Polar Bear Photography
When you come face to face with a polar bear, something powerful happens in that gaze as you make a connection with one of the world’s most charismatic—and most threatened—wild creatures.
- Three full days photographing polar bears in their wild tundra habitat
- Expert naturalist-photographer as expedition leader
- Small group allowing everyone to have a window seat
- Plenty of room for your photography gear and room to position for superb shots
- Impressive Polar Rover vehicle with steel mesh, outdoor observation deck for extreme close-ups
Group Size: 16
November: 01, 05, 06, 13
US$7,995 – twin
US$8,945 – single
Prices are shown in US$, per person, based on two people sharing a twin room and one person in a single. Single rooms are extremely limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Our Churchill polar bear tour begins in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boom town for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your Expedition Leader at an orientation dinner this evening.
Fly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is our base for adventure. This evening we have a lecture on Arctic photography and our northern environs by our Expedition Leader, who is both an accomplished photographer and seasoned naturalist.
Rise early to board our custom-designed Polar Rovers, which allow us to get within prime photography range of the polar bears on the open tundra. Although each vehicle accommodates up to 35 passengers, we take a maximum of 16, ensuring that everyone has a window seat, space for camera gear and plenty of room to shoot. For three full days, we spend our daylight hours on the tundra, photographing polar bears as they roam the edge of Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to freeze and the winter seal-hunting season to begin. From the warmth of our Rover, we may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. A large adult male may turn his attention toward us, sometimes approaching within feet or even lifting his massive paws onto the side of our vehicle to peer inside.
Out on the white expanse of the tundra we may spot other northern wildlife, too, including Arctic fox, Arctic hare, snowy owl, ptarmigan and gyrfalcon. Meanwhile, in addition to sharing photography advice, our Expedition Leader provides a captivating interpretation of the animal behaviour and natural phenomena we are observing. By late afternoon, if the weather is relatively clear, we often enjoy stunning sunsets that linger a long time at this latitude, offering magnificent photo opportunities. As dusk descends upon the wild northern landscape, we return to town for dinner and presentations on photography, wildlife or local native cultures. And if we’re fortunate enough to see the dancing colours of the Aurora Borealis on a cloudless night, we’ll head for a place away from the lights of town to capture this magical event on camera.
Our return flight is scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill today. A highlight this morning is an authentic dog sled excursion. Just outside town, we meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the frisky dogs before being pulled behind them on an exhilarating ride through the boreal forest. And, if time permits, those who wish may opt to visit nearby Cape Merry, a promising spot for photographing Arctic fox, hare and birdlife. Or, stay in town for some last-minute shopping to pick up local handicrafts and souvenirs. Another optional adventure is a helicopter flight over the tundra, which may offer aerial views of polar bears. We enjoy a farewell lunch in Churchill before we depart, and an evening reception together in Winnipeg.
After breakfast check out of your room at the hotel and transfer to the airport for flights home.
- Return flight from Winnipeg to Churchill
- Two nights’ accommodation in Winnipeg
- One night of accommodation in Churchill
- Three nights of accommodation at the Tundra Lodge
- All meals as indicated
- Drinking water throughout the trip
- Cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip
- Services of a professional naturalist-photographer expedition leader
- Dog-sledding excursion
- Some gratuities
- All activities/entrance fees
- Evening photography and wildlife presentations
- All taxes and service charges
- Travel to and from Winnipeg
- Alcoholic beverages
- Some gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Applicable taxes
- Items of a personal nature
An Expert Photographer-Naturalist Leads This Immersive Journey into the Realm of the Polar Bear. And while it’s nearly impossible to put that ineffable feeling into words, well-crafted photos can capture it. That’s the goal on this small-group nature adventure. No one offers you more time and proximity with the King of the Arctic, coupled with our intensive focus on helping you get outstanding images. You’ll spend three full days on the tundra aboard our custom-designed Polar Rovers, with plenty of space for your equipment and room to maneuver for terrific shots.
Coaching from our expert photographer-guide is complemented by evening lectures on how to capture Arctic wildlife through the camera’s lens—most notably polar bears, but also Arctic fox, Arctic hare, snowy owls and more.
In our custom Polar Rover vehicles we can approach at close range without disturbing them, offering a chance for an incredibly moving wildlife experience. From our heated confines, or standing on the outdoor platform, we may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, or a huge, solitary male ambling over the tundra. There’s no better time than now to see the King of the Arctic!
Not a photographer buff? Then take a look at our Classic Polar Bear Adventure tour.
In case of flight or weather delays, we recommend that you arrive a day early and either participate in our Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Our small group tour begins with a 7:00pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.
Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.