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Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

8 Days FROM USD 9,900


Spend a week exploring the Canadian Arctic at this unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada. Situated 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle, the lodge offers guests fully guided opportunities for diverse adventure activities, and extraordinary polar photography thanks to 24 hours of daylight. Observe the elusive musk ox, polar bear and more wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy comfortable accommodations and superb food, all accessible via a scenic flight from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

This itinerary is also available as a 10 day duration on 04 July 2019, 11 July 2019, 28 July 2019 and 04 August 2019.  Contact us for details. 


Location: Arctic


Enjoy an included night in Yellowknife and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome expedition briefing.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Today, board our private chartered plane to fly the 1,000 miles (1,500 km) to 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, a beluga whale migration site.

Yellowknife and Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

After a hot breakfast, you’ll have the chance to explore Cunningham Inlet, home to ring and bearded seals as well as nearly 2,000 beluga whales, on one of Arctic Watch’s new fat bikes. You’ll ride out on the sea ice to visit Flatrock Falls and Kayak Falls. Formed as the result of shifting fault lines, these two spectacular geological formations have steep walls that vary in height from 200 to 1,000 feet (61 to 305 meters).

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, Somerset Island

After a full breakfast, you’ll tackle the tough arctic terrain on ATV—one of the most popular activities at Arctic Watch—traveling along the Muskox Ridge Trail, which offers scenic vistas of the entire area. Along the trail, you’ll also pass by an impressive arctic fox den, where you may have the opportunity to watch fox cubs at play. You’ll likely encounter muskoxen, too.

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

After breakfast, long-distance hikers and runners will get their hearts pumping on this once-in-a-lifetime trek across the tundra! From the lodge, you’ll run or hike across the varied terrain of Somerset Island, following along ridges, passing fossil beds and crossing over striking red iron-oxide stone up to Nansen’s Ridge, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Northwest Passage.

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

Following breakfast, you’ll head out on a full-day ATV excursion across Somerset Island, from Cunningham Inlet to Garnier Bay. Take in the memorable scenery as you ride over the rough arctic terrain, from riverbeds to ridges, and keep a lookout for muskoxen, which are common here. Not far from the bay, we’ll stop at Inukshuk Lake for a picnic.

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 more activity before you depart: hiking and stand-up paddle boarding in Google Canyon. Wander between the narrow walls of this cool-looking canyon, named after a Google research balloon crashed here. Herds of muskoxen can often be found grazing in the area. At Sunday Lake, you may encounter snow geese as you savor a picnic lunch, before returning to the lodge.

Depart Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

After breakfast and boot return, you can make your way home at your leisure or spend some more time in the Yellowknife area.

Depart Yellowknife


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Pricing & date

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge from USD 9,900
Departing Ending Duration
28 Jul 2019 04 Aug 2019 8
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Important Information

  • Daily accommodation
    All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
    All activities per the daily program, e.g., ATV, kayaking, rafting, photography, etc.
    Leadership throughout the expedition by our experienced Arctic Watch Team
    Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
    Waterproof expedition boots on loan
    Expeditions parka to keep
    Coffee, tea, water and juice available around the clock (soft drinks and beer are not available)
    Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    All miscellaneous service taxes throughout the program
    All luggage handling at the charter terminal and at the lodge
    Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

    Complimentary WiFi (limited signal strength)

    Mandatory transfer package 


    International airfare
    Passport and applicable visa expenses
    Canadian ETA required for non-Canadian or US visa-exempt passengers
    Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
    Meals outside the lodge, with the exception of breakfasts in Yellowknife
    Wine and spirits; Northwest Passage Wine and Spirit List is available for an additional cost
    Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
    Excess-baggage fees on international flights
    Waterproof gear beyond the included parka
    Voluntary gratuity at the end of the expedition for staff
    Additional overnight accommodation
    Fee for fishing licence
    Additional expenses (meals, accommodation, international flight change fees, etc.) incurred by delay or cancellation of activities due to suboptimal weather

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability


We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.


Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.