Baffin Explorer Itinerary
Preparation Day - Arrive in Ottawa (optional)
An overnight stay in Ottawa is an optional start to your Arctic adventure. A Baffin Safari team member will be there to escort you to suitable adventure equipment retailers if required
Day 1 - Iqaluit
An early afternoon flight from Ottawa will have you arriving into Iqaluit in the early evening. This small Arctic city is Nunavut's capital and Canada’s least populated capital city. You’ll be checked into your hotel for a comfortable nights sleep before departing the following morning for your onward journey to Qikiqtarjuaq, the starting point for your Baffin Explorer safari.
Day 2 - Arrive to Qikiqtarjuaq
On arrival into Qikiqtarjuaq, the friendly Baffin Safari team will be ready and waiting at the air strip to meet you. We’ll get you checked into your hotel where you will have plenty of time to freshen up and take a walk around this small Arctic hamlet.
Dinner will be with your Baffin Safari team and we will also take this opportunity to do a short briefing session on the days to amazing days to follow.
Day 3 - Dog sledding expedition to Base Camp
The traditional dog-sled teams, mastered by local Inuit hunters, are synonymous with the history of the Arctic.
Starting out from Qikiqtarjuaq, our Inuit guides will teach you the basics for handling your 'dog team' to help you prepare for a 3-4 hour dog-sledding expedition through one of the many breathtaking fjords to our Base Camp. Our Base Camp location occasionally changes based on ice and weather conditions, but all are as spectacular as each other.
Our exclusive Baffin Safari Base Camp on the ice is made up of Yurt Dome shelters which are all equipped with appropriate heaters and generated power when needed. Our large 14 foot shelters allow ample room for two people to sleep on raised cots with full mattresses and extremely comfortable cold weather sleeping bags, along with your own brand new felt inserts. The base camp will also include an 18 foot shelter for dining, relaxing and discussing the day’s adventures.
In the afternoon, we will head out on more modern forms of Arctic transport (snow mobile and komatik - Inuit Sled) in search of wildlife, with possible sightings of Polar Bears, Arctic Fox, Caribou, Whales, Walrus, Seals and a diverse range of Arctic Birds.
Day 4 - Arctic Balloon Safari
On your fourth day, we will take to the skies with the unique opportunity of viewing the spectacular Arctic landscapes and wildlife from your own Hot Air Balloon. A Baffin Safari exclusive, as we are the only Arctic tour company offering this amazing activity.
This is an extraordinary, once in a lifetime experience, that will never be forgotten as you become one of only a very small number of people to have flown in a balloon in the Arctic.
Day 5 - Explore the Floe edge
Life at the Floe edge is simply beautiful. It is where the frozen ice meets the open water and the electric blue hues that make the Arctic region so breathtaking are at their brightest. We search for passing whale pods, including the illusive Narwhal and Beluga whales while picture perfect icebergs slowly drift by. It truly is a photographers dream.
And what better way to fully appreciate and enjoy this picture-perfect setting than with a delicious Baffin Safari feast. Combining a mix of fresh Inuit delicacies such as Arctic Char, Caribou and Turbot along with specialty foods from the south and great people and it may just be the best lunch you will ever have!!
Day 6 - Auyuittuq National Park & a night in a traditional Inuit Igloo
Today we will set out early to explore Auyuittuq National Park, which features some of the most spectacular fjords, glaziers and ice fields in the Arctic region.
Meaning “the land that never melts”, the Auyuittuq National Park offers us the opportunity to capture the sheer cliffs and rugged ice covered mountains that make this National Park so unique.
Later in the afternoon, we will travel to the Baffin Safari Igloo camp where our Inuit guides will be waiting to teach you about the traditional Inuit methods of Igloo construction. If a night in a cozy Igloo is not for you, then don’t worry, your super comfortable Yurt Dome will also be available.
Day 7 - The Magical Qikiqtarjuaq
We plan to arrive back into Qikiqtarjuaq at around 10.00am, so after a long hot shower and some lunch, be sure to take the time to strike up a conversation with the locals as you wander around the town taking in the special way in which they live in this sometimes very harsh environment. The visitors and cultural centre is also worth checking out.
While the historical sites of the Arctic are fascinating, of which we will visit a number during our exploring, it is important to keep in mind that they are no more intriguing then the unique culture and abilities of the present Inuit people. Qikiqtarjuaq is a great place to get a better understanding of the daily lives of everyday Inuit people.
Day 8 - Return to Iqaluit & Ottawa
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Today we will escort you to the airport and we part ways as you fly back to Iqaluit and on to Ottawa.
Again, a Baffin Safari representative will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Ottawa. Alternatively, if your flight schedule allows, you may wish to head for directly home.