Tundra Lodge Adventure
- Stay at one of the world’s most unique accommodations: a mobile hotel designed for polar bear observation, placed each season directly in the bears’ habitat!
- Enjoy incomparable polar bear viewing at all times of the day and night, in our exclusive small-group setting
- Make daily excursions by Polar Rover along the ice-bound shores of Hudson Bay in search of Arctic wildlife
What Makes Our Tundra Lodge Adventure SO Special?
- The Best Polar Bear Viewing Spot on the Planet!
Each September our Tundra Lodge is strategically placed on a small spit of land that juts out into the Hudson Bay. This private locale is where the ice first begins to form on the bay, attracting polar bears at the very start of the bear-viewing season. It's also where we locate our Tundra Lodge for the season—amidst the highest polar bear activity in the entire world!
- Private Cabins & Spacious Viewing Areas Ensure Exceptional Comfort
You won't find a more comfortable way to spend leisurely time observing polar bears than from our Tundra Lodge. Aboard this rolling hotel fashioned after sleeper train cars, each guest has an individual cabin with berth. So, not only will you enjoy personal comfort, you'll have your own private window through which to watch bears and, if we're lucky, the Northern Lights, too! Large outdoor viewing platforms further enhance bear-viewing opportunities. Each season the Tundra Lodge is situated in a location with the highest bear activity—no need to go back to town at night and miss a thing!
- Exclusive Permits to Access the Best Bear-Viewing Area
There are just two operations with exclusive permits for the entire Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where the best— and sometimes only—polar bear viewing occurs. Of course, the Nat Hab/Great White Bear team possesses such permits. Other operators use bus-type vehicles confined to the paved and gravel road to Halfway Point—which, as the name suggests, is only halfway to the prime polar bear area. If you're coming to Churchill to get close to polar bears, be sure you choose a program that offers a full bear-watching experience.
- Our Polar Rovers are the Most Remarkable Vehicles in the North
The original tundra truck designed for bear viewing was invented several decades ago, an exciting concept that we have significantly improved upon. Our partner in Manitoba, a world-renowned specialty vehicle designer, has created a new model that's far superior to those old originals, which we use exclusively! The Polar Rover, driven by an advanced drive train that allows us to safely patrol the tundra with virtually no chance of breakdowns, has a custom-designed heavy-duty suspension system that steadies the ride over the uneven terrain. And, with on-board flush toilets (rather than drop buckets, which can smell), our guests are afforded a superior level of comfort. See more details on our Polar Rovers.
- Mesh Steel Flooring for Close-up Polar Bear Viewing
Built into the rear viewing platforms of every Polar Rover -- and into the platforms that separate the 'cars' of our Tundra Lodge -- is a pioneering feature that greatly enhances our polar bear observation – corrugated steel mesh floors, so we can get within mere inches of the curious bears that often walk beneath the platforms!
- The Smallest Groups for Superior Nature Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures is known for the smallest groups in the industry, which makes sense since small groups are essential for an outstanding nature expedition. While this may cost a little more to offer, the benefits a small group provides are well worth it. Our Tundra Lodge accommodates approximately 29 guests, with room to spread out and view bears through sliding windows and plenty of deck space. Our Polar Rovers hold 35-50 guests but we generally travel with just 20-25, depending on how many guests opt to stay at the lodge on a given day, since the Tundra Lodge generally offers the best bear viewing in the area.
- Private Chartered Planes Maximize Our Polar Bear Time
To achieve the most time on the tundra viewing bears, rather than waiting around airports and enduring the hassle of security screenings, we charter our own private aircraft, taking us directly from Winnipeg to Churchill at a time that is most convenient for us. We know you'd rather spend your precious time with the polar bears, rather than in airports.
- The Finest Naturalists on the Planet
We are proud that Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Polar Bear Expedition Leaders have been guiding these trips for an average of more than 10 years each. They also receive additional training from WWF's top scientists -- you won't find more knowledgeable guides in Churchill! These congenial professionals meet each guest in Winnipeg and travel with the group throughout the trip, sharing their insights every step of the way. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we simply must provide the best! See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality 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 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% 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!