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Pangnirtung

 First Air, and Canadian North, provide air service into Pangnirtung (pronounced Pang-ner-toung, or Pang as most Nunavummiut call it) daily with an 18-seater turbo prop plane.  The approach into Pang, depending on which direction the wind is blowing, can be rather thrilling and the airport is located in the middle of town!  The moment you step off the plane you will know that you are in a particularly exceptional place – the view down the Pangnirtung Fiord is extraordinary!

Be sure to arrange your accommodations ahead of time, at the Auyuittuq Lodge (Inns North) or Pangnirtung Fjordview Bed and Breakfast.  If you’re planning to hike and have the gear, Piskutinu Tunngavik Territorial Campground is an excellent alternative. The campground is nestled at the edge of town beneath the mountains and features tent platforms, picnic facilities, outhouses and campfire rings.

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Don’t miss the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts (pronounced oo-koo-me-oot), where Pangnirtung’s Inuit artists showcase their extraordinary talents in this unique and enchanting facility.  View ornate tapestries woven by skilled weavers in the circular “weave shop”; observe prints celebrating the land and traditional ways come alive through stencils, lithographs, etchings, drawings and more in the adjacent workshop.  Browse or buy from the archived print collection concealed in the loft or invest in a famous crocheted ‘Pang Hat’ or woven scarf.

Uqqurmiut Centre

Across the road is the Angmarlik Visitor Centre which features displays depicting the lifestyle of Thule and modern Inuit.  Ask the friendly staff to show you how to write your name in Inuktitut, the Inuit language - or enjoy an impromptu tour of the centre.

Next door is the Parks Canada Office and Visitor Centre where you will participate in a mandatory three hour orientation and registration session (Parks Canada recommends you book this 2-3 hour session two weeks in advance. Phone 867-473-2500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  link  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nu/auyuittuq/visit.aspx

Investigate the historic Hudson`s Bay buildings and the story behind the canon perched on the rock cliff; keys for the buildings generally rest with the Angmarlik Visitor Centre, if you want to peek inside before heading to the Arctic Co-op store or the Northern Store to stock up on supplies for your next day’s adventure.

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Sweeping glaciers and polar sea ice meet jagged granite mountains in Auyuittuq National Park. Established in 1976, Auyuittuq - an Inuktitut word meaning "land that never melts" - comprises the highest peaks of the Canadian Shield, the Penny Ice Cap, marine shorelines along coastal fiords, and Akshayuk Pass, a traditional travel corridor used by the Inuit for thousands of years.

Meet your outfitter at the boat harbour; Peter-owner/operator of Peter’s Expediting and Outfitting or Joavie owner/operator of Alivaktuk Outfitting.  The journey to Mount Overlord, at the southern entrance of the park will take about an hour by boat, through the stunning Pangnirtung Fiord (the boat trip to Overlord is offered as a half day sightseeing tour as well).

Arctic Circle Sign

Travel and hike above the Arctic Circle - hikes in the Akshayuk Pass can be day trips or multiday trips with wilderness camping.   Aksayuk Pass is the place to view towering mountains and glaciers.  The sharp mountain ridges and peaks lining the pass were created by small mountain glaciers called cirque or alpine glaciers.  One such mountain is the majestic peak of Overloard.  Another spectacular mountain is Mount Thor where the peak soars 1500 metres up out of the valley floor.  At the summit of the pass is Mount Asgard which stands amongst surrounding glaciers like a scene out of Norse mythology and has been the goal of climbing expeditions from around the world.  You can also view Crater Lake which is a beautiful, circular blue lake that got its features from the latest advance of glaciers over just over 100 years ago!  Travel from the North or South side of the pass to witness the breathtaking scenery of the land and animals in a place where the sun does not set during the summer months.

Take a moment along the way to leave or read a note from past hikers in the guest books located in the cabins.  Be sure to take a picture with Parks Canada’s Red Chair at the first cabin, Ulu cabin – and send it to Parks when you arrive back home.

Crossing The River

Hike back to your drop off location to meet with your outfitter at the predetermined time, which you would have arranged prior to departure.

