Province/Territory: Nunavut

An Arctic Safari by Inuit sled

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

Hop onto a traditional Inuit wooden sled and slide across the frozen ocean on a spring Arctic safari with Polar Sea Adventures when round-the-clock daylight cracks the sea ice and turns the ice floe edge into a wildlife feeding frenzy. From your camp 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 beluga whales chirping and seals whistling underwater through a hydrophone. Stare up at a sea cliff teeming with squawking birds perched on nests. Dine on hearty local specialties like Arctic char chowder and caribou. Listen to your local Inuit guide’s stories of a life lived outdoors, then sleep on the ice in a cozy tented base camp beneath the Midnight Sun.

Why you should visit
  • Skim across the frozen ocean on a komatiq, a traditional Inuit wooden sled.
  • 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.
  • Experience the Arctic with a veteran guide who once worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
  • 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 Arctic char and caribou stew.
  • 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 -10°C and -20°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.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Floe edge trips take place in June after the sea ice breaks up, but while the shore-locked ice is still solid for travelling.
  • The longest days of the year are in June – 24 hour daylight as Pond Inlet is above the Arctic Circle.
Need to know
  • The standard method of reaching the floe edge, a half-day trip, is via a snowmobile-drawn wooden Inuit sled.
  • Polar Sea Adventures offers flow edge trips via backcountry skiing as well.
  • There is also an option to take part in kayaking expeditions along the ice edge on some trips.
  • All camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, Thermarests, cooking equipment etc.), meals, lodgings and charters are included.
  • Kayaks and some polar clothing rentals are available.
Getting Here
  • Nunavut is located in Canada’s Eastern Arctic and can only be accessed by plane in winter.
  • The main point of entry for flights from Southern Canada is the Iqaluit Airport (YFB) with flights then connecting to Pond Inlet Airport (YIO).