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Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut

Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut, which is the fifth largest island in the world. The city is on the coast, near the inlet of Frobisher bay. The town was originally an airbase, and the airport is evidence of that. I never got the chance to spend any time looking around, or to stay in any hotels, so unfortunatly, I cant add much more about Iqaluit!
We went from Iqaluit to the northeast region of Baffin Island.

North of the " tree line"

There are no trees on the island, the weather and the permafrost prevents them from surviving. This is surely a very harsh environment! I was lucky enough to be there at the ideal time of the year. The middle of summer, the temps were mild, highs in the 50's, lows in the 40's(farenheit). The ground gets soft as the top layer thaws, and the water stays in the topsoil. As an amature geologist, the landscape was very interesting. The evidence of glacial activity was easy to spot, especially when flying over the land.


For a long time part of the Inuits culture,the original purpose of the inuksuk is not quite known, its believed they were used as a guide for hunters, a location of a food cache, or a marker for a trail. They are abundant on the island, mostly made out of flagstone.

  • Last visit to Iqaluit: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated Jul 16, 2011
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