Eric Rock: Northern Lights, Arctic fox, northern cultures Brad Jospehs: Inukshuk, Sled Dog closeup, Guide by igloo, Photographers at night, Outhouse, Dogsled photographer
Colin McNulty: Dog sledding
Alexander de Vries: Northern Lights and Aurora Pod
Superb Photo Prospects in One of the World’s Best Places to See the Aurora Borealis
To stand beneath the northern lights as they flicker and swirl across the night sky is a dream most nature travelers yearn to realize. The allure of capturing that phenomenon in imagery holds special appeal for photographers. Our photography-focused version of our Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures adventure is designed to help you get outstanding pictures of one of the planet's most amazing and beautiful natural events. Churchill has one of the most active auroral displays in the world, making it an ideal destination for northern lights photography. Our Expedition Leader is both a naturalist and expert photographer, interpreting Arctic nature and culture while constantly at your side to help you achieve the shots you aspire to. Photograph the night sky in total comfort from our innovative Aurora Pod® with glass top and sides, and from heated Aurora Domes...then step outside to capture more wondrous images of the dancing lights!
Photograph the northern lights in warmth and comfort from varied settings, including our innovative glass Aurora Pod—for Nat Hab guests alone—plus heated circular Aurora Domes
Glean tips from expert northern photographers to capture outstanding images of the aurora, arctic landscapes and winter wildlife
Discover the fur-trading history of Churchill and the traditions of northern indigenous peoples on an array of winter adventures
Photograph the Northern Lights—and Find Northern Enlightenment!
If you’re looking to maximize your chances to get amazing images of the northern lights, there’s no better place than Churchill. Auroral activity here is some of the most extensive and consistent on Earth, since Churchill is located directly beneath the Van Allen Belt, the band of electromagnetic energy around the poles that produces the phenomenon of the aurora borealis. See why our northern lights photo tour offers the fullest experience for photographers on a quest to capture the lights:
Churchill is the “Accessible Arctic”
Unlike getting to the top of Norway or Siberia or the interior of the Yukon to see the northern lights, Churchill is easy to reach via direct flight from Winnipeg, the capital and main city of Manitoba. While Churchill is technically subarctic, lying below the Arctic Circle, its geographic location at the edge of the frozen expanse of Hudson Bay gives it a distinctly Arctic climate and feel, as well an Arctic cultural identity.
Two Different Private Settings for Aurora Observation
As a photographer, you'll likely want to shoot images of the northern lights in the clear night air. But, since seeing them sometimes requires a bit of waiting as you observe the night sky, we make sure you do so in complete comfort. Our custom-designed Aurora Pod® features 360-degree views of the sky via its exclusive geometric glass construction and cushioned seats with comfortable backs. Glass half-walls and a glass roof provide an unimpeded view of the horizon and heavens overhead. We also provide a second private vantage point, located on the dark expanse of the tundra outside town. From the warmth of heated Plexiglass Aurora Domes, witness the spectacular natural light show in the round.
The Northern Lights…Plus Much More!
When you travel with Nat Hab, you’ll not only get exclusive access to prime locations to photograph the northern lights, you’ll participate in special daytime activities, too, which offer insight into northern lifestyles as well as additional photo opportunities not available to the typical traveler. We take an authentic dog sled ride and enjoy cultural presentations from local Inuit and Dene people, “insider” encounters that a long history of working with the local community has earned us. Our goal is for you to leave with once-in-a-lifetime shots of the aurora borealis and with memorable images of the land, its wildlife and its people.
Photography Workshops Hone Your Technique
While on site, your Expedition Leader, who is not only an expert naturalist but also an accomplished North Country photographer, will conduct special coaching sessions with tips on how to capture the best images of the northern lights as well as the northern landscape and its wildlife.
Access to the Best Photography Locations
Imagine a dark, frigid night in the Canadian North. You’re in a private spot at the edge of the boreal forest. Overhead, the sky begins to move in a shimmering palette of greens, and there you are, in the perfect spot to capture the scene with your camera, away from the lights of town. We provide a heated “musher’s tent” nearby, for a quick warm-up. Or imagine viewing the lights from the uninterrupted expanse of the open tundra—we make sure you get to the optimal photography locations where views of the aurora are best.
No Need to Buy a Heavy Parka and Boots—We Provide Them!
You won’t have to spend a lot of money on a heavy parka, boots and insulated gloves you may only wear once. We supply you with this arctic-weather gear to use while you’re in Churchill.
A Small Group Means More Engagement with Your Photography Guide
Unlike typical group tours, we limit our photo expeditions to a maximum of just 10 guests. This ensures one of the prime advantages of our special photography trips: one-on-one time with your Expedition Leader to ask questions and get expert tips for improving your photos. And you’ll have quieter moments in the natural settings that are our focus.
Your Professional Guide is Both a Naturalist and Accomplished Photographer
Your guide is not only exceptionally knowledgeable about our northern environs, from its wildlife and geology to climate and cultures – but a photography expert as well, with in-depth experience in capturing images of the aurora borealis and the Arctic landscape. Since all of our NHA Expedition Leaders average 15 years’ of guiding experience—with additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists—your trip is sure to be a learning adventure as well as a once-in-a-lifetime photography thrill. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our expert guides.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Satisfaction
Natural Habitat Adventures offers you our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that polar bears are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures.
Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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Great Alaskan Grizzly Photo Adventure
Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on late-summer’s bounty. The bears of Kodiak Island—the largest grizzlies in the world—gorge on spawning salmon as they swim up the rivers that pour onto these wild beaches. Our private chartered boat offers an exclusive opportunity to follow and photogragh the bears along the shoreline as they fish, dig for clams and lope along the beach. Ashore, as we walk with our experienced guide, we have an even closer vantage point as we watch from a careful distance. Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty!
Churchill, Manitoba is one of the best places on the planet to view the aurora borealis—see it in comfort from our exclusive new Aurora Pod featuring a 360-degree view of the night sky. 7 or 8 Days / Jan - Mar, From $5995