Churchill Polar Bears | Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Safari Itinerary

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Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

Polar Migration Fly-In Photo Safari Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Winnipeg. No meals included. The hotel is adjacent to the airport for convenience.

Day 2

Mother polar bear and cub

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.

Days 3-5

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!

Northern Lights

_DSC9241 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

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

Depart for home from Winnipeg.

2016 Inclusions

  • 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

  • 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
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.



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2017 Trip Length
7 Days / 6 nights
2017 Dates
Oct 16 - 22, Oct 20 - Oct 26, Oct 24 - Oct 30, Oct 28 - Nov 3, Nov 1 - Nov 7, Nov 5 - 11, Nov 9 - 15, Nov 13 - 19
2017 Prices
2017: USD $7,995 + 399.75 (taxes), including a private plane 40 min flight from Churchill to cabins and return. The price is based on double occupancy.
2017 SGL Supplement
X 1.8. Request to share when you book and you will not pay the single supplement.
2017 Air Package
2017: USD $1325.00 + $66.25 (taxes).Return flights from Winnipeg (YWG) to Churchill (YYQ). As there are a limited number of seats available that conveniently connect with our trip departure dates, we encourage you to book and pay for this flight package at the same time as you book your trip.
Group Size
100 km south of Arviat, Nunavut
Join Arctic Kingdom expedition director Thomas Lennartz for a virtual tour of the polar bear migration in Oct/Nov.
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