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HighOnAdventure.com   October 1, 2012

Snowmobiling in Nunavut near inukshuk
Snomobilers near an inukshuk in Nunavut, in Canada's high Arctic courtesy Nunavut Tourism

KUGAARUK, NUNAVUT, CANADA – The tiny Inuit settlement of Kugaaruk, on Canada’s Arctic coast, remains virtually untouched by the outside world.

Kugaaruk (which translates to “little stream”—it is also called Arviligjuaq, or “great bowhead whale habitat”) is located approximately 150 miles above the Arctic Circle. Access is only by air, an annual sealift – or by snowmobile.The Netsilingmiut, or “people of the seal”, are traditional people who have occupied this isolated area for centuries and have only recently had regular contact with the outside world.

A new expedition into this remote land combines the thrill of traveling by snowmobile with the excitement of being in the deep polar wilderness. The “Arctic Circle Snowmobile Safari” is an 8-day/7-night package, led by Inuit guides, that provides the ultimate hands-on adventure.

It is offered by The Great Canadian Travel Company, North America’s foremost experts in travel to some of the world’s least-traveled regions.

This region of Arctic Canada is home to polar bears, caribou, and musk oxen as well as walruses, seals, whales and myriad seabirds. On the program you will have the opportunity to spend time in local Inuit communities meeting artists and elders, and learning more about the rich culture of these resilient and remote people.

  Nunavut snowmobilers  
Nunavut snomobilers courtesy Nunavut Tourism

The Arctic Circle Snowmobile Safari is priced at $4,950 per person, plus tax. Departure dates are April 14 and April 26, 2013. Included in the package are two nights’ hotel accommodation at the Inukshuk Inn in Kugaarak, three nights at the Naujat Hotel in Repulse Bay (some 15 miles south of Kugaaruk and located exactly on the Arctic Circle), two nights’ accommodation in Winnipeg, and all meals, as well as snowmobile rental. Flights between Winnipeg and Repulse Bay are also included. Experienced Inuit guides will lead the safari. Tour members should be in generally good physical condition and prepared for low te mperatures and rapid weather changes.

Reservations and additional information available from The Great Canadian Travel Company, 800-661-3830, www.greatcanadiantravel.com .

The URL for the Arctic Circle Snowmobile Safari is http://www.greatcanadiantravel.com/snowmobilesafari














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