Small Group Safari

Churchill Polar Bears Classic Tour

A truly unique specialist-led wildlife experience roaming across the ice tracking polar bears and other Arctic wildlife in specially-adapted tundra buggies.

Duration 7 days
Price From $6,916
When Oct - Nov
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

Scouring the vast Arctic desert tundra from the outdoor platform of a Polar Rover, the morning sun rising over the tundra, we spot them. Elevated above the bears, but just feet away, as the bears approach the vehicles you peer down into the eyes of the King of the Arctic. As the creature strides closer, unfazed by your presence, the sheer majesty of the polar bear becomes apparent. Everyone who is lucky enough to spot a polar bear in the wild comes back totally awestruck. On the tundra in the land of the polar bear, time stands still. This trip puts you in the right place at the right time to maximise your chances of coming face to face with these kings of the north.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Close encounters from specially designed Polar Rovers – come face to face with polar bears.
  • Option to take to the skies in a helicopter to track bears over frozen Hudson Bay.
  • Experience the exhilaration of husky sledding.
  • A good chance of spotting the incredible Northern Lights.
  • Private chartered planes from Winnipeg to Churchill, meaning less chance of delays and more time on the tundra with the bears.

Our classic polar bear safari; a great way to see them in the wild, and you might just spot the Northern Lights too.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and check into your hotel before meeting your fellow travellers and enjoying an orientation dinner.

Overnight: Fort Garry Hotel D

Day 2

Churchill

This morning fly by chartered plane to Churchill. This remote outpost town was originally a fur-trading post, and it’s the base for your upcoming adventure. On the 6-day trip you will head straight to the tundra for your first glimpse of the bears, though we often see them from the bus leaving the airport, even before we board our polar rover! On the 7-day trip, you have an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environs by the professional team of naturalists and scientists.

Days 3-4

Churchill

Unique tundra vehicles are our chosen mode of transport for spending time among the polar bears. Although they accommodate an average of 35 passengers, we take just 15-17, ensuring everyone a window seat and plenty of space. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to view bears, as they wait for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay so they may begin the winter seal-hunting season. You spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of the vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. Our knowledgeable Expedition Leaders offer interpretation along the way, explaining the bears’ behaviour and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, we meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local culture.

Day 5

Churchill

On the 7-day trip you will tour historic Churchill, then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the vehicle. During your daytime exploration, you may explore the coast road on a drive to Cape Merry, where we often see Arctic fox and Arctic hare. Keep a close eye out for them, as they are hard to spot with their winter coats blending into their surroundings! If the skies are clear, your nighttime tundra excursion might provide one of nature’s most exhilarating experiences – a chance to view the Northern Lights away from the glare of town. On the 6-day trip (your nighttime tundra journey takes place on Day 2) there is free time in Churchill or the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight over the vast tundra before boarding your flight back to Winnipeg.

Day 6

Churchill

Return flights are scheduled to depart in mid- to late afternoon, so as to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill. On the 7-day trip you will enjoy an authentic dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team and spend time with the lively dogs before taking it in turns to ride behind them on a gentle excursion through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may have time to pick up a last-minute, locally made handicraft or take an optional helicopter flight over the vast tundra. Enjoy a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg where the evening is at your leisure. On the 6-day trip you will say your goodbyes and depart Winnipeg for your onward flight home.

Day 7

Churchill - Winnipeg

After breakfast in Churchill, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Winnipeg and your connecting onward flight.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

Departing at a time with the highest concentration of polar bears in Churchill, this specialist-led expedition offers extraordinary opportunities to see the King of the Arctic in the wild on a 6-day or 7-day tundra adventure.

2018 Departures


6-Day Departures  Prices  7-Day Departures  Prices 
Oct 13  From £5,595 per person Oct 16  From £5,995 per person
Oct 16  From £5,595 per person Oct 17 From £5,995 per person
Oct 19 From £5,595 per person Oct 19 From £5,995 per person
Oct 20 From £5,595 per person
Oct 23 From £5,995 per person
Oct 21 From £5,595 per person
Oct 25 From £5,995 per person
Oct 22 From £5,595 per person
Oct 26 From £5,995 per person
Oct 23 From £5,595 per person
Oct 27 From £5,995 per person
Oct 24 From £5,595 per person
Oct 28 From £5,995 per person
Oct 25 From £5,595 per person
Oct 30 From £5,995 per person
Oct 26 From £5,595 per person
Oct 31 From £5,995 per person
Oct 29 From £5,595 per person
Nov 1  From £5,995 per person
Nov 3 From £5,595 per person
Nov 4 From £5,995 per person
Nov 8 From £5,595 per person
Nov 5 From £5,995 per person
Nov 9 From £5,595 per person
Nov 6 From £5,995 per person
Nov 10
 From £5,595 per person Nov 9 From £5,995 per person
Nov 11
 From £5,595 per person Nov 10  From £5,995 per person
 
  Nov 12 
From £5,995 per person
    Nov 14 From £5,995 per person

Additional Information

Please note: On the 6-day trip, our sled dog excursion takes place on Day 5 with a return to Winnipeg that afternoon, and flights home scheduled for Day 6. On the 7-day trip, the nighttime tundra trip occasionally alternates between Day 4 and Day 5. Itineraries may vary slightly, but inclusions are the same.

Hotels in Churchill are basic, but clean and comfortable. Hotels for your time in Churchill will not be advised until approximately 30 days prior to departure. Requests for specific accommodation cannot be taken and all hotel allocations are final.

For 2019 departures, the above trip price does not include internal flights from Winnipeg to Churchill. Flights cost from £625 per person.

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