Arctic Polar Bear Expedition

9

days

starting from US $10,990per person

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Summer Wilderness Tour On Baffin Island

On this Arctic summer adventure, join expert guides to see polar bears in remote and beautiful Qikiqtarjuaq National Park, on Baffin Island. Have your camera ready for impressive icebergs, glacier capped peaks, and up-close Arctic wildlife encounters. Spot polar bears and bowhead whales, kayak in glacier fed lakes, fish for Arctic char, and pick wild blueberries under the midnight sun. At day’s end, enjoy first-class hospitality and delicious meals in a comfortable safari camp.

Trip at a glance

9 Days / 8 Nights

Arrive Ottawa 1 night Ottawa 6 nights Baffin Island 1 night Ottawa Depart Ottawa

Arctic Polar Bear Expedition – Map

Availability

Aug

Places Visited

OttawaBaffin Island

Accommodation Style

HotelSafari Tent

Activity Level

Easy

What you'll love about this trip

Expert Arctic guides

Hiking in remote Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island

Observing rare arctic wildlife such as polar bears and whales

Icebergs, mountains, and glaciers

Optional activities such as kayaking on glacier-fed lakes, or fishing for arctic char

Experiencing Inuit culture

“Warmer” days with endless daylight

Cozy, safari-style accommodations with delicious meals

Common Questions

Where am I staying on this trip?

You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

What is included in the price?

Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

Can I customize this trip?

Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your personalized trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

When is the best time to see wildlife?

That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

Is this an escorted tour?

With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

How much does my trip cost?

All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your personalized trip plan which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

This trip in pictures

Family boat trip of Baffin Island
Sighteeing in Ottawa
Family boat trip to Baffin Island
Polar bear
Premium safari camp on Baffin Island
Kayaking amongst icebergs
Snorkelling adventure on Baffin Island
Arctic wildlife on Baffin Island
Polar bear spotting
Arctic bowhead whale
Impressive icebergs
Sunset at the safari camp

Accommodations

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodations. Please call us for the full list and to personalize your experience.

Delta Ottawa City Centre - Hotel Exterior
Delta Ottawa City Centre - Guest Room with 2 Queen Beds
Delta Ottawa City Centre - Guest Room with King Bed
Delta Ottawa City Centre - LIFT Restaurant
Delta Ottawa City Centre - Hotel Lounge

Delta Ottawa City Centre

An example of our Superior accommodations

This traditional hotel in downtown Ottawa is a convenient eight-minute walk to Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal and other highlights of Ottawa. Enjoy a welcoming visit to Ottawa with friendly and knowledgeable service. Hotel facilities include a fitness centre, indoor pool, sauna, restaurant and bar.

Arctic Premium Safari Camp - Safari Camp Exterior
Arctic Premium Safari Camp - Stunning Waterfront Views
Arctic Premium Safari Camp - Mobile Camp

Arctic Premium Safari Camp

An example of our Safari Tent accommodations

The Arctic Premium Safari camp includes spacious yurt-style sleeping accommodations with insulated double walls to keep you warm and cozy inside and 10 foot cathedral ceilings to give you room to relax. Each yurt features either two twin beds or one king size bed, cozy rugs, a heater, and large windows for stunning views. Additionally, camps feature a large dining lounge with 24 hour snack buffet, and a shared washroom with hot showers. Camps can be set up on land or ice depending on time of year.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
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  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
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Sample Itinerary

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

Day 1 – Arrive in Ottawa
Your adventure begins with your arrival in Ottawa. Ottawa is a beautiful Canadian city, with countless attractions and hidden gems. This is the federal capital of Canada so museums abound.

Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding time in Ottawa before or after your Arctic adventure. From cycling tours to museum visits, Ottawa has plenty to discover for everyone.

Overnight in Ottawa.

Day 2 – Travel North to the Arctic – Beautiful Baffin Island
Departing Ottawa early this morning, fly north through Iqlauit, before connecting to Qikiqtarjuaq, a small village on the eastern coast of Baffin Island. Feel the excitement build as you fly over Auyuittuq National Park, one of Canada’s most stunning national parks. Keep your eyes open for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world’s tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff face (over 5000 feet of sheer rock).

Arriving in Qikiqtarjuaq, step into a different world. With a population of only 600 people, this small hamlet on Broughton Island is a welcome break from bustling city life. Just across the shimmering channel from Broughton Island is the impressively large mountains of the Akshakyuk Pass of Auyuittuq National Park, located on the mainland of Baffin Island.

Insider tip: Visiting the Arctic in the summer is perfect as the temperatures range from 5°C to 22°C (41° to 72° F) allowing for the best opportunity to explore in comfort. A detailed packing list is available, but if you don’t have enough to wear, a winter clothing rental package is available. Ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

Overnight in a comfortable premium safari tent camp.

