This is simply the most extraordinary polar bear experience available! Stay at the Tundra Lodge, set seasonally on the tundra near the edge of Hudson Bay, with round-the-clock proximity to polar bears. For wildlife photographers, no place offers a better spot for coveted close-up shots. As dusk descends, remain in the domain of the polar bear while the sunset lingers on the landscape. Safe inside the warm confines of the lodge, enjoy surprising comfort in these austere environs. This custom "train" of connected lounge car, dining car and sleeping compartments is built on wheels, allowing us to station it for optimal polar bear viewing each fall. Daily Polar Rover excursions take us farther afield in search of bears and other northern wildlife. There’s no more thorough immersion in the King of the Arctic's realm!
Be with the Bears Around the Clock Stay at one of the world’s truly unique lodges, designed for polar bear observation and placed each season in the bears’ wild habitat
Look for Polar Bears by Day...Scout for bears from the Tundra Lodge and in our Polar Rovers—both have see-through steel-mesh viewing platforms for the closest encounters
...and Northern Lights at NightAfter dark, look for the auroral borealis from the solitude of the Tundra Lodge, set far out on the tundra away from the lights of town
Close Encounters with Polar Bears in Churchill
A Conservation Travel Experience
What Makes Our Tundra Lodge Adventure SO Special?
Our exclusive Tundra Lodge—an innovative accommodation with no peer in Churchill (or anywhere else)—is simply the most remarkable way to immerse yourself in the polar bears' world. A stay at the Tundra Lodge puts you directly in the bears' wild habitat around the clock.
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 Hudson Bay. This private location is where the ice first begins to form on the bay, attracting polar bears at the very beginning of the bear-viewing season. Tundra Lodge guests stay in the very midst of the most concentrated polar bear activity in the world!
A Close-Up View on Bears from Private Cabins & Spacious Observation Areas
You won't find a more engaging way to spend leisurely time observing polar bears than from the Tundra Lodge. Aboard this rolling hotel fashioned after a train with sleeper cars, each guest has a compact individual cabin with sleeping berth—plus your own private window through which to watch bears and, if we're lucky, the northern lights, too! Large outdoor viewing platforms with steel-grate decking further enhance polar bear watching. From the Tundra Lodge's extraordinary location, you won't miss a thing, since you don't have to go back to town at night!
Exclusive Permits Allow Access to the Best Bear-Viewing Area
Just two companies possess permits to access the entire Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where the best, and sometimes only, polar bear viewingoccurs. Nat Hab, in tandem with our partner Great White Bear Tours, holds one of those permits. Other operators use school-bus-type vehicles that are 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 company that offers full access to the bears' habitat.
Travel with Two Naturalist Expedition Leaders
Ensuring the richest interpretive experience and exceptional personal attention, two Nat Hab Expedition Leaders guide this trip. Their in-depth knowledge and experience mean better, closer and more inspiring encounters with the northern landscape and its Arctic wildlife. You won't find a better guide-to-guest ratio!
Our Polar Rovers Are the Most Impressive Vehicles in the North
Our custom-built Polar Rovers have an advanced drive train that allows us to safely cruise over the tundra with virtually no chance of breakdown, plus a custom-designed heavy-duty suspension system that steadies the ride over the uneven terrain. And, with onboard flush toilets (rather than unpleasant drop buckets), our guests enjoy a superior level of comfort.
Steel Mesh Decking Allows Close-Up Polar Bear Viewing
Built into the rear viewing platform of every Polar Rover—and into the platforms that separate the "cars" of our Tundra Lodge—is an exclusive feature that greatly enhances polar bear observation: grated steel mesh decks that we can see through, enabling you to come within mere inches of curious bears that sometimes wander beneath the platforms!
The Smallest Groups for Superior Nature Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures is known for its small groups, including the smallest polar bear tours in Churchill. While it may cost us a little more to keep our groups small, the benefits are worth it. Inside the Tundra Lodge, you'll have plenty of room to view bears through sliding windows and ample deck space. Our Polar Rovers hold 30 or more passengers, but we generally travel with no more than 16 per vehicle when we head out on excursions from the Tundra Lodge. Every guest has plenty of space to spread out, angle for photos, and enjoy watching wildlife without being bumped by other travelers.
Private Chartered Flights Maximize Our Polar Bear Time
To achieve the most time on the tundra viewing polar bears, rather than waiting around airports and enduring the hassle of security screenings, we charter our own private aircraft to take us directly from Winnipeg to Churchill at a time most convenient for us. We know you'd rather spend your precious time with polar bears, rather than waiting in airports.
The Finest Naturalist Guides on the Planet
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Churchill Expedition Leaders have been guiding polar bear trips for an average of 10 years each. They also receive additional training from WWF scientists. You won't find more knowledgeable guides in Churchill! These congenial professionals meet you in Winnipeg and travel with the group throughout the trip, sharing their insights every step of the way. Our photo tour leaders are also professional photographers, with a passion and talent for sharing their knowledge with our guests. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we provide the best! See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Outstanding Polar Bear Viewing 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 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.
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!