Take a trip to the far north of Labrador with this amazing 7-day / 6-night small-group tour to see polar bears in their natural habitat.
On this tour with travel by floatplane, you will discover many unique wildlife sites, as well as the unspoiled natural gems of the Golden Peninsula – the Torngats Mountains National Park, the Labrador Coast and Iceberg Alley.
This is a tailor-made tour for wildlife photography enthusiasts, who wish to observe the behavior of polar bears in northern Labrador.
To make your trip even more authentic, you will stay in a comfortable eco-lodge with modern amenities located in the very heart of the Torngats Mountains in Labrador. To maximize your experience on the Golden Peninsula, we've added a night in a tented bivouac at the 60th parallel, where you'll visit secret spots known only to your local pilot-guide.
In addition, you may be lucky enough to witness a brilliant northern lights show.
Expect a trip rich in adventure and breathtaking nature where the curious attitude of animals is a usual behavior in this isolated region of the world.
If you want to make your trip even more thrilling, you have the option of booking additional activities, such as a guided fat bike tour to discover wildlife and the postglacial landscape in the Moraine Desert valley, or a pack raft or boat tour on a free day. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience at your own pace an exceptional adventure through the exceptional landscapes of Arctic Labrador. Once your package has been booked, we will prepare your travel information and send your documents to you by email.
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During this excursion we will head out by air to find polar bears at the edge of the Labrador Sea. The probability of crossing the largest land carnivore on Earth is high. After all, the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula is home to more polar bears than people.
The polar bears on the Golden Peninsula spend much of their time fishing the migratory Arctic char in the coastal rivers. During the spring, summer and autumn, polar bears tend to gather near these rivers, so these are precisely the areas that we will target during this trip.
In addition to polar bears, this region is home to seals, walrus and a high density of seabirds such as Barrow's Goldeneye, Razorbill and Kittiwake.
It is in the inner area of the Torngat Mountains that we set off to encounter a unique species of tundra-dwelling black bear. It is one of the few places in the world where black bears still live without ever being in contact with humans. The encounter with these black bears is particularly recommended at the end of the summer when food is plentiful and their main concern is to feed before the arrival of winter.
In this state of tranquility, the tundra-dwelling black bear is a relatively calm animal that can easily be approached.
Our wildlife guide will introduce you to this unique species of black bear so that you can closely photograph them without disturbing them.
One of the best places in the world to see icebergs is in Iceberg Alley within the Labrador Sea.
During early summer, Iceberg Alley is transformed into an icy polar sea when thousands of icebergs drift slowly into the waters of the Labrador Sea from Greenland, offering spectacular photo opportunities.
To admire the beauty of these glacial giants, we will fly over them at low altitude and make stops along the seaside where you can sit and relax and watch the show. To add to the impressive arctic panorama, seals can often be seen playing between icebergs. The iceberg tour is also synonymous with unpredictable encounters with Labrador wildlife - polar bears, seals, walruses, humpback whales and birds.
The Torngat Mountains and the Labrador Coast are among the places we will visit during this trip. For miles we will fly over the absolutely stunning coastal landscapes - rocky fingers, high cliff walls, tablelands, waterfalls, icebergs and so much more.
We will make stops along the coast to discover amazing panoramas and perhaps even spot some polar bears strolling the coastline!
With opportunities to marvel at the summit of the imposing Troll Wall, which is more than 700 meters high, this tour will leave you with unforgettable memories and an ethereal awareness of just how small we humans are in this world.
Awe-inspiring is the best way to descibe this tour!
Moraine Desert Valley
The Moraine Desert Valley is a semi-desert valley located in the southern Torngat Mountains of Labrador. It is a little-known region that is remarkable for its vast dunes and magnificent moraine plateaus. A trip to the Moraine Desert Valley means finding yourself in one of the most unusual areas of Labrador. The stones, with shades of yellow, ocher and red can create optical illusions by changing colour from white, to yellow, to orange and red depending on the angle of the sun and overall luminosity during the day.
Throughout the summer, wandering caribou can be seen in the verdant micro-oasis of the valley. Tundra-dwelling black bear frequent the valley throughout the summer and are present more often during the salmon run. The animals in this isolated region of the Torngat Mountains are so unaccustomed to human presence that they are not afraid of visitors, but rather curious.
