Ultimate Polar Bear Adventure

from £7312
excluding flights *
6 nights Oct-Nov

Overview

This comprehensive small-group Churchill experience includes dog sledding and a breathtaking helicopter trip to a polar bear den, as well as the chance to see polar bears and other Arctic wildlife roaming the tundra. With two full days plus an evening excursion onto the Arctic tundra, travelling aboard an exclusive Polar Rover, this trip maximises your chances of seeing polar bears in the wild.

Highlights

  • Explore the tundra by Polar Rover, helicopter and dog sled
  • Smallest groups in Churchill for optimum wildlife viewing
  • Spend time with First Nations people for an insight into the Arctic way of life

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Helicopter flight
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • 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

Our Ultimate Adventure also offers a different perspective of Churchill as you take to the skies! An included helicopter ride provides a bird’s eye view of the tundra, with the chance to see polar bears from above as well as the rare opportunity to land at - and even crawl inside - an unoccupied polar bear den.

Also included is a thrilling dog sledding excursion, with time to learn about this traditional Arctic method of transport from a local musher before taking off across the icy wilderness. Spend time with native Dene and Metis people for an insight into life in the far north, and keep your fingers crossed during an evening at a heated aurora dome; a dazzling display of the northern lights may be the perfect way to end this Churchill adventure!

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, this trip is limited to just 15 to ensure maximum comfort and a guaranteed window seat for all guests. All emissions from this package are 100% carbon-offset.

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. Beginning in 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 responsible travel please see the 'Other Information' 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 Duration Twin Price (pp) Single Price (pp)
13 Oct 2019 6 nights £7,312 £8,079
22 Oct 2019 6 nights £7,312 £8,079
31 Oct 2019 6 nights £7,312 £8,079
07 Nov 2019 6 nights £7,312 £8,079
14 Nov 2019 6 nights £7,312 £8,079
13 Oct 2020 6 nights £8,089 £8,885
22 Oct 2020 6 nights £8,089 £8,885
31 Oct 2020 6 nights £8,089 £8,885
07 Nov 2020 6 nights £8,089 £8,885
14 Nov 2020 6 nights £8,089 £8,885

What's Included

  • Accommodation in bathroom with private bathroom: 2 nights in Winnipeg, 4 nights in Churchill
  • All meals
  • Helicopter flight
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • Loan of cold-weather gear including parka and boots
  • Services of a professional expedition leader
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
  • All airport/hotel 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: 15

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. You will be provided with your Arctic parka and boots, on loan for your Churchill adventure.

Day 2: Winnipeg - Churchill

Fly to Churchill on a private charter flight and explore this remote community on a guided tour with your Expedition Leader. 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. Head to the tundra this evening for your first glimpse of the bears. Dinner is served aboard the Polar Rover in heated comfort.

Day 3: Helicopter & Dog-Sledding, Churchill

An exciting adventure is in store today, with a memorable helicopter flight over the frozen tundra. You may see polar bears, caribou and arctic fox below. Landing on the tundra, disembark to explore on foot, perhaps taking a close look at an unoccupied polar bear den. Learn about the life of a dog-musher before heading out on an unforgettable dog-sled ride. Later, First Nations hosts will share their traditions and tales of daily life. These captivating storytellers will explain their personal histories and offer an insight into the vibrant nations that have flourished amid adversity in this harsh environment for thousands of years. You can also visit Churchill's Eskimo Museum, with artifacts collected from centuries of local habitation.

Day 4: Polar Bears, Churchill

Spend a full day on the Arctic tundra aboard a unique Polar Rover. With just 15 passengers, everyone is guaranteed a window seat for clear views of the polar bears. The bears gather here as they wait for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay in order to begin the winter seal-hunting season, making close encounters very likely. Travel back to town this evening for dinner and a presentation on the wildlife or cultural aspects of life in the North.

Day 5: Polar Bears & Northern Lights, Churchill

A second day on the Polar Rover allows for further exploration of the subarctic scenery and its incredible wildlife. Tonight, if the skies are clear, you will visit a heated aurora dome in hopes of witnessing the northern lights. The Hudson Bay Inuit see the lights as the magical display of their ancestors’ souls dancing in the sky.

Day 6: Churchill - Winnipeg

After time to pick up some last-minute souvenirs in town, board the flight to Winnipeg for a final night stay.

Day 7: Winnipeg

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Other Information

Read on to find out more about Natural Habitat's commitment to 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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