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 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.
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”.
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.
- 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 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