Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Safari Overview | Arctic Photography Tour

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Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

Polar Bear Photography Tour Trip Notes

The intent of this safari is to provide the finest polar bear photo opportunities on the planet! This trip occurs during the annual polar bear migration along the coast of Hudson Bay, in polar bear alley, where the polar bears wait for freeze-up.

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 Plan

There 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 There

Travel 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’.


Weather 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 Hours

In 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 Package

A 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

Arctic Kingdom believes in providing only the best food possible during our Arctic expeditions. Our chef-in-residence manages the kitchen.The dining/lounge area will have a convenient buffet table where unlimited snacks and hot drinks are provided. Hot lunches, steaks for dinner, local fish such as Arctic char, can be enjoyed. We like to serve local delicacies such as caribou or musk oxen too.


Each 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.

Responsible Tourism

Tourism and film production can be a real boon to local Arctic communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a ‘total approach’ to responsible tourism. Everything, from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Arctic Kingdom as a company, is geared toward making a positive impact on the regions we visit. Arctic Kingdom trips are designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we hire local guides and local drivers, buy local produce (whenever possible), eat local food, and use local services, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is retained within the local economy and the host communities. We are continually reassessing our trips, trying at all times to ensure that they are socially, economically, and environmentally sound.

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.

Medical and Evacuation Insurance

Of course, good health is fundamental to travel into any remote region. Yet the unexpected can happen, so all participants are required to obtain emergency medical and evacuation travel insurance.

What to Expect

This Arctic photography tour is designed around viewing and photographing polar bears along with a variety of other Arctic wildlife we may encounter. There may be an opportunity to see from 1 to 10 polar bears per day, however, there may also be days when polar bears may not be spotted. During these times, you can enjoy hikes out on the frozen tundra in search of other Arctic wildlife. Our treks also provide an excellent opportunity to photograph the stunning landscapes and impressive natural setting.



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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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