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Auyuituq


BAFFIN ISLAND
Akshayuk Pass, Auyuittuq National Park
April 2019

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Auyuituq


BAFFIN ISLAND
Akshayuk Pass, Auyuittuq National Park
April 2019

 

Baffin Island Expedition

Akshayuk Pass, Auyuittuq National Park
Arctic Canada

The expedition ski tour of a lifetime

April 2019

10-12 days on the ice

Guided by Veteran polar explorers

A Trip for experienced Nordic Skiers & Avid Athletes

 
 

GUIDES
John Huston and Sarah McNair-Landry or Matty McNair (depending on schedules). Sarah and Matty live in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada and are a polar expedition veterans. John has worked with their family since 2007. Sarah owns and operate Northwinds Expeditions.

DESCRIPTION
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.

ITINERARY (approximate): 
Middle two weeks of April
Day 1: Fly to Ottawa, Ontario overnight stay
Day 2: Fly to Iqaluit, Nunavut, overnight stay for 2 nights
Day 4: Fly to Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut. Snowmobile to park entrance
Days 4-13: Ski through park to Pangnirtung, Nanuvut (10 days)
Day 14: Fly from Pangnirtung to Iqaluit, overnight or continue to Ottawa
Day 15: Fly to Ottawa & onward

COST
Approximately $10,300 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. 
DEPOSIT
$1,000 USD. Deadline TBA. Deposits will be refunded if entire trip cancels.

CONTACT
John Huston
Email John
773-270-2165

Photos: © cntraveler.com, @ Sarah McNair-Landry, © Eric McNair-Landry

 
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