First Cracks: Mid to Late-May
At the northern reaches of Baffin Bay, this early-spring season sees vast expanses of land-fast ice.
At this time of year, travellers are welcomed by a spectacular frozen environment of glistening sea ice, soaring icebergs and snow-capped mountains.
Early to Accelerating Breakup: Late-May through Late-June
The ice will break up increasingly throughout June, in varying degrees each year. Typically, from the last week of May to the first week of June, this area experiences Early Breakup conditions. At this time, you can expect mostly solid ice with an open floe edge and great underwater visibility. Mid to late-June, normally the second and third week, sees Accelerating Breakup conditions. As the floe edge recedes, it becomes more accessible for travellers. Travel to the floe edge will still be via snowmobile and qamutik sled, however, travel time will be shorter. The floe edge is constantly evolving, it may change completely from day to day.
Rapid Breakup: Late-June through Early-July
This late-spring, early-summer season can experience rapid ice break up. Ice floes begin to move freely with tides and wind, the state of the ice is changing daily. This makes the floe edge less accessible by snowmobile, and travel by air ideal. The use of a helicopter will allow access to different areas of Lancaster Sound, and travellers can take advantage of enhanced aerial wildlife scouting . Whales are no longer limited to congregating at the floe edge – they begin to move through and between ice floes.