Small Group Safari

The Great Ice Bear

This safari puts you in the right place at the right time for polar bear viewing at Dymond Lake Lodge.

Duration 7 Days
Price From $9,455
When Oct - Nov 2019 & 2020
Destination Arctic Canada

Safari Overview

Accessed from the remote outpost town of Churchill via helicopter or light aircraft, Dymond Lake Lodge offers a truly remote wilderness experience in the realm of the polar bear. Settle in to your home for the next three or four days and make the most of the activities on offer from viewing polar bears and the Northern Lights to tundra walks and cosy nights back at the lodge by the warming fire.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Great polar bear viewing.
  • Chance to see the Northern Lights.
  • Tundra walks and nature trails to explore.
  • Exciting flight over Churchill River.

Explore the Arctic, see wild polar bears and watch for the northern lights.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing pre-safari stay. Meet your group and adventure specialist at dinner which will be about 6pm, then get a good night’s rest for an early start tomorrow.

Overnight: Churchill D

Day 2

Winnipeg - Dymond Lake Lodge

Upon your arrival at the lodge your hosts will provide a tour of the facilities and you’ll have chance to get settled into your room. A thorough orientation about polar bear safety and the surrounding areas will be provided prior to any outings. Today includes a guided hike around the rugged and starkly beautiful coastline, an interpretive slide show featuring the wildlife of Hudson Bay and hopefully a clear night for viewing the Aurora Borealis! All this will be topped off with a gourmet lunch and dinner where your hosts and guides will regale you with tales of life and adventures in Canada's Arctic.

Overnight: Dymond Lake Lodge B, L, D

Days 3-4

Dymond Lake Lodge

Obviously we cannot allow the bears to approach too closely and your guides are expert in keeping bears at a safe distance without sacrificing exciting viewing. Polar bears are known to pass the lodge on a regular basis so you can often view them through the massive picture windows from the warmth and comfort of one of the lounges
Lunches are served at the lodge and we are generally back at there by 4:00pm for hot or cold drinks and appetizers. Your dinners are served at 7:00pm after which, you can relax by the roaring fire. Your guide team will give informative lectures and beautiful slide presentations as well as initiating discussions about the activities for the following day. The entire lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by one of our night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the Great Ice Bears (or by a dazzling display of the Northern Lights!).

Overnight: Dymond Lake Lodge B, L, D

Day 5

Dymond Lake Lodge - Churchill

We recommend local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Eskimo Museum, the Polar Bear Holding Compound (otherwise known as the Polar Bear Jail), as well as the Parks Canada Visitor Centre which are all of great interest. Dog sledding and helicopter charters also fit nicely into this afternoon if you’re so inclined. You will have a choice of Churchill restaurants for dinner and will be provided with a $30.00 voucher with a list of participating restaurants. Then it will be back to your hotel or B&B so you can rest up for your sixth and final day with the bears.

Overnight: Churchill B, L, D

Day 6

Churchill - Winnipeg

Today you will travel across the tundra in the world famous Tundra Buggies for more polar bear viewing! Transportation by bus to and from the Tundra Buggies is provided at 8:00am and 5:00pm respectively, make sure you grab some breakfast before you go. Lunch "with the bears" will be prepared and served to you on the tour. Tundra Buggies are chartered so there are fewer guests for better views and a higher level of comfort. After your last day with the bears, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Winnipeg.

Day 7

Depart Winnipeg

Today you will catch your flight home, or, if you haven’t had enough of the bears yet, please contact us about the many options that can be added on.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

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

2019 Departures 2020 Departures
Oct 23 - 29 Oct 23 - 29
Oct 26 - Nov 1 Oct 26 - Nov 1
Oct 29 - Nov 4 Oct 29 - Nov 4*
Nov 1 - 7 Nov 1 - 7*
Nov 4 - 10* Nov 4 - 10*
Nov 7 - 13* Nov 7 - 13*
Nov 10 - 16 Nov 10 - 16

*With photo leader Robert Postma.

Additional Charges

Dog Sledding from £85 per person.

Winter Clothing Package from £375 per person.

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