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  • Oct-Nov
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Classic Polar Bear Adventure

from £6,158 excluding flights

  • 5-6 nights
  • Oct-Nov

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Highlights

In pictures
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Watch polar bears close up on the shores of Hudson Bay

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Watch out for the northern lights over the tundra

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Travel on the Polar Rover for optimal viewing opportunities

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Experience life in the remote, frontier town of Churchill

Why this trip...

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Conservation/Eco-tourism

This itinerary has a strong focus on wildlife and natural habitat conservation, one of our pillars of sustainability

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Transport used

This holiday includes transport that is ideally suited to the area you are visiting

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Special interest

Leading experts from renowned scientists to professional photographers accompany select departures

Overview

The iconic polar bear experience, this small group adventure includes two full days and an evening excursion onto the Arctic tundra. Search for wildlife and hope for a display of the aurora borealis overhead. Travelling with a small group of just 16 passengers, enjoy unobstructed views over the Arctic tundra as you watch for majestic polar bears as well as other wildlife including Arctic hare, Arctic fox and even snowy owls.

This itinerary includes two full days on the tundra, plus an evening excursion during which you may be lucky enough to witness the northern lights. During your stay in the frontier settlement of Churchill you will also take a guided tour of the town and its surroundings, and learn more about the area and its incredible wildlife during some informative evening presentations. The wilderness of the far north contrasts with the modern city of Winnipeg, where you should have some free time available to explore.

These groups are the smallest in Churchill, making for a more personal experience with unobstructed views and a window seat for everyone.

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. In 2019 Natural Habitat started offsetting all guests' flights to and from the starting point of their adventures.

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Winnipeg, Manitoba

Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.

Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.

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Day 2 Winnipeg - Churchill

Fly to Churchill on a private charter flight. Originally a fur-trading post, Churchill is home to just under a thousand people and, every autumn, to hundreds of polar bears that congregate at the edge of Hudson Bay. After dinner enjoy an evening presentation on the Arctic’s wildlife and landscapes.

Fly to Churchill on a private charter flight. Originally a fur-trading post, Churchill is home to just under a thousand people and, every autumn, to hundreds of polar bears that congregate at the edge of Hudson Bay. After dinner enjoy an evening presentation on the Arctic’s wildlife and landscapes.

Days 3-4 search for polar bears on the tundra

Spend two full days on the Arctic tundra in search of the polar bears that gather here as they wait for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay. You may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Your knowledgeable Expedition Leader will offer interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behaviour and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. Each evening travel back to town for dinner and presentations on the wildlife or cultural aspects of life in the North.

Spend two full days on the Arctic tundra in search of the polar bears that gather here as they wait for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay. You may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a lone bear ambling over the tundra in solitary majesty. Your knowledgeable Expedition Leader will offer interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behaviour and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. Each evening travel back to town for dinner and presentations on the wildlife or cultural aspects of life in the North.

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Day 5 Churchill town and evening on the tundra

Tour historic Churchill with your Expedition Leader, perhaps visiting local sled dogs en route to Cape Merry, where Arctic fox and Arctic hare are often spotted. Later, head out to the tundra for an evening of bear viewing, with dinner aboard the Polar Rover. If the skies are clear this nightime tundra excursion might reveal another of nature’s most amazing sights – the aurora borealis.

Tour historic Churchill with your Expedition Leader, perhaps visiting local sled dogs en route to Cape Merry, where Arctic fox and Arctic hare are often spotted. Later, head out to the tundra for an evening of bear viewing, with dinner aboard the Polar Rover. If the skies are clear this nightime tundra excursion might reveal another of nature’s most amazing sights – the aurora borealis.

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Day 6 Churchill - Winnipeg

A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team and spend time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up last-minute locally made handicrafts, relax over a hot chocolate in a local cafe, or even take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before you fly back to Winnipeg.

A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team and spend time with the lively and affectionate dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating trot through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up last-minute locally made handicrafts, relax over a hot chocolate in a local cafe, or even take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before you fly back to Winnipeg.

Day 7 depart Winnipeg

Transfer to the airport after breakfast.

Transfer to the airport after breakfast.

Accommodation

Your first and last nights will be spent at the historic Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. This exquisite 246 room hotel is one of the city's most prestigious landmarks and offers luxurious accommodation with fine Italian linens, down duvets, feather mattresses, and warm cosy bathrobes. There is a pool and fitness centre within the hotel and is located a short walk to downtown.

Accommodation in Churchill is considerably more basic with limited options. The property for your specific departure will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

How You Travel

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-floored viewing platforms, an elite suspension system and on-board flush toilet facilities. With a capacity of 35 passengers, this trip 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. Find out more about polar rovers in our blog »

Special Departures

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Photography Focus

26, 27, 28 October; 01, 02, 03, 06, 09, 10 November 2022

These special focus departures designed for photography enthusiasts include three full days on the tundra to allow the chance to capture polar bears in the wild. Travel with an expert naturalist-photographer for hands-on daytime coaching followed by evening lectures about how to capture the ethereal Arctic light and its wildlife. With just 16 guests on the Polar Rover there’s a window seat for everyone, plenty of space for camera equipment, and room to manoeuvre for unrivalled polar bear photos.

Prices and Departures

Price from £6,158 excluding flights

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.

What's Included

  • Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • Services of a professional expedition leader
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • Loan of cold-weather gear including parka and boots
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Dates Duration Twin Price (pp) Single Price (pp) Special Interest
10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 28, 30, 31 Oct 2022 5 nights £6,158 £6,895
02, 03, 05, 6, 10, 12, 13 Nov 2022 5 nights £6,158 £6,895
10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31 Oct 2022 6 nights £6,676 £7,487
02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 11 Nov 2022 6 nights £6,676 £7,487
26, 27, 28 Oct 2022 6 nights £7,417 £8,228 Photography
01, 02, 03, 06, 09, 10 Nov 2022 6 nights £7,417 £8,228 Photography

Advertised dates for 2022 are tentative and may change. These are expected to be confirmed in late 2021.

Group Size

There is a minimum of 1 and a maximum group size of 16 passengers

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