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Boots on Baffin: Exploring One of the World’s Largest Yet Least-Visited Islands

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Welcome to Baffin Island. It’s the fifth-largest island on Earth, yet few will ever see its wild spaces. Until now:

In This Arctic Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • The Beauty of Baffin
  • Massive Glaciers
  • Caribou Bones
  • Sprawling Tundra
  • And More

Baffin Island isn’t just big. Or even simply huge. It’s half-a-million square kilometres of mountains, tundra, glaciers, fjords and wilderness—the fifth-largest island on Earth.

It’s also the traditional home to the Inuit people—and where you’ll find the city of Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut, as well as hamlets like Pond Inlet and Pangnirtung.

But mostly, this is the land of caribou and polar bears. Its waters are rife with narwhal, bowhead and sperm whales.

(To put into perspective—it’s twice the size of the UK, yet has only about 11,000 people on it.)

Relatively few travellers will ever see this Arctic paradise. And of the adventurous types that travel to Baffin, fewer still will see remote Coutt’s Inlet.

Over the summer, I had the privilege of being one of the fewest.

I joined an expedition cruise from Iqaluit to Resolute with One Ocean Expeditions.

I’ve written a feature article about the experience—it’ll be out December 1 in Explore Magazine.

But I wanted to take a moment to reflect on Coutt’s Inlet.

This was a powerful moment in the journey. Never before sailed by One Ocean Expeditions, it was where our cruise became an expedition.

Who knows the last time humans set foot there? Maybe a week? A year? Or maybe much longer. We found an undisturbed tent ring in the grass dating back more than 500 years.

I invite you to enjoy these images from Coutt’s Inlet.

No descriptions necessary. The basic premise is simply… we sailed into the 40-kilometre-deep fjord. We disembarked. We explored. We left, in awe.

Maybe you’ll make it there one day?

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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