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@ArcticKingdom – polar bear names

September 24th, 2014 | By | Filed in Arctic Animals, SCIENCE

What’s in a polar bear name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” My apologies to Shakespeare.

Polar bear and cub

Polar bear and cub

Because the big white bears are found every Arctic country in the world, there are many polar bear names. Master of helping spirits is the translation of the Greenlandic name tornassuk. The Sami people of Scandinavia’s Arctic do not speak the bear’s name. Instead, they refer to polar bears as God’s dog or old man in the fur cloak. Russians call polar bears beliy medved – the white bear. Norwegians tell it like it is – they simply call the polar bear – isbjorn – ice bear.

In March of 2014, the Toronto Zoo unveiled the name of its new polar bear cub – Humphrey. You can read about Humphrey here. There are two opposing views about keeping polar bears in zoos – zoos protect biodiversity and save endangered species from extinction vs. the belief that zoos are inhumane places to keep migratory animals. Understandably, Arctic Kingdom believes that the best place to see polar bears are in the wild.

German researchers have done DNA studies that indicate polar bears became a distinct species about 600,000 years ago. About 40 different indigenous peoples call the Arctic home, each with their own tales – and names – for polar bears. Polar bears pre-date human beings. I wonder what they call us?

#PolarBearWeek @ArcticKingdom – Polar Bear Legends

September 17th, 2014 | By | Filed in AK PRODUCTS & SERVICES, Uncategorized

Polar Bear

Polar Bear by Jane Whitney

The people of the Far North have legends they have handed down for generations, particularly about polar bears interacting with human beings. One polar bear legend tells of an Inuit family that lived next door to a family that looked like humans but were actually polar bears. The story claimed that when polar bears shift into people their fur is left on the on the ground.

Another Inuit legend revolves around an old woman who had no family to hunt for her. She discovers an abandoned polar bear cub and adopts it. She names the cub Kunik. As he grows up under her care,  Kunik’s hunting skills surpass those of the men in the community, who become jealous and threaten to kill the bear. His adopted mother encourages Kunik to run away to protect himself from the hunters. The polar bear leaves but continues to hunt for his mother.

Polar bear legends that tell of bears with the characteristics of people are a natural extension of a fundamental Inuit belief. Explorer Knud Rasmusssen noted while living with the Inuit that they believe that all living creatures have souls. The diet of humans, then, consisted entirely of souls. Thus hunting rituals were adopted to demonstrate respect for the souls of the animals they hunted.

Polar Bear Trips in Canada: Tips for #Bargain Hunters

September 12th, 2014 | By | Filed in Arctic Animals, Current Trips, Featured Trip

Polar Bear Mother and Cub

Polar Bear Travel in 2014

The height of 2014 polar bear travel season is approaching. As you know, prime time usually means prime dollars. There are some bargains to be had. Read about our 2014 savings.

Polar Bear Migration Fly-in Photo Safari

Get 6 days for the price of 5! No haggling. Join the October 19, 24 or November 14, 2014 departures and you’ll get an extra day of polar bear watching without paying one cent more! That is a savings of $1596 per person. Yes you read that right – $1596 per person based on the per day rate for the 5 day trip. Sometimes math does come in handy. You will get one more day on the land to encounter polar bears, Arctic foxes and may be, if the conditions are just right, Northern Lights!

No Single Supplement for Solo Travellers on Polar Bear Trips

I travel alone more often than I travel with companions. There is nothing more than I dislike is paying the ransom travel companies charge for solo travel. The rate for a solo traveller on our Polar Bear Migration Fly-in Photo Safari is 1.7 times the per person rate. Don’t hiss or boo. We aren’t the villains you might think we are, because in 2014 only, we have a few solo travellers who want to share a cabin so they don’t have to pay the single supplement of $5,586. They have asked us to find them cabin mates. We’re matching women with women and men with men. More importantly, you’ll be meeting new people that share your passion for polar bears and the Arctic! Call us toll free 1-888-737-6816 to inquire about dates and availability. If you snooze, you will lose this travel bargain.



Walk with Grizzly Bears in your wildlife #film

September 6th, 2014 | By | Filed in Arctic Animals, Featured Trip, Filmmakers, Films, Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis, Trips

Walking with Grizzlies

Walking with Grizzlies

Have you seen Disneynature’s Bears? Filmed in Alaska, it follows a mother and her two cubs from the time they emerge from the den until they return to that den a year later. Alastair Fothergill co-directed and co-wrote the documentary. His pedigree as a wildlife documentary is long and distinguished. He began in the renowned BBC Natural History department working with Sir David Attenborough. So you don’t have to take my word that Bears is worth spending an afternoon on the couch with the family and a bowl of popcorn.

Make your own documentary – about Grizzly Bears

You are right to be skeptical about your ability to equal the quality of Bears, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a wildlife documentary. Digital cameras – and smartphones – shoot HD video. You can edit your footage on your home computer. You can even add soundtrack music and titles. If you are shouting at your tablet screen, “Yes I can do that, but there’s no way I can get as close to bears as professional documentary makers,” desist. Because you can! Really.

The picture to above is proof. The video we shot at the grizzly bear camp is further proof. Watch the grizzly bears here.

Make your own documentary – about Polar Bears

Now that I have convinced you that you can make your own wildlife documentaries, let me amp the excitement up a notch. Make a documentary about polar bears. Yes, you can get close enough to shoot polar bears and live. We can make it happen for you. We have the video to prove it. Watch the polar bears here.


Limited Time Offer – Added value to our Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari

September 4th, 2014 | By | Filed in AK NEWS, Current Trips

Our best seller – Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari just got better. For a limited time, iFace to Facef you book and deposit before December 31, 2014, you will receive a hard copy of Huw Lewis-Jones‘ best seller – Face to Face: Polar Portraits. This $50 collectible will be autographed by Arctic Kingdom founder, Graham Dickson. His biography is featured in this collection of historic photographs from the Scott Polar Research Institute, the world’s leading archive of polar history. There are a limited number of copies, so book early.

The elusive narwhal is unique to the Arctic. Although the tusked whale is circumpolar, the world capital of narwhal viewing is Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic.

Polar bears are also unique to the Arctic, and, like the narwhal, are circumpolar. For North Americans, however, the Canadian Arctic is the most readily accessible viewing locale. Arctic Kingdom provides the widest range of polar bear trips. Polar bear viewing is not limited to November and December. You can choose from trips in March and from June through to November.

Terms and Conditions

There are some conditions. You are eligible to receive the book if you book and deposit before December 31, 2014 on a Narwhal and Polar Bear Safari. The book will be sent to you upon full payment for the trip. Should you choose to cancel, you forfeit your right to the book.

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