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Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge Adventure and Wildlife at 74°N

8 ou 10 jours

Passez une semaine dans ce gîte unique situé au cœur de la nature de l’Arctique canadien, site d’observation des bélougas de renommée mondiale. Situé à 500 miles (805 km) au nord du Cercle Arctique, le gîte propose des activités encadrées telles que le kayak et l’exploration de la toundra arctique en véhicule tout terrain. Observez le bœuf musqué, les ours polaires et d’autres animaux dans leur habitat naturel tout en appréciant un hébergement confortable et en dégustant des mets délicieux. Tout cela est accessible par un court vol depuis Yellowknife, dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, sur l’Île Somerset, située dans la province du Nunavut, au Canada.

Au Jour le Jour Résumé de L’Expédition

  • Une faune que l’on voit rarement, emblématique de l’Arctique : bélougas, ours polaires, bœufs musqués, phoques annelés et bien d'autres
  • Excursions en véhicule tout terrain (Mercedes Unimog), kayak, rafting et autre
  • Visite de l’estuaire du fleuve Cunningham, domicile de centaines de bélougas
  • Included all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), Mercedes Unimog, kayaking, rafting and more
  • Visite de l’estuaire du fleuve Cunningham, domicile de centaines de bélougas

DAY 1 — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Enjoy an included night in Yellowknife and meeting your fellow travelers.

Day 2 — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

We’ll meet early in the morning to board our private chartered plane to fl y the 1,000 miles (1,500 km) to the Arctic Watch lodge. During the four and a half hour fl ight, we’ll pass over the treeline to the barrens, refueling in the community of Cambridge Bay, and landing in the afternoon on a private airstrip on Somerset Island.

Day 3 — Arctic Watch Lodge, Somerset Island, Nunavut

A typical first morning at the lodge may include receiving a hands-on introduction to driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which are easy and fun to drive. Later, we may take a short hike to the Cunningham River estuary to watch beluga whales frolic in the shallow water only a few yards off shore, followed by a wonderful buffet lunch.

Day 4 — Arctic Watch Lodge

Today we may attempt to kayak in Cunningham Inlet. All equipment and basic instructions are provided. Paddle among icebergs, looking out for ring and bearded seals as well as beluga whales. Sightings of sea birds, including Arctic terns and eider ducks, can be expected. After a lunch served along the shoreline, we’ll take a short hike to explore a local canyon aptly named “Kayak Falls.” From there we’ll have stunning views of the Northwest Passage and the opportunity to see polar bears.

Day 5 — Arctic Watch Lodge

Following breakfast, we’ll depart for a trip to Flatrock Falls, crossing the Cunningham River delta. There, you’ll have the option of hiking or travelling by Mercedes Unimog a (multi-purpose four-wheel drive truck). We’ll visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as the result of shifting fault lines. Their walls, mostly vertical, vary from 200 to 1,000 feet (up to 305 meters).

Day 6 — Arctic Watch Lodge

The first leg of today’s journey will be by Mercedes Unimog truck. We’ll get to the Arctic Watch raft and kayak launch on the Cunningham River, 20 km from the lodge. Typically, the final six kilometers require a hike through the Badlands, passing the skeletal remains of two bowhead whales dated from eight thousand years ago. The voyage includes encounters with muskox, snow geese, jaegers, Arctic foxes, sandpipers and rough-legged hawks.

Day 7 — Departure Arctic Watch Lodge

Today, you’ll bid a fond farewell to the lodge team and the High Arctic. You may have time to take advantage of one last activity before we depart. In the late afternoon, the plane will arrive for the return flight back to Yellowknife. Upon arrival in Yellowknife you will be transferred to your included hotel.

Day 8 — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Today you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in the Yellowknife area.
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Activités Optionnelles Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Expedition

Arctic Watch vous propose une gamme d'expériences de voyage uniques. Tout ce que vous imaginiez et plus encore ! Vous pouvez découvrir la vie sauvage de l’Arctique, faire du radeau sur la rivière Cunningham, du kayak de mer avec des centaines de bélugas, de la randonnée dans la toundra, repérer les ours polaires en itinérance vers le passage du Nord-Ouest, d'enquêter sur les mystérieuses ruines Thulé conçu à partir des os de baleines géantes, des poissons pour l'omble chevalier et plus !

Included Activity at Arctic Watch 

A great way to better explore the terrain of Somerset Island is by all-terrain vehicle. Guests receive a hands-on introduction to driving ATVs, which are easy and fun to operate. Helmets are provided. (only available at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge)

Expédition Faits

The most northerly fly-in lodge in the world

Constructed and opened in 1992, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located in Cunningham Inlet, on Somerset island, in Nunavut, Canada’s largest and newest territory, which formally came into being in 1999.

Photography Adventure at Arctic Watch

Internationally recognized as one of the top Arctic wildlife locations on earth, Arctic Watch offers photographic programs for both amateur and professional photographers.