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Polar Bear Photo Safari

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Set out on a rugged and remote Arctic location, this 7-day or 8-day Polar Bear Photo Safari Tour offers an ideal way to photograph bears on snow and ice and clear nights with excellent chances for northern lights photography. Located at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, Hudson Bay, Canada, it caters to the photographer willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal and have the chance to photograph other Arctic wildlife, such as arctic foxes, seals, and other species of birds. After days of a remote adventure, spend the day exploring Churchill, learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Pack your camera gear and join this unparalleled journey into the heart of the Arctic's rugged and rich biodiversity, where polar bears reign supreme and photographic opportunities abound.
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Highlights
  • Capture unique and stunning photographs of polar bears.
  • Witness the sky come alive with a fascinating show of the aurora borealis
  • Learn about Arctic ecosystems from a naturalist guide.
  • Daily, guided hikes to view Arctic wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Indulge your taste buds with tundra-inspired cuisine & Canadian wine
  • Sunrises, sunsets and blue hour, dedicated photography time
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg, where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Your winter gear fitting and collection will take place at 5 p.m. before you meet the rest of your group. A Churchill Wild representative will host an orientation dinner.

*NoteChurchill Wild reserves the right to make changes to this itinerary due to weather and logistical complications that can arise from traveling in the north and to remote locations.

Day 2: Fly to Churchill | Fly to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Arrive in Churchill by air, where one of the expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions for the morning transfer. After that, a fixed-wing aircraft will transport you to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. This exciting one-hour flight takes you over Wapusk National Park and the historic York Factory. Keep a sharp eye en route for wildlife, including the ‘Great Ice Bears’.

Upon arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on traveling in polar bear country will be provided before any outings. Then, it’s time to assemble your cameras, hard drives, and tripods and start shooting.

Day 3-5: Nanuk Lodge Adventure Activities

  • Campsite
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Each morning, after a hot breakfast, your guides will outline a plan for the day’s excursions. Note that your daily schedule might need to be adjusted in order to make the most of your photography time and opportunities. The Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is a wildly rugged and remote location catering to photographers willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal, at ground level, with Arctic wildlife. The shoreline location of the lodge is ideal for photographing bears on snow and ice, and on clear nights, it offers excellent chances for northern lights photography.

After appetizers and another one of our signature meals, evenings are spent near the fireplace, downloading images, sharing the day’s adventures, or taking in an informative lecture or slide show.

Bedtime is at your leisure, and you can rest easy knowing you won’t miss out on anything. The staff monitors the compound and skies and will rouse you if the aurora or a nocturnal polar bear makes an appearance.

Day 6: Fly to Churchill | Fly back to Winnipeg

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After another hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin air transfers back to Churchill. Have your cameras ready for the return flight, as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots.

Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of the tour guides exploring the town and surrounding area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Your tour will include stops such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, and the Polar Bear Jail. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors, and back to The Grand Hotel.

Day 7: Return Home

After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

Accommodations

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview

The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview
Hotel Reception Area
Hotel Lobby

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Sunset viewing at the lodge
Nunak Polar Bear Lodge

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Solo guests can opt for a shared room with another person of the same gender at the standard double occupancy rate. Alternatively, a single room option is available at the listed rate, ensuring a private room both at the lodge and the required hotels in the package.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Roundtrip Flight between Winnipeg to/from Churchill, Manitoba
  • Roundtrip flight between Churchill to/from Churchill Wild Lodges
  • Prices include a provincial tax of 3.5% and a federal tax of 5%. Taxes are subject to change. Children from ages 8 to 12 are qualify for the child rate.
  • All meals, excursions, and guide services while in Churchill and at the Lodge
  • Winter Gear *Note: The winter gear provided is designed to fit guests from child to adult. Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are customized sizes are not provided. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as we may not have clothing sizes to fit.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • International Flights

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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
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