Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari

Narwhal and Polar bear safari.
The ultimate High Arctic experience

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  • Observe the tusked narwhal, from pods of one to hundreds, while they rest and feed just meters from the floe edge.

  • Possible viewing opportunities for polar bears, harp seals, bearded seals, ring seals and bowhead whales.

  • Visit the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which attracts over 200,000 birds.

  • Journey by snowmobile and qamutik to traditional Inuit hunting grounds.

  • Snorkel and kayak amongst the sea ice, with the possible presence of whales.

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Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari overview

This exhilarating narwhal and polar bear tour will take you to the northern reaches of Nunavut when the sea ice is melting and marine mammals along with other Arctic wildlife can be found travelling north along the floe edge where food is concentrated. Pods of narwhal can be spotted resting only meters from the edge while an incredible variety of sea birds, including Thick-billed Murres, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, and Ivory Gulls, fly overhead. Polar bears and seals may also be spotted at times swimming or resting on ice packs during 24 hours of sunlight. If you are lucky, you may also observe bowhead and beluga whales that also frequent the area.

Narwhals are very shy. They have a sensitive nature and excellent echolocation. You can see hundreds passing by the ice edge, but when you slip into the water, you may never see one.

Paul Nicklen on assignment with NG

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Depart Ottawa and arrive in Pond Inlet.

Day 2

Travel by qamutik to our Arctic Safari Camp on the floe edge and settle in.

Days 3-6

Take trips out to the floe edge to observe wildlife and spectacular
landscapes, and excursions to attractions in the area, including a
snowmobile and qamutik journey to traditional Inuit hunting grounds.
Snorkel and kayak amongst sea ice and possibly within the possible
presence of whales. Enjoy tea made of melt-water from hundreds of
years-old icebergs.

Day 7

Depart camp by qamutik to Pond Inlet, then fly to Iqaluit. Enjoy your final
night in Iqaluit with a cultural presentation by Inuit throat singers.

Day 8

Depart for Ottawa.

Premium Safari Camp

Inspired by African mobile safari camps, the Premium Safari Camp brings elegance and comfort to the Arctic.
The modern, specially designed yurt-style safari camp structures have double walls with insulation to provide a warm and inviting home in one of the world's most remote, yet breathtaking places.

Nestled between the majestic mountains of Baffin Island and Bylot Island, our Arctic Safari Camp provides a comfortable home-away-from-home and a perfect respite after an exciting day spent out on the floe edge. Located just outside of Sirmilik National Park, (which means “place of glaciers”) near Pond Inlet, our camp enjoys a striking backdrop of towering granite cliffs and glistening glaciers. 

Sleep quarters are spacious and warm with over 10’ cathedral ceilings. The yurt-style safari sleep structures are 16’ in diameter and are entered via a lockable door. Configurations with either two twin beds or one king size bed are available. Each bed is complete with mattress duvets, pillows, and a warm comforter. No detail has been overlooked - from large windows that give a 360 degree view, to coat hooks, cozy rugs, and heaters for those that would like it a little toastier, our Premium Safari Camp provides the perfect home away from home.

Other Premium Safari Camp Features:

  • Large and spacious dining/lounge area with central fireplace, stove, and 24 hour buffet with snacks and drinks.
  • Shared washroom facility with on demand hot water sinks and showers.

This camp may be set up on land or directly on ice, depending on location and time of year.



29 May - 05 June 2018

05 - 12 June 2018

12 - 19 June 2018


CAD $12,795 + CAD $639,75
per person and based on double occupancy

Trip Length

8 Days / 7 Nights

Single Supplement

x 1.8
Request to share when booking and you won't pay the single supplement.

Air Package

Return flights from Ottawa (YOW) to Pond Inlet (YIO) CAD $3,160 + CAD $410.80 in taxes As there are a limited number of seats available that conveniently connect with our trip departure dates, we encourage you to book and pay for this flight package at the same time as you book your trip. Prices are in CAD

Group Size

8 - 16


Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada


- Meals:
    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and snacks, 7 dinners
- Accommodations:
    5 nights in Premium Safari Camp on ice
    1 night in a hotel in Pond Inlet
    1 night in a hotel in Iqaluit
- Services of Arctic Kingdom Expedition Leaders and Inuit guides
- Use of kayaks and drysuit, mask, fins, hood, and gloves for snorkeling
- Return transfers in Pond Inlet

Not Included

- Round-trip flight to Pond Inlet from Ottawa
- Accommodation in Ottawa
- Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
- Travel, medical and evacuation insurance
- Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit or Ottawa
- Polar Clothing Rental Package strongly encouraged

NB This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when travelling to any Arctic location.

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