CARIBOU & NORTHERN LIGHTS
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
Flying from Yellowknife in a private plane, we land at the remote lodge on Ennedai Lake. The lodge sits on high on a ridge on a peninsula overlooking the lake. This 84km long lake has natural choke points where the Caribou can bee seen crossing. Using a fleet of aluminum boats we will conduct day trips from the lodge along the lake to look for opportunities to photograph the caribou swimming in the water as they cross the lake and at other times will beach the boat and do short hikes on the tundra.
This is an experience you will never forget. From local guides who know the traditional routes of the caribou, shimmering northern lights in the evening, to the silence of the tundra broken by the hooves of caribou, this late summer/early autumn Arctic photography safari will surprise and delight at every step. This uniquely Canadian safari is suitable for adventurous families as well as the professional photographer.
- Aerial view of the vast and brightly colored Tundra.
- Sit amongst the autumn tundra colors and photograph caribou
- Dazzling Northern lights at night
- Travel by aluminum boat on Barrenland lakes and rivers
- Caribou with fully grown racks swimming and on land.
Day 0: Arrive in Yellowknife and transfer to your local hotel (self-arranged).
Day 1: Meet at the Yellowknife airport and depart at 9:00 am flight on the private plane for the 2-hour flight to Ennedai Lake lodge in Nunavut. En route to camp, we should get some excellent aerial views of the tundra and caribou. Arrival should be around 11 am at the lodge. After a welcome lunch and getting settled into your suite, spend the day at the lodge, and explore the tundra with your guides. We will do a short afternoon trip with the aluminum boats in search of caribou but with any luck, we should have caribou right at our doorstep!
Day 2-6: Day trips by aluminum boat onto the tundra in search of the caribou. Caribou can be as either solo or in small groups of up to 20 crossing rivers, lakes and large tracts of open tundra. The aluminum boats will be used to travel up the Ennedai Lake that stretches out from the lodge to search for the caribou crossings that day. There should be opportunities to witness mother caribou with calves, large male caribou with giant racks that are full of velvet and at their peak condition and maximum growth size. Guided by local guides we watch as they track, and follow the caribou for the best photography opportunities. Short hikes will be conducted on the colorful tundra, climbing small eskers to scope for approaching caribou. Often times the caribou are not startled by our presence and will approach on their own out of curiosity.
During your time here, you should also have a chance of seeing muskox, barren land grizzly, and tundra wolf. With any luck, you will also see black bears and possibly wolverines.
The prime northern lights band is at 60 degrees latitude. The lodge, situated on the beach of a fresh water lake, sits directly beneath this main band of northern lights occurrences. We should have the opportunity to see northern lights at night which when the night is still, are reflected in the lake making for incredible photographic opportunities.
Day 7: We will have the morning for one last caribou photography opportunity. The plane will arrive shortly before noon and we will transfer back to Yellowknife.