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Northern Lights & Arctic Exploration

A Winter Adventure in Churchill, Canada—One of the Best Places on Earth to See the Aurora Borealis
7 Days
~14
From $5995 (+internal air)
In the same land that hosts the brief, brilliant summer of beluga whales and the polar bears of autumn comes an amazing phenomenon that illumines the dark winter skies. The ethereal northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, meaning “north wind of the dawn,” brighten the night sky in a mystical display of color. Churchill, Manitoba has one of the heaviest concentrations of auroral activity on Earth, making it an ideal destination for a northern lights tour. Photograph the lights from varied heated vantage points, including a cabin deep in the boreal forest, and from our custom-built Aurora Pod®, offering 360-degree views of the night sky through its glass top and sides. On this exciting Arctic adventure, our days are filled with distinctly northern activities such as dog sledding and a snowcoach journey on the frozen Churchill River, and our nights with the potential for the best aurora viewing on the planet.
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Trip Highlights

  • Watch the Aurora in Varied SettingsView and photograph the northern lights in comfort from our glass Aurora Pod®, heated Aurora Domes, an isolated wilderness cabin, and a tepee warmed by a campfire
  • Explore the Boreal Forest by SnowcoachAboard our custom snowcoach, follow the frozen Churchill River into the North Woods, snowshoe in search of wildlife, and look for the aurora from our remote private cabin
  • Experience Exciting Arctic AdventuresDiscover Churchill's history and traditions of northern indigenous peoples on an array of winter activities, including igloo building and an authentic dog sled ride

The Best Way to Witness the Wonder of the Aurora!

If you’re planning a trip to see the northern lights, why not go where this phenomenon is most often on view? Churchill, Manitoba is arguably the best place to consistently see the aurora. While our aim is to witness it, this Arctic adventure in historic Churchill includes so much more. Check out the many features that put our northern lights tour heads above the rest:

  1. The Best Place on Earth to See the Northern Lights
    In Churchill, you maximize your chance to see the northern lights. That’s because Churchill is located directly beneath the Van Allen Belt, a layer of energy-charged particles that wraps the earth's polar regions. Originating in solar flares, these particles are carried by solar wind, becoming trapped in Earth’s magnetic field to create the phenomenon of the aurora. Winter skies are also clearer in Churchill than in other popular aurora destinations like Iceland and Lapland, upping your odds of seeing the lights. Our trips run in midwinter when nights are longest and skies are darkest, further maximizing your chances for the best views. 
  2. Churchill is the "Accessible Arctic"
    While Churchill is technically subarctic, lying below the Arctic Circle, its location on the edge of the frozen expanse of Hudson Bay gives it a distinctly Arctic climate and cultural identity. Yet unlike getting to the top of Norway or Siberia or into the interior of the Yukon to see the northern lights, Churchill is easy to reach by air from Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital and largest city, which is served by many direct flights from the U.S.
  3. Four Different Private Settings for Aurora Viewing & Photography
    In addition to outdoor observation well away from the lights of town and from our own private Aurora Pod®, look for the lights from Plexiglass-topped Aurora Domes offering a circular view on the night sky, from a woodstove-heated cabin tucked deep within the boreal forest, and in the photogenic setting of a dog musher's camp where an illuminated tepee and campfire provide an evocative foreground. 
  4. Watch from the Warmth of Our Heated Glass Aurora Pod®
    Nothing is more characteristically Arctic than standing under a clear winter sky and watching the artistry of the aurora light up the night. It can be frigid in Churchill in winter, however, so we make sure you can watch the light show in comfort. Foremost is our exclusive Aurora Pod®, custom-designed to feature 360-degree views of the sky via innovative glass construction, with heat and cushioned seats. Glass half-walls and a glass roof provide an unimpeded view of the heavens.
  5. A Wilderness Snowcoach Expedition—For Our Guests Alone
    Exclusively for Nat Hab travelers! Ride on a new custom-built snowcoach on an all-day excursion into the boreal forest. No one else has this access to roadless wilderness! Drive atop the frozen Churchill River and into the North Woods where you may choose to snowshoe in search of moose and wolf tracks and sightings of elusive winter wildlife. We gather at an isolated private cabin deep in the forest to have dinner and look for the northern lights, warmed by a wood stove indoors and a bonfire outside. 
  6. Explore Our Arctic Environs on an Exclusive Slate of Adventures
    The aurora may be top draw, but you'll enjoy a whole host of northern activities for a comprehensive Arctic adventure. From an authentic dog sled ride to local museums and cultural encounters with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples whose presence in the region extends back centuries, you’ll gain wide-ranging insight into the history and traditions of the Canadian North. Through our 30+ years in Churchill, we've built relationships that provide experiences other travelers simply won't get.
  7. Private Chartered Flights to and from Churchill Maximize Your Time 
    We charter roundtrip flights to Churchill from Winnipeg, ensuring you get more time in nature and less time navigating security lines and waiting around airports. 
  8. No Need to Buy Heavy Winter Gear—We Provide Parka, Boots & Gloves
    Don’t worry about shelling out for a heavy parka, cumbersome Arctic snowboots and insulated gloves you may only wear once—we supply this cold-weather gear to use during your time in Churchill.
  9. See the Northern Lights with a Stellar Guide
    While it's possible to travel on your own to Churchill to view the aurora, there is no way to get the quality experience you'll have with our naturalist guide by your side. Our Expedition Leader is an expert on the Canadian North, offering in-depth interpretation of the region’s geology, biology, history, cultures, and, of course, the aurora. We take pride in hiring the best guides in the industry—Nat Hab Expedition Leaders average 15 years’ experience, and with additional training and resources provided by WWF’s top scientists, your trip is sure to be a learning adventure. See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our expert guides.
  10. Outstanding Aurora Photography Instruction
    If your dream is to go home with stunning images of the aurora, choose a special photo departure. It can be tricky to capture photos of the northern lights—let our Expedition Leader, who is an aurora photography expert, provide essential coaching. And on our photography trips, you'll have plenty of access to help during the editing phase, too, with our guide by your side. 
  11. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Aurora Adventure
    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. 
  12. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  13. 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 Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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