The Tuk Tour is the most popular flying tour in Inuvik and there is a good reason for that! This flight takes you right up to the Beaufort Sea and the village of Tuktoyaktuk (Tuk for short). On our tour you will enjoy a 50-minute scenic flight over the Mackenzie Delta and down the river where you will fly past a whaling station and then over to the pingos for which Tuktoyaktuk is famous. Your charming Inuvialuit guide will meet you at the airport with a vehicle and will give you an interesting 2-hour ground tour of the village. On the tour you will have the chance to dip your toe into the Arctic Ocean or you can take the polar bear plunge! Another highlight of this tour is going down into the underground community "ice house" or freezer buried deep in the permafrost. We will give you a headlamp so you can see this fascinating and unique place up close as you explore up and down each corridor. As you walk into the various rooms you will see ice crystals on the ceiling and walls of sand, silt and ice. In the rooms you might see frozen fish, parts of caribou, pails of muktuk or other parts of animals used for food; all kept frozen naturally all year. After your ground tour your pilot will take you back to Inuvik on a different route so you can see the barren lands and tundra. This delightful half-day tour takes 4 hours from take off to landing and is something you will never forget. Cost is $385 to $400 per person.
Herschel Island Tour
We also offer a fabulous day trip in a float plane up to Herschel Island situated in the Beaufort Sea. This is the best flying tour that you could possibly do in this area! The 1.5 hour flight each way takes you over some breathtaking scenery and gives you a chance to see moose, caribou, muskox, bears and other wild animals. You will land in Pauline Cove where the park rangers will meet you and give you a tour of the historic buildings reminiscent of the days when there was a thriving whaling community on the island. You have 2 hours to hike and explore around the island. The wild flowers and bird life are extraordinary. Herschel Island is truly magical! Total time is about 5-6 hours. $650 per person for four passengers.