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Bowhead Whales & Walrus


Foxe Basin is located between Baffin Island and Melvin Peninsula and is known for its nutrient-rich waters, which are important for nearby bird habitats, walrus herds and bowhead whale migration. This adventure, based out of Igloolik – the oldest and most traditional Inuit community in Nunavut with over 4,000 years of history – immerses travelers in Inuit life and culture on both land and sea.

Spend your days boating in search of marine mammals, including walrus families, spy-hopping bowhead whales and bearded seas. Enjoy hikes around the islands, locating and learning about shore birds, plant life and the immense cultural history unique to Foxe Basin. Led by a seasoned nature photographer, this tour offers wonderful photography opportunities.

The Elu Lodge Adventure was chosen in 2009 as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 tours of a lifetime. 

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Day 1
Guests will arrive into the Igloolik airport by their own arrangements and be met by our Frontiers North specialist interpretive guide as well as our Inuit hosts. After settling into the hotel, guests will be treated to a home-cooked meal. 
Day 2-6
With our Frontiers North interpretive guide and Inuit guide, each day guests will be transferred by SUVs from the community to Igloolik Point - from here we will commence our boat excursions on Foxe Basin waters. Boat days may be quite long, depending on travel time to locate wildlife, weather, ice floes and other environmental conditions. Time on this adventure will also be invested exploring Igloolik Island, discovering the many Dorset and Thule archeological sites.
Day 7
Guests may depart Igloolik at their leisure.
  • By boat, explore drifting floe ice in search of walruses
  • Listen to the eerie blow and witness bowhead whale behaviour
  • Experience exotic arctic wildlife at the floe edge

What to Pack

  • Waterproof, breathable rain jacket and pants and hiking boots
  • Thin gloves & hat 
  • Water bottle & sunglasses
  • Insect repellent or bug jacket
  • Binoculars for wildlife viewing
  • A duffle bag or soft-sided luggage is better than a hard-sided suitcase as it is easier to fit on the float plane
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