Every spring, the blue open waters of the Arctic Ocean meet the white frozen sea ice along a magical, mystic perimeter where fast ice turns to drift ice, rising and falling with the tides, currents and wind. This is when our land comes alive and Arctic wildlife converges along the edges; walruses, seals, polar bears, narwhals, bowhead and beluga whales, and a wondrous variety of birds. This is a time of celebration for the Inuit people.
This is sinaaq, the floe edge. Call it the cycle of life, the line of life – it is one of the most amazing and active ecosystems in the world that has shaped our history, our lives, our culture - we live it, breathe it, carve it, celebrate it, paint it, hunt it, learn it and shape it to survive. We were passing on wisdom and knowledge of this living system for centuries before the word ecosystem was ever said – and understood with precision the range and cycles of our Arctic environment before scientists added the ‘bio’ to diversity.
We still have this knowledge today - come visit with us and we’ll share it with you in adventures on the floe edge tomorrow.
Floe Edge Adventures
You can travel, explore, photograph and film on floe edge tours with outfitters and guides from many communities across Nunavut including Coral Harbour, Cape Dorset, Grise Fiord, Hall Beach, the oldest inhabited community north of the Arctic Circle, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Kukluktuq on the Coppermine River and Naujatt.
There are exhilarating Arctic adventures on day trips or longer outings to view iceberg galleries, wildlife and the stunning panoramas along the floe edge whether trekking, kayaking, or on a classic traditional qamutik (snow sled) especially along the coasts of Baffin Island, from Arctic Bay to Clyde River, Kimmirut, Qikiqtarjuaq and Pangnirtung - both nearby Auyuittuq National Park – plus Pond Inlet and Resolute Bay.
Begin planning your trip with one of our operators.
Similar activities in Nunavut
World Class and World Record Sport Fishing
Before we go on, allow us to brag for moment — fishers in Nunavut hold 6 world records with the International Game Fish Association — from a saltwater all tackle record 32 pound Arctic Char to a freshwater fly rod record Lake Trout of 28 pounds. Now, for the cast:
Outdoor, Summer, Fall
Kayaking & Canoeing
Find Your True North in Nunavut
Paddle north of the Arctic Circle in the most beautiful waters of the world. On the ocean, kayak alongside beluga whales, navigate the floe edge around floating ice while spotting colonies of kittiwakes, low-flying fulmars and king eider ducks, stopping to photograph seals, walrus and the unicorn like tusks of the narwhal.
Adventure, Outdoor, Winter, Spring
ATV & Snowmobiling
It’s not the traditional way to get around, but it sure gets you around
ATVs and snowmobiling have become a modern alternative to trekking, snowshoeing or dogsledding. A new way to travel to the old places where you can ice fish, see the wildlife or get to and from our parks, sanctuaries, cultural sites and local communities.
Outdoor, Spring, Summer, Fall
Hiking & Camping
Experiences and Locales
Summer hiking and camping experiences include the migratory bird wetlands of Polar Bear Pass near Resolute; along the shores of Whale Cove for sightings of beluga whales; through wondrous Akshayuk Pass in the mountains of Auyuittuq National Park featuring magnificent Mount Thor and the world’s tallest vertical cliff face at 1,250 metres (4,101 feet) near Pangnirtung.
Boating in the arctic is a broad spectrum including the large bespoke super-yachts and icebreaking expedition ships to privately arranged eco-tours, custom nautical experiences, sport fishing expeditions, local small boat tours, rafting & kayaking to wildlife viewing marine trips - even polar diving.
Outdoor, Winter, Spring, Wildlife
Mush Hour Adventures
Qimmiit, the plural of qimmiq, is the Inuktitut name for Canadian Inuit dogs - official animal of Nunavut and rarest and oldest dog breed in the world. Our brave, revered dogs pull strong and flexible qamutiit (sleds) and have helped us travel and hunt and provided loyal companionship for centuries in the Arctic.
You definitely need to discover it for yourself.
You have to see it for yourself, how the awesome vistas extend past the frame of what is represented in photos and videos. Hear authentic voices tell their stories first hand. Define your experience through direct perception, undergo a transformation through observing, encountering and participating first hand in the Spirit of the Arctic.
It’ll be good.
Your adventure starts now
What's on your travel bucket list? Experience the rare and unique arctic wildlife. Take a ride on a dog sled across ancient Inuit hunting trails. Witness centuries-old traditions in modern time. All of this is possible in Nunavut.