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10 things you need to know about…Arctic adventures in Nunavut.

Make the trip of a lifetime to one of the most unique and unexplored landscapes on Earth.

24 June 2015

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Nunavut offers “fly and park” adventures that will bring you close to polar bears and tusked narwhal whales, steer you through steep fjords and up to glacial peaks and drifting icebergs. Here are 10 exhilarating ways to explore Nunavut.

1) See the towering hoodoos of Sirmilik National Park: Stand next to the striking red sandstone spires at Sirmilik National Park and enter a storybook landscape. The famous hoodoos on the Borden Peninsula are just one of the geological wonders in this breathtaking park.

2) Get cozy with the summer belugas: Marvel at 2,000 visiting belugas near Arctic Watch Lodge at Cunningham Inlet, a beluga haven on Somerset Island. See how stunning the world looks, 800 km (500 mi) above the Arctic Circle.

3) Visit mountain gods on the Akshayuk Pass: Hike all or part of the glacier-edged Akshayuk Pass, a 100-km (62-mi) trail through the vibrant heart of Auyuittuq National Park. Pass rugged glaciers, barren plateaus and behold twin-peaked Mount Asgard and mighty Thor Peak, the world’s longest uninterrupted cliff. 

4) Go igloo camping in Resolute Bay: This famous gateway to North Pole expeditions, situated in the land of the midnight sun, is also a departure point for an exciting five-day igloo camping journey over the frozen ice to the community of Grise Fiord.  

5) Paddle up to the floe edge: Go sea kayaking on the floe edge (where frozen ocean meets the open ocean), one of the Arctic’s most spellbinding landscapes. Paddle alongside sea birds, polar bears, narwhal and bowhead whales.   

6) Photograph the thundering caribou: If it’s springtime in Nunavut, you know the caribou (“tuktu”) herds are on the move. Photograph some of the 300,000-plus Qamanirjuaq caribou rushing along the path of luxury Arctic Haven Lodge on Ennadai Lake. Keep an eye out for wolves and grizzly bears in May, too.

7) Visit the polar bears and narwhal pods: Travel by snowmobile and Inuit sled (“qamutik”) on an Arctic Safari where polar bears roam and pods of narwhal hang out by the floe edge. A five-day, fly-in polar bear photo-safari also brings you up close and breathless before these powerful, heavy animals.

8) Visit the Switzerland of the Arctic: A ribbon of turquoise waters cuts through fjord-carved Auyuittuq National Park. The 3-km (2 mi) Pangnirtung Fjord is sometimes called the “Switzerland of the Arctic.” A day hike marked by inukshuks offers spectacular views of the steep-walled fjord.

9) Walk to the waterfalls and rapids near Iqaluit: The Arctic char are jumping where the Grinnell River meanders through the tundra valley of Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, just a 30-minute walk west from Iqaluit. In spring, look out for arctic hares, arctic foxes and 40 species of birds.

10) Cruise the Arctic on a polar expedition: Cut through Arctic ice and waves on a cruise ship excursion through sweeping tundra, calving icebergs and glacial mountains between July and September. Listen for spouting bowhead, orcas and narwhal whales from your Zodiac. 

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