The Aurora Borealis of Kuujjuaq


Fly north to Kuujjuaq to live an exciting adventure where the main focus will be the viewing of the aurora borealis every night, called aqsagniit by the Inuit. Northern lights can last from a few seconds up to 45 minutes. Depending on the solar activity cycle, the aurora borealis come in many forms. They can take the form of an arch which can be as long as 1000 kilometers, a strip, a curtain, a veil, a wreath, or a pillar with rays extending up to a hundred kilometers. Some aurora are also referred to as “mirror” due to their reflections in the bodies of water, or as “stain” because of their resemblance with a small light cloud. Kuujjuaq is known to be a great location to view this phenomenon.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Montreal - Kuujjuaq

    Montreal - Kuujjuaq Departure from Montréal P.E. Trudeau airport at 10 am for a 2h15 flight. to Kuujjuaq. Your Inuit adventure guide will greet you upon your arrival. He will accompany you throughout your stay. During your first afternoon, enjoy listening to the Elders and their fabulous stories when they were nomads and had to hunt for food. You will discover the incredible history and evolution of the region. At sunset, away from city lights, you will admire Aurora borealis under clear skies. Return to the village at coop hotel of the village where your will spend your next 3 nights. (D)

    - Accommodation : the Kuujjuaq Co-op hotel

  • Day 2 Kuujjuaq

    Kuujjuaq Leave the village towards Fort Chimo located on the left bank of the Koksoak River. Visit the archeological remains of this area and explore the first HBC trading post where the fur trade business in Nunavik first started around 1830. It was only between 1950 and 1958 that the population established the settlement where Kuujjuaq is presently located. Visit the wreckage of the WWII US Navy frigate Upshur. As you return by canoe or snowmobile to Kuujjuaq where you will overnight at the coop hotel, you may come across migrating birds, marine life, wolves, musk-oxen and even herds of caribou. Later at night, under a clear sky, marvel at the multiple shades of green of aurora borealis as it performs its unique dance. (B, L, D)

    - Accommodation : the Kuujjuaq Co-op hotel

  • Day 3 Kuujjuaq

    Kuujjuaq With your guide, visit the village and meet local people. In the afternoon, the women will proudly present you their throat singing performance called Katadjak where sounds of birds, wind and waves will overwhelm you. At night, by vehicle, your guide will drive you to see the aurora borealis one last time. (B, L, D)

    - Accommodation : the Kuujjuaq Co-op hotel

  • Day 4 Kuujjuaq - Montreal

    Enjoy the last day to buy souvenirs : wood sculptures, local clothes… In the afternoon, you will enjoy a two-hour session to learn a few words of Inuktitut. Transfer to the Kuujjuaq airport for your return flight 4h50pm to Montreal. Arrival at 7h15 pm. (B, L)

Note: no child rates are available

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Notes

The cost includes:


· Return airfare from Montreal to  Kuujjuaq
· Transfers between Kuujjuaq airport and hotel
· Transfers between activity sites
· Services of an inuit guide· "Extreme Cold" clothing: snow-suit, boots, helmet and gloves
· All the guided activities, performances and workshop on the program including aurora viewing
· 3 nights accommodation
· 9 meals (see abbreviations)
· Applicable taxes

The cost does not include:


· Air travel (except round trip flight from Montreal to  Kuujjuaq)
· Personal expenses
· Drinks (excluding coffee and tea with meals included)
· Tips for guide

Practical info

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Region
North Canada
Activity
Nature - Adventure Short trips and extensions Summer Winter
Duration
4 days
Code
HIVER-13
Price
From C$5,484
Level
1/5
Comfort
4/5

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