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FLOE-EDGE EXPEDITIONS

TRIP #1:

FLOE-EDGE SKI EXPEDITION

In springtime, where the frozen ocean meets the open ocean, an area known as the floe-edge is formed, creating one of Nature’s most amazing landscapes. In late April and May travel to the floe-edge takes in magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers, ancient Thule sites and the chance to see a variety of Arctic wildlife.

For 2016, we are pleased to offer the only trip of it's kind in the world. This skiing expedition explores the land and sea ice to the east of Pond Inlet, with Bylot Island and Sirmilik National Park on one side and the towering glacier-clad mountains of Baffin Island on the other.

This trip has been described as one of the classic Arctic adventures. Guided by highly experienced and seasoned guides, ice conditions and weather will determine our exact route. Clients should have prior experience in multi-day skiing expeditions and each will be expected to pull an expedition sled with gear and supplies.

During this trip close to the floe-edge (or as it’s sometimes called ‘the line of life") there exists the chance to see polar bears, and other Arctic wildlife.

Trip itinerary:

Day 1: Morning flight with First Air from Ottawa to Pond Inlet, via Iqaluit. Meet and greet at the airport and transportation to hotel for welcome supper. Group talk and gear check. Evening spent relaxing or exploring some of the community.

Day 2: Breakfast. Final gear check and lunchtime departure from Pond Inlet by snowmachine and komatik towards Sirmilik National Park, Bylot Island, floe-edge area and Baffin Island. Camping.

Day 3 - 9: Exploration by ski and expedition sleds. Bylot Island, Sirmilik National Park, icebergs, floe-edge area and sea ice. Camping.

Day 10: Pick up by snowmobile and komatik. Return journey to Pond Inlet. Supper and hotel accommodation.

Day 11: Breakfast. Departure from Pond Inlet with First Air to Iqaluit, then to Ottawa

2017 Trip dates:
To be announced

2017 Trip prices:
To be announced

Group size: 4 clients (minimum)

For more information and detailed trip information,
Please contact:Polar Sea

Polar Sea

All prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST (5%) Trip prices and dates are subject to change (possible airline re-scheduling)

TRIP #2

FLOE-EDGE SKIING & SEA KAYAKING EXPEDITION

We are pleased to offer another expedition first in the world of Arctic adventure. This skiing and sea kayaking expedition also explores the land and sea ice to the east of Pond Inlet, with Bylot Island and Sirmilik National Park on one side and the towering glacier-clad mountains of Baffin Island on the other.

Guided by highly experienced and seasoned guides, ice conditions and weather will determine our exact route. Clients should have prior experience in multi-day skiing expeditions and wilderness sea kayaking. From a specially located base camp, clients will then explore the region either by ski or on other days by a fleet of expedition sea kayaks. The base camp will serve as a hub for the expedition. Each day, the weather and ice conditions will be assessed and a decision then made about the days activities. The expedition will be a series of long days out from the base camp. On skiing days, clients will not be expected to pull sleds - instead a day pack will suffice. On kayaking days, the necessary supplies and gear will be distributed evenly between the fleet of double kayaks. Ice and weather conditions will determine what activities take place on what days.

During this expedition there exists the chance to see polar bears, a variety of species of sea birds, narwhals, seals and possibly the massive bowhead whale.

Trip itinerary:

Day 1: Morning flight with First Air from Ottawa to Pond Inlet, via Iqaluit. Meet and greet at the airport and transportation to hotel for welcome supper. Group talk and gear check. Evening spent relaxing or exploring some of the community.

Day 2: Breakfast. Final gear check and lunchtime departure from Pond Inlet by snowmachine and komatik towards Sirmilik National Park, Bylot Island, floe-edge area and Baffin Island.

Day 3 - 7: Exploration of the floe-edge area by ski and fleet of expedition kayaks. Bylot Island, bird cliffs, icebergs, floe-edge area and sea ice. Camping.

Day 8: Pick up by snowmoble and komatik. Return journey to Pond Inlet. Supper and hotel accommodation.

Day 9: Breakfast. Departure from Pond Inlet with First Air to Iqaluit, then to Ottawa

2017 Trip dates:
To be announced

2017 Trip prices:
To be announced

Group size: 6 clients (minimum)

For more information and detailed trip information,
Please contact:Polar Sea

Polar Sea

All prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST (5%) Trip prices and dates are subject to change (possible airline re-scheduling)

TRIP #3

FLOE-EDGE EXPEDITION

We are once again pleased to offer the following floe-edge expedition for 2016. Our experience in running these Arctic adventures goes as far back as 1989. No other company in the world has the same experience organising and running these types of adventures. From the community of Pond Inlet, we will travel by snowmobile and komatik (wooden sled) across the frozen ocean towards the floe-edge, an area known as the "line of life".

Guided by highly experienced and seasoned guides, ice conditions and weather will determine our exact route. A comfortable base camp will have been set up ahead of the guests arrival. The comfortable and safe base camp (including dining room, kitchen, accommodation tents, bathrooms and tech tents) will serve as a hub for the expedition and the various activities that will be undertaken. Key factors when running floe-edge expeditions is to be flexible and to pay close attention to the weather (both local and regional) and ice conditions. Client safety will be the number one priority as we explore, film and photograph this, one of Nature's most amazing, variable and fascinating landscapes. The experience and knowledge of the guides (both local and from Polar Sea/Black Feather) is unmatched. Combined with top quality customer service, the most amazing meals in the Arctic adventure/expedition business and attention to detail, this truly is one of the classic Arctic adventures. Full advantage will be taken of the endless days (given a cloudless sky - constant sunshine) to explore and learn more about this incredible environment and area.

During this expedition there exists the chance to see polar bears, many different species of sea birds, narwhals, seals and possibly the massive bowhead whale. There will be a member of staff awake at all times to ensure clients (whether they are resting or sleeping) are made aware of any wildlife that is in the area. Under no circumstances will wildlife be baited or harassed. Respect will always be given towards the animals we either see and/or encounter. We never forget that this is our guests trip. Along with the staff and support crew, we understand and appreciate the fact that we are all very fortunate to experience and travel in such an incredible environment.

Trip itinerary:

Day 1: Morning flight with First Air from Ottawa to Pond Inlet, via Iqaluit. Meet and greet at the airport and transportation to hotel for welcome supper. Group talk and gear check. Evening spent relaxing or exploring some of the community.

Day 2: Breakfast. Final gear check and lunchtime departure from Pond Inlet by snowmachine and komatik towards Sirmilik National Park, Bylot Island, floe-edge area and Baffin Island. Camping.

Day 3 - 7: Exploration of the floe-edge area. Bylot Island, bird cliffs, icebergs, floe-edge area and sea ice. Camping.

Day 8: Return journey to Pond Inlet. Supper and hotel accommodation.

Day 9: Breakfast. Departure from Pond Inlet with First Air to Iqaluit, then to Ottawa

2017 Trip dates:
To be announced

2017 Trip prices:
To be announced

Group size: 6 clients (minimum)

For more information and detailed trip information,
Please contact:Polar Sea

Polar Sea

All prices are in Canadian dollars and are subject to GST (5%) Trip prices and dates are subject to change (possible airline re-scheduling)


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Above: Floe-edge - the "line of life!"

Top Left: Waiting at the edge

Top Right: Dining on the frozen ocean