Meet one of world’s most mystical creatures
From the Vikings and pre-colonial Inuits to Jules Verne and Herman Melville, humans have long been enamoured with the narwhal, a medium-sized whale notable for its large, quixotic tusk.
The idea that the animal had supernatural properties was dispelled long ago, but it’s still an undoubtedly magical experience to see a narwhal in its frozen, natural environment.
Canadian waters are home to about three-quarters of all the remaining narwhals on earth (roughly 75,000), and excursions to see the near-threatened species start at Baffin Island, a place closer to Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland, than any Canadian city.
A small-group, multi-day ice-camping adventure with Arctic Kingdom will take you well up into the Arctic ice floes where you’ll witness sights and spot animals you’ve likely never seen before – including arctic birds, seals, polar bears and the famous Midnight Sun.
The highlight of any trip is the sighting of a pod of narwhals.
Narwhal whale spotting trips leave from Baffin Island, in Canada’s eastern Arctic, which can be reached by plane daily from Ottawa.