Narwhal Tusks in the Arctic Sea, Canadian Arctic

Canadian Arctic Narwhal Safari



8 Days

Prices Start from

£12,135pp (ex. flights)

This exclusive Canadian Arctic safari explores the rich wildlife and vast landscapes of Lancaster Sound, an area known as the Serengeti of the North, and presents opportunities to snorkel with narwhals and sleep in an expeditionary mobile camp.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Arctic Safari Camp, Canadian Arctic 1

Sleep in Arctic Yurts

Sleep in a safari-inspired camp in one of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth.

Narwhal Tusks in the Arctic Sea, Canadian Arctic 2

Swim with Narwhals

Observe majestic and enchanting tusked narwhals on their spring migration.

windswept snow and photographer, Arviat, Churchill, Canadian Arctic 3

Meet Inuit People

Travel with incredibly experienced and knowledgeable local Inuit guides.

Polar Bear 4

Arctic Wildlife

Search for polar bears and bowhead whales in spectacular glaciers.

Why we like it

From the comfortable base of a private safari-style mobile campsite, explore the remote Arctic wilderness each day on foot, by riding a skidoo or sailing in a kayak, with the ultimate goal of spotting (and even snorkelling with) elusive narwhals. What sets this trip apart is how insider knowledge and traditional tracking techniques of the guides and elders from the Inuit community are combined with state of the art expedition equipment such as satellite imagery and spotting scopes.

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  • Day 1

    Ottawa - Iqaluit - Pond Inlet

  • Days 2-6

    Pond Inlet & the Floe Edge

  • Day 7

    Pond Inlet - Iqaluit

  • Day 8

    Iqaluit - Ottawa

Day 1

Ottawa - Iqaluit - Pond Inlet

Days 2-6

Pond Inlet & the Floe Edge

Narwhal Tusks in the Arctic Sea, Canadian Arctic

Observe (and snorkel with) majestic and enchanting pods of tusked Narwhals on their annual spring migration.

Day 7

Pond Inlet - Iqaluit

Day 8

Iqaluit - Ottawa

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Narwhal Flukes, Canada
Narwhal Flukes, Canada

Snorkel with Narwhals

Set against a backdrop of spectacular icebergs and glaciers, spring sees a reawakening. Discover a carpet of dazzling flora and a sky full of migratory birds as narwhals, belugas, walruses and bowheads cruise the icy waters and polar bears roam the land. With luck, there may be the possibility to snorkel with the narwhals.

Hot Air Balloon at Premium Safari Camp, Canadian Arctic ©David Briggs
Hot Air Balloon at Premium Safari Camp, Canadian Arctic ©David Briggs

Stay at Arctic Safari Camp

Travel on a traditional Inuit-style qamutik, snowmobile across the sea ice, rest at historic grave-site tea stops and pass abandoned whaling stations and hunting cabins – and all of this in just one day en route to the Arctic Safari Camp! Inspired by African mobile camps, the warm yurt-style safari tents are unique additions to the breathtaking Arctic landscape (and the cosy central fireplaces and 24-hour buffet service a welcome treat after a day of exploration).

Inuit Community, Canadian Arctic
Inuit Community, Canadian Arctic
Polar Bear, Canadian Arctic
Polar Bear, Canadian Arctic

Adventures on the Floe Edge

Make daily trips out to the floe edge by qamutik and snowmobile, passing icebergs, ‘bergy-bits’ and drifting pack ice and looking out for curious seals that gaze at you from the icy waters. Plenty of time will be provided for unhurried observation and exceptional opportunities for impressive Arctic photography.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Arctic Foxes & Snowy Owls

Home to Arctic foxes, hares, weasels, collared lemmings, snowy owls, rough-legged hawks and gyrfalcons, a trip to Bylot Island is unmissable. Migratory birds are also in abundance. Pure white ivory gulls, gaudy king eider ducks, low flying northern fulmars, thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, and greater snow geese (kanguq) are just a few of the many bird species that can be observed here.


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Arctic Premium Safari Camp £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The Premium Safari Camp is inspired by the African mobile camps, bringing style and elegance to the Arctic. Yurt style tents are erected with double walls for insulation to provide a warm home away from home in one of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth. Configurations can include either two twin beds or one king-size bed. Each bed is complete with mattress, duvets, pillows and comforter. Large windows provide sweeping views so that you can still be part of the arctic while enjoying the creature comforts of your yurt.

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All I can say is “everything was perfect”.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Roxy

After years of dreaming about a trip like this, I entrusted the planning and logistics to Sue. What a seamless journey and the most memorable trip – I will never forget seeing a narwhal for the first time.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

We couldn’t believe that it was possible to see so many beluga whales and polar bears in one trip. This was a remarkable trip and one that was fantastically well put together by Sue.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Canada in January

January is an undoubtedly cold time of year in Canada, with temperatures reaching negative daily. However, visiting during this time can be a good chance to avoid the overwhelming busy times of the festive season and school holidays.

Canada in February

Winter in Canada offers an array of sporting and cultural events both indoors and out. Banff, Whistler and Jasper offer phenomenal ski resorts or perhaps be a spectator of an ice hockey match, arguably the country’s favourite sport.

Canada in March

While March can be a good off-peak time to visit, it is worth being prepared for drastic weather changes. However, this also means lower costs and fewer crowds. The mountains are still open for the ski season and cities are ideal as they are fewer tourists.

Canada in April

April marks the start of spring across Canada, a time to avoid crowds and discover all that the country has to offer with comfortable temperatures on average.

Canada in May

May is a favourable time to visit Canada, with temperatures rising, avoiding school holidays and off-peak rates.

Canada in June

For many travellers, June is the ideal time to visit Canada. Just before peak season, the weather is favourable and most of the trails and seasonal activities will have opened.

Canada in July

Summer in Canada calls for longer days to explore the natural beauty that awaits outdoors whether it’s hiking, fishing or camping. Temperatures average around 25, making cities quite warm but head into the wilderness or by the coast and enjoy the open air.

Canada in August

Summer is considered the peak season with warm temperatures and all attractions open. It is worth noting this time of year can be quite busy as it is school holidays.

Canada in September

As autumn rolls in and temperatures lower, September is a great time to avoid massive crowds and experience all that the country has to offer in comfortable weather. September is also the beginning of the salmon run, a peak time to see the bears fishing.

Canada in October

Temperatures continue to drop in October, also bringing cloudy days and rain. The autumn foliage is in full bloom across the countryside. This can also be a good time to take advantage of off-peak rates, however, it is worth bearing in mind that the weather can vary and some coastal towns will have started to close for the season.

Canada in November

November is a good time of year to visit the cities of Canada. It is too late to view the foliage and a bit too early to skiing yet, but a good time to explore cities across the country, in temperatures averaging 5 degrees.

Canada in December

The build-up to the festive season is in full swing across the country. Snow may have already started, making the perfect scene for ice skating and markets.

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