The Arctic Watch Experience
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge:
The most northerly lodge on earth, venture beyond the Arctic Circle to an accommodation that is truly unique. Located in the remote province of Nunavut, Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is run by the Weber family, famed Arctic explorers who have spent the last three generations in the Arctic. At Arctic Watch you’ll experience true Northern hospitality from Canadian Arctic experts, unrivaled adventures and memories to last a lifetime. No one knows Somerset Island and the Arctic better than they do. From paddleboarding with beluga whales to fat biking across the frozen Arctic Ocean, you’ll be guided through a number of phenomenal activities that you’ll never forget. Other highlights include viewing ancient Viking sites, fishing for Arctic char and learning more about the indigenous Thule people.
The Arctic Watch itinerary:
The team at the lodge ensures that your daily activities are suited to your fitness levels, just bring your adventurous spirit and our packing list and you’re good to go! Access to this remote region is granted via a chartered flight. When you’re traveling with Entrée Destinations you’ll experience a start-to-finish service where your needs are meticulously thought of. We organize all of the details so that you can focus on what’s important, enjoying one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth! This itinerary is but a taster of what is available, all of our journeys are tailored to your unique needs. Special requests? Let us know! We are here to help. Download the full itinerary for more information.
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1 | YELLOWKNIFE, NWT
Upon your arrival in Yellowknife, your shuttle driver will meet you and transport you to your hotel. A stone’s throw from the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre and Yellowknife Veteran’s Memorial, you’re well positioned to explore the Northwest Territories capital city. Accommodations are at The Explorer Hotel Yellowknife.
2 | ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE, SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
This morning your shuttle will deliver you to Yellowknife Airport, where you’ll catch a private chartered flight to Somerset Island. After a tour of the Arctic Watch facilities and before dinner is served, a short hike up to the local mountain is offered – providing breathtaking views of the Northwest Passage and ice formations on the Arctic ocean. Accommodations are at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.
3 | ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE, SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Today you’ll receive an introduction to the most popular form of Arctic transportation, the ATV. Riding from the lodge to the Cunningham Inlet, you’ll have a chance to take in the magnificent and expansive views before stopping to spot beluga whales at the Cunningham Estuary. After lunch at the lodge you’ll depart for a 5k hike to the Triple Waterfalls. Your hike will be both scenic and educational, as you learn about the wildlife who call this area home. Keep your eyes peeled for Muskox, commonly spotted in the area. Accommodations are at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.
4 | ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE, SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Today you’ll cross the Cunningham River delta to Muskox Ridge via ATV. Providing excellent views of the Arctic landscape, this vantage point provides guests with an excellent opportunity to spot Muskox and Arctic fox. After a picnic lunch at Inukshuk Lake, guests will be provided with fishing gear to try their hand at catch-and-release fishing for Arctic Char. In the evening, Polar explorer and Order of Canada recipient Richard Weber will host an informal lecture sharing his Arctic adventures. Accommodations are at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.
5 | ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE, SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Today is full of adventures, beginning with a kayak ride of the Cunningham Inlet. These crystal-clear waters allow paddlers to spot beluga whales as they swim from the open water of the Northwest Passage to the Cunningham Inlet. Each summer, the Cunningham Inlet is home to hundreds of Beluga whales, as they breach and frolic in these warmer waters. In the evening, enjoy an informal lecture by National Geographic photographer Nansen Weber. Accommodations are at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.
6 | ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE, SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Today you’ll travel in an open-air Mercedes Unimog to the east side of the Cunningham Inlet. Awaiting you are vast canyons, ready to be hiked. The afternoon will be spent at the estuary,where you’ll get to witness playful Belugas in the freshwater of the bay. The belugas can often be spotted rubbing up against the river stones in the shallow waters, calling out to one another through clicks and whistles – they’ve even been spotted playing with kelp and sea stones! Accommodations are at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.
7 | ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE, SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Travel back in time today as you set out to explore preserved archeological sites of the Thule people. The Thule were nomadic and built both summer and winter homes based on where the hunting could be had. The winter sites were built higher inland, with a complex system of connecting tunnels. Summer sites are still found scattered around Somerset Island, and remain largely untouched by humans. In the afternoon, a hike to Nansen’s Ridge showcases dramatic Arctic views and landscape. Accommodations are at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.
8 | ARCTIC WATCH WILDERNESS LODGE, SOMERSET ISLAND, NU
Today you’ll set out by Mercedes Unimog for the raft put-in on the Cunningham River. Before exploring the waterways, you’ll hike the last stretch through the Badlands, a unique landscape where the 8,000-year-old skeletal remains of Bowhead whales have been discovered – largely untouched on the tundra. Enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off in a raft, kayak or stand-up-paddleboard for your 2-3hr return to the Lodge. After dinner (and if you’re feeling brave!) you can try a Polar Plunge to commemorate your time in the Arctic. Accommodations are at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge.
9 | YELLOWKNIFE, NWT
This morning offers you a final chance to explore the High Arctic, and try your hand at any missed activity (or repeat your favorites). In the late afternoon you will board your private charter flight back to Yellowknife, where a shuttle will deliver you to your hotel. Accommodations are at The Explorer Hotel.