Arctic Adventure 2024

Join Sweet Skills for an adventure of a lifetime in the Arctic! Explore incredible scenery and see wildlife that you've only ever dreamed of.

Journey deep into the Arctic as we base camp at the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, 800km north of the Arctic Circle. Our purpose built electric bikes will help us access remote regions and cover lots of ground as we explore the frozen landscapes of the Northwest Passage floe edge.

Early July offers a very rare opportunity to explore the arctic ice edge by bike before the pack ice fissures and floats out to the open water of the Northwest Passage. We’ll safely watch as polar bears hunt seals and summer begins to grasp the polar landscapes. Bike the tundra in search of muskoxen as the arctic flora begins to bloom and life takes hold on the summer landscapes of Somerset Island. Every day is an incerdible new adventure!

Juvenile beluga playing in front of Arctic WatchArctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is located on Somerset Island, Nunavut. Situated on the banks of the Cunningham River, where one of the largest beluga congregations in the world occurs, Arctic Watch is an off-the-grid basecamp with 16 private guest cabins and a comfy roomy main lodge were we’ll enjoy gourmet meals, daily stretch sessions, and education talks to learn more about the Arctic.

Our excursions are guided by the Weber Arctic team of polar explorers who have over 30 years of experience in the area and supported with a Sweet Skills coach.

Snapseed 4The freedom of travelling by e-bike while exploring the vast arctic landscape was one of my greatest adventures. Sheri Weichel

THE FOOD

Baffin Bay seared Turbot BC greens and PEI potatoes with coulis

All culinary experiences are provided and prepared on-site from the finest ingredients in the Arctic. Our talented chefs bake breads, make yogurts, ice creams and other delights to satisfy you at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re not out exploring the land or on the water, it’s all about great Canadian cuisine. Experience gourmet fare inspired by every province coast to coast including Alberta Organic Beef to Okanagan Valley wines and more.

THE LODGING 

Room

The Arctic Watch Wilderness lodge has a main lodge for dining, lounging, stretching, as well as an archeological centre. There are 16 private cabins for guests, each equipped with a marine toilet and sink. Due to the extremely sensitive natural environment showers are located in the main complex. One night will be spent camping at Cape Anne with arctic tents, mattresses, and bedding.

THE RIDING

The Fat Biking on the Northwest Passage 3type of terrain we'll be riding is a wild mix of solid flow ice, gentle shale slopes, atv dirt roads, and trails through the tundra. It's nothing like you've ever ridden! There are no specific mountain bike trails here, rather we are using the bikes to explore across the land on our daily excursions. EBikes are necessary to cover the daily mileage (over 90kms of trails/roads to be ridden on the trip). The bikes are also equiped with fat tires to handle the ice and shale. Any level of rider will enjoy this trip as the terrain is not technical in nature and the e-bike will help those that need a little more help with their fitness ;) Because of the specific bikes, the remote location and the small chartered flight, guests do not bring their own bikes.

GETTING THERE

All you need to do is get yourself to Yellowknife the day before the private charter departs for Arctic Watch. Discount codes will be available with Air North. A complete packing list will be sent to each participant well in advance.

Juvenile snowy owl chick INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in Yellowknife the nights before and after at the Explorer Hotel
  • Chartered flight from Yellowknife to Arctic Watch Basecamp in Nunavut
  • All gourmet meals once at Arctic Watch
  • Private cabin, each equipped with a marine toilet and sink. Due to the extremely sensitive natural environment showers are located in the main complex.
  • Trek E-Bikes specifically adapted for Arctic riding (guests do not bring bikes)
  • All other equipment for excursions (ATV's, kayaks, rafts, paddleboards)Arctic Watch The Cunningham River Delta
  • Evening educational talks at the Archeology Centre
  • Expert led daily excursions (see itinerary)
  • On trail coaching and support from Sweet Skills
  • Daily morning stretch sessions led by Sweet Skills
  • Unlimited espressos at the lodge's espresso bar!

Paddle boarding and kayaking on the CunninghamSmall group focus: 6 participants max
Normal daytime temperatures range from 6° to 14°C, and warm days can go as high as 21°C. With snow only seen extremely rarely during this time.

Skill Level: B-A  Fitness Level: 2-6 *This trip is Co-Ed

Cancellation Policy
Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund less a $750 administration fee, per person. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund. To ensure a stress-free adventure, we recommend guests purchase travel insurance prior to visiting the Arctic.

Event Properties

Event Date 07-01-2024 3:00 pm
Event End Date 07-09-2024 8:00 pm
Capacity 6
Registered 6
Available place 0
Individual Price CAD16,300.00
Location Yellowknife