For the first time, Spring Polar Bears and Icebergs of Baffin Photo Safari takes travellers into the heart of the high Arctic – an area seldom explored – in early spring. This new expedition by Arctic Kingdom offers unprecedented polar bear and iceberg viewing, photography opportunities and exclusive access to this spectacular region like never before.
“Canada’s high Arctic is one of the most special places on the planet to see polar bears and possibly even cubs,” says Graham Dickson, Arctic Kingdom Founder and President. “While Churchill is renowned for polar bears in fall, Baffin Island is the Arctic’s hidden jewel with year-round polar bears. We are thrilled to share this incredible location with the world and make travel here in early spring possible for the first time.”
Arctic Kingdom is the first tour operator to offer a high Arctic and polar bear experience at this time of year. With departures in March and April 2017, adventurous travellers and photographers have the chance to experience rare sightings of polar bears as they venture on to the sea ice and climb majestic icebergs. This is an event only previously experienced by the most seasoned Inuit.
Guests explore the wilderness of Baffin Island with local Inuit guides by snowmobile and qamutik (traditional Inuit sled) before retreating to a specially designed Arctic Safari Camp set on more than 2.5 meters (8 feet) of solid sea ice. The remote camp is surrounded by vast landscapes, snow-capped mountains and soaring icebergs, with opportunities to see Northern Lights at night. After full days of discovery adventurers are welcomed by gourmet meals prepared by a professional chef.
“More adventurous than ever before, this is a true high Arctic experience. Being immersed in the world of the polar bear, out on the sea ice in spring and surrounded by the raw, untouched beauty of the Arctic landscape; it is polar bear viewing at its best,” says David Briggs, Arctic Kingdom Senior Expedition Leader and photographer. “There are unrivaled opportunities for award-winning photography at every turn. From seeing polar bears far above the treeline climbing on icebergs, to the dramatic land and icescapes, and awe-inspiring Northern Lights at night, this expedition is quite simply a wildlife and landscape photographer’s dream.”