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Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari Overview

Fly in to our remote Polar Bear Cabins set along the coast of Hudson Bay for an exclusive polar bear viewing and photography experience.

couple_observing_polar_bear_rj_sauer_polar-2 Walk with polar bears on one of our most unique Arctic photography and polar bear tours. This Arctic adventure offers hobby and professional photographers alike a rare opportunity to photograph polar bears, one of the world’s most magnificent predator species, in their natural habitat. Based in the remote Arctic tundra, 140 km north of Churchill, Manitoba, you’ll be immersed in a spectacular environment that will surely leave an unforgettable impression.

Our polar bear safari program has been designed to get you as close to polar bears in the wild as possible so that you can literally walk with them in their natural environment. Considered one of the best polar bear tours by our past guests, this adventure begins with a 40-50 minute flight aboard a private, turbo otter aircraft from Churchill and north along the west coast of Hudson Bay to our base just south of Arviat, Nunavut. The route follows the exact path polar bears take when they begin to migrate in search of the first sea ice forming on the bay.

polar-bears After landing right on the frozen tundra on a makeshift runway, we begin to settle into camp, a transformed former polar bear hunt camp used by the local Inuit people. Your home away from home during this polar bear tour will be our Polar Bear Cabins. The rustic, yet comfortable cabins come equipped with full power and heat and are surrounded by an electric fence to ensure safety from polar bears who may venture close to camp. This protected area allows for an exhilarating experience viewing polar bears as well as an excellent opportunity to take close-up photos of our curious visitors. Our Inuit guides are specially trained to maximize polar bear photography opportunities without endangering you or the bears. You may be able to capture an array of exciting photographs such as mothers with cubs, polar bears sparring and playing, foraging for food, or doing a little “bear yoga”.

arctic-fox_jason_hillier_091112_3747 Due to the nature of wildlife, there may be days when polar bears aren’t near the cabins. During these times, we’ll take short, guided hikes and walking excursions out on the tundra to look for other Arctic wildlife and to photograph the stunning landscapes. These short hikes often provide more opportunities to photograph polar bears, as well as other Arctic wildlife, including Arctic hares, Arctic foxes, martens, willow ptarmigan, and snowy owls. If lucky, we may also see gyrfalcons and wolverines.

On our polar bear tours, you can expect to see from 1 to 10 polar bears per day along with a variety of other Arctic wildlife. You can expect the majority of photographs to be taken with cameras mounted on tripods or handheld cameras while standing or crouching. Participants should be mobile and fit enough to be able to comfortably walk 1 to 3 kilometres with a small amount of photographic gear and equipment.

Highlights

  • Observe polar bears up close from our Arctic Kingdom Polar Bear Cabins.
  • Experience a remote and fascinating environment with some of the world’s best polar bear viewing.
  • Challenge yourself with treks over frozen tundra with seasoned Inuit guides who’ll get you as close to polar bears as possible for unforgettable viewing and photographs.
  • Enjoy the magical Northern Lights at night with their shimmering hues of greens and reds.

Special Departure November 10 – 14, 2014 with Guest Photographer, Sue Flood

Join our November 10 departure with award-winning wildlife and ravel photographer, Sue Flood.

About Sue Flood
Sue-FloodSue has been working in the polar regions since 1998, although her work increasingly takes her to warmer climes to thaw out. A Durham University zoology graduate, she went on to become a wildlife film-maker, spending 11 years with the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. Sue was an assistant producer on the award-winning BBC series The Blue Planet and also worked on Planet Earth and the Disney movie Earth. Films that Sue produced for the BBC include Polar Bears on Thin Ice, A Boy Among Polar Bears, Killer Whale, and a short on blue whale science for The Life of Mammals. She left the BBC in 2005 to concentrate on her photography and was thrilled to be taken on by Getty Images.

The polar regions draw her back again and again for their stark and remote beauty, spectacular landscapes and superlative wildlife experiences, so it was natural that her first book and solo exhibition at the Getty Gallery, sponsored by Canon, featured some of her favourite images Cold Places.

Recognition of Sue’s work includes the following:

  • December 2012: Chosen for National Geographic and Canon advertising campaign, “Wildlife as Canon Sees It”
  • 2012: Travel Photographer of the Year, recognition in nature category; International Photographer of the Year – honourable mentions in the Nature and travel categories
  • 2011: International Photographer of the Year – prize-winner for best nature book, and also Travel and Tourism award
  • 2010: International Photographer of the Year prize-winner; selection for Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition
  • 2009: International Photographer of the Year – Travel and Tourism winner for a portfolio of images from the Ross Sea, Antarctica; Travel Photographer of the Year – best single nature shot
  • 2008: the Art Wolfe (Best of Festival) Award in the International Conservation Photography Awards; Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal

Her career highlight was to be invited to meet Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace in 2011 as a result of her photography.

Sue lives in North Wales, though she is often to be found in some far-flung location. She is represented by Getty Images. To learn more, visit www.sueflood.com



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SUMMARY

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EXPEDITION SUMMARY
Trip Length
5 Days / 4 Nights
2014 Dates
Oct 19 - 24*4 Spaces Left
Oct 24 - 29*1 Spaces Left
Oct 29 - Nov 23 Spaces Left
Nov 2 - 6SOLD OUT
Nov 6 - 101 Space Left
Nov 10 - 14**1 Space Left
Nov 14 - 19*1 Space Left
*Indicates 6 Day Departure **Indicates Departure with Special Guest Photographer, Sue Flood
2014 Price
$7,980 + 5% GSTPrivate plane 40 min flight from Churchill to cabins and return included in price. Based on double occupancy Note: 6 day departures (*) are the same rate as the 5 day departures
SGL Supplement
X 1.7
Air Package
Return flights from Winnipeg (YWG) to Churchill (YYQ) $1,100 + $185 (taxes & fees)
2015 Dates
Oct 18 - 22Now Booking
Oct 22 - 26Now Booking
Oct 26 - 30Now Booking
Oct 30 - Nov 3Now Booking
Nov 3 - 7SOLD OUT
Nov 7 - 11Now Booking
Nov 11 - 15Now Booking
Nov 15 - 19Now Booking
2015 Price
$7,995 + 5% GSTPrivate plane 40 min flight from Churchill to cabins and return included in price. Based on double occupancy
SGL Supplement
X 1.7
Air Package
Return flights from Winnipeg (YWG) to Churchill (YYQ) $1,100 + $185 (taxes & fees)
Group Size
8
Location
100 km south of Arviat, Nunavut
Booking Terms
$2000 deposit required at time of booking. Full Payment due 120 days prior to departure date.
Cancellation Terms
All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received up to 180 days prior to departure are refunded less an administrative fee of $500 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 and 120 days prior to departure, the deposit is forfeited. For cancellations received between 119 days and the departure date, all deposits and payments are forfeited.
Insurance
Due to the nature of this trip which relies on aircraft and subject to arctic weather, trip cancellation/interruption insurance is highly recommended. It is a condition of joining this expedition that you must be insured against medical and personal accident risks and have search and rescue coverage. (www.globalrescue.com)
All prices quoted in Canadian dollars. Ask for the complete Terms and Conditions.

WEBINAR
Join Arctic Kingdom expedition director Thomas Lennartz for a virtual tour of the polar bear migration in Oct/Nov.