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8 Day Reindeer / Aurora Package

The Magic of Reindeer, Aurora, Dog Sledding, and Culture. This Is the most Authentic Arctic Experience you could immerse yourself in!

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  • Winter
  • Multi-Day Packages
  • Family Friendly / Easy
  • Adventure / Challenging

In this 8-day Arctic adventure, you will experience the Arctic with locals as you live and learn the mysteries of the Northern way of life. You’ll start with 2 days in the capital city of Yellowknife, where you’ll have ample opportunity to explore. Yellowknife is also known as one of Canada’s best places to see the Northern Lights, while you’re here be sure to look up at night, there is great potential for viewing the magnificence of the Aurora Borealis. 

For the following two days, you will travel in your very own snowmobile alongside Inuvialuit reindeer herders who have crossed this terrain year after year, generation after generation, venturing into the icy-blue horizon lines, herding thousands of reindeer who must be hurried across the Arctic tundra to their spring calving grounds.

Night falls and the brightness of Arctic sun gives way to a cozy evening as you bundle into the warmth of the base camp lodge. Enjoy local cuisine and cultural activities shared by your Inuit host as part of this authentic Arctic experience. The mystery continues as the potential for viewing the magnificence of the Aurora Borealis beckons your head skyward, your breath dancing in the cold air.

Daytime adventures kick into gear when you drive on the new all-year round highway to Tuktoyaktuk! In the town of Tuktoyaktuk, or as the locals call it, ‘Tuk’, you will experience and learn the way of life from the people who call it ’home’.

You’ll finish up your trip in Inuvik with a traditional dog sledding experience with the local dog team!

8 days

Upcoming Dates

  • March 6-13

Tour/Package Includes

  • Accommodations

  • Travel by Car

  • Meals

  • Shuttle


Itinerary

  • Itinerary
  • Itinerary 2 (Drive the Dempster Option)
  • What To Bring
  • Whats Included?
  • Cancelation Policy
  • Day 1 

    Arrive in Yellowknife mid-day and get picked up by your airport shuttle to bring you to your hotel to check in. Once checked in you will have some time to explore Yellowknife and have dinner. Once Dinner is completed you can get ready for your Aurora Viewing experience. That evening you will be shuttled to the Aurora Village for your potential viewing of the magical Aurora Borealis. After your late evening of aurora viewing, you will be shuttled back to your hotel.

     

     

    Day 2

    Wake up and pack up luggage, then off to the airport by shuttle for your next leg of your adventure on journey too Inuvik. Flight departs at 10:00am

    Arrive by airplane to Inuvik, where your guides will greet you and drive you down the famous Mackenzie Ice Road to your basecamp!

    Once arrived at the basecamp you’ll drop-off your luggage, enjoy some warm drinks and receive a quick lesson with the snowmobiles on the Ice Road!

    When everyone is comfortable on their snowmobiles and ready for adventure, we’ll head out towards the reindeer herd.

    Enjoying an hour-long snowmobile adventure through the Arctic Tundra, you’ll experience the vastness of this unique landscape and then arrive into a whole new level of epic, as you suddenly find yourself among 3000+ grazing reindeer, deep in the snow-covered hills!

    Here you will receive the first part of your herding experience in the Arctic, while you’re immersed in this surreal situation and the many awe-striking photo opportunities available to you before returning back to the basecamp.

    Now you can relax, enjoy great food, explore the area, check out the igloo, and just take in the scenery that surrounds you here in your Arctic ‘home’ for the next 3 days. Another surreal photo opportunity awaits with the potential of nature’s night-show; The Aurora Borealis! *Bring your ice skates with you, and skate on the Mackenzie Ice Road with the chance of skating under the Aurora!

    DAY 3

    Wake up to the warmth of Northern Hospitality.

    Coffee, tea, and breakfast are served and a new day of life in the Arctic Tundra awaits! After breakfast the group will get ready to depart for a full-day adventure with the Inuvialuit, herding Arctic reindeer across the expanse of Tundra.

    What’s stronger than a cup of coffee? A fresh, morning snowmobile-ride through remote Tundra will have you energized and ready to meet the herders, learn their techniques passed on for generations, and then off you’ll go too!

    Lunch and warm drinks will be served in a warm, heated-tent, and you’ll also get breaks during the day. After your full day of herding reindeer -yes, you did that and have the photos to prove it- the group will return back to basecamp for another evening filled with great food, stories, photos, Inuvialuit games, and a big crackling campfire under the Aurora sky!

    DAY 4

     Wake up to warm breakfast, coffee and tea and get ready to depart on the Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk, located on the Arctic Ocean!

    This is the last year that you’ll have the opportunity to drive on this Tuktoyaktuk Ice Road tour, travelling on the same road from the hit show Ice Road Truckers, and experiencing what it is like to travel by ice along the Mackenzie River and Arctic Ocean! We’ll be bringing packed lunches, and while in this place they call ‘Tuk’, you’ll experience what life is like in this isolated community, while learning about the people who also call it ‘home’.

