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Tundra Lodge Photography Expedition

8 days with Natural Habitat Adventures   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Arrive in Manitoba's vibrant capital and transfer to the classic Fort Garry Hotel. This French-style chateau is a National Historic Site, built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and still the grande dame of Winnipeg, offering elegant atmosphere and first-class hospitality. Meet your Expedition Leader for an orientation and welcome dinner this evening. 
 
Day 2: Winnipeg / Churchill / Tundra Lodge 
Fly by chartered plane to Churchill, a remote subarctichamlet  that was originally an important Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading post. On arrival, we transfer to the Tundra Lodge via Polar Rover—a specialized vehicle built to traverse the tundra—with our first chance to photograph polar bears and other wildlife along the way. Here on the edge of Hudson Bay, where boreal forest gives way to Arctic tundra, animals abound, even in the harsh climate that envelops this environment much of the year. We may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owl, as well as the undisputed lord of the North, the mighty polar bear. Our Photo Expedition Leaders, intimately acquainted with polar bear behavior, interpret all we see. At the lodge later this evening, our guides share tips for capturing the best shots of Arctic wildlife and landscapes, drawing on their extensive experience in these environs. 
 
Days 3–6: Tundra Lodge—Polar Bear Viewing 
The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in the best area for polar bear viewing. Every fall, some 300 polar bears congregate in the vicinity of Churchill, waiting for the ice to freeze on Hudson Bay to begin the winter seal-hunting season—and the small spit of land where the Tundra Lodge is located often attracts the most bears in the area. While we don't see dozens at once, we do tend to get frequent bear activity in this location. As we are staying directly on the tundra, we have ideal early-morning and late-afternoon photo opportunities. And since the lodge has plenty of common areas—a lounge with sofas and chairs as well as a dining car, both rooms with large sliding windows—photographers have plenty of space to shoot spontaneously.
 
Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge at close range, and it features rows of windows and secure outdoor observation decks to accommodate our own curiosity. As we watch the bears interact, we're delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. We may see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, and solitary individuals lumbering over the tundra. We combine observation from the Tundra Lodge with excursions in our special all-terrain tundra vehicles called Polar Rovers, to afford lodge guests the best possible variety of wildlife encounters in the region. Our Expedition Leader and entire group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or we may split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge. 
 
At the end of each exhilarating day, we come together for dinner and presentations. On a clear night, we may be fortunate to photograph the wondrous phenomenon of the northern lights, which often begin as a faint white glow, then intensify in scope and color as they shimmer across the dark sky. While the lights are never guaranteed, Churchill has some of the most frequent auroral activity on Earth.
 
Day 7: Churchill—Dog Sledding / Winnipeg 
We reluctantly leave the tundra wilds this morning and head back to the town of Churchill. Before departing on our afternoon flight to Winnipeg, we have a chance for one more distinctively northern adventure: an authentic dog sled ride! Just outside town, we'll meet a local musher and his team, spending time getting to know and learn about the dogs before taking turns riding behind them on an exhilarating run through the boreal forest. If time permits, there may also be a chance to pick up last-minute native-made handicrafts and souvenirs, or to take an optional helicopter flight over the tundra before we depart. We'll have a farewell lunch together before our chartered flight back to Winnipeg, where a final reception caps our Arctic adventure.
 
 Day 8: Winnipeg / Depart 
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.
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All This Included
Churchill is a pilgrimage for wildlife photographers yearning to capture close-up images of polar bears...and this custom photo adventure puts you in the very best spot to get those coveted shots! From the Tundra Lodge, situated outside town on the open tundra, photograph bears from our unique "rolling hotel." Outdoor observation decks grant intimate access to the bears, which often approach us directly. With exclusive use of this facility, there's plenty of room to set up your gear for the best possible images. An on-site Polar Rover vehicle offers daily excursions to see polar bears and other wildlife farther afield. Our Expedition Leaders, who are professional photographers and naturalists, are eager to share tips from their extensive experience to help you get those once-in-a-lifetime shots.
  • Round-trip flights to and from Winnipeg and Churchill
  • Accommodations, all meals
  • Beer and wine on the Tundra Lodge
  • Dog sledding excursion
  • Cold-weather gear including a parka and boots during your trip
  • Services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants
  • Some gratuities, all activities/entrance fees
  • Evening wildlife and cultural presentations
  • All taxes and service charges
Highlights
  • Stay at our exclusive Tundra Lodge—located directly on the tundra itself—widely regarded as the best spot in the world for photographing polar bears!
  • Our award-winning naturalist Photo Expedition Leaders offer expert tips for getting superb images of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife 
  • Daily excursions by Polar Rover over the tundra and along the coast of Hudson Bay reveal the nature and wildlife of the Canadian North
Accommodations
Winnipeg: Fort Garry Hotel
Churchill: The Tundra Lodge
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Day in Winnipeg
$265 per person, single supplement: $55

For our polar bear travelers who want to see as much as possible during their trip to Manitoba, we offer a guided Extra Day in Winnipeg program. It takes place prior to each polar bear program and includes hotel accommodations, breakfast and lunch, a tour of the city highlighting historical and cultural points of interest, and a guided visit to the acclaimed Manitoba Museum, winner of numerous awards for excellence in visitor experience and service.

Northern Helicopter Tundra Adventure
From $560 per person

Our exclusive helicopter flight over the tundra is the most exciting way to view northern wildlife. Track migrating caribou, Arctic fox and the mighty polar bear from an exciting aerial perspective.
Notes
  • Group Size Limit: Approximately 29 Travelers
  • Not Included: Travel to and from Winnipeg, distilled and alcoholic beverages on the Tundra Lodge, some gratuities, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
  • In case of flight or weather delays, we recommend that you arrive a day early and either participate in our Extra Day in Winnipeg program or stay on your own. Our expedition begins with a 7 pm welcome dinner on Day 1. You are free to depart at any time on the final day.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.