Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 29 Travelers
A very important feature of our polar bear trips is the limited group size. Nature is always best experienced in smaller groups and this is particularly important for our photography expeditions. On this unique adventure photography trip our Tundra Lodge has capacity for 32 guests plus staff but we limit the group to approximately 29 travelers. On our tundra drives we generally accommodate 16 guests which leaves plenty of room to spread out, store your gear, and move about the Rover to get the best perspectives and shots of the polar bears.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals, cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders (specific leaders subject to change) and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.
Travel to and from Winnipeg, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
A polar bear expedition with Natural Habitat Adventures requires very little walking. Travelers must be able to walk up/down stairs. Our Polar Rover vehicles, designed to travel over the tundra for polar bear observation, can sometimes offer a bumpy ride. Travelers must be prepared for below-freezing temperatures and slippery surfaces.
Important Information About This Trip
Our Photo Tour takes place at our Tundra Lodge and is designed specifically for guests who are keen on photography to spend their days shooting. Our Photo Tour Leaders will impart their expertise in both nature interpretation and photography techniques, helping guests capture great images of the remarkable spirit of the Arctic environment and its wildlife. The specialized Polar Rover vehicle located on site provides transportation for half-day excursions over the tundra. Each Tundra Lodge guest will travel on the Polar Rover for one half-day excursion each day; the second half of each day is spent viewing the bears from the comfort of the Tundra Lodge. As the bears approach us, we are able to observe their interactions in the natural environment surrounding the lodge.
Regarding polar bears in general: Polar bears are typically in the Churchill area all year round. The highest concentration occurs in Oct. and Nov. Sometimes the best viewing is in the beginning of the season, sometimes the middle and sometimes the end - we never know for sure. The bears are waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze, and when it does, many of them depart. Historically, this has been in early December, but an unusually early cold spell may occur, hastening their departure. Check out more details on the ebbs and flows of the Churchill polar bear viewing season
Getting There & Getting Home
In case of flight or weather delays, we recommend that you arrive a day early and either participate in our Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Our trip begins with a 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.