Accommodations in Winnipeg and on private Tundra Lodge; services of professional expedition leaders and assistants; Polar Rover excursions; dog sledding excursion; evening wildlife and cultural presentations; all meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on final day; some alcoholic beverages; cold-weather gear, including a parka and boots during the trip; most gratuities; airport transfers (not including internal air); all activities and entrance fees; all taxes, permits and service fees.
Travel to and from the start and end point of the trip; some alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees (if any); optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.); airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any); optional travel protection and medical evacuation insurance (strongly recommended); insurance of any kind; cost of internal air, which includes round-trip private charter flights from Winnipeg to Churchill ($995 for 2021 & 2022, to be added to your invoice).
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – $100 cancellation fee
120 to 61 days – 50% of total trip cost
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.
Arrival & Departure
The Tundra Lodge & Autumn Air Adventure begins and ends in Winnipeg, Manitoba (YWG). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Winnipeg no later than 5:30pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 7pm. Plan flights to depart Winnipeg anytime on the final day of the trip. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Required internal group flights on day 2 and the second-to-last day of your itinerary, between Winnipeg and Churchill, are not included in the rate; see the mandatory transfer package information listed in this trip’s Exclusions.
The Tundra Lodge & Autumn Air Adventure is a genuine wilderness experience, located in an exceptionally remote and rugged area that is accessed via a charter flight. Activities take place in this remote and rugged environment with unpredictable weather, so be prepared for a true wilderness adventure. Active days revolve around watching for bears from the Tundra Lodge, possible excursions in polar rovers, a helicopter flight from the tundra and tundra exploration by foot. A night may be spent watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include free time in Churchill and dog sledding.
Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $195 (2021 & 2022) supplement, in addition to the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Solo travelers willing to share, please ask your Adventure Specialist about the possibility of matching with a roommate, upon availability; note that 50% of the single supplement may be charged if a roommate cannot be secured.
Families & Children
Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 16 years old at time of departure.
Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $250,000 per person. If you decline the operator’s insurance then you must provide proof of third party insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. Remember that flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition. This itinerary has been run over 1,500 times and there have only been a handful of occasions where the polar bears have been missed. Some sightings are up close, other are far away or even from helicopter. It is important to remember that visiting the Churchill area is one of the best opportunities to see polar bears in the wild; however, the experience is weather dependent, which means that viewing polar bears, and the distance at which one may be seen, is unpredictable and not guaranteed.
Polar Bear Season
Polar bears are typically found in the Churchill area year-round with the highest concentration in October and November as the bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay awaiting the annual freeze-up. Sometimes the best bear viewing is at the beginning of the season, sometimes it happens in the middle, and sometimes at the end. Once Hudson Bay freezes, many of them depart. Historically, this has occurred in early December, but an unusually early cold spell sometimes happens, hastening their departure.
Variable Departure Details
2021 rates and dates are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your Adventure Specialist will confirm details at time of booking.