Polar Bear Photography Tour Trip Notes
There is a chance of weather delays in getting in or out of the cabin complex to/from Churchill. Because of this, we have created a contingency plan for 2015, which you can learn about in our 2015 Terms & Conditions in section 9.
2016 Contingency PlanThere is a chance of weather delays when flying to or from Arctic Kingdom’s polar bear cabins. If you arrive on Day 2 of the itinerary our and our plane is not able to transfer you to the bear cabins, Arctic Kingdom will arrange for accommodations in Churchill. The cost of the accommodations, meals and beverages will be your responsibility. In the unlikely event that the charter flight is unable to fly on Day 3 due to weather delays, Arctic Kingdom will arrange for an additional night accommodation. The cost of the 2nd night hotel, meals and beverages are your responsibility. If on the morning of Day 4 by 10 AM, we are still unable to fly, Arctic Kingdom will officially cancel the tour and provide a trip cancellation letter to submit to your travel insurance provider. Please note that Churchill has limited accommodation space during the peak polar bear season. Accommodation ranges from bed and breakfasts to 3 star hotels. There are no 4 or 5 star hotels in Churchill. We may be required to book trip participants in different hotels and each night may have to be at a different hotel.
Getting ThereTravel arrangements between one’s point of origin and Winnipeg is the responsibility of the traveller. We recommend purchasing a flexible ticket that allows changes should you experience a delay. Do not plan on important meetings or events the day after your trip end date. Build in ‘buffer time’.
WeatherWeather along the west coast of Hudson Bay in October and November can be variable. Expect to experience temperatures ranging from 0 to -25°C. Sunny days are possible, as are wind and fog. On particularly cold days, we usually do not venture far from the cabin complex. With the proper clothing, many of you may be surprised how much you will enjoy staying outside.
Daylight HoursIn October, the sun rises at 8:00 AM and sets at 5:40 PM. In November, the sun rises at 8:30 AM and sets at 4:00 PM.
Polar Clothing PackageA recommended clothing packing list upon enrollment confirmation will be provided. We recommend that anyone travelling to the Arctic dresses in layers. Of particular importance is the insulating outer layer. Regular ski jackets and pants are not suitable for the changing Arctic climate. With over a decade of experience in all types of Arctic weather, we know what works. Arctic Kingdom has assembled a top-of-the-line polar clothing package to rent. All of our staff have depended on the same clothing package for years of Arctic adventures, so you can rest assured knowing you are getting the best options available.
Gourmet Meals with Wine at Dinner
PowerEach cabin is equipped with conventional North American power outlets. Bring your own plug adaptors to suit your electrical devices. If your electrical devices require 220 volt power, most cameras, laptops already have a power inverter/AC Adaptor that converts the power to the necessary level for your equipment on your power cord and there will be no further inverters/adaptors needed. To check, look at the adaptor (usually the square/rectangular shaped box attached to your power cord) and examine the “input” information. It will usually have an annotation similar to “INPUT” 100 – 240V.
Is This Arctic Adventure For You?This Safari is suitable for all ages, including families with children as young as 5 years of age. This is not a strenuous adventure as most of the days will be spent observing polar bears from the cabins or on nature treks from 1 to 3 km (.5 to 1.5 miles). You should be somewhat active and be able to walk unassisted.
Spirit of Adventure
It is assumed that participants have the spirit within themselves to enjoy the unique solitude of the Arctic and the free time provided.