Days 3 to 7 – Polar Bear Exploration from Arctic Base Camp
The next few days will be full of adventure as you discover the highlights of the area while enjoying the Arctic summer. With the expedition camp ideally located near a fresh water river, you will have everything you need from hot showers to locally sourced and prepared meals.

Each day brings new adventures. Spend your day hiking at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord near Akshakyuk Pass, then later enjoy an exploratory boat trip to the Penny Ice Cap Glacier for more discovery. Another popular activity is fishing for Arctic char – enjoy your fresh caught fish grilled for dinner. Or spend some time gathering wild blueberries and blackberries nearby – eat them straight from the bush or bring them back to the kitchen for the chef to prepare you a treat!

The biggest highlight of the trip is always viewing rare Arctic wildlife in its unspoiled natural habitat. Polar bears can often be seen on islands nearby – on past trips, more than twenty polar bears have been seen just on the boat ride between Qikiqtarjuaq and the base camp! Even endangered bowhead whales often move through the area just a short boat ride from camp. Discover a different viewpoint in an inflatable kayak or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop into the icy waters for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Insider tip: With small groups and optional activities, this relaxed adventure is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. Anyone who can walk comfortably across a football field should be able to participate in this expedition. If you are concerned about the activity level required for this trip, your Vacation Advisor will be happy to discuss every detail with you.

Overnight in a comfortable premium safari tent camp.

Day 8 – Baffin Island to Ottawa
Your Arctic journey comes to an end today as you board the boat and head back to Qikiqtarjuaq – maybe you’ll spot a few last polar bears on your way. Fly back to Ottawa with a stop in Iqaluit. Arriving in Ottawa later this afternoon, transfer to your hotel and spend one more night in Canada’s capital city.

Overnight in Ottawa.

Day 9 – Depart Ottawa
Sit back and relax as you are transferred to the Ottawa airport in time for your departure. Leave Canada today having made memories to last a lifetime.

Insider tip: This trip is perfectly suited for families. Ask your Vacation Advisor about personalizing this trip to suit your family!

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

What's Included In Our Prices

These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

Wild blueberry gathering - Wild blueberry gathering
Wild blueberry gathering
Arctic kayaking - Arctic kayaking
Arctic kayaking
Snorkeling in drysuits - Snorkeling in drysuits
Snorkeling in drysuits
Polar bear viewing - Polar bear viewing
Polar bear viewing
Accommodations:
• 2 nights of hotel accommodation
• 6 nights in a Premium Safari Tent*

* Safari tents can include 2 twin beds, or 1 king bed. Ask your Vacation Advisor for the best arrangements if you’re traveling with family or a group.

Arctic Experiences:*
• Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff for 6 days
• Snorkeling
• Kayaking
• Hiking
• Arctic Char Fishing
• Wild Berry Picking
• Wildlife viewing by boat and land

* Some activities may not be available or schedule may change due to weather and wildlife conditions. Your expedition guides will provide you with the best daily activities based on conditions.

Meal Inclusions:
• All meals from Qikiqtarjuaq

Transportation Inclusions
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport, and drop off at your departure airport
• Return flights from Ottawa to Qikiqtarjuaq
• Return transfers in Qikiqtarjuaq
• All transportation to and from the Base Camp, including local boats for duration of trip

Other Inclusions:
Gratuities for some private transfers in Ottawa
• Digital Travel Documents
• Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.


Not Included
• Gratuities for tours, transfers, and guides
• Flights to and from Ottawa
• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Travel medical and evacuation insurance coverage (required for travel, please ask for a quote)
• Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended, please ask for a quote)
• Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals
• Canadian Sales Taxes

Ideas to customize this trip

Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

Explore more of Ottawa
Explore more of Ottawa
Visit bustling Toronto
Visit bustling Toronto
 Add a 3 day tour in Iqaluit
Add a 3 day tour in Iqaluit
Add-on a wilderness adventure in Ontario
Add-on a wilderness adventure in Ontario
• Add on additional time in Ottawa and discover the Capital of Canada
• Extend your trip with a few days in the lively city of Toronto
• Extend your trip with a 3 day tour of Iqaluit and learn about the culture and people of Nunavut
• Ask about adding on a wilderness lodge in Ontario’s lake region

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

Trip Start Dates

2019 Departures from Ottawa
Aug 1, 8, 15

Pricing For This Trip

Our prices vary by departure date, hotel class, train service and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our Canadian Insiders to get your personalized quote, or hit the button below.

Departing from Ottawa
Arctic Polar Bears/ 9 days, 8 nights
from US $10,990 to US $11,869 per person

This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Discover the amazing wilderness of the Canadian Arctic while seeking out polar bears and whales by land and sea. Stay in a comfortable safari camp while taking advantage of the Arctic summer’s midnight sun.

Get your personalized trip plan organized and arranged for you

Get your personalized itinerary
  • Get a trip that covers everything you want to see.
  • Know which places to go and which areas are best during certain times of the year.
  • Have someone local who knows the area to suggest trains, hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc.
or call us directly toll-free
1 877 395 5771

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