Baffin Island Expedition
Akshayuk Pass, Auyuittuq National Park
The expedition ski tour of a lifetime
Mid March 2019
10 days on the ice
Guided by polar explorers
A Trip for experienced Nordic Skiers & Avid Athletes
The ski route through Akshayuk Pass, in Auyuittuq National Park goes through some of the most stunning scenery in the Canadian Arctic. The views of Mount Thor, which has the tallest vertical face in the world, and Mount Asgard are incredible. This is one of the best ski tours in the Canadian Arctic, it includes skiing on sea ice, overland through a steep walled canyon, past the base of Thor and Asgard, and down a frozen river. Temperatures could get down to –20°F or colder, but would likely be warmer. The possibility of extreme windstorms exist. The travel route goes through Iqaluit the largest town on Baffin Island, a layover there is possible to enjoy side trips. The sun is still setting at this time of year making for long sunny days with gorgeous evenings. Travel will be expedition style. Participants will sleep in tents and haul sleds with all the necessary gear and food.
Middle two weeks of March
Day 1: Fly to Ottawa, Ontario overnight stay
Day 2: Fly to Iqaluit, Nunavut overnight stay
Day 3: Fly to Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut snowmobile to park entrance
Days 4-13: Ski through park to Pangnirtung, Nanuvut (10 days)
Day 14: Fly Pangnirtung to Iqaluit, overnight or continue to Ottawa
Day 15: Fly to Ottawa & onward
Approximately $9,500 CAD per person includes expedition food, 2 expert guides, 2 skijor dogs, rental equipment, permits, snowmobile drop off at park entrance, and all flights ($3,000) from Ottawa onward. Cost of flights and operation in the Arctic is very expensive. Cost does not include flight to Ottawa (apprx. $500), food & hotel in Ottawa (apprx. $150), and hotels & food in Iqaluit and Pangnirtung (3 days for apprx. $1,000). Cost estimate is for a 7 person group, add or subtract a few hundred dollars for 8 or 6 person group. The Canadian Dollar is very friendly right now, $1 CAD = $0.75 USD. Note, this cost estimate is not exact and may vary by the time of the deposit deadline.
$1,000 USD. Deadline December 15, 2018. Deposits will be refunded if entire trip cancels. After December 15, 2018 the deposit is non-refundable if participant cancels.
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