The valley is an absolutely fantastic place for mountain terrain bike (MTB) enthusiasts. Nothing is more enjoyable than exploring the tundra landscapes by rolling over the moraine plateaus between the colorful mountains and the blue river water.
An experienced Golden Peninsula Tour guide who is passionate and specializes in the wilderness of the region, wildlife and photography.
• Polar bears wading in rivers and by the sea
• Visiting wildlife sites at the northeast end of North America
• Visiting wildlife sites in the Torngats Mountains National Park
• The secluded eco-lodge in the heart of the Torngats Mountains
Departure information :
Group departures :
We suggest that you join one of the group departures if you are alone or with others. Groups are of 8 people, maximum.
If you would like to join a group, but the dates suggested above do not suit you, please do not hesitate to contact us to suggest a new group departure date.
Good to know :
Each of our 20 foot geodesic domes will be reserved for 2 people, but they can comfortably accommodate up to 3 people. Guests traveling alone will be paired with another guest to share a dome.
The trip can be paid in two instalments.
Round trip airfare between Montreal, Kuujjuaq and Arctic Safari Eco-Lodge
4 days guided with floatplane trips to visit wildlife viewing sites
1 free day to discover at your own pace the fauna and postglacial landscapes of the Moraine Desert Valley
5 nights at the Arctic Safari Eco-lodge with private dome for 2 people in an all-inclusive package
1 night in bivouac under a tent at the 60th parallel
Nature interpretor pilot-guide
Small group guarantee (max. 8 people)
Group information meeting with your travel guide
Full board, from dinner on the 1st day to breakfast on the last day
Snacks and drinks between meals
Does not include :
Meals and accommodations in Montreal
Gratuities at your discretion
Great weather guaranteed
To take with you :
Warm, waterproof clothing
Waterproof hiking boots
Backpack for your photo equipment, clothes and lunch
Pair of binoculars
Your Daily Itinerary
Flight-Montreal - Kuujjuaq - Arctic Safari Eco-lodge
Depart Montreal International Airport in the morning on Canadian North Airlines and arrive in Kuujjuaq where you will be transferred to a bush plane to travel to the Arctic Safari Eco-Lodge.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by staff and meet your tour guide.
Welcome cocktail and presentation of the program for the next few days.
Dinner and overnight at the Eco-lodge.
At the end of the day, head to the socializing dome and take advantage of this time to stargaze, you have access to an on-site telescope to get a closer view. There is no better therapy for the effects of jet lag!
Before going to bed, remember to look up at the sky for a chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
**New in 2022 – Your stay in the Arctic region is based on a brand-new concept of Eco-lodge made of large domed structures equipped with modern facilities.
Located between the high peaks of the Torngat Mountains and the Labrador Sea, the large domes rise harmoniously in an environment of vast Moraine plains and mountains with long curves where a magnificent river flows with golden sand beaches.
These exceptional characteristics make it possible to offer a variety of recreational activities and to live a peaceful and authentic experience in an intact natural place where various wild species live.
Important information :
Water from springs, streams, lakes and rivers is perfectly healthy to drink everywhere in Quebec-Labrador. There is no reason to buy bottled water or purify it.
In Arctic Quebec and Labrador, the weather is the most important aspect that you will need to deal with every day. A popular saying from the Far North is: “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes, and moreover, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!”. It is important to understand that in the Far North of Quebec and Labrador the weather can change quickly.
Tips on what to wear :
To fully enjoy your trip to the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula, you must be comfortable traveling in any weather. Walk in the wind, rain and sun and embrace the elements with a sense of adventure! We always recommend that you wear several layers of clothing that can be removed if you become too warm.
Ensuring that you have proper clothing to protect yourself against the elements will make your trip more enjoyable. Appropriate clothing will make your trip more enjoyable. Please check out our What to wear page.
Local weather forecast :
The Quebec-Labrador Peninsula in summer: average summer temperatures range from 7 °C (45 °F) to 16 °C (60 °F). In the Torngat Mountains and on the Labrador Coast, where our multi-day trips take place, the weather is colder and more variable. Average between 4 °C (39 °F) and 14 °C (57 °F). The hottest period is the third week of July to the third week of August. During this hot period, it can be 20 °C to 30 °C (68 °F to 86 °F) at Wedge Hills Lodge on George River, 15 °C to 20 °C (59 °F to 68 °F) in the Torngat Mountains and 2 °C to 12 °C (36 °F to 54 °F) on the Labrador Coast.