- 04 days in the Arctic
- 120 kilometre ice road
- 3000 galloping reindeer
Travel 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, and leap into a unique winter exploration. A highway of ice awaits; the route to Aklavik, home to welcoming people and rich indigenous culture. Head even further north along the Mackenzie Valley Highway and accelerate your adventure with a snowmobile ride into the wilderness. Your destination? A migrating herd of 3,000 reindeer. View and even help herd these animals alongside skilled locals. Later, retire to a rustic basecamp scenically set on the tundra for engaging cultural demonstrations, storytelling and a feast of traditional foods. Perhaps the Northern Lights will appear? More sights lie ahead—such as pingos and sea ice—as you cruise the road to Tuktoyaktuk, a town at the edge of the continent.
This is Tundra North Tours’ Canadian Arctic Reindeer Signature Package—a four-day winter adventure combining Inuvialuit culture, natural wonders and a close-up wildlife experience.
- Travel along an ice road to the isolated and culturally rich Arctic community of Aklavik.
- Drive north along the new Mackenzie Valley Highway, then board a snowmobile for a scenic hour-long cruise across snowy tundra.
- Marvel at a herd of 3,000 reindeer and meet the Inuvialuit people who lead these animals to their spring calving grounds—even assisting in the process.
- Stay at a rustic basecamp and engage with your Inuvialuit hosts—listen to storytelling, participate in Arctic games and celebrate with a feast of traditional foods.
- Watch the night skies for Aurora Borealis—which, at this latitude, appear on the southern horizon—before sleeping in a cozy cabin or optional igloo.
- Continue your journey along one of Canada’s newest and most remote highways to edge of the continent and the town of Tuktoyaktuk.
- View Pingo Canadian Landmark, an iconic example of this Arctic landform; gaze over the frozen Arctic Ocean; learn about Inuvialuit lifestyles from a local guide.
- Return to Inuvik, shopping for crafts and gifts as you tour the economic centre of Canada’s Western Arctic.
- Expect cold temperatures throughout the operating season. Average daily temperatures are approximately -26°C (February), -22°C (March) and -12°C (April).
- Discover local weather information for Inuvik. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
- Reserve Tundra North Tours: Canadian Arctic Reindeer Signature Package directly through the operator.
- Includes accommodation (hotel/basecamp), regional/town tours, ice road and Mackenzie Valley Highway tour, cultural demonstrations/interactions, snowmobile tour, reindeer experience, local airport transfers and most meals.
- Tour operates from late-February to early April.
- This is a fully guided group tour, with a minimum group size of six and a maximum of 12; non-wheelchair accessible.
- Restaurants, attractions and most services are available in Inuvik.
- Tundra North Tours provides a full complement of winter outerwear: parkas, pants, boots, hats, mitts, scarves and snowmobile helmets; guests are responsible for additional clothing and personal items.
- Traditional foods are served during the tours and at the basecamp; inquire about dietary restrictions; Inuvik is home to a variety of dining options.
- The two-night stay in Inuvik is at a modern, full-service hotel located in the centre of town.
- The one-night basecamp visit is in off-grid rustic cabins. Guests may also opt to stay in an igloo while at the basecamp for an additional charge.
- The trip is suitable for all ages; guests will be required to walk short distances over varied terrain and snowpack.
- Tundra North Tours: Canadian Arctic Reindeer Signature Package starts and finishes in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
- Inuvik is typically accessed via Inuvik Airport (YEV).
- With a well-supplied and capable vehicle, driving to Inuvik is possible via the Dempster Highway, the only all-season highway in North America to cross the Arctic Circle.