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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 at a welcome briefing.

Day 2 — Yellowknife and Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Board our private chartered plane to fly the 1,000 miles (1,500 km) to the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. During the four-and-a-half-hour flight, you’ll pass over the treeline as you cross the Arctic Circle. Following a refueling stop in the community of Cambridge Bay, you’ll circle above Cunningham Inlet. Enjoy aerial views of the lodge below, before landing on the private airstrip on Somerset Island.

Day 3 — Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, Somerset Island, Nunavut

After a hot breakfast, 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 operate. Later, you may take a short hike to the Cunningham River estuary to spot beluga whales frolicking in the shallow water only a few yards offshore.

Day 4 — Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

One of today’s activities may be kayaking in Cunningham Inlet. Paddle among icebergs, looking out for beluga whales as well as ring and bearded seals. Sightings of seabirds, including arctic terns and eider ducks, can be expected. After a lunch served along the shoreline, you’ll take a short hike to explore a local canyon aptly named Kayak Falls. From there, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Northwest Passage and the opportunity to see polar bears.

Day 5 — Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Following breakfast, you’ll depart for a trip to Flatrock Falls, crossing the Cunningham River delta. There, you’ll have the option of hiking or traveling by Mercedes Unimog (a multipurpose four-wheel-drive truck). You’ll visit the Somerset Island canyons, formed as the result of shifting fault lines. Their steep walls vary from 200 to 1,000 feet (61 to 305 meters).

Day 6 — Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Today’s full-day rafting adventure will begin after breakfast with a Mercedes Unimog truck ride to the Arctic Watch raft launch on the Cunningham River, 12.5 miles (20 km) from the lodge. Opt to hike the final four miles (6 km) through the Badlands, passing the skeletal remains of two bowhead whales that date back 8,000 years. On the way to the launch you may encounter muskoxen, snow geese, jaegers, arctic fox, sandpipers and rough-legged hawks.

Day 7 — Depart Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

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

Day 8 — Depart Yellowknife

After breakfast and boot return 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.