Polar Migration Fly-In Photo Safari Itinerary
Arrive Winnipeg. No meals included. The hotel is adjacent to the airport for convenience.
Mother and cub
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 5 km 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.
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 1.2 meters (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 unparallelled 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!
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!
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.
Depart for home from Winnipeg.
- 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
Not Included in 2016
NB This itinerary is intended to be representative only as weather and wildlife conditions play a large role in dictating our daily movements and activities. It is important to have a spirit of flexibility when travelling to any Arctic location.
- Flights between Winnipeg and Churchill (ask us about our special rates)
- Flight to Winnipeg from your home and back
- 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