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Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures

A Winter Adventure in the Canadian North – The Best Place on Earth to See the Aurora Borealis

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Departure Return Notes
01/31/2015 01/31/2015 02/07/2015  
02/06/2015 02/06/2015 02/12/2015 Special Photo Tour
02/09/2015 02/09/2015 02/16/2015  
02/14/2015 02/14/2015 02/20/2015 Special Photo Tour
02/16/2015 02/16/2015 02/23/2015  
02/21/2015 02/21/2015 02/27/2015 Special Photo Tour
02/26/2015 02/26/2015 03/03/2015 This trip flies to/from Churchill -- no train
03/02/2015 03/02/2015 03/08/2015 Special Photo Tour
03/07/2015 03/07/2015 03/14/2015  
For travelers who prefer to skip the train portion of the trip, we offer select departures that fly both ways between Winnipeg and Churchill. The Churchill inclusions on fly/fly departures are identical to our regular itinerary.

Full Moon:
Feb 3 & Mar 5, 2015

2014 Fees
Single Supp.: $565
Deposit: $500

Special Photo Tours
Single Supp.: $665
Deposit: $500

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Due to train schedules, 2014 & 2015 dates may change slightly. 2015 fees may change slightly.
Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travelers
An important feature of our trips is the limited group size, as nature expeditions are best experienced in small groups.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
R/T transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill (train and plane), accommodations, all meals, services of NHA Expedition Leaders and assistants, most gratuities, airport transfers, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.
Not Included
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, meals aboard the train, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), optional travel insurance.
Physical Requirements
Moderate / Flexible
The Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures program 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 walk in deep snow. Some nights we will stay up late to look for the Northern Lights. It is necessary to climb 10 steps up a stable ladder in order to access the aurora-viewing domes. All of our activities are optional.
Important Information About This Trip
After the hubbub of the fall polar bear season (although there is still a small chance to see bears in the winter), 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. 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.  
Getting There & Getting Home
Please plan to arrive in Winnipeg on Day 1 in time for our 7 pm welcome/orientation dinner. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.

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