Arctic Polar Bear Expedition



starting fromUS $10,990per person

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Summer Wilderness Tour On Baffin Island

On this Arctic summer adventure, join expert guides to see polar bears in remote and beautiful Qikiqtarjuaq National Park, on Baffin Island. Have your camera ready for impressive icebergs, glacier capped peaks, and up-close Arctic wildlife encounters. Spot polar bears and bowhead whales, kayak in glacier fed lakes, fish for Arctic char, and pick wild blueberries under the midnight sun. At day’s end, enjoy first-class hospitality and delicious meals in a comfortable safari camp.

Trip at a glance

9 Days / 8 Nights

Arrive Ottawa 1 night Ottawa 6 nights Baffin Island 1 night Ottawa Depart Ottawa

  • View Details Of Each Day

    Sample Itinerary

    Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

    Day 1 – Arrive in Ottawa
    Your adventure begins with your arrival in Ottawa. Ottawa is a beautiful Canadian city, with countless attractions and hidden gems. This is the federal capital of Canada so museums abound.

    Insider tip: Ask your Vacation Advisor about adding time in Ottawa before or after your Arctic adventure. From cycling tours to museum visits, Ottawa has plenty to discover for everyone.

    Overnight in Ottawa.

    Day 2 – Travel North to the Arctic – Beautiful Baffin Island
    Departing Ottawa early this morning, fly north through Iqlauit, before connecting to Qikiqtarjuaq, a small village on the eastern coast of Baffin Island. Feel the excitement build as you fly over Auyuittuq National Park, one of Canada’s most stunning national parks. Keep your eyes open for Mount Asgard and Mount Thor, the world’s tallest, uninterrupted vertical cliff face (over 5000 feet of sheer rock).

    Arriving in Qikiqtarjuaq, step into a different world. With a population of only 600 people, this small hamlet on Broughton Island is a welcome break from bustling city life. Just across the shimmering channel from Broughton Island is the impressively large mountains of the Akshakyuk Pass of Auyuittuq National Park, located on the mainland of Baffin Island.

    Insider tip: Visiting the Arctic in the summer is perfect as the temperatures range from 5°C to 22°C (41° to 72° F) allowing for the best opportunity to explore in comfort. A detailed packing list is available, but if you don’t have enough to wear, a winter clothing rental package is available. Ask your Vacation Advisor for more details.

    Overnight in a comfortable premium safari tent camp.

    Days 3 to 7 – Polar Bear Exploration from Arctic Base Camp
    The next few days will be full of adventure as you discover the highlights of the area while enjoying the Arctic summer. With the expedition camp ideally located near a fresh water river, you will have everything you need from hot showers to locally sourced and prepared meals.

    Each day brings new adventures. Spend your day hiking at the base of North Pangnirtung Fiord near Akshakyuk Pass, then later enjoy an exploratory boat trip to the Penny Ice Cap Glacier for more discovery. Another popular activity is fishing for Arctic char – enjoy your fresh caught fish grilled for dinner. Or spend some time gathering wild blueberries and blackberries nearby – eat them straight from the bush or bring them back to the kitchen for the chef to prepare you a treat!

    The biggest highlight of the trip is always viewing rare Arctic wildlife in its unspoiled natural habitat. Polar bears can often be seen on islands nearby – on past trips, more than twenty polar bears have been seen just on the boat ride between Qikiqtarjuaq and the base camp! Even endangered bowhead whales often move through the area just a short boat ride from camp. Discover a different viewpoint in an inflatable kayak or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop into the icy waters for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

    Insider tip: With small groups and optional activities, this relaxed adventure is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. Anyone who can walk comfortably across a football field should be able to participate in this expedition. If you are concerned about the activity level required for this trip, your Vacation Advisor will be happy to discuss every detail with you.

    Overnight in a comfortable premium safari tent camp.

    Day 8 – Baffin Island to Ottawa
    Your Arctic journey comes to an end today as you board the boat and head back to Qikiqtarjuaq – maybe you’ll spot a few last polar bears on your way. Fly back to Ottawa with a stop in Iqaluit. Arriving in Ottawa later this afternoon, transfer to your hotel and spend one more night in Canada’s capital city.

