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Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge – 8 days

from $7,870.00

Spend a few days exploring the Canadian Arctic at this unique wilderness
lodge and world-class Beluga whale observation site.

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All about the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge – 8 days.

Situated 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers fully-guided opportunities for diverse adventure activities, and extraordinary polar photography under 24-hour daylight. Observe the elusive Musk ox, Polar bears and more wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy comfortable accommodations and superb food, all accessible within a scenic flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada..

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks throughout the week
* 7 nights at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Mandatory transfer package (including charter flights) starting from USD$2,170. Inquire for up to date pricing.

Highlights

  • Visit Cunningham River estuary, home to hundreds of Beluga whales
  • See incredible Arctic Wildlife including Beluga whales, Polar bears, Musk ox, and  Ringed seals
  • Enjoy included activities on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), Mercedes Unimogs, kayaking, and rafting
  1. Day 1 Enjoy an included night in Yellowknife and meeting your fellow travellers.

    Enjoy an included night in Yellowknife and meeting your fellow travellers.

  2. Day 2 We’ll meet early in the morning to board our private chartered plane to fly the 1,000 miles (1,500 km) to the Arctic Watch Lodge.

    We’ll meet early in the morning to board our private chartered plane to fly the 1,000 miles (1,500 km) to the Arctic Watch lodge. During the four and a half hour flight, we’ll pass over the treeline to the barrens, refueling in the community of Cambridge Bay, and landing in the afternoon on a private airstrip on Somerset Island. A short walk across the tundra, and an even shorter raft ride across the Cunningham River, will bring us to the lodge. Following a tour of the facilities, you’ll settle into your cabins and meet the expedition staff for a briefing on the activities in the days ahead.

  3. Day 3 A typical first morning at the lodge may include receiving a hands-on introduction to driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) . Later, we may take a short hike to the Cunningham River estuary to watch Beluga whales frolic in the shallow water.

    A typical first morning at the lodge may include receiving a hands-on introduction to driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which are easy and fun to drive. Later, we may take a short hike to the Cunningham River estuary to watch Beluga whales frolic in the shallow water only a few yards off shore, followed by a wonderful buffet lunch. In the afternoon, there may be an opportunity for a hike to Triple Waterfalls, a five-story torrent of free- falling water. There you can see nesting Peregrine falcons and other birds such as loons, Snow buntings, sandpipers and Rough-legged hawks. Exploring the canyon introduces you to the delicate beauty of wild Arctic flowers. Encounters with Musk ox are common. After a hearty dinner, there’s free time to explore in and around the lodge. The library has a broad selection of Arctic and Polar titles. The interpretive centre contains collections of local fossils, skeletal remains of Arctic fauna, and a collection of traditional Inuit clothing from Canada, Greenland and Siberia.

  4. Day 4 Today we may attempt to kayak in Cunningham Inlet. All equipment and basic instructions are provided. Paddle among icebergs, looking out for Ring and Bearded seals as well as Beluga whales.

    Today we may attempt to kayak in Cunningham Inlet. All equipment and basic instructions are provided. Paddle among icebergs, looking out for ring and bearded seals as well as Beluga whales. Sightings of sea birds, including Arctic terns and Eider ducks, can be expected. After a lunch served along the shoreline, we’ll take a short hike to explore a local canyon aptly named “Kayak Falls.” From there we’ll have stunning views of the Northwest Passage and the opportunity to see Polar bears. In the afternoon, we’ll return to the Cunningham River estuary to watch the Beluga whales. This site is unique the world over because of the density of the whale population and their proximity to our lodge. Standing on the river banks, you’ll be able to see the Beluga whales frolic in the shallow water and be close enough to hear their calls. Guides will use our hydrophones so that you can also hear their underwater calls. In the evening, following a delicious dinner, we’ll have a lecture on the Beluga research being conducted in Cunningham Inlet.

  5. Day 5 Today we’ll depart for a trip to Flatrock Falls, crossing the Cunningham River delta. There, you’ll have the option of hiking or travelling by Mercedes Unimog. We’ll visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as the result of shifting fault lines.

