Auyuittuq - meaning the “land that never melts” in Inuktitut - stretches 19,089 square kilometres (7,370 square miles) across southeastern Baffin Island. Glacier-carved fiords teeming with marine life from Arctic char to whales snake inland on both its north and south coasts. Akshayuk Pass is an ice-free trough cutting through the mountains, the park’s most popular trekking route following a traditional Inuit travel corridor. It provides access to the vast Penny Ice Cap, glaciers and the Canadian Shield’s highest summits.
Auyuittuq’s two main access points are at the head of fiords on the park’s north and south coasts, accessible by outfitters’ boats in summer and snowmobile in winter from the nearby Inuit communities of Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq.
Scenic boat and snowmobile trips into the park combined with short hikes – including to the Arctic Circle - offer day-trip glimpses into a dramatic Arctic wilderness. Most visitors, though, arrive for multi-day guided hiking, skiing or mountaineering tours. Experienced adventurers are welcome to explore the spectacular landscape on their own.