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Canadian Arctic Reindeer Signature Package

Learn and experience the Northern way of life while surrounding yourself in the stark beauty of the Arctic tundra. Visit a herd of 3000 reindeer and Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean.

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from $5200

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

In this 4-day Arctic adventure you will experience the Arctic with locals as you live and learn the mysteries of the Northern ways of life.Travel on your very own snowmobile alongside the 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 the Arctic sun gives way, as you complete the new Mackenzie Valley Highway to Tuktoyaktuk, to a cozy evening as you bundle into the warmth of the local B&B on the Arctic Ocean. Enjoy local cuisine and cultural activities shared by your Inuvialuit 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 against the night.

Daytime adventures kick into gear when you drive back to Inuvik, and then continue on to the famed Aklavik Ice Road. Experience a truly unique experience of travelling on such an incredible feat of Arctic transportation-innovation!

 

4 days

Upcoming Dates

  • New Years/Sunrise Festival Dec 31st-Jan 6th
  • Sunrise Festival Jan 4th-Jan 9th
  • Every Thursday Starting Jan 10th to April 11th 2019
  • Please contact us for custom dates.
  • 2020 Every Thursday Starting Jan 9th-April 9th

Tour/Package Includes

  • Travel by Car All meals while on your tours and while staying at the lodge.*

  • A full-day reindeer-herding experience

  • Accommodations One night at The Mackenzie Hotel and Reindeer Lodge Stay

  • Meals All meals while on your tours and while staying at the lodge.*

  • Shuttle Airport shuttles


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  • Itinerary
  • What to Bring
  • More Information
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Day 1

     Meals: Cultural Dinner

    Fly into Inuvik where your guide will greet you for an adventure down the iconic Aklavik Ice Road! During this journey you will have a local guide introduce you to Aklavik, the history of the Ice Road, and the people that call this area home! Enjoy many amazing photo opportunities along the frozen highway. Once in Aklavik, you will have a cultural tour with your local guide, and be able to meet and hear stories from a local elder at their craft store.

    Leaving Aklavik you will travel back on the Ice road to our exclusive Aurora Igloo Village to enjoy a meal of traditional food and learn more about the Inuit traditions and practices around a fire and our Igloos and Tipis. The same night, you will be shown to your very own igloo where you will spend the night. Our guide will be available all night if you request a wake-up call to see the northern lights, or just simply experience an amazing spectacle the Arctic Winters have to offer.

    Day 2

    Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

    Once you’re up in your igloo, join us in the main Tipi to enjoy breakfast and with the caffeine pick-me-up of your choice. After filling your bellies, there will be a range of activities and sights to see throughout the day. Start off with building an igloo, maybe snowshoe through our trails, and learn about and try some of the cultural Northern Games.

    Participate in snowmobile training on the lake to get comfortable before your journey along a traditional trapline by snowmobile and enclosed side by side, weaving your way toward the new Mackenzie Valley Highway, where a vehicle will meet you to bring you to Tuktoyatuk and the coast of the Arctic Ocean. There, you will settle into your B&B to reminisce what you’ve experience during the first two days in the Arctic and eat a hearty meal, with the potential to view northern lights!

    Day 3

    Meals: Breakfast

    Waking up on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, you will eat breakfast before going out by snowmobile and enclosed side by side to experience Parks Canada’s National Historic Site, the Pingo Canadian Landmark. (Pingos are landforms of permafrost filled hills that the Inuit used as landmarks in a relatively flat environment.) Head out onto the Arctic Ocean to experience its vastness and drill a hole in the ice for a chance to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean.

    After the pingo tour, your guides will load up to head back onto the Mackenzie Valley Highway towards Inuvik, where, just before reaching the tree-line, you will unload and head out by snowmobile and side by side to see the 2500+ reindeer herd. There you will have lunch in the company of grazing, and relaxing reindeer, then experience herding and interacting with the herd up close. Travel over the tundra back to the highway and finish the drive to Inuvik to spend a leisure night at the Mackenzie Hotel in Inuvik.

    Day 4

    Meals: N/A

    This is your day to experience Inuvik through our community cultural tour, see the Igloo Church, buy souvenirs from local craft shops and interact with the locals. At lunch, you will be shuttled back to the airport to catch your flight home.

    As you leave this remote Arctic region, you will be filled with positive memories and be forever changed by your experiences in this remote region of the world. You may be leaving the Arctic, but these Arctic experiences will always be with you influencing aww-inspiring stories for family and friends for years to come.

  • Personal Products, Warm Clothes, Water Bottle, and a Camera, leave the rest to us!

  • This Package Includes:

    Tours

    • 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

    Accommodation

    • One nights at basecamp lodge
    • Two nights at The Mackenzie Hotel
    • 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

    Transportation

    • Airport shuttles
  • 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.

What Visitors Say

I did the winter tour with Tundra North during the Muskrat Jamboree in Inuvik. It was such a great time to see how the town all celebrated the arrival of spring with traditional drum and dance as well as a giant feast of traditional foods. We also drove up the ice road, a personal favorite of mine, and spent a day enjoying Tuktoyaktuk. And we were able to see the reindeer crossing. Kylik and his team of guides built igloos for us to stay in – it was really incredible to see them working so hard to provide this really unique experience. Sleeping in an igloo overnight was definitely a first for me! They consistently went one step beyond what they needed to in order to get us closer to the culture. We even took snow mobiles out to see the herd of reindeer – something few people ever get to do. I also really enjoyed all of the stories Gerry shared with us to give us a deeper understanding of the area, culture, and history. This truly is a special place and Tundra North’s love of the region showed in everything they did.

 

Sherry Ott – April 2017 | Canadian Arctic Reindeer Signature Package More Reviews

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