Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Itinerary
Our Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon itinerary provides an intimate and exclusive experience in the pristine wilderness of northern Yukon. Only 4 guests in total are allowed to be in the location at one time, as mandated by law, due to the fact that this is in an ecological reserve. Thus, our adventure is an extremely rare and unique privilege for guests. With a short season from mid‐September to the end of October, only approximately 24 people a year are able to visit this location. Arctic Kingdom has been able to secure some of the best dates of the year to provide guests with an exceptional grizzly bear tour and a once-in-a-lifetime Yukon ice grizzly viewing opportunity.
Arrive in Whitehorse, Yukon and transfer to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy the town independently. Explore the waterfront or hike some of the trails nearby. Nestled on the banks of the Yukon River, Whitehorse is surrounded by majestic mountains, pristine wilderness, and dazzling lakes. Whitehorse is also renowned for having drawn thousands in the late 19th century during the infamous Klondike Gold Rush. Today, this pioneering and exuberant energy lives on in this vibrant city that is now home to over 25,000.
Early morning departure for Dawson City on scheduled airline. Arrive in Dawson City at approximately 9:00 am. Transfer to helicopter for our 2 hour flight to our Ice Grizzly Cabins. In years past, grizzly bears have been seen within moments of landing so we might have a warm welcome waiting for us upon arrival.
Please note total maximum baggage allowance of 70 lbs (30 kg) per person.
The next few days will immerse you in the pristine wilderness of northern Yukon, within Ni'iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park, for an unforgettable grizzly bear tour. The park protects this far northern Yukon wilderness with unique features created by limestone caves, year‐round open water, salmon runs, and grizzly bears. Rarely accessed due to its remoteness and need for helicopter fly-in, the area is a highly prized location to visit by bear lovers and one of the best locations in the world for ice grizzly viewing.
What makes the area so special is that it attracts dozens of grizzlies with its supply of chum salmon, which enter Alaska from the Bering Sea, swim upstream along the Yukon River, turn north up the Porcupine River, then west into the upper reaches of the Fishing Branch. Spawning salmon are drawn here by waters that well up into the river from the karst subsurface. Those waters are highly oxygenated and remain at a constant annual temperature, which means this section of the river does not freeze and the bears can feed later into the season A ravenous physical state of increased appetite drives 30 to 50 grizzlies to make an annual trek to this riverine cul‐de‐sac to help them prepare for their winter hibernation. The grizzly bears forage along a 12‐kilometre stretch of the Fishing Branch, overlapping one another upstream and downstream: big bear displaces medium‐sized bear, which displaces smaller bear, and so on. The grizzlies are only focused on feeding and do not care that humans are nearby. Some grizzlies are more wary than others, but others come close, sometimes to within metres and do not seem to mind our presence. This makes for an incredible and "virtually guaranteed" opportunity to see grizzlies, and possibly even wolves, up close in their natural habitat.
We'll spend two to four hours at ideal viewing sites, depending on bear activity, walking with the grizzlies and observing them as they fish for chum salmon, splash in the river, and go about their businesses almost completely indifferent to our presence. We'll feast on deliciously prepared meals back at camp and then later in the evening, sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular northern lights at they dance across the night sky.
Depart the cabins around noon and overnight in Dawson City. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy an interpretive tour of the city with a local guide.
Enjoy the city independently this morning before departing for Whitehorse in the early afternoon. Overnight in Whitehorse.
Depart Whitehorse for your return home.
- Services of professional wilderness guide, photographer and "Bear Whisperer", Phil Timpany
- Return airports transfers from Whitehorse Airport
- 2 Nights accommodation in Whitehorse
- 5 Nights accommodation in Ice Grizzly Cabins
- Flight from Whitehorse to Dawson City
- 1 Night accommodation in Dawson City
- Helicopter transfer on Days 2 & 7
- Guided Dawson City Tour
- All meals while in Whitehorse and at the cabins, including all non-alcoholic beverages and wine and beer at dinner at the cabins
- All permits and licenses
- Flights to/from Whitehorse, Yukon
- Tips, gratuities, personal expenses
- Travel, medical and evacuation insurance coverage