A boat ride to the historical whaling station in the Kekerten Territorial Park will let you immerse yourself in the history of the area and the ride is offered by both outfitters, ask about details during the planning stages of your trip.  The park is about 3 hours away from Pang by boat.  While there you can explore the historical remains of this bygone era, which is detailed with signage along an interpretive trail in the park. Keep an eye out for whales in the Arctic waters; Bowhead, Beluga and Narwhal.

Chef Louis, a distinct northern character, and the manager of the Auyuittuq Lodge features a tasty and diverse set menu that can include Arctic char from the Pangnirtung Fishery which is located just down the road.  Notify Chef Louis early in the day if you would like to attend the supper hour.  The Lodge also offers showers for a small fee, if you plan to make your way back to the campground for the night.

Before catching your flight back to Iqaluit, call on the Pangnirtung Fish Plant for a quick tour and pick up a few fillets of Arctic Char or Turbot to take home and share with your friends and family. On your way to the plant stop by the giant Turbot carving on the pier of the harbour.

Hiking in Auyuittuq National Park requires proper planning and preparation. Please educate yourself by visiting http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nu/auyuittuq/index.aspx.

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View of Northern Lights from Apex

A trip to Iqaluit can be whatever you make of it! Getting here is easy with departures daily from Ottawa International Airport and tri-weekly flights departing from Montreal with First Air or Canadian North.  After arriving into Iqaluit's impressive new airport which is eight times larger than the previous terminal, which was lovingly referred to as the "Yellow Submarine" by locals. Contact your hotel for shuttle services or call Tuktu Caribou Cabs at 867.979.4444, which travel anywhere in the city for $7 per person, keeping in mind that pick up of additional passengers while en route is common practice.   The shuttles or cab will take you to one of the three full service hotels: The Discovery Lodge, Frobisher Inn or Capital Suites or to one of Iqaluit’s well-equipped B&B’s, each with spectacular views. 

 

Bye Iqaluit! It's been real. #grizzliesmovie

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The Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre, located on the beach of Koojesse Inlet is a great location for a selfie with our 2400 pound marble drum dancer, which was airlifted into the building in 1991. Nunavut Tourism’s expert staff will hook you up with a hot beverage and provide you with an informative tour of the arctic wildlife dioramas and interactive displays. Make sure to grab a city guide or download the SikSik App to help navigate the Arctic capital! We also have an Iqaluit Audio Tour if you’re interested?

Unikkaarvik Visitors Centre

Down the road from the Visitor Center you’ll find the Grind and Brew Café, which offers something you won’t find anywhere else - their amazing Arctic Char Pizza! After lunch it’s a short walk to the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum which hosts rotating exhibits of northern artwork and a fantastic gift shop, boasting loads of unique Inuit arts and crafts.  

Make your way out to Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, which is located about 20 minutes (walking) from the Discovery Lodge Hotel. If you’d like to rent a pair of snowshoes to make traversing the park a bit more exciting, call Tour Iqaluit for a rental – 867.979.1900.

 

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 The view of the frozen landscape from the platform is something you must see! Look out for the info-graphic plaques which narrate the history of the original town settlement, including Martin Frobisher’s journey to Frobisher Bay.  Make your way through the snow and down to the river to see the frozen rapids then enjoy a hike through the park loop and keep your eyes open for Arctic Fox, Hares and other wildlife that may cross your path.

 Looking for a night on the town? Check out a local favourite - Wing-Night – and be sure to get there early there might be a line up. For real - we take our wing nights very seriously up here! The Storehouse Bar & Grill at the Frobisher Inn and the Legion feature wings on Wednesday nights and the Kickin’ Caribou Pub, in the Hotel Arctic, has one every Tuesday!

Frobisher Inn

Feeling something a bit more traditional? Try the Gallery Dining Room also located in the Frobisher Inn, the Granite Room in the Discovery Lodge Hotel or the Water’s Edge Restaurant at the Hotel Arctic. The restaurants often feature local fare or “county food” as Nunavummiut call it; char being very popular, and seasonally they have musk-ox and caribou dishes. Iqaluit restaurants often double as a sit down shopping experience, as local artisans might visit your table with their latest creations for sale.  

