Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island

Premium Safari Camp
Premium Safari Camp
12 Passengers

This safari takes you through the rarely visited, spectacular landscapes of eastern Baffin Island. Glacier-capped coastlines, majestic mountain peaks, and dazzling icebergs create the perfect backdrop, while the midnight sun casts a magical glow both day and night.

This family-friendly expedition provides opportunities to spot polar bears and bowhead whales, taste fresh Arctic char, kayak in glacier-fed lakes, walk in Auyuittuq National Park, and pick wild Arctic blueberries.

See majestic polar bears swimming amongst icebergs and possibly even bowhead whales, up close and in their wild, unspoiled natural habitat. Experience the long days of Arctic summer and seemingly endless sunsets. Take in the exceptional beauty of the of Baffin Island coastline from the comfort of the Arctic Kingdom Premium Safari Camp, located just outside Auyuittuq National Park, one of Canada’s most stunning national parks.

Spend your days roaming the natural habitat of polar bears by land and intriguing bowhead whales by sea. Admire the views of the mirror-smooth water speckled with icebergs that reflect a striking panoramic view of the mountain peaks.

As the sights and sounds of this spectacular environment stimulate your senses, the rest of the world will seem like a distant echo.

This trip is excellent for families, adventurers and photographers who appreciate rare wildlife sightings and stunning landscapes – found only in the Arctic!

• Observe polar bears in their natural habitat as the roam the islands, prowling for seals
• Search for the bowhead whale, and visit a newly discovered bowhead molting site, a shallow bay where they slough off dead skin – one of the rarest wildlife experiences in the Arctic
• Indulge in fresh Arctic char and wild blueberries while admiring “all-night sunsets” from the comfort of our Premium Safari Camp
• Visit ancient Thule sites and enjoy other exciting day trips to learn about the history and culture of the region
• See the terminus of Coronation Fiord where the Penny Ice Cap Glacier ends abruptly in the ocean
• Visit Canada’s stunning Auyuittuq National Park and see massive icebergs
• Admire the breathtaking landscapes and icescapes of Baffin Island

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Ottawa to Iqaluit to Qikiqtarjuaq to Premium Safari Camp
Days 2 to 6 Premium Safari Camp
Day 7 Return to Ottawa

Day 1 — Ottawa to Iqaluit to Qikiqtarjuaq to Premium Safari Camp

This safari begins in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. Depart Ottawa for Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, and connect to your flight to Qikiqtarjuaq. On the way to Qikiqtarjuaq, you will fly over Auyuittuq National Park. Keep an eye out for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, and the world’s tallest uninterrupted vertical cliff – more than 5,000 feet (1524 m) of sheer rock.

Upon arrival in Qikiqtarjuaq, meet your expedition leader and group members, and participate in a briefing at Parks Canada. Transfer to a waiting boat for a 45-minute boat ride to our Premium Safari Camp, treading past many islands and floating icebergs. Settle into camp and enjoy a delicious meal while watching the sun dip on the horizon.

Days 2 to 6 — Premium Safari Camp

Take in the highlights of the area from the base camp, located in a sheltered bay.

Enjoy day trips by boat to Auyuittuq National Park, where you may hike at the base of the Coronation Fiord, as well as a trip to the Penny Ice Cap glacier. Sampling fresh Arctic char, gathering fresh blueberries and blackberries nearby, and kayaking are also popular pastimes.

Bowhead whales are known to frequent an area just 30 minutes to 1 hour from camp, while polar bears can often be spotted on islands throughout the area. In some cases, more than 20 polar bears can be seen on this safari!

Day 7 — Return to Ottawa

Enjoy breakfast before boarding the boat to travel back to Qikiqtarjuaq. Depart for Ottawa.

* Itinerary may be subject to change