: Negative Covid-19 test required
  • Accommodation: 16 private cabins

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Accommodations at Arctic Watch Lodge based on standard rooms and double occupancy
  • One pre- and post-tour night at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife
  • Flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge and return to Yellowknife
  • Meals at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Activities included: wildlife/nature sightseeing; fishing; hiking & walking; paddleboards; river rafts; sea & river kayaks; cycling; Unimogs & ATVs
  • Baggage allowance of 20 kg per person, including carry-on

Not Included:

  • Commercial airfare to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • Mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance. Cancellation and Interruption is also highly recommended.
  • Any accommodation, tours, alcohol, meals, gratuities (optional and ranges from $60-110 per day) not specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel incidentals (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc.)
  • Costs associated with changes to your itinerary for reasons beyond our control

Program Enhancements

  • Charter Flight: Sea-Run Arctic Char Fishing in Creswell Bay

    $1,200 CAD person/per day

    Love fishing? Creswell Bay is one of the top locations to fish for Arctic char. Their biannual migration offers a world-class fishing opportunity just a forty-minute flight from Arctic Watch. The Arctic char range in size from six to twenty pounds. A minimum of two guests is required, maximum of ten.

  • Fly the Northwest Passage/Beechey Island

    $1,300 CAD person/per day

    Take to the sky and see the beautiful landscapes from above as you fly the Northwest Passage. Observe narwhal, bowhead and beluga whales, seals, and polar bear. If time and weather permits, you will land at and explore historic Beechey Island and visit the Franklin graves. In 1845, the Franklin Expedition searching for the Northwest Passage went horribly wrong. After wintering on Beechey Island, both the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were lost. All 129 men perished but what actually happened still remains a mystery. A minimum of seven guests is required.

Arrival Instructions

Guests arrive independently in Yellowknife and proceed directly to the Explorer Hotel. Upon check-in, you will be required to take a COVID-19 rapid test and wait in your hotel room for a negative result. Guests arrive in Yellowknife the day before the private charter departs for Arctic Watch.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund less a $500 CAD administration fee, per person. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund. ADD-ON POLICY: If an Add-On trip is cancelled due to weather or insufficient numbers, everyone who signed up will receive a full refund. To ensure a stress-free adventure, we recommend guests purchase Cancellation and Interruption travel insurance prior to visiting the Arctic.

More about the Itinerary

800 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic foxes, and a world-class beluga whale nursery, Arctic Watch is an unparalleled destination for the adventurous. From wildlife photography to biking, hiking on the frozen Arctic ocean and tundra, or sea kayaking alongside beluga whales, we offer fully guided excursions in Canada’s far north. Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is situated on the historic Northwest Passage and is the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world. Gourmet meals and comfortable accommodation at 74° North makes Arctic Watch a unique adventure for those seeking an experience of a lifetime.

In the wild and unpredictable Arctic, weather patterns and wildlife can disrupt even the best-laid plans. All of our itineraries are "suggested"—we strive to ensure your visit to Arctic Watch is a trip of a lifetime and showcases the variety of activities and sights Arctic Watch has to offer. Each day’s activities take into consideration the dynamic environment we operate within and may not always reflect the suggested itinerary outlined.

About our Partnership with Weber Arctic

Adventure Canada is proud to partner with Weber Arctic. A Canadian, family-owned company—just like Adventure Canada—the Webers have been operating in the Arctic since the early 1990s and are experts in providing exceptional land-based tours. They offer a comfortable, family-friendly space and a wide array of daily activity options.

Our companies’ visions and values are a great match, as we are both committed to regenerative tourism practices, including sourcing local food, and protecting vulnerable Arctic ecosystems. We feel strongly about supporting other Canadian travel operators, especially now, and hope you will consider joining us on this specially organized tour with Weber Arctic.

Adventure Canada itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions