Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 8 Travelers
A very important feature of our polar bear expedition is the small group size. Wildlife encounters are always best experienced in a quiet, intimate context, and on this trip, a very small groups also ensures that our guests have plenty of room to spread out, angle for shots, and carry all their camera gear on board the bear-viewing boats.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Private chartered round-trip flight from Fairbanks to Kaktovik, accommodations, all meals, drinking water throughout the trip, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.
Travel to and from Fairbanks, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
This expedition requires very little walking. Travelers must be able to walk up/down stairs. The ramp to the boats is narrow, and travelers need to be able to walk up and down the ramp without assistance. To get into the boat, travelers must take a large step over the side of the boat. Boat excursions are scheduled to last three hours each, and conditions on the water can be bumpy and unstable while the boat is moving. Surfaces on roads, docks and boat decks may be slippery. Travelers must be prepared for cold temperatures that often dip below freezing at night.
Important Information About This Trip
This remote expedition offers travelers extraordinary polar bear viewing opportunities, in a place that sees very few visitors. Six different polar bear photography excursions are complemented by intimate experiences with the local people who live in this harsh and isolated High Arctic environment.
Given the remote nature of this program, accommodations in Kaktovik are extremely limited and very simple, and bathrooms in the motel are shared, separated by sex.
Since the areas we travel to on this extension are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat’s medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays, to lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation or comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer through Travelex by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Our small group tour begins with a 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.