Explore and study the « oldest rock formation » formed between 4.3 and 4.4 billion years ago.
Exploring and studying the oldest rocks in the world discovered to date.
The Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt (NGB) on the shores of Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec appears to be the oldest surviving rock formation on Earth. This geological treasure of approximately four square miles is all that remains of the Earth's crust that existed when the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt was formed during the Hadean period.
Our 8 day tour includes a 4 day/3 night camping experience near the NGB site, weather permitting. During your time in the field, accompanied by local guides and a geologist, you will discover and view the geological features and history of this formation and nearby areas of geological interest.
The remainder of your stay in the Arctic will be based at the hotel in Inukjuak. While in the village, you will explore quarries and be able to collect unusual rocks and minerals. If you want, you’ll have the possibility of going on a tour of the Museum and enjoy other attractions within Inukjuak. You will have the opportunity to meet with local people, elders, stone carvers… who will provide a perspective into their culture and skills which allowed them to survive in the Arctic for thousands of years.
per person, based on double occupancy
Nunavik, Québec, Canada
8 day package $6,683.00
Departures between July 24 to 31, 2020 and August 1 to 8, 2020
Return flights from Montreal to Inukjuak
Hotel and tents on the field
Services of helpers, guides and a geologist
Canoes, truck, gas
Survival suit and sleeping bag.
Explore and study the oldest rock formation in the world
Visit and collect unusual rock and mineral specimens from local quarries
Spend 4 days on the arctic land with local guides and a geological expert specialized in this particular rock formation
Opportunity to see arctic wildlife
Discover Inuit culture and community
In the morning, depart from P.E Trudeau airport, Montreal, aboard an Air Inuit aircraft. Arrival in Inukjuak in the early afternoon. Your geologist will welcome you, and after you have checked in, you will have the rest of the afternoon free to discover the village. You will also have time to prepare for your outing in the field the next day.
Day 2 - 5
Weather permitting, transfer by freighter canoe to the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone belt to begin 4 days in the field. There, you will study the oldest rock formation and evidence of the oldest bacterial life yet discovered on earth (4.3-4.4 billion years old).You’ll sleep in Inuit style tents and enjoy the arctic wildlife while your local guides provide both insight and safety during your stay in this remote location.
In the afternoon, transfer back to the hotel in Inukjuak where you’ll will be able to take a hot shower and rest. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
Day 6 - 7
These 2 days will be allocated to the exploration of the local quarries where you’ll be able to get samples of unusual rocks and minerals.
After checkout, there will be opportunities to shop at the local COOP for souvenirs or walk in the village one last time before lunch. You will depart for Montreal shortly after.