Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, Somerset Island

What greater adventure can there be than to explore the remote white wilderness, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 50 miles from the nearest town?

The most realistic way of reaching the lodge is by light aircraft – and a 900 mile flight from Yellowknife. Arctic Watch is way inside the Arctic Circle; a place where few visitors venture, set on the bleak-but-beautiful vastness of Somerset Island. Not many people reach here on their luxury, tailor-made holidays to the Arctic, but you will not be alone.

Arctic Watch Lodge stands less than a mile from the favourite summer destination of huge numbers of beluga whales. You’ll discover – on a polar safari with one of the most travelled North Pole explorers in the world - that the surrounding wilderness is also roamed by hunting polar bears and herds of musk ox, Arctic foxes and a wide variety of wheeling birds calling noisily into the clear blue air.

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, at a glance

  • Remote but extremely comfortable wilderness lodge set on Somerset Island
  • Choice of warm, comfortable private cabins gathered around large, tented buildings
  • All cabins have individual, hot showers and internet
  • Hard flooring and high tech insulated walls
  • Astounding views over a rugged, wilderness landscape
  • Hearty meals include local specialities like musk ox and Arctic char, complemented by quality wines

For leisure and pleasure

  • One of the planet’s best places for watching beluga whales
  • Arctic safaris to track polar bears, musk ox and foxes
  • Splendid bird watching
  • Nature trekking across the tundra
  • Sea kayaking and rafting
  • ATV drives
  • Mountain climbing and canyon hiking
  • Lake fishing and waterfall visits 
  • 24 hour daylight
  • Fascinating archaeological excursions
  • Catherine was warm, friendly, efficient and delivered what was promised. We were not disappointed on any front. Exceeded all expectations.

    NN, Spain, 2013


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7