Bear Watching Holidays

From Canada and Alaska to Finland and Spitsbergen, our bear watching holidays are bristling with adventure. From the mighty brown bear to the mystical spirit bear, our carefully selected bear watching trips will not disappoint.

Explore the Arctic tundra on a Polar Rover to get eye-to-eye with the world’s largest land predator. Immerse yourself in British Columbia’s pristine bear country while staying at a wilderness lodge. Join an Arctic expedition voyage in search of polar bears and other wildlife. Or spend a night in a hide deep in the magical forests of Finland watching for brown bears.

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Popular Bear Watching Holidays

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Canada & Alaska: Wilderness Lodges

Our collection of bear watching lodges in Canada and Alaska focus on getting guests close to high concentrations of bears. Here in the heart of the wilderness against a backdrop of striking landscapes you can immerse yourself in the bears natural habitat and observe from a safe vantage point.

Polar Rovers in Churchill

Purpose built for watching polar bears on the tundra around Canada’s Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Polar Rovers combine comfort and space with practicality to ensure the best possible encounters with these magnificent mammals. Giant tyres and a raised open-air viewing platform allows you to come within inches of this powerful predator safely.

Taiga in Finland

Deep in the taiga forest of Finland, on the shores of Lake Lammasjarvi is the ideal base for observing brown bears from special hides. Rarely seen during the day, an overnight stay in a hide is the perfect opportunity to keep vigil for the elusive brown bear under the extended daylight hours of Finland’s summer.

Expedition Cruises

Whether exploring the wildlife-rich waters of the Svalbard archipelago, the islands of the Canadian Arctic or sailing the islands of Haida Gwaii in Canada our wildlife cruise holidays tend to offer a more diverse natural world experience covering a larger area. Bears share the limelight with whales, seals as well as other marine and birdlife.

To plan your own encounter with these captivating creatures, contact our team of Travel Specialists or browse our collection of bear watching holidays.

Get Inspired

Photographing Polar Bears in Canada

Vanessa and Roger Draper travelled with us on our Polar Bear Photo Safari in November, staying at the remote Seal River Heritage Lodge. Despite having limited photographic experience, with the help of an expert guide they captured some truly stunning wildlife shots, as shown below! Here they recount their adventures in the Canadian Arctic...
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Friday, 24th February 2017

Destination Specialist

Experience the best of Canadian Arctic wildlife

Inspired by BBC2's wildlife series, Arctic Live, broadcast from the Canadian Arctic in November, we've rounded up a collection of Arctic wildlife encounters.
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Thursday, 20th October 2016

Destination Specialist

Discovering Brown Bears in Finland

Nordic Travel Specialist, Mark, tells us about his night in a bear hide on the border between Russia and Finland.
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Sunday, 24th February 2019

Mark Champagne

Bear Essentials with William Gray

Award-winning travel writer and photographer, William Gray heads to Canada's Churchill to catch a glimpse of the mighty polar bear.
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Monday, 2nd November 2015

Will Gray