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Start off your day by grabbing a quick bite and a coffee at the Caribrew Café (Also in the Frobisher Inn). After getting fueled for a day of discovery make your way down to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Free tours are available throughout the year by appointment… You can call 975-5000 to book it!

Have you ever been dogsledding? Even if you have, I’ll bet you’ve never been dogsledding on the Sea Ice! Venture out on a Qamutik (traditional Inuit sled, pronounced kah-mo-tick) pulled by a team of spirted Inuit Sled Dogs in fan formation; witness the ever changing ice walls created by our massive tides (second in Canada only next to the Bay of Fundy) and admire the freedom of Canada’s Arctic as you ingest the sights. When you return home to the dog lot with one of our qualified and welcoming outfitters (Inukpak Outfitting, Tour Iqaluit, Northwinds Arctic Adventures) make sure to reward your new furry friends with some yummy treats and a few doggy kisses.

Dog Sledding Outside of Iqaluit

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Go with the “floe” and take an adventure out to the Iqaluit Floe Edge! This is a full day expedition of a lifetime; make sure to dress warm (arctic clothing can be supplied by the outfitter on request).

Whale Watching

Transportation will take the form of driving or riding as a passenger on a snowmobile or potentially in a Qamutik pulled by the snowmobile, snuggled under some cozy seal skins and/or caribou hides.

 You’ll have lunch at the polynya; an area of open water surrounded by sea ice and home to thousands of migratory birds. Lunch could consist of some fresh Arctic Char and piping hot tea made from virgin melted snow! On sunny days when the tide is low, giant ice walls reflect a thousand different shades of blue into the icy open water.  If you’re up for it, there’s time for a quick paddle with a portable kayak in the polynya!

Upon arrival at the floe edge, where the frozen ocean meets the open water, the epic views will make your jaw drop to the snow.  This is a very special sight that few people have had the opportunity to experience; it evokes feelings of being at the edge of the earth. If you’re lucky you might even see walrus, seals, polar bears, narwhals, bowhead and beluga whales, and a variety of migratory birds.

When you get back to town why not some tasty ribs or pulled pork at Big Racks Barbecue. Then possibly a visit to Carvings Nunavut, Iqaluit Fine Arts or Northern Collectables and take a piece of Nunavut home with you!

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*Blog Post Re-Posted With Permission.

Visit http://www.maudreturnshome.no/uncategorized/maud-summer-2017/ for the original post or more information.

 

June 18, 2017 

ARRIVAL CAMBRIDGE BAY Maud crew Stig was the first to arrive in CB again this year – spending his first weeks waking our tug Tandberg Polar up from its 3rd winter hibernation here in CB. All windows are blinded and we insulate her as best we can to withstand the severe winter cold, averaging in the low minus 30 degrees Celsius. Engines har tested and serviced, and all looks good. Well done to Stig and Terje who has all our engines as one of their major responsibilities. 

This week Stig and I have had some wonderful early summer days looking over Maud and starting over where we finished last autumn preparing Maud and barge Jensen for the long trip home to Norway, hopefully starting before the end of this summer, probably around the last part of August, when the ice situation allows us to sail throughout the Northwest Passage direction Greenland, that will probably be our next winter stop. Ideally we will arrive Greenland mid September if all goes well. 

Our main tasks in the weeks and months to come is to prepare Maud and Jensen as well as our tug for the long journey home. These days Stig and I have cleaned all the straps and ropes around Maud that was used for the lifting operation and Maud looks even better ( if possible) after being stripped. Inside we are still working to empty loose pieces of wood and mud in the front section of Maud around the main windlass. The one that was also on board famous polarship Fram. Still some tons to dig out will keep us busy for another couple of weeks. 

