Itinerary and Trip Details
Baffin Island Floe Edge: Narwhals & Polar Bears
May 24 to May 31, 2019
June 14 to June 21, 2019
$6,950 CAD + 5.0 % tax
Single Supplement: single tents available; single rooms in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) cannot be guaranteed
Starts: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU
Ends: Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU
Group size: 11
Fitness Level: Light
Arrival in Ottawa
Participants will need to be in Ottawa the night prior to our flight to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). We are happy to help arrange this night in Ottawa. If schedules allow, we can meet for an evening meal in Ottawa. Those arriving early may enjoy a visit the Canadian Museum of Nature before dinner. We’ll overnight in Ottawa.
Travel to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet)
We meet for breakfast before heading to the Ottawa airport. From there we fly to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) at the northern tip of Baffin Island. After a plane change in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, we should arrive in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) in the afternoon.
After dinner we will have plenty of time for a walk around—the sun does not set at this time of year! We’ll spend the night in a hotel in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet).
Travel to the floe edge
In the morning we will explore the nearby shoreline, tundra and ponds. After lunch, we will depart for the floe edge by komatik—a lashed wooden sled pulled behind a snowmobile. En route, we may view icebergs frozen in place.
At the floe edge the winter ice meets the open waters of Baffin Bay. Migrating wildlife is concentrated here. We should have wonderful opportunities to photograph, and birding at the floe edge should be superb!
Floe edge and Bylot Island
Our daily activities will depend on the location of the floe edge and weather conditions. We will use a camp near the floe edge for these nights. While camped at the floe edge, our daily activities are dependent on weather and ice conditions.
Bylot Island is part of Sirmilik National Park. If conditions permit, we will travel to the seabird colony north of Cape Graham Moore. We will likely spend most of our time at the floe edge, hoping for narwhal, bowhead, walrus, various seals—even polar bear!
Return to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) and flight to Iqaluit
After a final morning at the floe edge, we leave our camp for our return to Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet). On our journey we’ll view the towering cliffs of Bylot Island—plus the spectacular landscape of mountains and massive glaciers.
We’ll arrive in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) in the afternoon in time to catch an evening flight south. We’ll spend tonight in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s dynamic capital.
Travel to Ottawa and onward
We’ll spend an enjoyable morning in Iqaluit, birding the surrounding area or visiting local galleries before catching our midday flight south to Ottawa, arriving in the afternoon, usually with time to catch connecting flights home.
We will head home with many fond memories from this amazing adventure in the land of the midnight sun!
- 2 nights in hotels
- 5 nights comfortable camping near floe edge
- All camping equipment
- Ground transportation
- All meals (dinner day 1 – lunch day 8)
- Guiding services
- Travel by komatik (sled) to the floe edge
- Commercial and group flights
- Personal items
- Mandatory emergency medical and evacuation insurance
- Discretionary trip cancellation and interruption insurance
- Expenses incurred due to itinerary changes beyond our control