Polar Bears & Northern Lights Holiday

A fantastic six night trip that offers you up close and personal polar bear viewing and also the chance of seeing the Northern Lights if you are lucky!

Duration
7 Days
Price
When
Oct - Nov 2020
Destination
Arctic Canada
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
7 Days Oct - Nov 2020 Arctic Canada Small Group Safari

About this trip

This Churchill expedition offers a total immersion into the world of the King of the Arctic and the Canadian far north. The warm, comfortable tundra vehicles take you into the icy wild landscapes to view polar bears as they hunt, play and interact just a few feet away from your windows. But your adventure travel tour doesn’t end there! You’ll also take a helicopter ride to the bears’ denning area and experience the northern boreal wilderness by dog sled. When night falls, watch for the swirling green hues of the Aurora Borealis.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Track polar bears in Polar Rovers.
  • Helicopter flight over the frozen tundra.
  • Dog sledging through the northern boreal wilderness.
  • Good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Track polar bears and enjoy the Northern Lights on this ultimate tundra adventure

from $9,182 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg and enjoy an orientation dinner with your fellow travellers. Get to know your group and discuss your excitement for your upcoming safari.

Overnight: Fort Garry Hotel (D)

Day 2

Winnipeg - Churchill

Fly to Churchill and explore this remote community before heading to the tundra for an evening with the bears. Originally a fur-trading post, Churchill is home to just under 1,000 people and, in late autumn, to hundreds of polar bears that congregate at the edge of Hudson Bay. Head to the tundra this evening for your first glimpse of the bears. Dinner is served aboard your enclosed Polar Rover.

Overnight: Churchill (B, L, D)

Day 3

Churchill

We also sample an age-old means of Arctic transportation on a dog sledding excursion, during which we learn about the life of a musher, visit the dogs, observe the team as they prepare for the run, and, finally, head out for an unforgettable ride behind an eager team of pure canine power!   If skies are clear, we’ll visit a heated aurora dome to experience the natural wonder of the Northern Lights. The lights often begin slowly, as a faint white glow, then intensify in scope and colour as they undulate across the sky, shimmering curtains of electric green, waves of blue or even red. The Hudson Bay Inuit see the lights as the magical display of their ancestors’ souls dancing in the sky. Though we now know the Aurora Borealis is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the earth’s magnetic field, they are no less entrancing.

Overnight: Churchill (B, L, D)

Day 4

Churchill

Unique Polar Rovers are our mobile means for a day with the polar bears. Although they accommodate an average of 35 passengers, we take just 15, ensuring everyone has a window seat - ideal for photography. Our Expedition Leaders know the best places to view the bears, which are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay so they may begin the winter seal-hunting season. We spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. After dinner in Churchill, we’ll enjoy a wildlife or cultural presentation on life in the North.

Overnight: Churchill (B, L, D)

Day 5

Churchill

You will once again board your unique Polar Rover and embark on a half-day excursion to explore the scenery and wildlife of the Arctic. The pace is leisurely as you move through the tundra, pausing to view and photograph the bears and witness their behaviour. Your immersion into the nature and culture of the north continues as native hosts tell you about life near the top of the world. These captivating storytellers share tales from their personal history and offer insight on the rich and vibrant nations that have flourished against incredible adversities in this harsh, Arctic environment for thousands of years. You also have the chance to visit the Eskimo Museum, with artefacts collected from centuries of local habitation.

Overnight: Churchill (B, L, D)

Day 6

Churchill - Winnipeg

Today you’ll have time to pick up some last minute native handicrafts before boarding your return flight to Winnipeg.

Overnight: Fort Garry Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7

Depart Winnipeg

Today is the last day of your adventure and it is time to depart Winnipeg. After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your international flights home.

TRIP DETAILS

DATES AND PRICES

This is a specialist-led set departure with a limited group size of 15 like-minded travellers, departing on specific dates.

Trip date Prices from
Oct 13 - Oct 19 2020
Oct 22 - Oct 28 2020
Oct 31 - Nov 06 2020
Nov 07 - Nov 13 2020
Nov 14 - Nov 20 2020

Talk to one of our specialists for further details on our Arctic Canada safaris.