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$9,189.00 CDN

GIANTS OF THE ARCTIC

Nunavut, Nu, Canada

LGBT Nunavut Expedition - Jul 3 - 10/14

LGBT Nunavut Expedition - Jul 3 - 10/14

Exclusive LGBT Expedition! And Post-WORLDPRIDE 2014 Trip of a Lifetime!

8 Days/7 Nights  |  Available: July 4 – 10, 2014  |  Small Group Size: 6-12

BONUS: 1 FREE Night in Ottawa July 3, 2013 before departure!

 

Rainbow High Vacations brings you a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  This post-WorldPride expedition is an EXCLUSIVE LGBT-only tour; you will join likeminded travelers from anywhere in the world in an intimate, small group, purely Canadian, travel adventure in one of the most vast areas of the world - NUNUVUT!  All you need is a great attitude and adventurous spirit!

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • The services of a highly qualified, English speaking expedition leader
  • All accommodations in itinerary (1 nights local hotel, 6 nights in AK base camp)
  • Local hunter/fisherman guides
  • All meals listed in itinerary
  • For snorkelers/Divers: Drysuit (if you do not bring your own), tanks, weights, mask, snorkel, fins and airfills)
  • Airport transfers in gateway community
  • Primary Focus: Bowhead and Walrus/Secondary Focus: Polar Bears and Seals
  • Flights from Ottawa to Nunavut return are not included

 

Optional:        
ADD a WORLDPRIDE 2014 Package

ADD the OH CANADA EH! Canada Day in Ottawa Group Trip
(do WorldPride, Visit Ottawa, Go to Nunavut)

Extra Nights in Ottawa

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

Rainbow High Vacations brings you a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This post-WorldPride expedition is an EXCLUSIVE LGBT-only tour; you will join like-minded travellers from all over the world in an intimate, small group, purely Canadian, travel adventure in one of the most vast areas of the world - NUNUVUT! All you need is a great attitude and adventurous spirit!

Witness the beauty of life at the ice floe edge and beyond, where frozen ice meets open water – from crystaline icebergs carved from glaciers, electric blue pack ice formations, hundreds of birds diving and weaving and of course, the migrating pods of whales. 

See the northward migrating bowhead whales breach playfully, fin sideways and slap their immense fluke on the mirror smooth water amongst the floating ice pancakes. Wonder at the actual immense size of walrus – bigger than a car - as you see large herds of walrus sunning themselves on floating ice islands. Capture stunning photographs of pods of a mother walrus and baby in the soft glow of the midnight sun. 

Snorkel or dive along the ice floe edge, and exhilarate in the moment when a bowhead whale swims by on its way to the Hecla and Fury strait. Listen to the chirps and whistles of the whale songs while underwater, or through a hydrophone on the surface.

Experience all aspects of the high Arctic from Inuit culture to spectacular wide open landscapes, to ancient Inuit sod house settlements. A good chance of seeing Polar Bear hunting for seals among the floating pans of ice; bask in the warm glow of the midnight sun during the brief time of year where there is 24 hour day light. See the transition of the arctic from winter to spring – from frozen tundra to melting rivers and blossoming Arctic
flowers.

A journey onto and beyond the ice floe edge concentrating on two giants of the Arctic: Walrus and Bowhead whales.

 

NOTE: Insurance

It is a condition of joining this expedition that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks and have search and rescue coverage

 

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Every WorldPride Travel package financially supports WorldPride through a guaranteed donation by the Official Travel & Tour Partner program. By purchasing your WorldPride travel – hotels, transportation and tours – from Rainbow High, YOU make WorldPride happen too!

 

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Giants of the Arctic 7 Nights
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July 4 - 10, 2014 9189

Itinerary

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GIANTS OF THE ARCTIC

ITINERARY

The following is an example of an itinerary. This can be used as guideline for what to expect, but due to the unpredictable nature of the arctic – ice conditions and weather play an integral part in determining the daily activities. However, this can be seen as the beauty of the arctic and wildlife viewing. You can never predict exactly what you will see and no two trips are ever the same.

DAY 1

After an early breakfast, participants head to the Ottawa airport and take a flight to Iqaluit – capital of Nunavut and the gateway to Nunavut. From there we take another flight to Igloolik – oldest Inuit settlement in Canada. We meet for an orientation talk and equipment check. We depart on a 30min to 1 hour trip to camp via snowmobiles and qamuitk. After unloading our equipment, we settle into our tents and meet for a hot meal. Our Expedition Leader will explain the itinerary for the following day.

The next six days will vary completely based upon weather, interests and animal movements. The following is purely representative, yet each day outlined describes a day that actually occurred on a previous expedition to this beautiful location:

DAY 2

We take our first visit to the floe edge and familiarize ourselves with this new environment. We take a boat ride out into the Arctic Ocean to look for Bowheads. Some expedition members observe quietly, while others take photographs from the boat.

DAY 3

We travel by boat far out into the Foxe Basin where we come upon a pair of walrus huddled on the ice pack. We quietly watch these enormous animals and take photographs from both the ice and boat. We enjoy a hot lunch on the very same piece of ice as the walrus, which are not at all concerned by our presence. On the journey back we spot a lone Bowhead cruising the icy waters.

DAY 4

We journey out again by boat and go even farther. The bright sun reflecting off the crystal-clear flat waters is simply magical. A few mirrored cloud formations is the only indication of where the horizon divides sea from sky. We come upon four large floating islands of ice covered with Walrus. At least a hundred animals sit on each island and steam rises from the group.

DAY 5

The wind has picked up and we decide to explore the land and ice closer to the base camp.. We take some time to visit nearby Thule ruins and learn about traditional Inuit life.

DAY 6

The sea is completely mirror calm. The wind over the past few days has pushed the pack ice farther out and we travel quite a distance to reach it. We spot a Polar Bear swimming amongst the ice on the hunt for Walrus and we’re able to get some fantastic photographs from the safety of the boat of the bear swimming and up on the ice. We carry on and find many groups of Walrus. We return to the floe edge where the Bowheads patrol and enjoy another few hours relaxing amongst the regular whale sounds.

DAY 7

We pack up our gear and travel back to Igloolik for an 11am departure for Iqaluit. Your plane departs in the afternoon and you arrive back in the early evening in Ottawa.

Photos

GIANTS OF THE ARCTIC