Located 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Arctic Watch Lodge is a world class beluga whale observation site and home to muskox, polar bears, snow geese, snowy owls and a plethora of other Arctic species.
Operated by the Weber family who have been exploring the Arctic region all their lives. Their knowledge and passion for this region is unparalleled from the history, wildlife and the whole ecology. The lodge sleeps up to 26 people in 16 guest cabins, each of which offers a cosy place to lay your head at night - thick duvets ensure guests are warm as do the provision of hot water bottles each night. The cabins have a marine toilet and sink and all guests have access to showers in the main lodge. The lodge is a permanent fixture, offering simple but comfortable accommodation with first class food, a true wilderness camp.
Why we like it
There can be few better places to experience the Arctic - The Weber family who own and run the lodge really do have top credentials. Richard Weber has walked to the North Pole more times than anyone, his partner Josee has led numerous women’s expeditions to both Poles and their children, now guides at the lodge both grew up amidst Inuit families with their first visit to the Arctic at just weeks old. Read Sue’s blog to learn more about this fascinating family and her stay at the lodge.
A stay at Arctic Watch Lodge is all about the magical scenery, wildlife and fascinating culture right on the doorstep. An Arctic library offers an extensive collection of reading material as well as some fascinating ancient artefacts and there is a comfortable communal lounge area as well as a communal dining room where gourmet Canadian cuisine is served.
Daily excursions available include rafting, kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, hiking, fat biking and fishing for Arctic Char. The all-terrain vehicles will aid you further afield to remote sites to view ancient Thule stone and bone houses. The 24hrs of daylight makes for outstanding polar photography opportunities.
Located in Cunningham Inlet, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the uninhabited Somerset Island. Reached by air from Yellowknife on one of the lodges private charters planes, the flight takes approximately four and a half hours including a stop in Cambridge Bay to refuel.