Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 14 Travelers
An important feature of our Arctic summer adventure is the limited group size, as nature is best experienced with smaller numbers, for more intimate wildlife encounters and a lighter environmental footprint.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
- Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s) and assistants, Zodiac and Polar Rover excursions, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
- Internal air cost includes: Flights between Winnipeg and Churchill. (Internal air cost and trip cost are listed separately in 2019.)
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), optional travel protection and medical evacuation insurance.
Participants must be able to walk at least one mile. This trip includes several short walks (typically one to two miles) and a flexible itinerary in certain places that allows for longer optional walks for those who desire. Any required walks do not exceed a half-mile. Walks generally take place over flat terrain, though if one wishes to walk along the beach, some navigation over rocks or boulders may be involved. Travelers must be able to get into and out of rigid inflatable Zodiac rafts, which can be very unsteady when entering or leaving in rough water. There is a chance for travelers to participate in optional snorkeling and kayaking activities that will be weather-dependent. If you who choose the optional snorkel activity, you must be in good physical condition and have upper body strength. You will need to be able to hoist yourself out of the water and into the Zodiac with little to no assistance.
Important Information About This Trip
In summer, the tundra around Churchill bursts into life with grassy, green tussocks and a carpet of wildflowers. Animals, including caribou, are on the move, and birdlife is abundant, with the return of many migratory species. The most impressive phenomenon is the migration of some 3,000 beluga whales into the Seal and Churchill rivers, where we observe these ghost-like creatures at close range, often at arm’s length. We may also have opportunities to view mother polar bears with cubs, as they remain in the area all summer long. Be aware that at times black flies or mosquitoes may be present—if you're sensitive to bites, take precautions and wear repellent. However, because we arrange our activities to avoid the insects as much as possible, they generally are not a problem.
Train timetables are unconfirmed until shortly before each departure. Changes to train schedules may affect our itinerary on Days 2-4.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we strongly recommend that all guests have, at minimum, medical evacuation insurance for this program. While this is not required, we make this strong suggestion in the interest of our guests' safety. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage.
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 and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in time for the 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.