Maud seem to have enjoyed her first winter above the ice since 1930. She has rested on top Jensen through the whole winter and has had good conditions for starting her slow drying process. Experts suggest temperatures in the far low minus as ideal for drying and it was not very difficult for us to arrange for that. Specially the surface of the wood can benefit from this freeze drying process to secure as much as possible of the original surface structure of the wood. 

I must say it was a warm welcoming feeling to enter Maud again these last days. The temperatures has raised above 0 degrees Celsius and when the sun comes through it feels like the perfect place to be. We can smell the warm wood of the old lady and every day we find new details that makes this recovery story ever more gratifying for all of us. 

In a couple of weeks our team will be complete for the summer when Terje and Bjørn arrives. and as July arrives the ice will open around Maud and we can continue our preparations with Tandberg Polar long side. We are looking forwards to another eventful summer with Maud in the high arctic. 

Many thanks to Nunavut Tourism for helping us out to get promotional tickets for our flight up north this time. 
As you well know Tandberg Eiendom of Norway stands alone financing this whole project of bringing Maud back home to Norway. 

Jan Wanggaard – mrh 

 

Maud can experience the spring melting in CB from above the ice this year.

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 Photo: Jan W

 

Clearing the floor for the big dance.

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And there was light.

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Photo: Jan W

 

Heavenly ladder close to Maud

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Photo: Jan W

 

Stig deals with some tight old knots from last years lifting operation.

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Photo: Jan W

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 Arctic Heli Skiing on Baffin Island

 Nestled on the shores of Baffin Bay, the fjords of Baffin Island hold some of the best skiing in the circumpolar Arctic! Unskied mountains, hanging glaciers and rolling alpine terrain of the Arctic cordillera provides uniquely untapped terrain for guests to explore. 

Panorama of Weber Cocktail Couloir

 This land is the home of polar exploration; Baffin Island is more than 500,000 square kilometers in size (5th largest island on earth) and has a population of less than 15,000 inhabitants across the entire island. This is the land of glaciers, polar bears, and Arctic mountain ranges. 

During the months of April and May, a very unique event takes place. As the spring Arctic sun begins to bring warmth to the polar terrain, the snow quality and temperatures provide great skiing! Light snow and 24-hour sunlight! The month of April and May also coincides with polar bears (who), having emerged from the dens in late March, have yet to leave the coastal baffin area for the floe edge - they inhabit the very areas where we ski! 

A great video produced from a visit in 2015 gives a flavour of some of the heli-skiing, ski touring and wildlife in the area! 

 

Weber Arctic Expeditions is proud to offer heli skiing on Baffin Island every April and May to guests from across the globe.

Working with the community of Clyde River, Nunvaut, we are proud to host guests in the community of Clyde River at a privately staffed hotel. Welcoming a maximum of 8 guests per week, heli skiing is offered in the fjords of Baffin, a short flight from the village. We operate on a small basis - two groups of four guests only.

Truly Arctic elements such as polar bear viewing, dog sledding and drum dancing are a few of the highlights to name. 

Raven Brothers Glacier

 

 

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 An interview with filmmaker-photographer Jason Van Bruggen




 

Jason van Bruggen is a self taught photographer and filmmaker based in Canada. His lens has previously captured an incredible Adventure Canada Journey through the Northwest Passage. We are thrilled to share Jason's latest cinematic poem featuring AC staffer and author-explorer James Raffan, and caught up with him to ask some questions about his craft. 

 

 Adventure Canada: Jason, what draws you to the wilderness as a filmmaker?

Jason Van Bruggen: Our wilderness is an endlessly fascinating subject to me. Not only for its beauty, but also for the opportunities it provides us in terms of learning and reflection. As we enter an age of scarcity and climate change, these opportunities become more precarious. As a visual artist, I have a role to play in conserving wild places and encouraging an appreciation for them in others. Not only for their visual interest but for their profound importance. My passion for wilderness locations is decades old and predates my current role as a filmmaker and photographer. My current career choice was informed by a passion for wild places rather than the other way around. A fascination with intrepid travel has spanned my whole life. Growing up, I spent my summers on unsupported canoe trips in the Canadian backcountry, which is probably at the root of it. I have worked in the most remote and austere locations on the planet ranging from the Tibetan Himalaya to the deserts of Iraq, and spent time wandering around in well over a hundred countries. Wilderness travel and exploration have been profoundly formative and continue to provide me with boundless inspiration.

