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Arctic sea ice melting in Cunningham Inlet

Arctic Watch Discovery

11-day escorted tour from £4,840 pp incl. flights


Short description

Head to Nunavut in Arctic Canada in search of beluga whales, polar bears and a rich array of birdlife

In Brief

  • 1 Night Yellowknife
  • 7 Nights Somerset Island


Recommended for:
Escorted tour | Mountains | Photography | Summer | Wildlife

The Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is open for just a few weeks each year in July and August and its location, on Somerset Island in the vast Canadian territory of Nunavut, offers unforgettable wildlife encounters. Beluga whales snatch the headlines and polar bears are also occasionally seen. It’s also a great place for birders, amateur photographers and outdoor enthusiasts, with fabulous kayaking and hiking trips taking guests deep into the surrounding wilderness.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Fly from the UK to Yellowknife via Calgary. On arrival, make your way to your hotel and, in the evening, get your bearings with a wander around the town. Yellowknife lies on the north shore of Great Slave Lake, North America’s deepest and one of its largest freshwater lakes.

Stay: Selected Yellowknife hotel

Days 2-8
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Catch a private charter flight four hours north to Somerset Island and the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. Surrounded by barren tundra, this spectacular lodge is perfectly located for exploring the summer Arctic at its most impressive. Activities on offer include rafting the Cunningham River, exploring the Northwest Passage, hiking to local waterfalls, fishing for Arctic char, and sea kayaking alongside the area’s famed beluga whales. Encounters with wildlife are common, with possibilities of sighting musk ox, polar bears, ringed and bearded seals and interesting birdlife – including rough-legged hawks and peregrine falcons – living among the tundra. The lodge itself offers great views, cosy rooms in safari-style tents and fine dining, and guests are invited to attend lively and informative evening lectures.

Stay: Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Days 9-10

Return to Yellowknife, check into your hotel and spend a day slipping back into urban life before catching your overnight flight to travel home.

Stay: Selected Yellowknife hotel

Day 11
Arrive UK

Arrive in the UK after your overnight flight before continuing your journey home.


Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

11-day escorted tour from £4,840 incl. flights


Price from: £4,845 per person

Includes: flights, transfers, 2 nights at Yellowknife hotel, 7 nights at Arctic Watch on a full-board basis and guided activities per itinerary

Operates: selected departures between 5th July to 7 August

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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