    Overnight in Ottawa.

    Day 9 – Depart Ottawa
    Sit back and relax as you are transferred to the Ottawa airport in time for your departure. Leave Canada today having made memories to last a lifetime.

    Insider tip: This trip is perfectly suited for families. Ask your Vacation Advisor about personalizing this trip to suit your family!
Arctic Polar Bear Expedition – Map



Places Visited

OttawaBaffin Island

Accommodation Style

HotelSafari Tent

Activity Level


What you'll love about this trip

  • Expert Arctic guides

  • Hiking in remote Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island

  • Observing rare arctic wildlife such as polar bears and whales

  • Icebergs, mountains, and glaciers

  • Optional activities such as kayaking on glacier-fed lakes, or fishing for arctic char

  • Experiencing Inuit culture

  • “Warmer” days with endless daylight

  • Cozy, safari-style accommodations with delicious meals

Common Questions

  • Where am I staying on this trip?

    You'll be staying at various local three to five star hotels or lodges along your route, some of which are very iconic properties with great locations, views and history. All our accommodations are carefully selected by our Canadian Insiders. We'll make sure that wherever you stay, you get the best value and comfort based on the seasonal availability.

  • What is included in the price?

    Typically we include and pre-book all your main trip components so you don't have to worry about your connections, places to stay, or activities on your trip. You'll receive a complete travel package with detailed documentation and our Canadian Insiders remain at your disposal before and during your trip to answer your questions.

  • Can I customize this trip?

    Your trip can be as rich as you'd like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can request your personalized trip plan to decide what you'd like to see and do.

    If your trip is a special occasion, we'll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you're traveling with a group, we'll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.

  • What are the best ways to travel around Canada?

    Canada has a network of spectacular roadways, train routes, ferry crossings, and float planes. We can arrange for you to travel by car or to sit back and relax.

  • When is the best time to see wildlife?

    That depends on the destination and type. As a rule, the main feeding and migration seasons are best for wildlife experiences. Tell us which animals interest you and we'll make your trip coincide with the best viewing season.

  • Is this an escorted tour?

    With the exception of our guided wildlife trips, our vacations are not typically 'escorted.' We combine the best of both worlds – the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities, plus the freedom of 'independent' travel. You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary. This allows us to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, and timeframe.

  • Will it be cold when I visit Canada in summer?

    The temperature varies from mild to hot, depending on location. Northern Canada will range between 50°F to 64°F (10°C – 18°C) in summer. The interior of BC, prairies, Ontario and Quebec can reach temperatures around 95°F (35°C). Canada's west coast, mountain regions, and Maritimes enjoy milder summer temperatures. They range on average from 59°F to 77°F (15°C – 25°C).

  • How much does my trip cost?

    All our trips can be customized to fit your schedule and budget. The price depends on travel season, train service, hotel level, and the sightseeing tours you choose. Request your personalized trip plan and quote which will provide you with a detailed cost estimate.

  • What's Included

    What's Included in the Price

    These are the places and experiences to look forward to on this trip.

    • 2 nights of hotel accommodation
    • 6 nights in a Premium Safari Tent*

    * Safari tents can include 2 twin beds, or 1 king bed. Ask your Vacation Advisor for the best arrangements if you’re traveling with family or a group.

    Arctic Experiences:*
    • Services of Inuit guides and expedition staff for 6 days
    • Snorkeling
    • Kayaking
    • Hiking
    • Arctic Char Fishing
    • Wild Berry Picking
    • Wildlife viewing by boat and land

    * Some activities may not be available or schedule may change due to weather and wildlife conditions. Your expedition guides will provide you with the best daily activities based on conditions.

