An Expert Photographer-Naturalist Leads This Immersive Journey into the Realm of the Polar Bear
When you come face to face with a polar bear in the wild, it’s a downright magical encounter. Something powerful happens in that gaze as you make a connection with one of the world’s most charismatic—and most endangered—wild creatures. And while it’s nearly impossible to put that ineffable feeling into words, well-crafted photos can capture it. That's the goal on this small-group adventure. No one offers you more time with and proximity to the King of the Arctic, coupled with our intensive focus on helping you get outstanding images. You'll spend three full days on the tundra aboard our custom-designed Polar Rovers, with plenty of space for your equipment and room to maneuver in order to get terrific shots. On-site guidance from our expert photographer-guide is complemented by evening lectures on how best to capture the wonder of Arctic wildlife through the camera's lens—most notably polar bears, but also Arctic fox, Arctic hare and more.
Spend three full days photographing polar bears in their wild tundra habitat, accompanied by our expert naturalist-photographer Expedition Leaders
Just 16 guests on vehicles designed for 30-plus passengers means there's plenty of room for all your gear, and to position for superb shots
Enjoy impressive vehicle features that enhance your photography opportunities, such as our exclusive steel mesh outdoor observation deck, for extreme close-ups
Our Churchill Polar Bear Photo Tours Are Simply the Best!
Choosing the right polar bear photo tour is crucial, if you're keen on getting truly once-in-a-lifetime shots. After all, how many times do you expect to visit Churchill? Probably just once—a handful of times at most. Regardless, when you're investing in a nature photography trip as significant as this one, you want to be sure you're choosing one that will facilitate the best possible images. That's why we think you should be aware of some important facts about our polar bear photo trips before you make that key decision:
We Hold Exclusive Permits for the Best Bear Viewing Area
Polar bears can appear anywhere in the Churchill region. But the fact is that 99 percent of the best polar bear viewing occurs in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Our Natural Habitat/Great White Bear team holds a coveted set of permits to enter that carefully controlled area. Other companies without this exclusive access run trips in converted school buses to the outskirts of the WMA. If you want he best polar bear photos possible, you must choose a company that can get you closest to the greatest number of bears!
Our Polar Rovers are the Best Tundra Vehicles, Hands-Down
The original tundra truck for polar bear viewing was invented three decades ago. It was a great concept that we have significantly improved upon since. Through our partner in Manitoba, a specialty vehicle designer/builder known worldwide, we've created a new, more reliable and more comfortable vehicle called the Polar Rover. Powered by an advanced drive train that allows us to safely travel over the tundra with virtually no chance of breaking down, these hardy yet comfortable vehicles offer exceptional access for polar bear photography. They also have bathrooms on board with full-flush toilets (rather than smelly drop buckets), and an innovative new suspension system that offers a much smoother ride. See more details on our Polar Rovers.
Mesh Steel Platforms Get Us Inches From Polar Bears!
Since polar bears often like to walk directly beneath our elevated vehicles, each Polar Rover is outfitted with steel-mesh flooring built into the rear viewing platform—offering the chance to view polar bears from literally inches away! Many of our travelers tell us that this feature, exclusive to our vehicles, provided them with the highlight of their trip.
The Smallest Groups for the Finest Nature Adventures
With nature travel, small groups are always better. That’s why we limit our group size to approximately 16 guests aboard one Polar Rover (even though our vehicles hold well over 30 travelers). This ensures that each and every guest enjoys plenty of space to for gear, and to spread out and angle for shots without the intrusion or interruption of other travelers.
Private Chartered Planes for Maximum Time in Churchill
Getting to Churchill isn't easy. That’s why, in order to maximize our time photographing the bears and scenery of the Canadian Northland, we charter our own private plane to fly us directly from Winnipeg to Churchill at a time that suits our convenience. We’d rather spend time exploring and photographing bears than working around less-than-optimal flight schedules and going through security screenings in airports.
The Finest Photographer-Naturalists on the Planet
Our Polar Bear Photo Expedition Leaders average more than 10 years' experience each in guiding Churchill bear tours. They go through in-depth annual training, with additional resources provided by WWF’s renowned scientists. Our guides are also professional photographers with extensive experience photographing polar bears—and they're constantly by your side to share their knowledge. Our philosophy on guiding is simple: Any nature adventure is only as good as the guide, so we simply must provide the best! See Photo Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Northern Cultural Interactions Enhance Our Adventures
After years of building relationships with the people of the Churchill region, our guests have a rare opportunity to experience exclusive presentations by respected elders of the First Nations cultures. These storytellers are some of the last in their communities, and our small groups enjoy an unusual perspective not experienced by most visitors.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Polar Bear Experience
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations set 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 when you travel with us, you can take satisfaction that the CO2 emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, an aspect that is especially important 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 adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!