Polar bears and Narwhals in the high arctic

POLAR BEARS & NARWHAL

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Baffin Island, Canada

May 24 – June 10, 2018

POLAR BEAR AND NARWHAL ADVENTURE

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  • High Arctic Experience: 12 years
  • Where: Pond Inlet, Baffin Island, Canada
  • Duration: 16 days
  • Max No. of Guests: 3
  • Pricing: Please Inquire Below
  • Accommodation: Camping on floe ice
  • Transportation: Snowmobile, ice sled
  • Activities: Ice exploration, diving, snorkeling

Close Encounters

Our timing, late May to early June, is designed to maximize our polar bear and narwhal adventure. In addition to these two big animals, we can also anticipate Bowhead Whales, and Greenland Sharks. The polar bears roam for food near the seal-inhabited pack ice, giving us plenty of opportunities for close-up encounters. As the weather gets warmer in the beginning of June, the ice sheet covering the inlets starts breaking, allowing the whales and sharks access to the previously frozen waters containing their summer food. As they swim through the new passages, we will be able to dive and snorkel to witness them gathering — sometimes in groups as large as fifty. This provides a rare opportunity to photograph the narwhal males adorned with their spectacular ‘unicorn-like’ extended tooth.

Unrivaled Approach

Taking lessons from Amos’ extensive experience with smaller film and documentary crews, BigAnimals Expeditions only accepts four guests for this exciting expedition. In addition to Amos’ know- how in the area, we will be relying on the expertise of top local Inuit hunter- guides, who know more about the shifting patterns of ice and animal movement than anyone. This adventure is unique because we are on the same level with the animals — on the ice and in the water. The arctic ice is more turbulent and dynamic than you may have thought — in order to keep up with the terrain and the animals, we will be riding snowmobiles and snow sleds, transporting us and our camera gear at all times. This fast mobility enables us to cover plenty of terrain, reaching farther into uninhabited areas, and giving us more opportunities to see the big animals of the arctic.

Baffin Island

Baffin Island is the largest member of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It is not only the largest island in Canada, but also the fifth largest island in the world. This location is perfect for sustaining polar bear families. The seals (‘ringed’ and ‘bearded’) are abundant on the coat of the Pond Inlet — one of the few Inuit villages along the northern coast — meeting Lancaster Sound. They make their breathing holes on the borders between the pack ice and sea ice, creating ideal feedings grounds for the polar bears.

 

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*Trip details, e.g., dates, prices, vessel, accommodations, are subject to change without prior notice — unless deposit is received and application is approved

PAYMENT & DEPOSIT POLICY When we receive your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive and detailed Trip Preparation Bulletin about the experience and the destination. All trip costs are subject to change without prior notice until your reservation is confirmed.

  • A deposit of 33% of the total trip price is required to secure space on the trip.
  • Full payment is due no later than 90 days before departure.
  • We reserve the right to sell any space that is not paid in full by 60 days before departure.
  • Cancellation Policy
    • Must be made in writing.
    • More than 90 days before trip: Deposit will be refunded in full.
    • 90 days or less before trip: Deposit will be refunded if space is sold, less unrecoverable costs of sales, and administration costs.
    • No refund is made for unused part of the itinerary.
  • The following are subject to change:
    • Cost of services which are not included in the expedition price
    • Flight time and schedule
    • Weather, water temperature, and animal behavior

POLAR BEAR & NARWHAL EXPEDITION DETAILS

 

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Our timing, late May to early June, is designed to maximize encounters with four of the most interesting arctic animals, Polar Bears, Narwhals, Bowhead Whales, and Greenland Sharks. The polar bears roam for food near the seal-inhabited pack ice, giving us plenty of opportunities for close-up encounters. As the weather gets warmer in the beginning of June, the ice sheet covering the inlets starts breaking, allowing the whales and sharks access to the previously frozen waters containing their summer food. As they swim through the new passages, we will be able to dive and snorkel to witness them gathering — sometimes in groups as large as fifty. This provides a rare opportunity to photograph the narwhal males adorned with their spectacular ‘unicorn-like’ extended tooth.

UNRIVALED APPROACH

Taking lessons from Amos’ extensive experience with smaller film and documentary crews, BigAnimals Expeditions only accepts four guests for this exciting expedition. In addition to Amos’ know- how in the area, we will be relying on the expertise of top local Inuit hunter- guides, who know more about the shifting patterns of ice and animal movement than anyone. This adventure is unique because we are on the same level with the animals — on the ice and in the water. The arctic ice is more turbulent and dynamic than you may have thought — in order to keep up with the terrain and the animals, we will be riding snowmobiles and snow sleds, transporting us and our camera gear at all times. This fast mobility enables us to cover plenty of terrain, reaching farther into uninhabited areas, and giving us more opportunities to see the big animals of the arctic.

BAFFIN ISLAND

Baffin Island is the largest member of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. It is not only the largest island in Canada, but also the fifth largest island in the world. This location is perfect for sustaining polar bear families. The seals (‘ringed’ and ‘bearded’) are abundant on the coat of the Pond Inlet — one of the few Inuit villages along the northern coast — meeting Lancaster Sound. They make their breathing holes on the borders between the pack ice and sea ice, creating ideal feedings grounds for the polar bears.

PAYMENT & DEPOSIT POLICY

When we receive your deposit, with your confirmation we will send you a comprehensive and detailed Trip Preparation Bulletin about the experience and the destination. All trip costs are subject to change without prior notice until your reservation is confirmed.

  • A non-refundable deposit of 33% of the total trip price is required to secure a place on the trip.
  • Full payment is due no later than 90 days before departure.
  • We reserve the right to sell any space that is not paid in full 60 days before departure. A refund will be made if the space can be filled in time, less unrecoverable costs of sales, administration, or special promotion.
  • Cancellation must be made in writing.
  • Deposits are non-refundable if cancellation is made 180 days or less before departure. No refunds for unused part of the itinerary.
  • Dates and prices subject to change without prior notice.

 

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 Amos Nachoum Expedition Leader

Amos Nachoum

Expedition Leader

Amos has over 30 years experience as an adventurer and guide.

Amos is also a very accomplished professional photographer who was the BBC wildlife photographer of the year in 2007 and 2008.

Throughout your trip Amos will be available to provide you with expert coaching on interacting with the animals, and advice on how to best photograph them and their environment.

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