    Your definition of ‘epic’ will expand again when you visit local sites like the famed Canadian Pingo Landmark. During your tour of Pingo National Landmark, your guide will explain how these surreal geographical land formations were made, as well as how the local Inuvialuit who live with this land as part of their daily existence, used them for lookouts and ice freezers!

    In this truly incredible third day of your authentic experience at the frozen Arctic Ocean, your guide will share stories about traveling on the ice, the way of life for Arctic hunters, and how the Inuvialuit people have survived for generations in such an extreme environment. In this evening you will be staying at a B&B in Tuktoyaktuk which includes a cultural dinner with your local guide!

    DAY 5

    As endless as the Arctic horizon-lines, so are your opportunities for new discoveries here! Wake up in Tuktoyaktuk on the frozen Arctic Ocean and have  a warm breakfast before departing back down the Mackenzie Ice Road. Once Arriving back In Inuvik we will check you into your hotel for your last night in Inuvik.

    This Afternoon you will get to experience the art of dog sledding in your authentic arctic experience handling sled dogs through the Arctic Tundra with your local guides!

    Day 6

    The Morning is your free half-day see the town, chat with locals, purchase unique local souvenirs, and find your own Arctic adventure! Perhaps you’ll capture some photos with the famed ‘Igloo Church’ or experience the largest, most northern greenhouse in the world?

    Whatever the day holds, it’s yours to search for and find before you head to The Mackenzie Hotel where we’ll meet you and take you to the airport for your departing flight to Dawson City! Once you have arrived in Dawson City you will be shuttled to your Hotel the rest of you evening is free to explore. 

     

    Day 7

    This is a free day to explore Dawson City. See the local saloons, take in the northern landscapes, and end your night at the famous Diamond Tooth Gerties Casino.

    Day 8

     

    This is your last day in the North, enjoy your coffee, pack your bags and after breakfast your shuttle will take your from your hotel to the airport. Though it’s time to say goodbye to your guides, board the plane and climb into the sky, looking out over the wild North just remember: You may be leaving the Arctic, but after this trip, the Arctic will never leave you!

  • DAY 1 

    Arrive in Yellowknife mid-day and get picked up by your airport shuttle to bring you to your hotel to check in. Once checked in you will have some time to explore Yellowknife and have dinner. Once Dinner is completed you can get ready for your Aurora Viewing experience. That evening you will be shuttled to the Aurora Village for your potential viewing of the magical Aurora Borealis. After your late evening of aurora viewing, you will be shuttled back to your hotel.

     

    DAY 2

    Wake up and pack up luggage, then off to the airport by shuttle for your next leg of your adventure on journey too Inuvik. Flight departs at 10:00am

    Arrive by airplane to Inuvik, where your guides will greet you and drive you down the famous Mackenzie Ice Road to your basecamp!

    Once arrived at the basecamp you’ll drop-off your luggage, enjoy some warm drinks and receive a quick lesson with the snowmobiles on the Ice Road!

    When everyone is comfortable on their snowmobiles and ready for adventure, we’ll head out towards the reindeer herd.

    Enjoying an hour-long snowmobile adventure through the Arctic Tundra, you’ll experience the vastness of this unique landscape and then arrive into a whole new level of epic, as you suddenly find yourself among 3000+ grazing reindeer, deep in the snow-covered hills!

    Here you will receive the first part of your herding experience in the Arctic, while you’re immersed in this surreal situation and the many awe-striking photo opportunities available to you before returning back to the basecamp.

    Now you can relax, enjoy great food, explore the area, check out the igloo, and just take in the scenery that surrounds you here in your Arctic ‘home’ for the next 3 days. Another surreal photo opportunity awaits with the potential of nature’s night-show; The Aurora Borealis! *Bring your ice skates with you, and skate on the Mackenzie Ice Road with the chance of skating under the Aurora!

    DAY 3

    Wake up to the warmth of Northern Hospitality.

    Coffee, tea, and breakfast are served and a new day of life in the Arctic Tundra awaits! After breakfast the group will get ready to depart for a full-day adventure with the Inuvialuit, herding Arctic reindeer across the expanse of Tundra.

    What’s stronger than a cup of coffee? A fresh, morning snowmobile-ride through remote Tundra will have you energized and ready to meet the herders, learn their techniques passed on for generations, and then off you’ll go too!

    Lunch and warm drinks will be served in a warm, heated-tent, and you’ll also get breaks during the day. After your full day of herding reindeer -yes, you did that and have the photos to prove it- the group will return back to basecamp for another evening filled with great food, stories, photos, Inuvialuit games, and a big crackling campfire under the Aurora sky!

    DAY 4

     Wake up to warm breakfast, coffee and tea and get ready to depart on the Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk, located on the Arctic Ocean!

