Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 12 Travelers
Smaller groups are the best context in which to experience nature, and this is especially true for our photographic adventures. With no more than 12 travelers, you’re assured plenty of space and personalized attention when you need it. As a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes photo opportunities. Our Expedition Leader, an expert naturalist and accomplished photographer, is always available to answer your questions, provide tips and techniques, and to help you better understand and photograph the amazing natural phenomenon of the aurora borealis, as well as the Arctic landscape and wildlife.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Round-trip transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill (train and plane), accommodations, all meals, cold-weather gear
including a parka, a fleece buff, a fleece jacket, waterproof pants, mittens and boots during your trip, services of NHA Expedition Leaders and assistants, most gratuities, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), optional travel insurance.
The Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures adventure does not require a high degree of physical fitness. However, we will be exposed to extremely cold weather, often experiencing temperatures well below freezing, which in itself can be physically challenging. We may also have to walk in deep snow. Most nights we will stay up past midnight to look for the northern lights, which typically appear later in the evening. It is necessary to climb 10 steps up a ladder in order to access the upper level of the aurora-viewing domes. Travelers must be able to walk up and down stairs. All of our activities are optional.
Important Information About This Trip
After the hubbub of the fall polar bear season, we journey back to Churchill during the prime season to experience one of planet’s most wondrous sights – the northern lights. We explore the nature and culture of the North by day, then when night falls we’ll scan the skies for the undulating colors of the aurora borealis.
Note regarding the moon:
We run trips when there is a full moon, a new moon and at all times in between. In many instances, during a full moon the foreground is brighter, making for interesting photographic images. During a new moon, the sky is darker so the lights may appear slightly brighter. However, since we are in a place where the lights tend to be so bright anyway, the phase of the moon makes very little difference in the quality of viewing.
Any time one views the northern lights in Churchill, it is an experience to behold! However, please join this trip knowing that while Churchill is among the best spots on the planet to observe the northern lights, we are never guaranteed to see them, and on some departures we may not. It's impossible to predict, though the odds are good, given the intensity of aurora activity above Churchill.
Click here to for more information on viewing versus photographing the Northern Lights.
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
Please plan to arrive in Winnipeg on Day 1 in time for our 7 pm welcome dinner. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.