A group of three polar bears walking toward the Tundra Lodge.
The Tundra Lodge at dusk with a snowy ground and pink and blue sky
Two polar bears on a riverbank nuzzling each other.
A red arctic fox looking at the camera.
A polar bear standing in front of the polar rover on the tundra.
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Polar Regions Arctic Land Tour

Tundra Lodge Adventure

Tundra Lodge Adventure is a 6- or 7-day experience based in Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world. Experience polar bear viewing day and night in the subarctic tundra aboard the Tundra Lodge, a custom-designed rolling hotel that offers unparalleled seclusion and proximity to wild polar bears.

By day, explore aboard comfortable all-terrain tundra vehicles called Polar Rovers and perhaps be inches away from a polar bear below the corrugated steel mesh floors, where the more curious bears often walk. By night, be immersed in the Hudson Bay polar bear migration from inside the Tundra Lodge, where each guest has a private sleeping berth with window through which to watch polar bears and perhaps even the northern lights.

Stay two nights in the town of Churchill for cultural activities and a chance to meet the hardy locals who call this subarctic outpost home. Learn about the historic frontier, once a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, and its distinctive northern identity through cultural presentations. Meet a local dog musher and his team to learn all about working sled dogs, and ride behind the enthusiastic huskies as they race through the boreal forest.

You won’t find a more comfortable way to leisurely observe polar bears than from the Tundra Lodge. Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in warmth and comfort. Don’t miss this chance to possibly check polar bears and the northern lights off your bucket list!

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Arctic tours.



Itinerary

6-Day Tundra Lodge Adventure Itinerary

The 6-day Tundra Lodge Adventure Trip is aboard a custom Polar Rover that sits directly on the tundra, offering round-the-clock proximity to polar bears. This trip offers optimal polar bear viewing, begins and ends in Winnipeg, Canada, and includes a charter flight to and from Churchill.

Route map of 6- & 7-day Classic Polar Bear & Tundra Lodge Adventures, including photo departures, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your expedition leader at an orientation and welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Churchill & Tundra Lodge

Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by Polar Rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast tundra backdrop along the way. A presentation on polar bears by your expedition leader provides an enlightening introduction to your northern adventure. Dinner this evening is prepared by a professional chef, who resides at the lodge throughout the season. Don’t be surprised if your meal is interrupted by a mad dash to the windows to watch a polar bear lumbering over the muskeg or snow around the lodge.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Tundra Lodge Polar Bear Viewing

The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in a spot that attracts the greatest number of polar bears in the Churchill area. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and raised observation decks to accommodate your curiosity. Find Ursus maritimus even more majestic up close than you could have imagined. Yet these giant bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, are charming and whimsical. It is a rare treasure to see them in their wild habitat. As you watch them interact, you’ll be delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. You may see mothers protecting and teaching their cubs, young males play-fighting, or massive adults patrolling the shore as they wait for the bay to freeze, which signals the start of their winter seal-hunting season.

The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in the special all-terrain tundra vehicles (Polar Rovers), affords the best possible wildlife encounters in the region. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the greatest number of bears in the entire area. Your guide and group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge. In addition to polar bears, you may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owls. At the end of each exhilarating day, retire to your cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by the lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if you are fortunate to have a clear night, the Northland’s spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends, as Churchill has some of the world’s most concentrated aurora borealis activity.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Churchill & Fly to Winnipeg

This morning, board the Polar Rover, leaving the frosty coastline of Hudson Bay in the distance as you make your way back to Churchill. Your return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. This rough-and-tumble town was once a historic Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post, and even today it retains much of its frontier character. A special highlight this morning is a traditional dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the enthusiastic huskies before taking turns riding behind them on a thrilling excursion through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up a few northern handicrafts and souvenirs or take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before you depart. Enjoy a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg, where there is a final reception before your adventure concludes.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, a transfer to the airport is provided for homeward flights.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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.

Exclusions

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 ($895 for 2020, to be added to your invoice).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable 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% of deposit plus $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.

Arrival & Departure

The Tundra Lodge 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.

Internal Flights

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.

Activities

The Tundra Lodge 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 and possible excursions in polar rovers. A night may be spent watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include free time in Churchill, dog sledding or an opportunity for an optional helicopter excursion over the tundra.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $195 (2020) supplement for all trips except the Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure itinerary, which requires a single supplement of $595 (2020), 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. 

