Day 1: Winnipeg, ManitobaArrive in Winnipeg and enjoy an orientation dinner.
Day 2: Winnipeg / ChurchillFly to Churchill this morning. This hospitable outpost town, originally a fur-trading post, is your base for adventure. On this 7-day trip, you can enjoy an evening presentation on polar bears and the northern environs by your professional staff of naturalists and scientists.
Days 3 - 4: Polar Bear ViewingUnique tundra vehicles are your mobile means for spending time among the polar bears. Although they accommodate an average of 35 passengers, there will be just 15, ensuring everyone a window seat. Your Expedition Leaders know the best places to view bears, which are waiting for the ice to solidify on Hudson Bay so they may begin the winter seal-hunting season. You spend hours watching them interact, delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. From the warmth of your vehicle, you may see mothers with cubs and young adult males play-fighting. Your knowledgeable Expedition Leader offers interpretation along the way, explaining the bears' behavior and how they thrive in such a harsh environment. In the evenings, meet for dinner, followed by presentations on wildlife or local cultures.
Day 5: Evening on the TundraTour historic Churchill and then head out to the tundra for evening bear viewing and dinner aboard the vehicle. During your daytime exploration, you may visit local sled dogs en route to Cape Merry, where Arctic fox and Arctic hare are often seen. If the skies are clear, your nighttime tundra excursion might provide one of nature's most exhilarating experiences – a chance to view the Northern Lights away from the glare of town. Though they are never predictable, sometimes amidst the darkness of the sub-arctic tundra, the lights begin as a white glow in the northern sky, then begin to flicker and dance in shimmering curtains of color.
Day 6: Churchill / WinnipegYour return flights are scheduled to depart in the mid-to-late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible to explore Churchill. Pick up last-minute native handcrafts and souvenirs or, if time permits, take an optional helicopter journey over the tundra or an authentic dog-sledding excursion.
Day 7: Return HomeAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.
Departure dates and itinerary subject to change. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm departure schedule before purchasing air tickets. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Note: Historically, there is a 60% chance of seeing the Northern Lights on the nighttime trip to the tundra. On some occasions they are more brilliant than others, but they are always quite a thrill!
2015 Prime Dates: 10/14/2015; 11/13/2015
2015 Peak Dates: 10/18/2015 - 11/9/2015
R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill; accommodations; all meals (except either lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill); services of professional Expedition Leaders and assistants; some gratuities; all activities/entrance fees; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all taxes and service charges; complimentary boots and parkas for use during trip.
Travel to and from Winnipeg; lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities, travel insurance; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).
Please contact ExpeditionTrips for rates and details on extending your trip.
Extra Day in Winnipeg (pre-trip):
Includes: Airport transfers; hotel accommodations; breakfast and lunch; guided tour of Winnipeg; guided tour of the Manitoba Museum; entrance fees.
Northern Helicopter Option:
View the Northís wildlife, scenery, and pre-Dorset tent rings and archaeological sites from a unique aerial perspective.
Dog Sledding Option:
Experience the thrill of gliding through the boreal wilderness behind a team of sled dogs!