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.
“Walk with the 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 worldâ€™s most magnificent predator species, in their natural habitat. Based in the remote Arctic tundra, 140 km north of Churchill, Manitoba, youâ€™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 walk with the polar bears 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.
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 â€śbear yogaâ€ť.
Due to the nature of wildlife, there may be days when polar bears arenâ€™t near the cabins. During these times, weâ€™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 our 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.
- Observe polar bears up close from our Arctic Kingdom Polar Bear Cabins
- Experience a remote and fascinating environment with some of the worldâ€™s best polar bear viewing
- Challenge yourself with treks over frozen tundra with seasoned Inuit guides whoâ€™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