Province/Territory: Nunavut

The Floe Edge is the magical border between the sea ice and open ocean. It is an area where arctic mammals and birds congregate.

  • 9 days on the ice under the Midnight Sun
  • 2 species of whales – narwhal, and bowhead
  • 50 percent of the world’s polar bears

Travel across the frozen ocean in a Qamutik - traditional Inuit wooden sled, ski beside towering icebergs, and paddle amungst narwhal and seals. From the comforts of a basecamp at the northern tip of Nunavut’s Baffin Island watch a polar bear mother and cub in buttery midnight sunshine. Spot pods of narwhal as they raise their unicorn tusks. Hike across snow-patched tundra sprouting the season’s first wildflowers with a backdrop of flowing glaciers. Hear a symphony of seals whistling underwater through a hydrophone. The floe edge of North Baffin Island is a “must-see” place for wilderness photographers, birders, and wildlife observers. This base camp expedition is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast seeking a one-of-a-kind adventure in a most unique landscape!

Why you should visit
  • Skim across the frozen ocean on a Qamutik, spot polar bears on the prowl for seals along an open lead of water.
  • Peer up at cathedral-sized icebergs locked into the sea ice.
  • Polish up your photography skills to take home great landscape and wildlife pictures.
  • Explore an ancient Thule archaeological camp and an historical whaling station strewn with artefacts.
  • Taste “country foods” like the delicious Arctic char.
  • Meet local Inuit and shop for carvings, handmade mitts and boots in a traditional High Arctic community.

Weather

Spring temperatures are somewhat consistent throughout the territory with average daytime highs between -1°C and -10°C. The long days of June in Nunavut are very often sunny and with the 24 hours of daylight, there is little difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Visitor information
When to go

Floe edge season is from mid May, through mid June each year. This is also the time of year when wildlife is most active. We frequently see whales, seals, polar bear, and numourous species of birds.

Need to know

Black Feather provides all camping, kayaking and skiing equipment for this adventure holiday. We even provide winter boots and parkas! Enjoy delicious meals, prepared using recipes from our own Backcountry Cookbook, as well as sample local fares. A recommended personal clothing and equipment list will also be provided.

Getting Here
  • Nunavut is located in Canada’s Eastern Arctic and can only be accessed by plane.
  • There are daily flight to the territorial capital Iqaluit Airport (YFB) from Ottawa Ontario (YOW). From Iqaluit, a connecting flight will take you North to Pond Inlet Airport (YIO). Contact Black Feather for assistance in arranging travel to the North.