This safari takes you through the rarely visited, spectacular landscapes of eastern Baffin Island. Glacier-capped coastlines, majestic mountain peaks, and dazzling icebergs create the perfect backdrop, while the midnight sun casts a magical glow both day and night.
This family-friendly expedition provides opportunities to spot polar bears and bowhead whales, taste fresh Arctic char, kayak in Baffin Island's glacier-fed lakes, walk-in Auyuittuq National Park, and pick wild Arctic blueberries.
This safari begins in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, and connect to your flight to Qikiqtarjuaq.
On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, you will fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, and the world’s tallest uninterrupted vertical cliff – more than 1524 meters (5,000 feet) of sheer rock.
Upon arrival in Qikiqtarjuaq, meet your expedition leader and group members, and participate in a briefing at Parks Canada. Transfer to a waiting boat for a 45-minute boat ride to our Premium Safari Camp, treading past many islands and floating icebergs. Settle into camp and enjoy a delicious meal while watching the sun dip on the horizon.
Take in the highlights of the area from the base camp, located in a sheltered bay.
Enjoy day trips by boat to Auyuittuq National Park, where you may hike at the base of the Coronation Fiord, as well as a trip to the Penny Ice Cap glacier around Baffin Island. Sampling fresh Arctic char, gathering fresh blueberries and blackberries nearby, and kayaking are also popular pastimes.
Bowhead whales are known to frequent an area just 30 minutes to 1 hour from camp, while polar bears can often be spotted on islands throughout the area.
In some cases, more than 20 Baffin Island polar bears can be seen on this safari! Get the chance to observe wildlife including bowhead whales and polar bears, and visit a newly discovered bowhead whale molting site.
After breakfast, head back to Qikiqtarjuaq by boat. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.