FLYING TOURS FROM INUVIK TO TUKTOYAKTUK
We offer a variety of wonderful tour options to Tuktoyaktuk that include an exceptional and traditional Inuvialuit guide. Our guide and her husband, a very knowledgable birder who is often present on the tour, are one of only a few reaming native families who still hunt and trap and live off the land for most of the year at their remote bush camp. This guide is available for all of our Tuk tours.
Our rates are based on a minimum of 3 people, but we can offer couples special pricing so that they can go to Tuk without having to pay the entire cost for the 3rd person.
The Half-day Traditional Tuk Tour (4 hours)
$525 per person
The Native Cultural Tuk Tour with Scenic Circle Flight (5 hours total)
$625 per person
The Full-day Cultural Tuk Tour (6-9 Hours)
5% GST tax is extra on all prices quoted
*These prices are subject to change
The Traditional Tuk Tour (4 hours)
Fly the river and the Arctic coastline to the ocean and then back over the treeless tundra to Inuvik. You know, like in a circle, so you see everything and don't repeat scenery. And it's all from the air, from a bird's eye view! This is a realistic, sensible and spectacular way to see the Mackenzie Delta, pingos, tundra and ocean shoreline without feeling beat at the end of the day. So let us take you on this amazing flight to Tuktoyaktuk all the way to the Beaufort Sea! On this 50 minute flight over the Mackenzie River and Delta you will fly beyond the tree line and over the expanses of the vast Arctic landscape. At the Tuk airport you will be met by our traditional Inuvialuit guide who will take you on a 2-hour driving tour of the community. Dip your toe into the Arctic Ocean or take a plunge. Explore the sod house, see the Trans Canada Trail marker, the old mission boat and the picturesque little churches and much more. Follow your guide down into the community's amazing natural underground freezer... in style, with the proper gear and see what real permafrost looks like. This is truly a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience and if it's not on your "bucket list" it should be! Don't die or leave Inuvik before going all the way to Tuktoyaktuk at the top of the North American continent!
This tour gives you the same scenic flight as the Traditional Tuk Tour. After landing in Tuk at the airport our Inuvialuit guide will meet you and take you on a driving tour of the village that includes all of the traditional Tuk tour attractions, like dipping your toe in the Arctic Ocean, going down into the ice house etc. But in addition to this you will get one extra hour of unique native cultural experiences. Your guide will invite you into her home for a traditional meal of caribou stew and Eskimo donuts. You can also sample muskox meat, dry fish, muktuk and dry whale meat. Then she will then show you some of the furs and skins that she harvested this past winter at her camp 155 miles out of Tuk. She and her husband are one of just three families left in the Tuk area who still live in isolation out on the land most of the year. They donʼt just talk about the way their ancestors lived, they are still living the lifestyle themselves! How neat is that!
Full Day Cultural Tuk Tour (6-9 hours)
with the option to do a Side Trip by Boat on the Arctic Ocean
On this tour the flight is direct to Tuk and back over the tundra, about 30 minutes each way in a larger plane, like a Twin Otter that can fly even if the weather isn’t perfect. On this tour you have the chance to spend the whole day in Tuk. Our tour guide will meet you at the airport and give you the 3-hour cultural ground tour which includes a hot traditional meal and the chance to see furs and original native clothing. Then you are left to further explore the area on your own, or you have the option to add on a boat trip on the Arctic Ocean. Your flight leaves Inuvik at 9:30 am with the option to return at 4 pm or 7 pm Monday through Friday. Sorry, but this tour is not available on Saturday or Sunday.
BOATING ON THE ARCTIC OCEAN!
$99 per person - Boat trip only
$740 per person - Boat & Fly Package (Full-day Tuk Tour with a boat side trip)
Take a spectacular 1-hour boat trip out of Tuk. This is a really nice way to enjoy boating in the Arctic if you would like to see unique northern landscape. You will travel up along the Tuktoyaktuk Peninsula on the Beaufort Sea and back to Tuk with an experienced local Arctic mariner. This is a great opportunity to see the treeless tundra and many of the Pingos along the coastal areas north of Tuk, and if you are lucky you may see whales too as you travel! If weather does not allow for boating during your tour in Tuk you will pay only $650 for the full-day Tuk tour.
Delta Tour Flight (1 hour)
$350 per person
Flight over Aklavik & the Richardson Mountains (1 hour)
$350 per person
Wildlife Tour Flight (Herschel Route - 2 hours)
$550 per person
Flying Float Plane Tour
Flying Tour to
By Float Plane
$1150 per person - minimum/maximum 3 people
The Herschel Island is really special, a Yukon National Park located in the Arctic Ocean only a few kilometers north of Ivvavik National Park and the beautiful British Mountains. You will be flying for about 1.5 hours in a small float plane from Inuvik to and from this beautiful little island in the Beaufort Sea. This flight offers you a great opportunity to view a variety of wild life along the way, such as moose feeding in the Mackenzie Delta, caribou grazing near the coast, beluga whales swimming in the ocean, grizzly bears and even muskox, some of which have been living on the Island for several summers. Your float plane will land in Pauline Cove and you will be met by the park rangers who will give you a brief tour of the historical buildings reminiscent of the days when Herschel Island was a centre for hunting the bowhead whales. This is not only a place of historical value; it is a paradise for nature lovers. The bird life is incredible with many birds nesting close to the buildings in early summer. Plants and wildflowers grow lusciously in this special environment which is conducive to plant growth. You are given 2 hours to explore the island before returning to Inuvik (it’s never enough time, but it’s the best we can do to keep the price down). All in all the trip takes about 5 hours. This spectacular tour is available in July and August.
- Tours may be delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical issues or other factors, but you will not pay for the flight if the pilots cancel the flight for these reasons prior to takeoff.
- You will pay for the flight if your plane takes off with the intention of being able to land at its destination even if it can’t land due to unexpected weather along the way (this is rare). Pilots always check weather before a flight to make sure they can get there and back in reasonable flying weather.
- Please be patient, flexible and understanding of northern conditions and try to plan a little extra time into your schedule while traveling in the far north. We suggest that you plan for an extra day in Inuvik to compensate for the possibility of bad flying weather on the day of your tour.
- We can book the time of your flight anytime the aircraft is available on the day that your flight is booked. We will give you the departure time the night before. You will need to come to the Arctic Chalet Office one hour ahead of departure time.
- The Arctic Chalet is located just off Airport Road on Carn Street. Just follow the signs. We are easy to find!
- There is a $50-$100 fee per person for a group cancelling a tour on the day of the flight. If you are the only one in your group that cancels you will pay the entire cost of the flight.
- If we add someone on to any tour at the last minute your price will remain the same as guaranteed at the time of your booking unless you are on a wait list.
- A really nice certificate is also included in your ground tour if you dip your toe into the Arctic Ocean or if you take a plunge.
- Please keep in mind that flying tour prices are subject to change.
5% GST tax is added on top of the tour price.