Small Group Safari

Churchill Polar Bears - Photo Tour

A unique opportunity to photograph the King of the Arctic in its natural habitat with an expert photographic guide on hand.

Duration 7 days
Price From $6,998
When Nov 2018
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

This Churchill-based photo tour gives you plenty of time in close proximity to the King of the Arctic, coupled with an intensive focus to help you make the most of the opportunity to get some incredible photos. You’ll start in Churchill, where we will head out for three full days on the tundra at the edge of Hudson Bay, where polar bears congregate each autumn waiting for the 'big freeze' and the winter hunting season. Specially-designed tundra buggies take us into the heart of their natural world, with plenty of space for equipment and to spread out to get just the right shots. On-site guidance from our expert photographer guide is complemented by evening lectures on how best to capture the wonder of Arctic wildlife, most notably the famed Churchill polar bears, through the camera’s lens.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • See polar bears as they congregate on the edge of Hudson Bay.
  • Expert photography guidance and advice.
  • Chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
  • Opportunity to take to the skies in a helicopter flight over the tundra.

Our tried and tested Classic Tour, with a photographic twist…

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and get ready to start your adventure. Meet your expert photographer guide and fellow travellers at an orientation dinner before getting some rest.

Overnight: Fort Garry Hotel D

Day 2

Winnipeg - Churchill

Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is the base for your adventure. This evening we enjoy a lecture on Arctic photography and the northern environs by our Expedition Leader, who is both an expert photographer and naturalist.

Overnight: Churchill B, L, D

Days 3-5

Churchill

Unique tundra buggies allow you to get within prime photographic range of the polar bears. Although they accommodate up to 35 passengers, we take just 15, ensuring everyone a window seat, space for camera gear, and plenty of room to shoot. For three full days, you spend your daylight hours on the tundra, photographing polar bears as they roam the shores of the Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to freeze. From the warmth of the vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting.

Overnight: Churchill B, L, D

Day 6

Churchill - Winnipeg

Your return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid-late afternoon to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill. If you wish, you may opt to visit nearby Cape Merry, a promising spot for photographing fox, hare and Arctic birdlife. Alternatively, stay in town for some last-minute shopping to pick up native handcrafts and souvenirs. Other optional adventures available this morning include a dog-sled excursion and helicopter flight over the tundra. You enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill or dinner together in Winnipeg, depending on your flight schedule.

Overnight: Churchill B, L, D

Day 7

Depart Winnipeg

After breakfast, it's time to depart Arctic Canada and say goodbye to the polar bears of the north. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group safari departing on set dates, with approximately 15 travellers. A very important feature of our polar bear trips is the limited group size. Nature is always best experienced in smaller groups and it is particularly important on this trip so our guests have plenty of room on board the tundra vehicles for polar bear photography.

2018 Departures

2018 Departures  Prices 
Nov 1-7 From £6,255 per person 
Nov 5-11 From £6,255 per person
Nov 6-12 From £6,255 per person
Nov 13-19 From £6,255 per person
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