Depart Winnipeg for Churchill. On arrival transfer to a waiting private charter aircraft for a 40 min flight to the Arviat Polar Bear Cabins situated halfway between Churchill and Arviat on the Hudson Bay Coast only a couple of miles south of the mighty Gellini River. The cabin placement is very strategic for reliable polar bear encounters and amazing photography. As the river to the north of the cabins is 5km wide, polar bears are traveling north along the Hudson Bay coastline but are prevented from moving any further north due to the river. This is where the cabins have been placed. Directly in ‘polar bear alley’ and you will live with them, observe and photograph them while they wait for both the river and the Hudson Bay coast to freeze up.
Polar Bear Observation, Trekking and eye-to-eye photography: Aside from observing polar bears when they come right into the complex (there deliberately has not installed a perimeter fence around the camp to provide a more natural experience of interaction). Your Inuit guides know these polar bears intimately. They understand their behavior after years of living amongst them.With your Inuit guides, you will go on day hikes outside of the Arviat Polar Bear Cabin complex. Knowing that your guides will keep you safe, you’ll be able to approach polar bears from the ground for up close photographic opportunities.Expert Guiding: In many instances, the polar bears are friendly, in good spirits and will not approach. At times there will be a curious polar bear who will come towards you, yet, your guides will keep you a safe distance at all times. This is the most authentic, safe and up close method of approaching polar bears and seeing them eye to eye anywhere. Northern Lights: Situated directly in the prime Northern Lights viewing band where the most intense and reliable northern lights occur, you will eagerly await sunset each evening and the first hints of the northern lights to appear in the darkening night sky.
Photograph in the morning. Depart the cabins shortly after noon for the charter flight returning to Churchill, where the trip will conclude (participants can either fly back to Winnipeg that evening, or stay on in Churchill).
Please add 5% GST from Winnipeg. Rates based on current exchange rate CAD/US dollars. Please contact us for exact quote in US dollars.
Please note: All rates are posted in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and do not include 5% GST. Please contact us for current exchange rates. Included: - The services of a highly qualified Inuit Guides and AK staff leader - Private aircraft charter from Churchill to Arviat Fly-In Polar Bear Cabins. (addition fee, see rates for air package) - 4 nights at the Arviat Fly-In Polar Bear Cabins (single supplement not available) - All meals while at the Arviat Fly-In Polar Bear Cabins - Airport pick up and drop-off in Churchill Not Included: - Flights to/from Churchill – ask about special rates - Hotels, transfers and meals in Winnipeg - Tips/Gratuities, Personal Expenses, Travel, Medical and Search and Rescue Coverage - Additional costs associated with weather/flight delays and/or layovers in Churchill, Arviat Polar Bear Cabins, and Winnipeg including flight changes, additional hotels and meals.