- 350,000 migrating caribou
- 04 Arctic predators - wolves, grizzly bears, wolverines and eagles
- 14 nights under the Midnight Sun
Touch down on a dirt airstrip alongside Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge on the Nunavut Barren Lands just north of the Manitoba border. Head by snowmobile onto the tree-less tundra with your guide and suddenly find yourself surrounded by a river of hundreds of moving caribou rushing northwards on a 500-kilometre spring migration to their calving grounds. Feel the adrenaline when you spot a wolf, wolverine, grizzly or black bear tracking the herd. Experience thrilling, raw nature up close on this authentic Arctic safari. Return at day’s end to the timber lodge on the frozen shores of Ennadai Lake, five-star wilderness luxury. Try ice fishing. Snowshoe or cross-country ski in the nearby woods. Migrate with the caribou to overnight at a rustic outpost camp. Then savour a chef-prepared gourmet meal complemented by fine Canadian wines. Settling into your room, remember to peek outside - you might just see some of the 350,000-strong Qamanirjuaq caribou herd passing right outside your window under the Midnight Sun.
Tundra weather conditions can change quickly and dramatically in every season. While spring days can feature 24-hour blue skies and warm sunshine, weather can also vary to cloudy, windy, cool days with possible light showers, sleet, even snow. Average daily temperatures range between -5°C to +20°C in May. Precipitation is light - less than 150mm per year (6 inches). Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
As the migration is brief, there is only one spring trip to Arctic Haven, in early May.
• Visitors generally arrive in Yellowknife the day before their scheduled departure to Arctic Haven on one of several airlines that service Yellowknife Airport (YVF) from Southern Canada.
• The following day, aboard a private plane, fly 1 hour 55 minutes (750 kilometres) eastward to the airstrip at Arctic Haven.