Henry H Holdsworth: Bear nose, Bear with rover, Mother & cubs
Michael Poliza: Mother walking with cubs Brad Jospehs: Snowy owl, Sunset bear Sara Higgins: Woman & bear
Colin McNulty: Mother & cub on tundra, Tundra Lodge
Eric Rock: Northern lights, sparring bears
Michael Poliza: Mother & cubs walking
Stay Among the Bears in the World's Most Remarkable Rolling Hotel—on the Tundra Itself!
This is simply the most extraordinary polar bear experience available. Stay at the Tundra Lodge, situated outside Churchill directly on the vast expanse of the subarctic tundra. From your own private cabin window, the main lounge or the open-air observation platforms, you have constant proximity to polar bears in the area, at all hours of the day. As evening falls, remain in the domain of the polar bear to experience sunset across the snow and ice. Safe inside our warm lodge, you'll enjoy surprising comfort, considering our austere environs. This custom “train” of connected bedrooms, dining room and lounge car is built on wheels, allowing us to station it for optimal bear viewing each season. There’s no more thorough immersion in the polar bear's Arctic realm than on this most distinctive northern adventure!
Stay at one of the world’s truly unique accommodations: a mobile hotel designed for polar bear observation, placed each season directly in the bears’ habitat
From the Tundra Lodge, enjoy incomparable polar bear viewing at all times of the day and night in our exclusive small-group setting
Make daily excursions by Polar Rover over the tundra and along the shores of Hudson Bay in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife
What Makes Our Tundra Lodge Adventure SO Special?
Our exclusive Tundra Lodge—a unique, innovative accommodation with no peer in Churchill—is simply the most remarkable way to immerse yourself among the polar bears. On our Tundra Lodge adventure, we not only guarantee that you'll see bears (often scores of them!), we make the bold promise that Tundra Lodge guests will find no more exciting, higher-quality polar bear adventure out there...this is it!
The Best Polar Bear Viewing Spot on the Planet! Each September, our mobile 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—and allowing our guests to stay directly amid the highest and most concentrated polar bear activity in the world!
Private Cabins & Spacious Viewing Areas Ensure Comfort & Proximity
You won't find a more comfortable way to spend leisurely time observing polar bears than from our Tundra Lodge. Aboard this rolling hotel fashioned after a sleeper train, each guest has an 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-mesh grated decking further enhance bear-viewing possibilities. From the Tundra Lodge's extraordinary location, you won't miss a thing by going back to town at night!
Exclusive Permits to Access the Best Polar Bear Observation Area
There are just two companies that possess exclusive permits for the entire Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where the best, and sometimes only, polar bear viewing occurs. Of course, Nat Hab, in tandem with our partner Great White Bear Tours, holds such a permit. 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 trip that offers the fullest access to the bears' prime habitat.
Our Polar Rovers Are the Most Impressive Vehicles in the North!
The original tundra truck designed for bear viewing was invented several decades ago, an exciting concept that we have significantly improved upon. Our partner in Manitoba, a world-renowned specialty vehicle designer, has created a new model that's far superior to those old originals, which we use exclusively. The Polar Rover, with an advanced drive train that allows us to safely cruise over the tundra with virtually no chance of breakdown, has a custom-designed heavy-duty suspension system that steadies the ride over the uneven terrain. And, with onboard flush toilets (rather than drop buckets, which can be smelly), our guests enjoy a superior level of comfort. See more details on our Polar Rovers.
Steel Mesh Flooring for Close-Up Polar Bear Viewing
Built into the rear viewing platforms of every Polar Rover—and into the platforms that separate the "cars" of our Tundra Lodge—is an exclusive feature that greatly enhances our polar bear observation: grated steel mesh decking that we can see through, so you're able to get within mere inches of the curious bears that often walk beneath the platforms!
The Smallest Groups for Superior Nature Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures is known for its small groups, including the smallest groups in Churchill— which makes sense, since traveling with fewer people at a time means a more enjoyable and less impactful nature adventure. While it may cost us a little more to offer, the benefits of a small group are well worth it. The Tundra Lodge accommodates up to 29 guests, leaving plenty of room to view bears through sliding windows and from ample deck space. Our Polar Rovers can hold 30 or more passengers, but we generally travel with just 15 per vehicle while we head out of the Tundra Lodge searching for polar bears on the tundra. This ensures that every traveler has plenty of space to spread out, angle for photos and enjoy watching polar bears without being bumped or interrupted by other travelers.
Private Chartered Planes Maximize Our Polar Bear Time
To achieve the most time on the tundra viewing 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 the polar bears, rather than waiting in airports.
The Finest Naturalists on the Planet
We are proud that Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Polar Bear Expedition Leaders have been guiding these trips for an average of at least 10 years each. They also receive additional training from WWF's top scientists—you won't find more knowledgeable guides in Churchill! These congenial professionals meet each guest in Winnipeg and travel with the group throughout the trip, sharing their insights every step of the way. Our philosophy is simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide who leads it, so we simply must 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 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 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-percent 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!