Polar Bear Photo Safari - 6 Nights

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Run by: Windows On The Wild

Reference number: WOTW - 12

From: £7972.00

This Polar Bear Photo Safari takes place at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge during prime polar bear season in October and November. It is considered a “must-do” photography adventure for both professional and aspiring photographers.


Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is located on the shoreline of Hudson Bay and provides discerning photographers with the opportunity to experience rare ground-level polar bear photography in a pristine, untouched wilderness environment. Polar bears gravitate towards the Hudson Bay coast as they wait for the Bay to freeze so that they can begin their annual seal hunt, and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is ideally located on the “polar bear highway” where the bears travel.


You will explore the Arctic landscape daily on foot with professional guides, in search of polar bears, although you may not have to go far!  Our large picture windows showcase panoramic views of Hudson Bay, and polar bears do venture right up to both the windows and the Lodge fences. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodges is ideally situated for photographing polar bears on breathtaking backdrops of ice and snow. We get an exceptional number of clear nights for northern lights photography, and we also have the highest number of sunshine days on the Hudson Bay coast, which provides incredible morning and evening light opportunities. Wildly rugged and remote, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge allows photographers the opportunity to dedicate long days in the field getting up close and personal with Arctic wildlife in search of the perfect shot. The ground-level photo opportunities for polar bears are further enhanced by the possibility of moose, Arctic fox, ptarmigan, gyrfalcon, snowy owl and more. Professionally led photo tours are available on select departures.

Day 1    Arrive in Winnipeg where you will stay for 2 nights. There will be an orientation meeting in the evening.

Day 2    Arrive in Churchill by air, where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions regarding your morning transfer.  You will then be transferred by fixed-wing aircraft to the Lodge. This scenic flight takes you along the Hudson Bay coast over historic waterways and landmarks on your way to Canada’s most exclusive polar bear viewing properties. Keep a sharp eye en route for caribou, seals, wolves and of course the “Great Ice Bears”.


Upon your arrival, your hosts will provide a tour of the Lodge and get you settled into your room. A thorough orientation on travelling in polar bear country will be provided prior to any outings. Then it’s time to assemble all those priceless cameras, hard drives, and tripods and start burning some serious gigabytes!
Includes: breakfast lunch dinner 

Days 3-5    (or 3-6)Tundra Trekking, Polar Bears and Priceless Photography!
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is located in a wildly rugged and remote location catering to the dedicated wildlife photographer willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal with the Arctic wildlife. Ground level photo opportunities are offered for Arctic wildlife including polar bears in a pristine wilderness setting. You ARE in the heart of polar bear country! Your photos will have stunning backdrops with the sea and/or landscapes surrounding the Lodge. The shoreline location is ideal for photographing bears on snow and ice. Furthermore we have an exceptional number of clear nights for northern lights photography.
 Full service meal times will be adjusted to accommodate photo opportunities, which are the priority, so expect many a meal to be interrupted. Generally breakfast is served at 8:00 am, lunch as required; with appetizers at 6:00 pm followed by a veritable feast for the palate at 7:00 pm. Evenings are spent near the fireplace downloading images, sharing the day’s adventures, or taking in an informative lecture or slide show. Bedtime is at your leisure. The entire Lodge area is patrolled for polar bears all night by night watchmen so be prepared to have your sleep cut short by a nocturnal visit by one of the Great Ice Bears or by a dazzling display of northern lights!
Includes: breakfast lunch dinner 

Day 6    After another hearty breakfast it’s time to pack for the flight back to Churchill, say good-byes and snap a few more pictures. After another exciting aerial tour, you’ll arrive in Churchill, where your bags will be stored for you until your flight back to Winnipeg later in the day. You are then free to explore and wine and dine in this frontier community at your leisure. We recommend local places such as Cape Merry, the Port of Churchill, the Itsanitaq Museum, as well as the Parks Canada exhibit, all of which are of great interest. Dogsledding and helicopter charters fit nicely into this afternoon if you’re so inclined. If you are interested in dogsledding or a heli-tour please book through us so we can ensure you arrive in Churchill in time for your tour departure.


After dinner you will meet up with our expeditor and you will be transferred to the airport in preparation for your flight back to Winnipeg. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and look to your right. THE GRAND Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview is only a two minute walk away.
Includes: breakfast lunch dinner 

Day 7    After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home. You will also enjoy a breakfast at your hotel before your trip back to reality.   

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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