Spend a week exploring the Canadian Arctic at this unique wilderness lodge situated on the historic Northwest Passage and is the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world a cool 800 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic foxes and a world-class beluga whale nursery, Arctic Watch is an unparalleled destination for the adventurous. From wildlife photography to fat biking the frozen Arctic ocean or sea kayaking alongside beluga whales. Gourmet meals and comfortable accommodation make the Arctic Watch a unique adventure for those seeking an experience of a lifetime.
Set out for a flight of 1500 km from Yellowknife, Canada. In the four and a half hour of flight time, enjoy the aerial view of the Arctic and circle above the Cunnigham inlet where the beluga whales congregate. You'll board the same flight upon your return from Somerset Island.
You will receive a hands-on introduction to driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which are easy and fun to operate. You will ride them on several occasions, as the area is so remote that this is the best way to reach far away locations.
Cunningham River estuary is a beluga whale migration site and is unique the world over because of the density of the beluga population and its proximity to the lodge. You may even be able to see the whales while you stand on the river banks and be close enough to hear their calls. Guides will use hydrophones so you can also hear the whales’ underwater song.
Hike or travel by Mercedes Unimog (a multi purpose four-wheel-drive truck) to visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as the result of shifting fault lines. Millions of fossils of prehistoric plants and animals are scattered around the ground.
The Cape Anne Thule site is the largest in the area and includes the remains of 15 stone and bone houses. Polar bears can often be seen on the shoreline as they wander the coast, waiting for the ice to return.