Churchill Tundra Lodge Adventure

from £8409
excluding flights *
5–6 nights Oct-Nov

Overview

Situated on the vast Arctic tundra outside Churchill is the unique Tundra Lodge. Spend four nights here in the midst of polar bear country. Observe wildlife in safety and comfort from sunrise to sunset and experience fantastic polar bear viewing, exploring in specially designed vehicles or watching from observation platforms.

Every autumn hundreds of polar bears gather at the edge of Hudson Bay, awaiting the winter freeze. The Tundra Lodge provides the chance to immerse yourself among these mighty creatures, with its strategic location offering unparalleled viewing opportunities.

Highlights

  • Spend 24 hours a day right in the heart of polar bear country
  • Chance to see the northern lights from the comfort of the unique Tundra Lodge
  • Explore the frozen shores of Hudson Bay on a Polar Rover, in search of Arctic wildlife
  • Travel sustainably with carbon offset flights

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • Services of a professional Natural Habitat Expedition Leader
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Your ‘rolling hotel’ is built on wheels, designed rather like a train, and is carefully positioned at the start of each season in an area with the highest concentration of bears. Located on a small spit of land that juts out into the Hudson Bay, this isolated spot is where the ice first begins to form on the bay, attracting polar bears from the very start of the bear-viewing season.

During your stay at the Tundra Lodge you will explore the shores of Hudson Bay in specially designed Polar Rovers, carrying just 16 passengers to ensure maximum space and comfort aboard. When not out exploring, time at the lodge can be equally rewarding with bears seen ambling across the tundra right outside the windows. Large outdoor observation platforms provide the ideal spot from which to take photos and take a closer look at the animals as they roam wild in their natural habitat.

As the day draws to an end there is no need to return to town – you can relax over dinner, listen to presentations or retire to your private guest cabin, all the time keeping watch through the windows as the sun sets. And once darkness falls you may be lucky enough to witness a dazzling display of the northern lights, from the comfort of your hotel!

The Polar Rover
Permitted to travel right into the protected Churchill Wildlife Management Area, the fully heated Polar Rover is a specially designed vehicle offering unique steel-mesh viewing platforms, an elite suspension system and on-board flush toilet facilities. With a capacity of 35 passengers, each vehicle is limited to just 16 to ensure maximum comfort and a guaranteed window seat for all guests. All emissions from this package are 100% carbon-offset.

Responsible Travel
This tour is operated by Natural Habitat. Since 2007 all Natural Habitat's trips and office operations have been completely carbon-neutral, making them the world's first 100% carbon-neutral travel company. As of 2019, Natural Habitat are now offsetting all guests' flights to and from the starting point of their adventures.

To find our more about this project and Natural Habitat's commitment to sustainable tourism please see the 'Responsible Travel' tab.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Dates Duration Twin Price (pp) Single Price (pp) Special Interest
02, 05, 08 Oct 2020 5 nights £8,409 £8,565 Autumn Air Adventure
20, 23, 26, 29 Oct 2020 5 nights £8,409 £8,565
01, 04, 11 Nov 2020 5 nights £8,409 £8,565
07 Nov 2020 6 nights £9,365 £9,521 Photography Special

What's Included

  • All rooms with private bathroom: 2 nights in Winnipeg, 3 or 4 nights at the Tundra Lodge
  • All meals
  • Beer and wine at the Tundra Lodge
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • Loan of cold-weather gear including a parka and boots
  • Services of a professional Natural Habitat Expedition Leader
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • Permits & park fees
  • Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • Airport transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »
Group Size: Minimum group size: 1 Maximum group size: 29

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Built in 1913 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this prestigious landmark has long been a symbol of genteel elegance in the heart of Manitoba's capital, which was once a fur-trading post and railway boomtown. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.

Day 2: Winnipeg - Tundra Lodge, Churchill

Fly to Churchill and explore this remote community on a guided tour with your Expedition Leader, before transferring to the Tundra Lodge. As you leave town watch out for wildlife against the vast Arctic landscape; you may catch your first glimpse of polar bear. On arrival at the lodge enjoy an informative presentation about polar bears before dinner – make sure you keep your camera handy at all times as polar bears may pass right by the windows.

Days 3-5: Tundra Lodge, Churchill

The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in the best area for bear viewing. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and safe outdoor observation decks to accommodate our own curiosity. The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in Polar Rovers (special all-terrain tundra vehicles) ensures the best possible wildlife encounters. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the highest concentration of bears in the entire area. During your stay at the lodge you will take half-day excursions in the Polar Rover to search for bears, and spend time at the lodge as the bears come to you. In addition to polar bears, you may also spot caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, snowy owl and ptarmigan. At the end of each day discuss the day’s events over dinner at the lodge, listen to talks about the Arctic and the region’s wildlife, and, conditions permitting, perhaps enjoy the spectacular aurora borealis streaking across the night sky.

Day 6: Churchill - Winnipeg

Depart the Tundra Lodge today, scouting for more polar bears and other Arctic wildlife as you head back to Churchill. Back in Churchill, a special highlight this morning is a traditional dog sled ride. You'll meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the enthusiastic huskies before taking turns riding behind them on a thrilling excursion through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up a few northern handicrafts and souvenirs or take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before flying to Winnipeg.

Day 7: Winnipeg

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Special Departures / Responsible Travel

Special Interest Departures


Autumn Air Adventure: 02, 05, 08 Oct 2020

On these departures you'll journey even deeper into the most remote corners of the region by helicopter and private Polar Rover. Take an exclusive and scenic October helicopter flight that departs directly from the tundra. Make the most of vibrant subarctic fall foliage during a time when contrasting creamy white polar bears are wandering in from throughout the region. Soar over the tundra while surveying the colourful landscape, remaining on the lookout for other Arctic wildlife. Weather is generally a little warmer at this time, allowing excellent opportunities to spot caribou in particular, or even Arctic fox and Arctic hare. From the air you may see roaming polar bears against the reds and oranges that distinguish the season's grasses, shrubs and lichen.

Special Photography Departure: 07 November 2020

The 7-Day Photography Expedition is designed for avid photographers who want to spend their days shooting, offering round-the-clock proximity to polar bears from the Tundra Lodge. With exclusive use of this facility, there's plenty of room to set up your equipment, whilst the on-site Polar Rover offers daily excursions to photograph polar bears and other wildlife further afield. You will be accompanied by professional photographers and naturalist guides, eager to share tips from their extensive experience to help you get those once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Responsible Travel

Since 2007 all Natural Habitat's trips and office operations have been completely carbon-neutral, making them the world's first 100% carbon-neutral travel company. Natural Habitat embarked on this ambitious project in partnership with Sustainable Travel International, paying to offset the carbon emissions that result from all their office and trip related activities.

Beginning in 2019, Natural Habitat are now offsetting all guests' flights to and from the starting point of their adventures, increasing the total amount of their carbon offsetting by 300-400%! Here's how it works: Natural Habitat calculate the carbon emitted from activities on your adventure (the majority of these emissions result from burning fossil fuels for transportation).  They then fund carbon reduction projects to balance emissions in an amount equal to that released on their trips. For example, they pay for the reforestation of native tree species in Zimbabwe and the provision of efficient, biomass-fuelled cook stoves in Rwanda to replace the burning of wood.

From the beginning of January 2007 through the end of 2018, Natural Habitat have offset 17,272 tons of carbon dioxide. According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) this is equivalent to 3,648 cars not on the road for a year; 2,551 homes not using electricity for one year or 447,624 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

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