AC: What extra considerations does a filmmaker have to make when shooting in remote locations like the Arctic? How did you prepare? What is the hardest part about shooting in cold weather?

JVB: There are many, many additional considerations that go into shooting in remote locations, especially when travelling with a sophisticated equipment package. Preparation involves fastidious attention to detail, starting with the planning stages. You need to be ready for contingency, for equipment failure (total or partial) and have backups of all the essentials. The hardest parts about shooting in cold weather are pretty obvious—keeping yourself warm, keeping your batteries warm, and keeping your equipment running are always crucial.  

AC: Is there anything in particular that makes a shooting location special? What do you look for when gathering footage?

JVB: The light. The fleeting point of confluence at which light, topography, and activity all meet is what yields magic.

AC: Wildlife is notoriously hard to shoot. Is there anything you take into consideration to help get the perfect shot?

JVB: First off, I don’t think I have gotten the perfect shot. In my view, the best way to capture wildlife is to research where you might find the fauna you are looking for, identify a target location, and then spend time there. I prefer to wait in one place and get to know it intimately; this allows me to develop an understanding of where the best opportunities exist. This enables me to find the best light and, hopefully, understand the habits and interests of the animals I am shooting. Observing animals candidly, without disturbing them, is always the most rewarding. That being said, you can do everything right and walk away without a single shot. It’s a crap-shoot like that, especially in landscapes as vast and changeable as the Arctic.

AC: What was the most challenging shot in this most recent project?

JVB: Many individual shots had their challenges, but I think the most delicate part of this project was trying to strike a balance between a number of competing priorities. At the end of the day, this is a piece to promote Arctic travel on behalf of Adventure Canada. It is also a portrait of a friend of mine, and one that I wanted to make candid without being overlyrevealing. Like many of the stories that I imagine and film, I wanted this to be honest and to steer away from a clichéed interpretation of the North, exploration, and wilderness travel.

AC: Part of what makes your northern films and images so striking is the haunting, subdued palate. Can you comment on how you achieve such a vivid representation of local colour?

JVB: I try and represent on film what I feel when I am in the North. The Arctic, as it lives in my memory, is not an overtly colourful place. It is an eerily beautiful place, though. I see a great deal of photography which feels like it stretches the boundaries of credible human experience in the Arctic. While there are flashes of brilliant colour on many of my Arctic voyages, my emotional memory of the Arctic on most days is reflected in my colour treatment of both still and moving images.

AC: How would you describe the experience of working with Adventure Canada?

JVB: I love these guys. It’s a family-run business with tremendous purchase in the communities we visit and huge respect for the part of the world in which they travel. Those relationships have taken decades to build, and aren’t something that can be bought. The resource staff aboard the AC vessels keep coming back, year after year, for the same reasons that I do—we get to work with great people in amazing places.

AC: What is your dream shoot? Somewhere you haven’t been, and always wanted to?

JVB: Tough question. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot , and get to a lot of ‘bucket list’ destinations. I want to continue to explore the most compelling and hard to get to pieces of wilderness in Canada, and around the world. If I had to narrow it down, I would say all of National Parks in Canada that I haven’t been to yet.

AC: Thanks very much, Jason!

JVB: Thank you!


Jason’s work is focussed on depicting North American wilderness, including the Far North in a manner that is authentic and narrative—building new interpretations of these landscapes. Favouring travel that brings him in direct contact with the frontier and those who inhabit it, Jason’s immersive work seeks to explore these emerging landscapes and capture the vulnerability of the ecosystems and the people who live within them, illuminating a tension between the strength and fragility of the region; the age-old resolve to survive, and the current intention to thrive in places where scarcity fosters incredible ingenuity, resilience, and hospitality. Visit his portfolio online for more information.

All photos courtesy of Jason Van Bruggen.

 

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