Superb Photo Prospects in One of the World’s Best Places to See the Aurora Borealis
To stand beneath the northern lights as they swirl across the night sky is a dream most nature travelers yearn to realize. Capturing that phenomenon in images holds special allure for photographers. This photo-focused version of our Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures adventure is designed to help you get outstanding images of this wondrous natural event. Churchill is an optimal destination for northern lights photography—its winter night skies are often clear, and it has one of the most active auroral displays in the world. Our Expedition Leader is both a naturalist and expert photographer: interpreting Arctic nature and culture while helping you achieve the shots you aspire to. Photograph the night sky in total comfort from our innovative Aurora Pod® with glass top and sides, and from heated Aurora Domes. Then step outside to capture more exhilarating images of the dancing lights.
- Aurora Viewing in ComfortPhotograph the northern lights in warmth and comfort inside our exclusive glass Aurora Pod, from heated Aurora Domes, and from an isolated cabin deep in the boreal forest
- Get Photography Pro TipsGlean tips from expert northern photographer guides to capture outstanding images of the aurora, Arctic landscapes and winter wildlife like Arctic fox and Arctic hare
- Explore Historic ChurchillOn an array of winter adventures, learn about fur-trading history and indigenous traditions, take a dog sled ride, and journey by snowcoach on the frozen Churchill River
Photograph the Northern Lights—and Find Northern Enlightenment!
If you’re looking to maximize your chances to get amazing images of the northern lights, there’s no better place than Churchill. Auroral activity here is some of the most extensive and consistent on
Earth, since Churchill is located directly beneath the Van Allen Belt, the band of electromagnetic energy around the poles that produces the phenomenon of the aurora borealis. See why our northern lights photo tour offers the fullest experience for photographers on a quest to capture the lights:
- Churchill is the “Accessible Arctic”
Unlike getting to the top of Norway or Siberia or the interior of the Yukon to see the northern lights, Churchill is easy to reach via direct flight from Winnipeg, the capital and main city of Manitoba. While Churchill is technically subarctic, lying below the Arctic Circle, its geographic location at the edge of the frozen expanse of Hudson Bay gives it a distinctly Arctic climate and feel, as well an Arctic cultural identity.
- Three Different Private Settings for Aurora Observation
As a photographer, you'll want to shoot images of the northern lights in the clear night air. Yet seeing them sometimes requires patience. As you observe the night sky in anticipation, we ensure your warmth and comfort. Our custom-designed Aurora Pod®, located well outside town away from artificial light, has a 360-degree view on the sky through a glass roof and half-walls, and cushioned seats with comfortable backs. Aurora Domes with circular Plexiglass tops provide a second vantage point. And after our all-day boreal forest snowcoach excursion, retreat to an isolated cabin warmed by a wood stove—then head out once the lights appear.
- The Northern Lights…Plus Much More!
We provide exclusive access to prime locations to photograph the northern lights—but you’ll participate in a host of special daytime activities, too. These activities offer insight into northern lifestyles as well as additional photo opportunities not available to the typical traveler. Take an authentic dog sled ride and enjoy cultural presentations from local Inuit and Dene people, “insider” encounters that a long history of working with the local community has earned us. Ride on a custom snowcoach deep into the boreal forest, where we snowshoe in the silence. And try your hand at igloo building with ice blocks. You'll go home not only with images of the aurora, but memorable photos of the land, its wildlife and its people.
- Photography Workshops Hone Your Technique
While on site, your Expedition Leader, who is not only an expert naturalist but also an accomplished northern nature photographer, will conduct special coaching sessions: glean tips for how to capture the best images of the northern lights as well as the Arctic landscape and its wildlife.
- Access to the Best Photography Locations
On a dark, frigid night in the Canadian North, you’re in a private spot at the edge of the boreal forest. Overhead, the sky begins to move in a shimmering curtain of green. You're in the perfect spot to capture the scene with your camera, away from the lights of town. A heated “musher’s tent” is nearby, for a quick warm-up. We'll also view the lights from the uninterrupted expanse of the tundra—we make sure you get to optimal and varied photography locations where views of the aurora are best.
- No Need to Buy a Heavy Parka and Boots—We Provide Them
You won’t have to spend a lot of money on winter gear you may only wear once. We supply you with an arctic-weather jacket, boots and insulated gloves to use while you’re in Churchill.
- A Small Group Means More Engagement with Your Photography Guide
Unlike typical group tours, we limit our photo expeditions to just 10 guests. This ensures one-on-one time with your Expedition Leader to ask questions and get expert tips for improving your photos. And you’ll have quieter moments in the natural settings that are our focus.
- Your Professional Guide is Both a Naturalist and Accomplished Photographer
Your guide is not only exceptionally knowledgeable about our northern environs, from its wildlife and geology to climate and cultures – but a photography expert as well, with in-depth experience in capturing images of the aurora and the Arctic landscape. Since all of our NHA Expedition Leaders average 15 years’ of guiding experience—with additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists—your trip is sure to be a learning adventure as well. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our expert guides.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Satisfaction
Natural Habitat Adventures offers you 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!