    Following breakfast, we’ll depart for a trip to Flatrock Falls, crossing the Cunningham River delta. There, you’ll have the option of hiking or travelling by Mercedes Unimog a (multi-purpose four-wheel drive truck). We’ll visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as the result of shifting fault lines. Their walls, mostly vertical, vary from 200 to 1,000 feet (up to 305 meters). Millions of fossils of prehistoric plants and animals litter the ground. You may also have the opportunity to observe nesting sites of local birds, including terns, plovers and Snow geese. A picnic lunch is served directly on the flat rocks that surround this canyon. After lunch, we’ll travel to Gull Canyon, where you can see the striking biological contrasts between barren canyon and a lush gull rookery. The Canadian Wildlife Service recently visited and claimed this spot to be a unique and special eco-system for the gull rookery and the presence of Peregrine falcons. In the evening, Arctic Watch’s scientist-in-residence will give an informal lecture.

  6. Day 6 Today we travel to the Arctic Watch raft and kayak launch on the Cunningham River, searching for muskox, Snow geese, Arctic foxes, sandpipers and Rough-legged hawks. Returning to the lodge, you’ll have the choice of kayaking or travelling by raft.

    The first leg of today’s journey will be by Mercedes Unimog truck. We’ll get to the Arctic Watch raft and kayak launch on the Cunningham River, 20 km from the lodge. Typically, the final six kilometres require a hike through the Badlands, passing the skeletal remains of two Bowhead whales dated from eight thousand years ago. The voyage includes encounters with Musk ox, Snow geese, jaegers, Arctic foxes, sandpipers and Rough-legged hawks. We’ll savour a picnic lunch on the beach beside the river, as the staff and guides prepare the rafts and kayaks. Returning to the lodge, you’ll have the choice of kayaking or travelling by raft. The river has swift-flowing, crystal-clear water with no difficult sections or rapids. The views are amazing and include steep canyon walls and, at one point, a 180-degree turn. Tonight, we’ll enjoy our final dinner and evening at the Arctic Watch lodge.

  7. Day 7 Today, you’ll bid a fond farewell to the lodge team and the High Arctic. In the late afternoon, the plane will arrive for the return flight back to Yellowknife.

    Today, you’ll bid a fond farewell to the lodge team and the High Arctic. You may have time to take advantage of one last activity before we depart. In the late afternoon, the plane will arrive for the return flight back to Yellowknife. Upon arrival in Yellowknife you will be transferred to your included hotel.

  8. Day 8 Today you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in the Yellowknife area.

    Today you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in the Yellowknife area.

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Where you stay

Located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 50 miles from the nearest town, Arctic Watch is a permanent wilderness resort that offers hotel-like accommodations in a remote Arctic setting. Our guests experience the beauty and wonder of this fabulous place, while enjoying the comforts of home and delicious meals.

Eating and Drinking

The food is incredible, including local foods such as muskox and Arctic char. Every day starts with fresh hot muffins. Coffee, tea and juice are all complimentary (please note: no soft drinks are available). Wine and spirits are also available for purchase at the lodge.

Travelling Conditions

The voyages are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as clients’ wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere at the lodge is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and Polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. Back at the lodge after each adventure, you can have a hot shower and then relax with a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar. Your Expedition Team is carefully chosen for their combined experience, knowledge and passion for the all things Polar. Throughout your week, there will be daily presentations, as well as informal briefings, on a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.

Optional Activities:

Hiking Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic. The tundra comes alive during the brief Arctic summer, with bursts of colour from the shrubs and plants that eke out a living in this Polar environment. You’ll find each hike is different – exploring shorelines or landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will advise you of what you can expect prior to each excursion.

River Rafting Typically lasting two to three hours, guests will travel by raft on a river excursion. The Cunningham River is swift-flowing, crystal-clear water with no difficult sections or rapids. Guests are given a hands-on introduction to rafting prior to departing, and no previous experience is required.

ATV A great way to better explore the terrain of Somerset Island is by all-terrain vehicle. Guests receive a hands-on introduction to driving ATVs, which are easy and fun to operate. Helmets are provided.

Kayaking Led by experienced kayak guides, guests will paddle among icebergs, on the watch for Ring and Bearded seals and Beluga whales. Sightings of sea birds, including Arctic terns and Eider ducks, can be expected. All equipment and basic instructions are provided.

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