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The first week of the...

The first week of the expedition was spent in a campground just outside Iqaluit, the capital of the newly-formed Nunavut. I say campground, it was more like a bog which could be used for camping. The weather was really miserable for the first couple of days, and most of us were wondering why we had come - even compared to summer in England, this was bad! But soon the weather improved, and we got used to camping in the wild and eating disgusting dried food.
For the actual expedition part in the national park, there were no official campgrounds (in fact there were no other people at all!), so we had to try and camp without harming the pristine environment, which is fairly difficult with a group of 19 people in 6 tents.
At the end of the trek, we spent a few days camping in the community of Pangnirtung, which was the first campsite with 'facilities' (toilets and some camping platforms, and shelters for cooking.
Our last evening in iqaluit was spent in a hotel, I think the Discovery Lodge Hotel, or the Navigator Inn (both are similar - expensive, but everything is expensive this far north)
The only campground we had to pay for was the one in Pangnirtung, which was owned by the tourist office, and cost 5 Canadian dollars per tent.
I have no idea how much exactly the hotel cost, as it was included in the total expedition cost, but it was definately overpriced for what it offered (but we were too tired and too glad of the comfort to worry about things like that at that point!)

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  • Written August 29, 2002
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