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With miles of uninhabitable land, freezing cold temperatures, and snow-capped mountains, the pristine and exquisite Canadian province of Nunavut is somewhat of an untapped tourist destination which lies way off the beaten track.
Nunavut is located in the Arctic Circle, priding itself on its distinctive natural beauty, great outdoors, and ideal position from which to view the Aurora Borealis. It offers visitors a breath of the cleanest, coldest air and a taste of adventure.
Nunavut has strong historical ties to the Norse, and the Vikings are thought to have been regular visitors to this part of the world. Official languages here, besides English and French, include Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun, which are spoken by the native Inuit people.
In Nunavut, outdoor activities abound, and wildlife such as polar bears, walruses and beluga whales are regularly sighted. Couple that with a few icebergs drifting by and you've got a winning recipe for outstanding wildlife photography opportunities.
The rugged cliffs and tundra also provide perfect conditions for thousands of nesting birds, such as snowy owls, sandhill cranes, gyrfalcons, jaegers, loons, and plovers, making Nunavut a glorious birdwatching destination. Nunavut is also the land of the Midnight Sun, where visitors can experience 24-hour daylight during the summer months.
Baffin Island is a popular attraction, especially in winter, when the Aurora Borealis is best viewed, but also for its outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, sea kayaking, Arctic fishing, whale watching, and the exciting trails in the stunning Sirmilik National Park.
Taking a holiday in Nunavut is not something many people get to do in their lifetime. But for those who do, the memories of breathtaking scenery and unusual wildlife, and images of hospitable people surviving in an inhospitable climate will last forever.
A place fit for rugged souls, Baffin Island is the ultimate in extreme holiday destinations. The largest island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and the fifth-largest in the world, Baffin Island is an area of unspoilt natural beauty and truly unique sights.
Easily accessed (you can fly straight into Nunavut's capital of Iqaluit), this out-of-the-way destination is sure to appeal to adventurous travellers who will relish the wealth of exciting activities the island has to offer.
Visitors to Baffin Island can kayak between ice floes, hop aboard an arctic cruise to view icebergs up close, or go white-water rafting. They can also hike or fish, and visit Kimmirut, an Inuit artisan community specialising in soapstone carvings.
For those going for the scenery, the Island's sunsets are truly spectacular, while viewings of polar bear, arctic foxes, and ringed seals are commonplace. On clear nights, the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) fill the sky with brilliant, otherworldly colours. Those looking for a challenging though deeply rewarding holiday experience, should look no further than Nunavut's Baffin Island. Pack plenty of warm clothes and don't forget your camera.
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