ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS

 Auyuittuq National Park - Hiking Expedition

8 days (5 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel)

July 5th to July 12th, 2021 (COVID19/Park closed)
July 4th to July 11th, 2022
July 7th to July 14th, 2023
  • Auyuittuq National Park

Auyuittuq National Park

Majestic towers, carved in bedrock by glaciers, shooting straight for the sun: such scenery is what Auyuittuq National Park has to offer. It is, without a doubt, one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. Set in the middle of the Penny Ice Cap, bisected from North to South by the Akshayuk pass, an immense valley opens inland. After a two-day hike surrounded by severe-looking, barren plateaus, we will set up base camp. From there, you will go on a day hike to one of the most spectacular lookouts of the park, Mount Thor.

On your way, you will have an opportunity to see impressive rock formations dating back to the last ice age, moraines, boulder fields, and much more. During this five-day hike, you will tread over terrain ranging from arid gravel to humid, fertile tundra, with sharp peaks and a huge glacier in the backdrop. Memories like these are unlikely to fade away.

The Hiking Trip

To hike Auyuittuq Park you will need to be able to hike with a 16 to 20 kg (35-45 lb) backpack for a distance of 8 to 18 km (5 to 12 mi) per day (4 to 8 hours a day). The trail is not technical and does not present an altitude challenge; however, at times you will have to cross glacier-fed rivers, with water up to your knees. Your days will be spent in the great outdoors, while nights will be spent in a tent. You should be prepared to live outside for the entire trip and have camping experience.

Kekerten Island and Pangnirtung

After leaving Auyuittuq Park, a Panniqturmiutaq guide (Pangnirtung resident) will take you on a boat ride to the remarkable Kekerten Island, where you can see the remnants of a whaling station that would have been at its busiest in the 1870s. To this day, the artifacts on Kekerten Island are carefully preserved. 

This guided tour will take you through a part of history that is kept alive by a few elders in the village. "Pang" for the intimate, is a small northern community with a rich history and a booming art and crafts scene. Pangnirtung, this historic community, which serves as a gateway to the park, will fascinate you.

Auyuittuq National Park Hiking Expedition

2022

July 4th to July 11th
Can$ 4 400 
+ 5% GST
per person
double occupancy
(min. 4 / max. 6 participants)
Flight & Transportation
  • Return mandatory group flights from Iqaluit, NU. to Pangnirtung, NU.
  • Ground transportation to/from Iqaluit airport. Pangnirtung is by foot.
  • Boat charter to/from Pangnirtung, Auyuittuq National Park and Kekerten 
Accommodations
  • 8 days : 5 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel
  • Full-service hotel accommodation in Iqaluit. B&B option/Double occupancy\Days #1
  • Full-service hotel accommodation in Pangnirtung. B&B option/Double occupancy\Days #7
Resources & Equipment
  • Meals, trail snacks and hot drinks while in Pangnirtung and expedition
  • Specialized equipment, safety and communication gear
  • Guided Expedition for the duration of the trip. Bilingual guide (English/French)
  • Admission fees to the Parks
Pricing alternatives
  • Solo traveller pricing available 
  • Accommodation alternative
  • Preferred airfare available

Not included
  • Airfare from home to Iqaluit, NU (return) is NOT included.
  • Accommodation in Iqaluit day #8
  • Camping, clothing and personal equipment (hiking gear, tent* sleeping bag*, mattress*, personal clothing, personal hygiene kit, medication)
  • Meals in Iqaluit
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Bad weather / out of our control, cancellation related fees
  • Gratuities

* Can be rented at no additional cost. Please notify 30 days in advance.

Auyuittuq National Park Hiking Expedition

2023

July 7th to July 14th
Can$ 4 400 
+ 5% GST
per person
double occupancy
(min. 4 / max. 6 partcipants)
Flight & Transportation
  • Return mandatory group flights from Iqaluit, NU. to Pangnirtung, NU.
  • Ground transportation to/from Iqaluit airport. Pangnirtung is by foot.
  • Boat charter to/from Pangnirtung, Auyuittuq National Park and Kekerten 
Accommodations
  • 8 days : 5 nights of camping / 2 nights in hotel
  • Full-service hotel accommodation in Iqaluit. B&B option/Double occupancy\Days #1
  • Full-service hotel accommodation in Pangnirtung. B&B option/Double occupancy\Days #7
Resources & Equipment
  • Meals, trail snacks and hot drinks while in Pangnirtung and expedition
  • Specialized equipment, safety and communication gear
  • Guided Expedition for the duration of the trip. Bilingual guide (English/French)
  • Admission fees to the Parks
Pricing alternatives
  • Solo traveller pricing available 
  • Accommodation alternative
  • Preferred airfare available

Not included
  • Airfare from home to Iqaluit, NU (return) is NOT included.
  • Accommodation in Iqaluit day #8
  • Camping, clothing and personal equipment (hiking gear, tent* sleeping bag*, mattress*, personal clothing, personal hygiene kit, medication)
  • Meals in Iqaluit
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Bad weather / out of our control, cancellation related fees
  • Gratuities

* Can be rented at no additional cost. Please notify 30 days in advance.

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