Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

7 Days/6 Nights Roundtrip Winnipeg

Price from$11,105

An exclusive viewing and photography experience. This safari is specially designed to get you as close to one of the world's most magnificent predator species in their natural habitat, offering hobby and professional photographers a rare opportunity to photograph polar bears. The adventure beings with a flight aboard a private, turbo otter aircraft from Churchill along the west coast of Hudson Bay to Arviat, following the exact path polar bears taken when they begin to migrate in search of the first sea ice forming on the bay. The spectacular environment of the remote Arctic tundra is sure to leave an unforgettable impression and memories to last a lifetime.

Group Size: 8

Average Temperature: -20 to -5 Celsius

Daylight Hours: 8 - 10 Hours

Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari map

Day 1: Winnipeg Arrive Winnipeg. Overnight in a hotel near the airport.

Day 2: Winnipeg > Churchill Fly from Winnipeg airport to Churchill, Manitoba (The flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and back is not included in the trip price). On arrival, transfer to a private charter aircraft waiting on the tarmac to whisk you away to our Polar Bear Cabin. During the 40-50 min flight, aerial photography is possible of the landscape halfway between Churchill, MB and Arviat, NU on the Hudson Bay coast, only a few miles south of the mighty Gellini River.

The cabin placement is strategic for reliable polar bear encounters and photography. As the river to the north of the cabins is 5km wide, Churchill polar bears travelling north along the Hudson Bay coastline are not inclined to move farther north. The cabins, therefore are placed, directly in "polar bear alley." Spend unforgettable moments living with the polar bears, observing and photographing them while they wait for the river and the Hudson Bay coast to freeze.

Days 3-5: Churchill The next few days will be spent observing polar bears in the wild and admiring the stunning natural landscapes. Set your tripod up inside the protective electric fence that surrounds the camp. Wait for the perfect close-up of the polar bears that wander by in the company of local guides and Arctic Kingdom staff. The fence is approximately 4 feet high with wires spaced far enough apart to allow you to take unimpeded photographs of our visitors.

You will come to rely on our local Inuit guides, who know the polar bears well. Their knowledge was gained living among them for generations. We take their advice to ensure the safety of humans and polar bears alike!

Safely led by our Inuit guides, head out on daily hikes outside the perimeter of the camp fence. Yes, you will approach polar bears to get unparalleled close-ups. [Generally 30 m (100 feet)] Often the polar bears are friendly, in good spirits, and disinterested in their human audience. From time to time, there will be a curious polar bear who approaches us. Following the advice of your guides provides the most authentic, safe and intimate polar bear moments available anywhere on the planet. We redefine the expression "“ seeing eye-to eye!

Northern Lights The location and timing of these adventures enrich an already outstanding experience: Delight in magical light shows created by the northern lights. Each evening after sunset, we'll eagerly await the unforgettable display!

Day 6: Churchill > Winnipeg This morning there will be time for a few more photos before packing and leaving the polar bear cabins behind. Board the charter flight shortly after noon. You will change planes in Churchill for the flight to Winnipeg (The flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and back is not included in the trip price). Overnight in Winnipeg near the airport.

Day 7: Winnipeg Depart for home.

Accommodation - Polar Bear Cabins Rustic, remote, and accessible only by air, the Polar Bear Cabins rest on the shores of Hudson Bay. They are simple, polar bear proof buildings, surrounded by an electric fence. Each cabin offers a comfortable and safe home in the heart of polar bear country.

Consisting of four guest cabins and a central dining/lounge kitchen cabin with panoramic windows and fireplace, the Polar Bear Cabin complex allows for a maximum of 8 guests, creating a very private and intimate polar bear viewing experience.

Each guest cabin has an entryway for storing camera gear and tripods, as well as a main room featuring two beds, a small laptop computer table, and adequate space for the rest of your gear and clothing. All cabins are heated by propane and powered by a diesel generator from morning to evening for the 110 volt electrical receptacles found in each cabin.

The main cabin room is configured with two twin beds that can be combined to make a king size for couples and comes complete with linens, duvet, comforter, and pillows. Each cabin has its own ensuite washroom with flushable toilet and a propane heated shower.

• Services of Inuit Guides and Arctic Kingdom expedition staff • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Churchill • Private aircraft charter from Churchill to the Polar Bear Cabins • 4 Nights in Polar Bear Cabins • 2 nights in a Winnipeg airport hotel (Night 1 and Night 6) • All meals while at the Polar Bear Cabins

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

Tour Price

Taxes

Return Flights Winnipeg to Churchill

-

$11,105

$556

$1,721

-

$19,988

$1,000

$1,721

Departs

2017 Departures
Oct 16, 20, 24, 28
Nov 1, 5, 9, 13

Booking conditions

• All participants are required to complete Arctic Kingdom's Reservation and Medical Profiles. The Reservation Form must be completed at time of booking and the Medical Profile must be completed within 150 days of the trip departure date. • Participation on any trip will be declined in the absence of signed and completed Reservation and Medical forms with no refund of payment. • A deposit of 30% is required upon booking. Full payment is due 150 days prior to departure.

Responsible Tourism: Tourism and film production can be a real boon to local Arctic communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism. Everything, from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Arctic Kingdom as a company, is geared toward making a positive impact on the regions we visit. Arctic Kingdom trips are designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we hire local guides and local drivers, buy local produce (whenever possible), eat local food, and use local services, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economy and the host communities. We are continually reassessing our trips, trying at all times to ensure that they are socially, economically, and environmentally sound.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Flights between Winnipeg and Churchill • Tips, gratuities, personal expenses • Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage • Additional costs associated with weather/flight delays and/or layovers beyond Day 2 in Churchill, Polar Bear Cabins, and Winnipeg including flight changes, additional hotels and meals