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Iqaluit

Iqaluit is the capital city of Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory. Located on the south coast of Baffin Island, Iqaluit is the largest community in the region and the only city in the territory. The city is situated on the southeast coast of Frobisher Bay, which lies in the northern part of the Labrador Sea.

Iqaluit has a population of approximately 7,740 people, with a majority of Inuit residents. It is the largest urban centre in Nunavut and serves as the administrative, transportation, and communication hub for the region.

The city is surrounded by the Arctic tundra, and is home to a variety of wildlife, including caribou, muskoxen, polar bears, and whales. The landscape is characterized by rolling hills and rocky outcrops, with a mix of both coniferous and deciduous trees.

Iqaluit has a rich cultural history and is home to a number of important archaeological sites. In the 1950s, archaeological excavations revealed evidence of ancient Thule settlements, which date back to 1000 AD.

The city has a long and storied history with the Canadian government. In the 1940s, the Canadian government established a military base in Iqaluit, which served as a staging ground for the Cold War. In 1999, Nunavut was officially established as a territory, and Iqaluit was chosen as its capital.

Iqaluit is a vibrant and dynamic city, with a rich culture and a unique Arctic landscape. It is a place of great beauty and a great opportunity for those who are looking to experience the Arctic lifestyle.

Excursion tips for a day in Iqaluit

As a tourist in Iqaluit, Canada, there are a multitude of activities to do in a day. Here are some of the top activities to consider:

1. Visit the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum to learn about Inuit culture and history.
2. Take a guided tour of Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park to explore the stunning Arctic landscape.
3. Visit the Iqaluit Fish and Game Club to learn about traditional Inuit hunting and fishing techniques.
4. Visit the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut to learn about the legislative process and the history of Nunavut.
5. Take a boat tour of Frobisher Bay to view the stunning Arctic wildlife and landscapes from the water.
6. Explore the Iqaluit Farmers Market to sample local produce, crafts, and more.
7. Visit the Nunavut Research Institute to learn about the research taking place in the Arctic.
8. Go dog sledding with an experienced guide to experience the unique thrill of this traditional Inuit activity.
9. Visit the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program to learn about the Inuit culture and language.
10. Visit the Iqaluit Centennial Library to learn about the history of Iqaluit and the surrounding area.

Experience Iqaluit with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Iqaluit. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Iqaluit

Iqaluit in Canada experiences a cold, dry climate with long, dark winters and short, cool summers. During winter, temperatures can reach lows of -30°C, while in summer, temperatures can reach highs of 20°C. Spring and autumn are short seasons, with temperatures ranging from -10°C to 10°C. Precipitation is low throughout the year, with the majority of it occurring during the summer months. Snowfall is common during winter and spring.

Cruise weather for Iqaluit

Our weather forecast for Iqaluit helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 10.6 °C
min: 4.8 °C
25.9 m/s
31.7 m/s
100.0 %
16.1 m
87.0 %
1,000 hPa
03:21:59
21:57:00
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 6.6 °C
min: 2.3 °C
42.8 m/s
57.6 m/s
94.2 %
21.8 m
68.8 %
998 hPa
03:25:02
21:53:58
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 5.5 °C
min: 2.2 °C
29.9 m/s
42.8 m/s
99.7 %
10.4 m
93.0 %
994 hPa
03:28:06
21:50:53
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 8.8 °C
min: 3.5 °C
29.5 m/s
41.8 m/s
70.3 %
23.5 m
65.6 %
1,000 hPa
03:31:11
21:47:47
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 9.1 °C
min: 4.7 °C
19.1 m/s
24.5 m/s
63.4 %
24.1 m
60.9 %
1,002 hPa
03:34:16
21:44:39
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 9.9 °C
min: 5.1 °C
27.4 m/s
35.6 m/s
18.9 %
24.1 m
54.9 %
1,002 hPa
03:37:21
21:41:30
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 10.2 °C
min: 4.4 °C
29.2 m/s
33.1 m/s
13.7 %
24.1 m
51.4 %
1,007 hPa
03:40:26
21:38:19
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 12.2 °C
min: 5.3 °C
23.8 m/s
29.2 m/s
1.0 %
24.1 m
46.8 %
1,012 hPa
03:43:32
21:35:07
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 7.9 °C
15.7 m/s
18.0 m/s
6.2 %
24.1 m
42.9 %
1,018 hPa
03:46:37
21:31:54
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 16.9 °C
min: 10 °C
24.1 m/s
27.0 m/s
49.0 %
24.1 m
43.8 %
1,016 hPa
03:49:43
21:28:40
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 13.0 °C
min: 9.2 °C
18.4 m/s
21.2 m/s
87.4 %
24.1 m
52.6 %
1,013 hPa
03:52:48
21:25:25
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 10.3 °C
min: 6.5 °C
32.8 m/s
56.5 m/s
51.4 %
17.0 m
69.4 %
1,007 hPa
03:55:53
21:22:09
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 7.0 °C
min: 4.5 °C
37.8 m/s
72.4 m/s
100.0 %
1.1 m
96.0 %
1,001 hPa
03:58:58
21:18:52

Cruises to Iqaluit

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Scheduled ship calls in Iqaluit, Canada
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 2nd 2024 Wednesday, 2nd of Oct. 2024 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 17th 2025 Thursday, 17th of Jul. 2025 Silver Endeavour 07:30 am 04:00 pm
Aug. 11th 2025 Monday, 11th of Aug. 2025 Silver Endeavour 12:30 pm 07:30 pm
Sep. 22nd 2025 Monday, 22nd of Sep. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am

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