    This is the last year that you’ll have the opportunity to drive on this Tuktoyaktuk Ice Road tour, travelling on the same road from the hit show Ice Road Truckers, and experiencing what it is like to travel by ice along the Mackenzie River and Arctic Ocean! We’ll be bringing packed lunches, and while in this place they call ‘Tuk’, you’ll experience what life is like in this isolated community, while learning about the people who also call it ‘home’.

    Your definition of ‘epic’ will expand again when you visit local sites like the famed Canadian Pingo Landmark. During your tour of Pingo National Landmark, your guide will explain how these surreal geographical land formations were made, as well as how the local Inuvialuit who live with this land as part of their daily existence, used them for lookouts and ice freezers!

    In this truly incredible third day of your authentic experience at the frozen Arctic Ocean, your guide will share stories about traveling on the ice, the way of life for Arctic hunters, and how the Inuvialuit people have survived for generations in such an extreme environment. In this evening you will be staying at a B&B in Tuktoyaktuk which includes a cultural dinner with your local guide!

    DAY 5

    As endless as the Arctic horizon-lines, so are your opportunities for new discoveries here! Wake up in Tuktoyaktuk on the frozen Arctic Ocean and have  a warm breakfast before departing back down the Mackenzie Ice Road. Once Arriving back In Inuvik we will check you into your hotel for your last night in Inuvik.

    This Afternoon you will get to experience the art of dog sledding in your authentic arctic experience handling sled dogs through the Arctic Tundra with your local guides!

    DAY 6

    This day we wake up bright and early and start our adventure driving down the beautiful Dempster Highway to Dawson City! Our first hour drive takes us to breathtaking views of the Richardson Mountains, rolling hills of tundra, and small frozen lakes with unlimited photo opportunities.

    Due to the open nature of the Arctic tundra, this tour is the best chance to see local birds and wildlife such as fox, caribou and wolves. We’ll pass the beautiful and quaint community of T’siigehtchic on our way to the famous Arctic Circle Monument. Once passed the Arctic Circle Monument we will continue to Fort Macpherson where you will be able to experience the burial ground for the lost patrol. Once spending some time here you will continue to your accomodation at Eagle plains, directly in the heart of the Demspter Highway.

    DAY 7

    Wake up and Continue down the Dempster highway. Along the second half of your trip we will make a couple quick stops to see local landmarks which includes the breath taking Tombstone National Park with its towering peaks and rich flora and fauna. That evening we will be arriving in Dawson City where you will be dropped at your hotel. Once you arrive around 6pm you will get to have some dinner and explore a bit of Dawson City. 

    DAY 8

    This is your last day in the North, wake up and enjoy your coffee, and explore the city before packing your bags. After breakfast you will have some time to explore before your shuttle will take your from your hotel to the airport in the early afternoon. Though it’s time to say goodbye to your guides, board the plane and climb into the sky, looking out over the wild North just remember: You may be leaving the Arctic, but after this trip, the Arctic will never leave you!

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  • This Package Includes:

    Trsansportation

    • Airfare from Victoria to Yellowknife
    • Air fare return from Yellowknife to Inuvik
    • Airfare from Inuvik to Dawson City
    • Airfare from Dawson City to Victoria
    • All Shuttles to and from tours and airport / hotel

    Tours

    • Snow Shoe Tour
    • 1 Aurora Viewing tour experiences
    • A half-day reindeer visit
    • Town of Inuvik Tour
    • A full-day reindeer-herding experience
    • Full day Tuktoyaktuk Ice Road tour
    • Cultural demonstrations and display of Northern Games
    • Story-telling from the local Indigenous people
    • Local guides
    • Dempster Highway Tour (if you choose the driving option)

    Accommodation

    • Two nights accomodation in Yellowknife
    • Two nights at basecamp lodge
    • One night at The Mackenzie Hotel
    • One Night Accomodation in Tuktoyaktuk
    • An overnight in an igloo or quincy (optional)

    Food

    • Traditional foods of the local Indigenous people
    • All meals while on your tours and while staying at the lodge.*
    • *Note the last night is at the Mackenzie Hotel where you may eat at the restaurant, and on the last half-day you will be responsible for your own meals.

    Gear

    • Full winter gear including: Boots, fur hat, mitts, snow-pants, a parka and your snowmobile helmet.
    • Neck warmers and liner-gloves are also included.
    • Snowshoes

     

  • As most our costs are incurred long before the actual trip, rental or tour takes place, we are bound to the following cancellation fees:

    • 90 Days before tour start: Full refund
    • 90 – 61 days before tour start: 75% refund
    • 60 – 30 days before tour start: 50% refund
    • 30 or fewer days before tour start: No refund possible

    Exceptions to this cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including, terrorism, civil unrest or personal emergencies. If unforeseen circumstances require a change in itinerary, we will make every effort to work out an alternative solution. If for any reason we cannot start the tour, due to circumstances, including but not limited, to severe weather, mechanical breakdown or road closures, you will receive a full refund.

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