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Discovery and Cruising
Activities
  • Aurora Viewing
  • Daily guided interpretive experience
  • Handicraft workshops
  • Seasonal active excursions
Accommodation
  • 2 nights cabin at eco-lodge (lodge rooms available for an extra charge)
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Breakfasts

Price

3 daysfrom

$1299USD

Overview

Trip code: NOR

Trip highlights


  • Get off-grid and directly under the auroral oval
  • View the northern lights from your room, the hot tub, or the viewing deck
  • Partake in daily guided interpretive experiences
  • Fly high above the northern wilderness with scenic bush plane flights into/out of the lodge
  • From August through October, enjoy paddling, hiking, and swimming
  • From December through April, enjoy snowshoeing, skiing, or igloo/quinzhee building

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is one of the best places in the world for viewing the northern lights. Not only is it directly under the auroral oval (so you are right under the lights as opposed to seeing them on the horizon), but it is mostly flat, providing unobstructed views of the dancing colours above. The eco-lodge is accessible only by bush flight (included in the package) and therefore far away from city lights. Combine all of this with very little precipitation year-round and nearly every night offers the ultimate opportunity to catch one of the world's most breathtaking natural performances. The lodge itself runs primarily on solar and wind power, has a greenhouse and garden producing fresh vegetables in season, initiated a fish management program to maintain a healthy stock of fish, follows a strict recycling and composting program, and engages with the local community through multiple projects and partnerships. Late summer and autumn stays include activity options such as paddling, hiking, swimming, yoga, boating, and local handicraft workshops. In the winter, try your hand at igloo/quinzhee building, snowshoeing, skating, skiing, or even fat biking! Or simply enjoy the open sky views from your room, lounge deck, or hot tub.


Itinerary

You will need to make your own way to the float plan base in Yellowknife this morning (exact time and location/directions will be provided closer to departure). Your flight will take approximately 30 minutes from the time you take off in Yellowknife, to landing at the lodge. Along the way you can see the vast shore of Yellowknife Bay on your right and a series of finger-like lakes on the left – Jennejohn, Harding, Hearne, Watta and finally Blachford. See how the glaciers carved the landscape. Here and there, you can spot a small camp, a river, rapids, or a waterfall. As you travel, at about 1600m, you get a bird's eye view of the land. Watch for moose and bear which can both be visible from above. Upon arrival at the lodge you will have a guest orientation and get to know the beautiful site around you. Tonight is your first opportunity to view the spectacular Aurora Borealis!

Meals:  L,D

The day is yours to explore the area as you wish. Please refer to 'A Typical Day' on the details of the Trip Notes for potential activities based on the time of year. Be as active or as relaxed as you like - enjoy the hot tub or sauna, lounge in the library, venture out onto the lake or trails, or partake in a guided experience - then enjoy a delectable dinner before the nightly routine of keeping your eyes on the skies!

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy a full morning at the lodge, then head back down to the lake after lunch where you'll board your scenic bush plane back to Yellowknife, returning around 11:45am, allowing time to connect out of Yellowknife at 13:55 or later, if necessary.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Scenic bush plane flight (Yellowknife - Lodge - Yellowknife)
  • All meals and snacks while at the lodge
  • 2 nights twin-share cabin (lodge room available at extra cost)
  • All night Aurora-Watch service
  • Daily 2hr guided interpretive experience
  • Use of all seasonal outdoor equipment (canoe, kayak, snowshoes, skiis, ice skates, fat bikes, etc)
  • Use of Aurora lounge, fireplaces, northern library, hot tub, sauna, teepee, Aurora viewing decks
  • Gratuities

  • Accommodation in Yellowknife
  • Transportation to/from Yellowknife
  • Insurance (mandatory)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional guided touring (overnight camping, snowmobile tours, full day of fishing)
  • Snowmobile excursions and winter clothing rental available at extra cost (winter)
  • Fishing and camping excursions available at extra cost (summer)
  • Applicable taxes

Suitability

Discovery and Cruising

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Departure dates

January through mid-April and late August through mid-October

Notes

NB:
No aurora viewing from June to mid August due to 24hr daylight
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New Moon Departure
Note:
4- or 7-day Christmas and NYE departures are available with modified pricing and festive inclusions. Please inquire.
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For additional nights at the lodge please inquire with your agent. If you would like to rent winter gear please inquire.

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Total Priceper person from

$1299USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement for Lodge RoomUSD$0
  • Single Supplement - CabinUSD$310
  • Single Supplement - LodgeUSD$310
  • Three night stay holiday supplementUSD$390
  • Single Supplement on three night stay holidayUSD$470
  • Single Supplement on six night stay holidayUSD$620
  • Child Rate (3-14yrs) - CabinUSD$790
  • Child Rate (3-14yrs) - Shared Lodge RoomUSD$790
  • Six night stay holiday supplementUSD$980
  • Child Rate (3-14 years old) - Three night holiday stayUSD$1000
  • Child Rate (3-14 years old) - Six night holiday stayUSD$1350
* Prices listed are per person. All prices subject to applicable taxes.

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