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 Qikiqtarjuaq Airport

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Qikiqtarjuaq is not quite at the top of the world, but almost. Once called Broughton Island, the coastal community is one of the most remote in the Territory of Nunavut. Qikiqtarjuaq Airport, (YVM), is your gateway to this still wild arctic locale and Skyscanner can help you get there. Use the online program's Whole Month Search to find available flights at the lowest cost. This comes in handy in a place that handles smaller planes and has more limited flight service. Look into your hotel stay as well. Be flexible with your travel dates, and book early. Both strategies can help you save money.

Getting to Qikiqtarjuaq Airport

Flights into Qikiqtarjuaq Airport are available from Iqaluit, the capital of the Territory of Nunavut. Service is available on First Air with direct flights on Wednesdays and Fridays and one-stops the remainder of the week. No flights are available on Mondays. Most planes are turboprops, with a maximum capacity of 42 people. They also double as cargo planes on some flights which may limit passenger numbers. Baggage allowances may also vary, depending on the rules of your connecting carrier, if any.

You have many choices for getting to Iqaluit Airport, including from Ottawa and Halifax. These larger airports have direct flights to Qikiqtarjuaq and are easy to reach from other parts of Canada. Air Canada and WestJet are just two of the carriers flying into Ottawa and Halifax. From Iqaluit to Qikiqtarjuaq you'll be on First Air or Canadian North. These two partner airlines often codeshare with each other. Your ticket may be booked on one carrier but you may fly one segment on the other. The Skyscanner flight screen will note this. Since the flights into Qikiqtarjuaq are limited, you might want to spend the night in either of these cities, depending on connection times. Skyscanner can help with your hotel reservations for both your stopover and final destination cities.

Airport Facilities

Qikiqtarjuaq Airport is a remote, single terminal facility with limited services. It has a smaller airstrip and can handle smaller turboprops and jets. While Qikiqtarjuaq does have limited regularly scheduled flights, much of the airport's traffic comes from aircraft being ferried to and from Canada and Europe. Geographically, Qikiqtarjuaq makes a logical fuel stop since it is within easier range of Greenland.

The building is only open when a flight is expected. A payphone is on site, as are limited food and beverage options. No rental cars are available. The only public transportation is by taxi, a six-kilometre, 15-minute drive. Taxis are usually at the taxi stand outside the airport entrance when a flight is due in. Fare runs about $18 CAD, payable in Canadian cash only. No credit or debit cards. Most everything in the town of about 600 people is cash only, so you might want to visit an ATM before you leave home or at a connecting airport.

Things to do in Qikiqtarjuaq

This coastal community sits north of the Arctic Circle, which means that during the summer the sun never sets and in winter it never rises. Summer visitors come to view the abundant wildlife, onshore and off. Marine mammals, including orcas, narwhales and bowhead whales, thrive in this environment. In the winters, which are cold but not particularly snowy, the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, dance in the sky.

The untamed Auyuittuq National Park is nearby offering hiking and camping opportunities in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. Local guides and outfitters are available to escort you through the park, which is home to polar bears that are not intimidated by humans. Other tour operators offer whale and wildlife watching cruises, snowmobile trips and dog sled rides. The town hosts a two-week Christmas and New Years celebration every year, combining Inuit and Canadian traditions. You are welcome to join in the fun.

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 Location Details

Longitude:63° 49' 59'' W
Latitude:67° 34' 59'' N
IATA code:YVM
ICAO code:CYVM

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