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400 Kilometers of snowmobile crossing through the key point of the legendary Northwest Passage in northern Canada. Guided by an experienced Inuit, who was born in an igloo, we will cross the frozen Barrow and Lancaster Straits. A frozen ice sea zone where pressure ridges and plains of ice follow one after other.
On our route we will stop at Beechy Island, an archaeological site where the remains of ill-fated expedition of Sir John Franklin, the source of much of the American High Arctic exploration. After observing and photographing extensively polar bears and other Arctic wildlife we will head to Cape Sherard, the entry point of the Northwest Passage, where it is easy to find muskoxen.
We will return to Resolute along the coast of Somerset Island through spectacular gorges and cutting rock canyons. Before arriving in Resolute we will visit the Canadian Military Survival School, where the Canadian Air Force learns polar survival techniques taught by our Inuit guide. Right there we can build an igloo with our Inuit teacher and sleep in the snow shelter warmed by a traditional seal oil lamp.
Flight to Ottawa. Overnight at hotel.
Flight Ottawa - Resolute. Overnight at hotel.
Day in Resolute to prepare the equipment, learning the use of snowmobiles and visit the village. Overnight at hotel.
Load all gear, food, fuel and equipment on sleds. Starting of the trip in Resolute to go through the Barrow Strait to Beechy Island, where we will sleep in the same place where wintered the expedition of Sir John Franklin over 150 years ago. Overnight in tent.
We will continue our journey along the south coast of Devon Island until the polynia located in its vicinity, located in the Lancaster Strait. Overnight in tent on the frozen sea.
Days 6 to 11
We will look for polar bears with the help of our Inuit guide to photograph and observe them closely. In our route we will reach Cape Sherard, the eastern tip of Devon Island and the Northwest Passage entrance. A place where we can easily find one of the most elusive animals in the Arctic: the musk ox. Overnight in tent on the frozen sea.
Return to Resolute Bay along the coast of Somerset Island. This day we will travel with snowmobiles along spectacular snowy ravines and canyons. Before arriving in Resolute we will visit the Canadian Military Survival School, where the Canadian Air Force learns polar survival techniques taught by our Inuit guide. Right there we can build an igloo with our Inuit teacher Inuit and sleep in the snow shelter warmed by a traditional seal oil lamp.
Arrival in Resolute Bay and time to relax and quietly visit this small population of 200 Inuit. Overnight at hotel.
Free time in Resolute. Overnight at hotel.
Flight Resolute - Ottawa. Overnight at hotel.
Flight Ottawa - home.
RESERVATIONBefore 120 days of the trip: 50% of the trip price + flights. After 120 days: 100% + flights
MINIMUM GROUP6 People
- 1 Arctic World guide.
- 2 Nights hotel in Ottawa.
- 3 Nights hotel in Resolute.
- Snowmobile rental during the expedition.
- All meals in Resolute according the trip programme and during the snowmobiling expedition.
- Specific polar equipment rental during the trip.
- Travel insurance.
- 1 Piece of baggage of 15 kilogrames as a personal luggage.
- Air taxes.
- Meals in Ottawa.
- Meals on transfers and airports.
- Extra accommodation nights and extra meals in Ottawa, Resolute Bay, Iqaluit and airports because of delays due to weather conditions, strikes at airports and any other causes beyond Arctic World.
- Costs of air excess weight in personal baggage.
- During the route every traveler will go with her or his own snowmobile.
- Group from 6 to 8 people.
- Due to severe limitations on aircraft weight, it is important not to carry as personal baggage over 15 kilos per person.