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 immersive encounter with 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 via mobile Polar Rovers—both have steel-mesh viewing platforms for the closest encounters
...and Northern Lights at NightAfter dark, look for the aurora borealis from the solitude of the Tundra Lodge, far away from the lights of town
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 Location on the Planet! Each September, our Tundra Lodge is strategically placed on a small spit of land that juts into Hudson Bay. This isolated spot 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 right in the midst of the most concentrated polar bear activity in the world!
A Close-Up View on Bears from Private Cabins & Shared Observation Areas
At the Tundra Lodge, guests spend leisurely time observing polar bears. Aboard this unique hotel fashioned like a train with sleeper cars, each guest has a compact private cabin with sleeping berth and individual 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 observation. At the Tundra Lodge, you won't miss a thing, since you're in polar bear terrain 24/7.
Exclusive Permits Access 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 get full access.
Travel with Two Naturalist Expedition Leaders With two guides, you get the richest interpretive experience and exceptional personal attention. Their in-depth knowledge and experience mean better, closer and more inspiring encounters with polar bears, the northern landscape, and other Arctic wildlife. You won't find a better guide-to-guest ratio.
Our Polar Rovers Are the Most Impressive Vehicles in Churchill
Our custom-built Polar Rovers have an advanced drive train that lets us 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. With huge picture windows, an angled front windshield (to look down upon bears below), and onboard flush toilets (rather than unpleasant drop buckets), our guests enjoy a superior experience.
Steel Mesh Decking Enhances Close-Up Bear Viewing
Built into the rear observation 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 viewing: grated steel mesh decks that we can see through, enabling us 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 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 Time with Polar Bears
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! These congenial professionals meet you in Winnipeg and travel with the group the whole way. Our photo tour leaders are also professional photographers, with a passion and talent for sharing their knowledge. 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 Adventure
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!