Small Group Safari

Arctic Discovery

Combine walking safaris, 4x4 drives and a scenic flight as you explore Arctic wildlife and landscapes on this amazing Arctic safari.

Duration 9 Days
Price From $9,698
When Aug 2019 & 2020
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

This safari not only gives you incredible opportunities to encounter an array of Arctic wildlife, from belugas to bears and foxes to fulmars, it also gives you an insight into the history and culture of the area with informative museum visits and sumptuous local dining. Once dusk arrives, however, the wildlife viewing gives way to the spectacular natural phenomenon that is the Aurora Borealis. Take in the magnificent Northern Lights in your secluded, tranquil lodge, accessible only by air.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Polar bear viewing in the summer.
  • Walking safaris searching for Arctic wildlife.
  • Watching the dramatic spectacle of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
  • Kayaking with beluga whales.

 

A perfect safari for those interested in an array of Arctic wildlife.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to your hotel located at the historic junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in the heart of Winnipeg. The day is free to explore this enchanting city. Meet your group and adventure specialist for dinner at about 7pm, then get a good night’s rest for an early start tomorrow.

Days 2-3

Winnipeg - Churchill

Early in the morning of Day 2, you will depart Winnipeg for Churchill. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our local representative, who will assist with your transfer to your home base for the next couple of days. After settling in, you will enjoy a hearty brunch in a restaurant where your local guide will introduce you to the itinerary for your time in Churchill. During your two days in this historic port town you will be scheduled for four separate marine excursions. These will include a combination of kayaking with beluga whales in the Churchill River and touring the Prince of Wales Fort while beluga watching from the boat. Excursion times for your Churchill adventures will vary with the tides in order to maximise your time with the belugas. One of your days will conclude with a relaxing dinner at a favoured local dining spot while another will include a gourmet dinner hosted by local resident Helen Webber in her home. Helen has a multi-generational connection with this northern community, going back to the fur trade, and you will enjoy her culinary talent first-hand while also taking home your meal in the form of a cookbook from her bestselling series “Blueberries and Polar Bears”. Throughout these two days there will also be time to wander about the unique shops, visit the excellent Parks Canada Museum located in the historic train station, the award-winning Itsanitaq Museum and other points of interest.

Days 4-7

Hudson Bay

You will then head out on the specially designed ‘tundra rhino’, used to explore the tidal flats and Hudson Bay shoreline, whilst enjoying opportunities to photograph polar bears and other abundant wildlife in this unique environment. Explore and experience the vast coastal beach ridges and river deltas of this pristine environment either by vehicle or on foot. Breakfast is usually hot and served at 8am, lunch is served either out on the tundra or back at the lodge, and then you have appetizers, cocktails and dinner from 6pm. In the evenings, your guides delight you with stories, presentations, slideshows or informal visits. The lodge offers great opportunities to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and the lodge staff monitor them during the night and will give you a gentle wakeup call to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Overnight: Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge B, L, D

Day 8

Hudson Bay - Winnipeg

Today, enjoy your last morning at the lodge to make the most of any final photo opportunities. You will then return to Churchill where you will have a few hours to explore and pick up some last minute souvenirs. You will be given a voucher for your lunch. Your flight back to Winnipeg leaves this afternoon. Upon arrival you are transferred back you your hotel in Winnipeg you have the evening free to reflect on the incredible experience of the last few days.

Day 9

Depart Winnipeg

It is now time to head back to reality. Enjoy one last breakfast together then ensure your bags are all packed and ready for your flight home. If you have not had enough bear action for one lifetime, then please let us know!

Trip Details

This is a specialist-led set departure departing on specific dates.

2019 Departures 2020 Departures
Aug 1 - 9 Aug 1 - 9
Aug 5 - 13 Aug 5 - 13
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