National Indigenous Peoples Day and Floe Edge, Naujaat
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Naujaat, a town located on the Arctic Circle in Nunavut. Explore the community and take in the festivities including dancing, song, local handicrafts and, of course, food!
- Receive a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle
- Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with the residents of the Inuit community, Naujaat
- Connect with local artists and crafters in the community
- Opportunity to hike to a Thule site
- Day trip out to the floe edge
CAD$4,069 – twin
CAD$4,400 – single
Taxes: $115 air taxes + 5% GST per person
Prices are quoted in CA$, per person based on two people sharing a twin room or one person in a single room. Actual prices may vary depending based on the availability of flights, accommodation and tours. An accurate price will be quoted to you at the time of your inquiry.
The Arctic Circle awaits you! Board your flight to Naujaat (formerly Repulse Bay) and head north. Today we will fly straight north over and above Hudson Bay to this small hamlet, home to approximately 1,000 people. Naujaat lies directly on top of the Arctic Circle in central Nunavut. The Arctic Circle is a line that delineates the points on the earth’s surface north of which the sun is above the horizon for 24 hours on June 21, and entirely below the horizon for 24 hours on December 21. Naujaat is the only North American community located on the Arctic Circle and it is here that the Arctic Circle cairn stands, a symbol that marks the Arctic Circle’s location.
The Inuktitut name for Repulse Bay is Naujaat, which means “nesting place for seagulls”. Nesting grounds are located on cliffs five kilometres north of the community and every June the area is occupied by thousands of seagulls, as well as snow birds, loons, eider ducks, longtail ducks, and jaegers.
Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Naujaat Hotel, which will be your home base for your stay here. Your local, expedition guide will take you on a community tour where you will visit ancient ruins and spot remnants of bow-head whale bones. A stop is made at the community office where you will be given your Arctic Circle certificate. Dinner is at your hotel and afterwards you have the option to head to bed, or stay outside and marvel at the daylight that will still be around! Perhaps venture over to the community hall for a game of pool with the locals. The children of Naujaat are among the friendliest in the Arctic. They’ll greet you with shy smiles that turn into a friendly “Hi!” Then, they’ll ask your name, tell you theirs, and an instant friendship blooms.
Time is no longer important to us as we’re almost in the land of the midnight sun! With the long daylight hours you’ll have a chance to look around well into the evening.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast today, then head out to partake in the community festivities in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day. There is sure to be dancing, singing and lots of delicious foods to try, as well as the opportunity to connect with local artisans. Naujaat is renowned for its excellent artisans, especially for its Inuit carvers who work in bone, ivory and stone. The past is valued here, as you’ll soon see. Artisans create exquisite imagery in stone, intricate jewellery, and beautifully designed clothing that is warm and practical. You may have the opportunity to meet some local soapstone carvers in town.
Head out with your guide today for a hike to a Thule site combined with wildlife viewing. Watch for a variety of animals and birds during your trek and savour the encounters that come your way! There is also the option for fishing, dependant on the weather conditions.
Meet your local guide after breakfast and embark on the exciting journey out to the floe edge via traditional Kamitik pulled behind snowmobiles. The floe edge is where the open sea meets the frozen sea. Keep your eyes open for Arctic wildlife along the way. Seals will dot the sea-ice, as will walrus breathing holes! Marvel at the freshness of the air surrounding you, and the sheer distance north that you are.
Once at the floe edge be on the lookout for the mystical Narwhal. You will spend time in the sunshine (so bring your sunscreen!) sipping tea, sharing stories, and snacking as we observe what traditional life is still like on the Arctic Circle. Depending on the ice conditions you may be out near the Harbour Islands which consist of approximately 15 islands lying off the north coast of Naujaat (Repulse Bay). A little over a kilometre from shore, the islands appear as sparsely vegetated rocky outcrops. The largest island, measuring approximately 2 km by 1 km, has two small creeks each fed by a lake.
Some time today at leisure, free to explore town and perhaps purchase some art before our early afternoon flight back to Winnipeg. Take a wander through the co-op, take last minute photos, and say goodbye to the new friends you now have living on the Arctic Circle. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Winnipeg. Window seats are ideal, as the views on clear days are spectacular while flying over Nunavut’s Kivalliq region. The tour concludes upon arrival back to Winnipeg.
Extensions are available in Winnipeg either pre or post tour if you wish to spend a night or two before or after your Naujaat tour. There’s lots to see and do in Winnipeg and we can arrange hotel accommodations, a car rental and recommend points of interest to visit.
- Airfare Winnipeg – Naujaat – Winnipeg
- All transfers in Naujaat
- 4 nights of accommodation in Naujaat
- Continental breakfast daily in Naujaat
- Dinner daily in Naujaat
- Community tour in Naujaat
- Hiking tour to Thule site
- Floe Edge tour
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials
- Arctic Circle crossing certificate
- Airfare from your home city to/from Winnipeg
- Travel Insurance (Medical & Cancellation mandatory)
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuities to local guides
The touring components of this program are 100% weather dependent. We reserve the right to shift the order of components in order to best take advantage of the ever changing floe edge and nature.
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