Classic Polar Bear Adventure

from £5851
excluding flights *
5–6 nights Oct-Nov

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 polar bears and other wildlife including Arctic hare, Arctic fox and even snowy owls.

Highlights

  • See the world’s greatest concentration of polar bears in the intimacy of a small group
  • Travel on board the specially-designed Polar Rover for optimal viewing opportunities
  • Chance to see the northern lights during an evening on the tundra
  • Special interest departures including photo tours, women-only departures and climate change focus tours
  • 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 expedition leader
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

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.

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.

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.

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
13, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 Oct 2020 5 nights £6,329 £7,045
02, 03, 05, 6, 10, 12, 13 Nov 2020 5 nights £6,329 £7,045
09 Nov 2020 5 nights £6,329 £7,045 Women only
14 Oct 2020 6 nights £6,729 £7,525 Climate change
11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 Oct 2020 6 nights £6,729 £7,525
02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13 Nov 2020 6 nights £6,729 £7,525
26, 27 Oct 2020 6 nights £7,289 £8,085 Photography
01, 02, 03, 08, 09, 12 Nov 2020 6 nights £7,289 £8,085 Photography

Please refer to the 'Special Interest' tab for further details on these unique departures.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom: 2 nights in Winnipeg, 3/4 nights in Churchill
  • 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
  • Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Northern Lights Bradt Guide Book
  • 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: 16

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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.

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.

Days 3-4: Polar Bears, Churchill

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’ behavior 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.

Day 5: Town & Tundra, Churchill

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 nighttime tundra excursion might reveal another of nature’s most amazing sights – the aurora borealis.

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.

Day 7: Winnipeg

Transfer to the airport after breakfast.

Special Interest / Responsible Travel

Special Interest Departures

Polar Bears in a Changing Arctic: Climate Change Focus
14 October 2020
Travel with Natural Habitat's founder and president Ben Bressler, and the World Wildlife Fund's Climate & Energy Manager Melanie Gade, on this special expedition into the fragile ecosystem of the Canadian Arctic. As you search for polar bears and explore the tundra, learn how climate change is affecting the wildlife, habitats and humanity of the far north. Discover some of the Arctic's rarest treasures, and learn how you can make a lasting impact to protect them. Plus, when you join this groundbreaking trip, Natural Habitat will offset the entire carbon output from your life for an entire year!

Churchill from a Woman's Perspective: Women-Only Tour
09 October 2020
Embark upon an empowering adventure seen through a female lens, on this all-women expedition into the Arctic. With a female expedition leader and driver, head out onto the tundra in a Polar Rover in search of the mighty polar bear and other wildlife and discover the often-overlooked stories of women in Arctic exploration and science. Learn about the women who were lifelines for expeditions and entrepreneurship during Canada’s early days, and meet those who are the backbone of the settlement of Churchill today, home to generations of indigenous peoples and pioneers. You’ll come away not just awed by encounters with polar bears, but inspired by the exploits of the women who continue to play a crucial role in Canada's remote north.

Photography Tours
26, 27 October 2020
01, 02, 03, 08 ,09, 12 November 2020
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 manouevre for unrivalled polar bear photos.

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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