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Unlimited Adventure at The Most Northerly Fly-In Lodge in The World


Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge on Sale for Summer 2018 with Non-Stop Activities, Epic Wildlife Viewing


[Seattle, WA] – 9 February, 2017 – Quark Expeditions®, a leading provider of polar adventure travel, is excited to announce the launch of the summer 2018 Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge season with expanded all-inclusive activity options for all guests, and a special early booking bonus offer. The lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada, offers a true arctic safari experience with wildlife viewing, fine dining in a pristine natural environment, and an unparalleled adventure activities program.

Guests at the unique land-based lodge will enjoy complimentary adventure activities, including:

  • Fat Biking on Sea Ice: Specialized mountain bikes with stable, fat tires offer a smooth ride over rocky ridges, shallow creeks and other tough arctic terrain.
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding: Travelers enjoy the Arctic from a unique new vantage point, gliding along the surface of the water past ice floes in canyons over 100 meters deep.
  • Kayaking & River Rafting: Guests paddle among icebergs in small groups led by experienced guides, watchful for beluga whales, ring or bearded seals, and seabirds.
  • Hiking & Trail Running: Spot wildlife and enjoy spectacular vistas while exploring stunning beaches, marked trails and windswept tundra.
  • ATVing: All-terrain vehicles are a great way to explore Somerset Island.
  • Fishing: Guests are invited to try their hand at catch-and-release fishing for arctic char near the Lodge.

Guests are accompanied by expert wilderness adventure guides and receive safety briefings and instruction for each activity. Full equipment is provided, including kayaking kit, fat bikes and helmets, and fishing gear. On land excursions, guests are accompanied by ATVs or a Mercedes Unimog to ensure their comfort and safety.

Exclusive Photography Program and More

Clients are also invited to partake in photography workshops led by Nansen Weber, a long-time Arctic Watch resident and recipient of the National Geographic Society’s Young Explorers Grant for photography. An optional fly-out day trip takes guests to historic Beechey Island to retrace the steps of heroic polar explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew.

About Arctic Watch

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is an intimate 8- to 10-day adventure basecamp experience. The lodge in the Arctic Circle is accessible only by charter flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and is located near a polar bear migration route. As well, it is a world-class beluga whale observation site, as each summer, more than 2,000 whales return to the Cunningham Inlet estuary near Arctic Watch to molt, nurse their young and socialize. Visitors may additionally spot musk ox, arctic fox and hare, and more. Accommodations feature private lodging for two and gourmet, Canadian-sourced meals prepared by head chef Justin Tse, a semi-finalist in the recent and prestigious San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition. Top quality educational programming including lectures by polar experts is offered throughout each expedition.

Book Early and Save

Until April 30, 2017, passengers can take advantage of an Early Booking Bonus to save up to $3,000USD per couple. See Ways to Save on the Quark Expeditions® website for details.

About Quark Expeditions®:

Specializing in expeditions to Antarctic and the Arctic, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, it offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. Led by passionate and seasoned expedition teams, including scientists, naturalists and researchers, the on-board program focuses on guest interaction to educate and enrich the passenger experience. The company is known for its unwavering commitment to safety and sustainability, including its partnership with The Nature Conservancy (USA). It was also the first to offer passengers — free of charge — carbon offsetting aboard Ocean Diamond and Ocean Nova voyages. 

About Travelopia:

Travelopia offers premium, experience-based adventure holidays and expeditions worldwide for active travelers. In addition to, the division includes expedition specialists and; leading European adventure and activity specialists,,,, and; as well as US-based destination management company From reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and canoeing on the Zambezi, to catching tiger cub sightings and breaking ice en route to the North Pole, Travelopia offers inspirational experiences that create lifelong memories.  

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