On some of our safaris, you will explore Arctic by foot, others you may use traditional means of transport such as dogs and sleds or even explore on a snowmobile. All of these are tried and tested, developed for the extreme conditions of the Arctic.
On many trips, such as our Tundra Lodge Adventure
, you will set out onto the tundra in specialised polar rovers which we have detailed below:
Suitability for Polar Bear Viewing:
The 'Tundra Buggies' have a maximum capacity of 30 guests, but we allow just 15 at a time during our trips, maximising viewing and allowing each guest to have a seat next to a window, which have been designed to open (and close) easily in the extreme cold. The front windshield is sloped downwards so you can easily see any wildlife directly in front of the vehicle. At the back of each of the vehicles is a viewing platform out in the open air. This platform has mesh steel decking, at times we find ourselves just inches away from the bears as they look directly at us through the grate!
There is an on board heating system, designed to keep everyone at a comfortable temperature - even though windows are constantly being opened and closed. The seats recline and offer proper lumbar support, so are great for long days out on the tundra and there are flush toilets! The vehicle suspension helps it 'glide' over the bumpy terrain, enhancing the comfort of your ride.
Safety and the Technical Bits:
Despite the size of the buggy, there is a top speed of 35 miles per hour. The dual radio system allows the drivers to be in constant contact with the base and guides can stay in contact with the other expedition leaders and base. This ensures safety as well as great bear viewing, as the guides can tell each other what they have seen and where. The tyres are typically 6ft high, keeping guests a good distance from the bears at all time without compromising your view.
These vehicles are made specifically for bear viewing with the comfort and safety of our guests in mind! On some of our tours, Dog Sledding is available as well as helicopter rides. This provides a completely different view of this Arctic savannah, but never compromising your safety.