Location of Adventure
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Group Size Limit
Approximately 29 Travelers
A very important feature of this polar bear adventure is the limited group size. Nature and wildlife are always best experienced in smaller groups, and it is particularly important on this trip so that our guests have plenty of room on board our Polar Rover vehicles during tundra wildlife drives. The Tundra Lodge holds 32 guests plus staff, but we limit our group to approximately 29 guests. Polar Rovers hold 35-50 guests but we generally travel with just 20-25 per vehicle, depending on how many guests opt to stay at the lodge on a given day, since the Tundra Lodge generally offers the best bear viewing in the area.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Round-trip flights to and from Winnipeg and Churchill, accommodations, all meals, drinking water throughout the trip, beer and wine on the Tundra Lodge, dog sledding excursion, cold-weather gear
including a parka and boots during your trip, services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.
Travel to and from start and end point of the trip, premium alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, airport and departure taxes, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), optional travel insurance and optional activities.
A polar bear expedition with Natural Habitat Adventures requires very little walking. Travelers must be able to walk up/down stairs. Our Polar Rover vehicles, designed to travel over the tundra for polar bear observation, can sometimes offer a bumpy ride. Travelers must be prepared for below-freezing temperatures and slippery surfaces.
Important Information About This Trip
A stay at our exclusive Tundra Lodge offers guests the true feel of the Far North, with polar bears ambling across the tundra right outside the windows. Despite its isolation, the facility is remarkably comfortable, with private bedrooms and a common lounge. A trained chef prepares fine meals in the onboard kitchen that are served in the spacious dining room. The Polar Rover vehicle located on site provides transportation for half-day excursions over the tundra. Each Tundra Lodge guest will travel on the Polar Rover for one half-day excursion each day; the second half of each day is spent viewing the bears from the comfort of the Tundra Lodge. As the bears approach us, we are able to observe their interactions in the natural environment around the lodge.
Polar bears are typically found in the Churchill area year-round. The highest concentration occurs in October and November as the bears mass in anticipation for the freeze-up of Hudson Bay. Sometimes the best bear viewing is at the beginning of the season, sometimes in the middle, and sometimes at the end—we never know for sure. Once Hudson Bay freezes, many of the bears depart and head far out onto the ice. Historically this happens in early December, but an unusually early cold spell can occur, hastening their departure.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
In case of flight or weather delays, we recommend that you arrive a day early and either participate in our Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Our expedition begins with a 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.