Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

Overview

Fly into the heart of Canada's "polar bear alley" and enjoy a perfect vantage point from the safety of an expertly designed Polar Bear Camp. Located directly in the path of migrating bears, this exclusive cabin-based safari offers a rare opportunity to these incredible predators up close! Spend your days photographing bears or experiencing the enchanting tundra environment on exploratory hikes, then return to the intimate cabins to unwind. With the Northern Lights in season you'll also enjoy a magical sky show at night.

  • Encounter polar bears up-close from the comfort of cozy cabins along their migration route

  • Snap photos in perfect peace, taking in the wilderness from behind a safety fence

  • Get expert guidance about polar bear behavior from skilled Inuit guides

  • Arrive: Winnipeg, Canada
  • Depart: Winnipeg, Canada
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 6-8 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 14 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Winnipeg, Canada

    Arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and spend the night close to the airport for tomorrow's flight to Churchill.

  • Day02

    Fly to Churchill & Polar Bear Cabins

    Fly to Churchill, then board a private plane for a scenic flight to the remote polar bear cabins on the shores of Hudson Bay. Have the chance to capture stunning aerial views on camera, then arrive at the strategically situated camp. Located on a polar bear migration route, known as "polar bear alley," it's optimally designed for travelers to photograph the bears as they wait for the surrounding waters to freeze up.

    • Accommodation: Polar Bear Cabins
    • Transportation: 2-hour flight transfer & 50-minute flightseeing transfer
    • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Experience Polar Bear Country

    Spend the next few unforgettable days watching polar bears in the wild, exploring natural landscapes, and delighting in magical light displays across the night sky. The specific activities on each day may change depending on the weather or the location of the bears.
    Wait for a perfect close-up shot from inside the protective electric fence, where tripods will be set up, and learn photography and safety tips from local Inuit guides. The guides will only allow the bears to approach as close as they deem safe.

  • Day04

    Walk in the Arctic Wilderness

    Follow guides on wilderness walks just outside the cabin complex to explore the Arctic tundra landscape. Inuit guides keep the group out of harm's way, and may even help the adventurous to photograph bears from as close as 100 feet away. While often fearful of humans, there may be a curious bear who meanders towards the group, yet the group will remain at a safe distance at all times. This is the most authentic, safe and up-close method of viewing polar bears anywhere.

  • Day05

    Delight in the Northern Lights

    Take advantage of the season and location to observe the magical Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Weather permitting, after dusk each evening eagerly wait for hints of color and light dancing across the sky - an unforgettable display!

  • Day06

    Observe Arctic Wildlife

    Spend time observing and photographing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife including Arctic hare, Arctic fox, willow ptarmigan, snowy owls and gyrfalcons in the wild. Inuit guides are experts at spotting wildlife in their natural habitat.
    Snap those last few photos and breathe in the cool Arctic air as you enjoy your final night on the shores of Hudson Bay.

  • Day07

    Bid Farewell to Camp & Fly Back to Winnipeg

    Take final photos and explore a bit before leaving camp for a midday flight to Churchill. From there, fly back to Winnipeg and spend the night near the airport.

  • Day08

    Depart from Winnipeg

    Depart from Winnipeg or continue your adventures in Canada.

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    Upcoming Departures

    • DepartedOct 20 - 27, 2018
    • AvailableOct 30 - Nov 06, 2018
    • AvailableNov 14 - 21, 2018
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    From: $8,295.00 What's Included?
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    Why take this trip with us?

    Reason #01

    MT Sobek's Polar Value Promise means that we offer in-house services to help plan and execute you polar adventure for no added cost.

    Reason #02

    Over 30 years offering active polar experiences we have built strong relationships with the best Arctic outfitters. Enjoy our expert personalized service.

    Reason #03

    This adventure is the best way to see polar bears and Arctic wildlife up-close in a safe, low-impact way.

    Meet Our Guides

    Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

    What To Expect

    • Activities

      Polar bear and Arctic wildlife viewing on the shores of Hudson Bay, with opportunities for tundra walks, flightseeing, and observing Northern Lights.

    • Lodging

      A cozy, intimate Arctic camp on the shores of Hudson Bay. Also includes two nights at a comfortable airport hotel in Winnipeg.

    • Climate

      Expect temperatures to range from 0- 35F. Windchill can be strong. Sunny days are possible but conditions can be windy and foggy.

    FAQ

    • When and where should I arrive?

      Plan to arrive in Winnipeg anytime on Day 1 for a no-host overnight stay at a comfortable airport hotel. On Day 2, fly to Churchill where you'll meet your guide.

    • Why are the internal flights prices so expensive?

      There are very limited options for commercial flights in the Canadian North, so flight prices are very high. We have access to negotiated rates that are lower than booking direct.

    • How many hours of daylight will there be?

      Throughout October and November, daylight hours are declining. Expect between seven and nine hours of sunshine. This time of year, the sun rises between 7:40-8:30 AM and sets between 4:15-5:40 PM.

    • Can you tell me more about the accommodations?

      Each cabin has an entryway, a main room with two beds (complete with linens, duvets, and pillows), small table, propane heater, and en-suite bathroom with toilet and on-demand hot water.

    • Are there any communications capabilities at the cabins?

      There is no Wi-Fi or cell phone service available at camp. Your guide will have a satellite phone in case of emergencies. We have satellite communicators (phone/text) available to rent.

    • Do you provide any Arctic outwear like boots or jackets?

      There is a Polar Clothing Rental Package with top-of-the-line Arctic outerwear available for a fee. Insulating outer layers are most important. Regular ski jackets and ski pants are not suitable.

    Dates & Pricing

    Pricing Dates

    Scheduled Dates

    • Departed
      Oct 15 - 22, 2018
    • Departed
      Oct 20 - 27, 2018
      Confirmed Departure
    • Available
      Oct 30 - Nov 06, 2018
    • Available
      Nov 14 - 21, 2018
    • Available
      Oct 14 - 21, 2019
    • Available
      Oct 19 - 26, 2019
    • Available
      Oct 24 - 31, 2019
    • Available
      Oct 29 - Nov 05, 2019
    • Available
      Nov 01 - 08, 2019
    • Available
      Nov 08 - 15, 2019
    • Available
      Nov 13 - 20, 2019

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    2019
    $8,295.00 Price per person

    Additional Cost

    • $1,580.00 Internal Airfare
    • $6,636.00 Single Supplement / Waived if Willing-to-Share

    Price Includes

    • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
    • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
    • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
    • Potable water and snacks throughout
    • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
    • Flight transfer from Churchill to Polar Bear Cabins

    Price Does Not Include

    • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
    • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
    • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
    • Optional travel protection
    • Additional costs associated with weather-related delays

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