Auyuittuq

Auyuittuq

Why not make it official and say you have been to the Arctic Circle? Just a day’s hike or snow machine trip in Auyuittuq National Park will get you there. Bragging rights included.

Activities

Hiking

Follow in the footsteps of Inuit travellers from hundreds of years ago. Do you think they stopped to admire the views? Akshayuk Pass has been a traditional Inuit travel corridor for centuries and it's still a popular hiking route with its sweeping glacier, polar ice and towering granite mountains.

Depending on how much time you have, you can spend hours or days on the 97 km pass between Pangnirtung Fiord in Cumberland Sound and North Pangnirtung Fiord off Davis Strait.

Always be well prepared when hiking this far north. Weather can be unpredictable, the mountain streams icy cold and the possibility of a polar bear encounter exists the further north you travel.

How much time will I need?

  • Plan to spend the week. Most visitors hike the southern portion of the trail, from Overlord to Summit Lake and back. This route takes five to six days.

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • You need food, water, shelter for overnight, proper clothing, footwear, and camping gear. Proper trip preparation is essential.

Is this activity free?

  • No, you must pay a guided outfitter to transport you to the park boundary.

When's the best time to do this?

  • End of July to mid-August. At this time the fjords are not frozen, making it possible to travel to the park boundary by boat.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling on a frozen fiord is fun! Glide across the ice as towering peaks of granite rise to the skies. If you are visiting the park from a distance, you need a guide to outfit you with the right gear. Only people who are native to the land are allowed to snowmobile without a guided outfitter. Your welfare is important and you can rely on experienced outfitters to ensure that your experience is safe for you and safe for the park.

How much time will I need?

  • A day or more

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Warm clothing, food, satellite phone, navigation aid, tent, sled, first aid supplies, crampons. There is near 24-hour sunlight, so sun screen and good sun glasses are needed. A guided outfitter will provide snowmobiles and accompany you.

Is this activity free?

  • No, you must pay a guided outfitter to accompany you unless you are native to the land.

When's the best time to do this?

  • Spring (March/April/early May). At this time the fjords are frozen, making it possible to travel from either Pangnirtung or Qikiqtarjuaq to the park boundary by oversnow vehicle.

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