Under the stewardship of local Inuit guides, experience a relatively untouched destination at the north end of Baffin Island in Canada’s arctic. Spring and summer are fleeting in this land of mountains and fiords, but during this brief window wondrous life abounds in the 24-hour sun.
May - June
Arctic Bay: Life on the Floe Edge Itinerary
On arrival, guests are picked up by taxi or shuttle at the airport in Arctic Bay and then transferred to the ‘Tangmaaqvik Hotel’ or home stay for their overnight accommodation.
After breakfast, you are met by local guides and taken by skidoo to a purpose built temporary camp by the Floe Edge. The journey of about 4 hours takes you past stunning Arctic scenery of drifting icebergs, bustling bird cliffs and magnificent mountains.
On arrival in camp, warm up in your heated tent and then spend the afternoon looking for Arctic wildlife at the Floe Edge. There is a good chance of seeing Polar Bear and Narwhal at this time of the year.
The Floe Edge is truly remarkable experience, where each year over a small 3 to 4 week period, some species, which are normally only found far in the Arctic Ocean, come to the Floe edge to hunt, feast or find their way through the winter’s ice.
Taking the lead from the local Inuit guides we follow the Floe Edge for days of discovery, possible Narwhal watching and the chance to see a variety of sea birds, polar bears, walruses, seals and possibly beluga and bowhead whales. Since we will experience close to 24 hours of sun at this time of the year; there will be long full days looking to find and photograph animals perfectly adapted to survive in this challenging environment.
Although June is start of the Arctic summer, day time temperatures are only just about freezing and dropping to around minus 3 at night so the expedition camp is set up to provide a good level of comfort. despite its remote location. Each tent has a propane heater and proper cot beds with bedding. Each day you will enjoy hearty meals including some foods that are traditionally served in the Inuit community, such as muck, seal meat and Arctic char.
Take in the final morning at the Floe Edge before enjoying a scenic skidoo ride back to Arctic Bay, where you will once again overnight at the ‘Tangmaaqvik Hotel’ or home stay.
Guests are shuttled back to the airport to connect with their outbound international flights.
Authentic Indigenous Experiences
Authentic indigenous experiences are delivered by indigenous tourism businesses located from across Canada and many are members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).
Indigenous Tourism can be defined as all tourism businesses majority owned, operated and/or controlled by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples that can demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the local indigenous community and traditional territory where the operation resides.x
This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:
- Arctic Bay Adventures
- 6 nights of camping
- 2 nights accommodation in Arctic Bay
- Expedition Equipment
- Meals - breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner
* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.
** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.
Arctic Bay: Life on the Floe Edge Image Gallery
Ski-doo to the Floe Edge
The Floe Edge, also known as the 'Line of Life'
Ski-doo to the Floe Edge
Narwhals in the Arctic Ocean