    Meal Inclusions:
    • All meals from Qikiqtarjuaq

    Transportation Inclusions
    • A personalized pick up from your arrival airport, and drop off at your departure airport
    • Return flights from Ottawa to Qikiqtarjuaq
    • Return transfers in Qikiqtarjuaq
    • All transportation to and from the Base Camp, including local boats for duration of trip

    Other Inclusions:
    Gratuities for some private transfers in Ottawa
    • Digital Travel Documents
    • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service – from the time you book, you are assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

    Not Included
    • Gratuities for tours, transfers, and guides
    • Flights to and from Ottawa
    • Meals, other than those mentioned
    • Travel medical and evacuation insurance coverage (required for travel, please ask for a quote)
    • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended, please ask for a quote)
    • Additional costs associated with weather and/or layovers in in Qikiqtarjuaq, Iqaluit or Ottawa including flight changes, additional hotels and meals
    • Canadian Sales Taxes

    Ideas to customize this trip

    Think of this trip as just a starting point. These are some of the experiences you can add-on to personalize your trip.

    • Add on additional time in Ottawa and discover the Capital of Canada
    • Extend your trip with a few days in the lively city of Toronto
    • Extend your trip with a 3 day tour of Iqaluit and learn about the culture and people of Nunavut
    • Ask about adding on a wilderness lodge in Ontario’s lake region
  • Prices & Dates

    Trip Start Dates

    2019 Departures from Ottawa
    Aug 1, 8, 15

    Pricing For This Trip

    Prices listed may vary by departure date, hotel class and degree of personalization. Please speak with one of our travel advisors to get a personalized quote.

    Departing from Ottawa
    Arctic Polar Bears/ 9 days, 8 nights
    from US $10,990 to US $11,869 per person

    This once in a lifetime Polar Bear Safari takes you to the Canadian Arctic. Discover the amazing wilderness of the Canadian Arctic while seeking out polar bears and whales by land and sea. Stay in a comfortable safari camp while taking advantage of the Arctic summer’s midnight sun.

  • Accommodations

    Accommodation Options

    These are examples of this trip's accommodation choices. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

    Delta Ottawa City Centre - Hotel Exterior

    Delta Ottawa City Centre

    An example of our Superior accommodations

    This traditional hotel in downtown Ottawa is a convenient eight-minute walk to Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal and other highlights of Ottawa. Enjoy a welcoming visit to Ottawa with friendly and knowledgeable service. Hotel facilities include a fitness centre, indoor pool, sauna, restaurant and bar.

    Arctic Premium Safari Camp - Safari Camp Exterior

    Arctic Premium Safari Camp

    An example of our Safari Tent accommodations

    The Arctic Premium Safari camp includes spacious yurt-style sleeping accommodations with insulated double walls to keep you warm and cozy inside and 10 foot cathedral ceilings to give you room to relax. Each yurt features either two twin beds or one king size bed, cozy rugs, a heater, and large windows for stunning views. Additionally, camps feature a large dining lounge with 24 hour snack buffet, and a shared washroom with hot showers. Camps can be set up on land or ice depending on time of year.

This Trip in Pictures

Family boat trip of Baffin Island
Family boat trip of Baffin Island
Discover the magnificent polar bears of the Canadian Arctic on this summer-time expedition.
Sighteeing in Ottawa
Sighteeing in Ottawa
Your trip begins in the lively city of Ottawa, the federal capital of Canada.
Family boat trip to Baffin Island
Family boat trip to Baffin Island
After flying north, travel by boat past glaciers and icebergs to your Arctic safari camp.
Polar bear
Polar bear
You might even spot a polar bear on your journey to camp.
Premium safari camp on Baffin Island
Premium safari camp on Baffin Island
Spend six nights in a premium safari camp, deep in the wilderness of the Canadian Arctic.
Kayaking amongst icebergs
Kayaking amongst icebergs
Spend your days with exhilarating activities like kayaking amongst icebergs.
Snorkelling adventure on Baffin Island
Snorkelling adventure on Baffin Island
Or snorkeling amongst Arctic marine life!
Arctic wildlife on Baffin Island
Arctic wildlife on Baffin Island
Discover the abundant wildlife that calls the Arctic home.
Polar bear spotting
Polar bear spotting
Have your camera ready for an exciting polar bear safari from the safety of a boat.
Arctic bowhead whale
Arctic bowhead whale
You may even see the endangered bowhead whale at play in the freezing waters.
Impressive icebergs
Impressive icebergs
Discover the impressive size of icebergs scattered throughout the area.
Sunset at the safari camp
Sunset at the safari camp
Summer in the Arctic is a truly magical time with endless sunsets and the famous midnight sun.

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