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 16 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

6-Day Tundra Lodge & Autumn Air Adventure Itinerary

The 6-day Tundra Lodge & Autumn Air Adventure Trip is aboard a custom Polar Rover that sits directly on the tundra, offering round-the-clock proximity to polar bears. This trip offers optimal polar bear viewing, begins and ends in Winnipeg, Canada, and includes a charter flight to and from Churchill.

Route map of 6- & 7-day Classic Polar Bear & Tundra Lodge Adventures, including photo departures, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Arrive in Winnipeg, once a fur-trading post and boomtown for the Canadian Pacific Railway, today Manitoba’s cultural and commercial capital at the eastern edge of Canada’s vast prairies. Transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel, grande dame of Winnipeg hospitality and one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. Meet your expedition leader at an orientation and welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
Fly to Churchill & Tundra Lodge

Fly to Churchill and transfer to the Tundra Lodge by Polar Rover, watching for Arctic wildlife against the vast tundra backdrop along the way. A presentation on polar bears by your expedition leader provides an enlightening introduction to your northern adventure. Dinner this evening is prepared by a professional chef, who resides at the lodge throughout the season. Don’t be surprised if your meal is interrupted by a mad dash to the windows to watch a polar bear lumbering over the muskeg or snow around the lodge.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Tundra Lodge Polar Bear Viewing, Helicopter Flight & Tundra by Foot

The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in a spot that attracts the greatest number of polar bears in the Churchill area. Delve into the deeper corners of the region on a scenic fall helicopter flight that departs directly from the tundra. From the air, hope to see roaming polar bears in contrast against the reds and oranges that distinguish the season’s grasses, shrubs and lichen. Landing farther afield on the tundra, disembark to explore on foot, looking for arctic fox and arctic hare and perhaps even crawling inside an unoccupied polar bear den.

During these days on the ground, inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and raised observation decks to accommodate your curiosity. Find Ursus maritimus even more majestic up close than you could have imagined. Yet these giant bears, the largest land carnivores in the world, are charming and whimsical. It is a rare treasure to see them in their wild habitat. As you watch them interact, you’ll be delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. You may see mothers protecting and teaching their cubs, young males play-fighting, or massive adults patrolling the shore as they wait for the bay to freeze, which signals the start of their winter seal-hunting season.

The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in the special all-terrain tundra vehicles (Polar Rovers), affords the best possible wildlife encounters in the region. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the greatest number of bears in the entire area. Your guide and group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge. In addition to polar bears, you may see caribou, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owls. At the end of each exhilarating day, retire to your cozy accommodations for dinner and presentations. In the light cast by the lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals. And if you are fortunate to have a clear night, the Northland’s spectacular natural light show may appear as darkness descends, as Churchill has some of the world’s most concentrated aurora borealis activity.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Churchill & Fly to Winnipeg

This morning, board the Polar Rover, leaving the frosty coastline of Hudson Bay in the distance as you make your way back to Churchill. Your return flight to Winnipeg is scheduled to depart in the mid- to late afternoon, to offer as much time as possible for exploring Churchill today. This rough-and-tumble town was once a historic Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post, and even today it retains much of its frontier character. A special highlight this morning is a traditional dog sled ride. Meet a local musher and his team, spending time with the enthusiastic huskies before taking turns riding behind them on a thrilling excursion through the boreal forest. If time permits, you may be able to pick up a few northern handicrafts and souvenirs or take an optional helicopter tour over the tundra before you depart. Enjoy a farewell lunch together before flying back to Winnipeg, where there is a final reception before your adventure concludes.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, a transfer to the airport is provided for homeward flights.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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.

Exclusions

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 ($895 for 2020, to be added to your invoice).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable 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% of deposit plus $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.

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.

Internal Flights

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.

Activities

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.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $195 (2020) supplement for all trips except the Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure itinerary, which requires a single supplement of $595 (2020), 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. 

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 16 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

7-Day Tundra Lodge Photography Adventure Itinerary

The 7-Day Tundra Lodge Photography Adventure Trip is designed specifically for avid photographers who want to spend their days shooting. With daily Polar Rover excursions and guidance from professional photographers and naturalists, guests are likely to snap once-in-a-lifetime shots. This trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, with charter flights to and from Churchill.

Route map of 6- & 7-day Classic Polar Bear & Tundra Lodge Adventures, including photo departures, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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 grand dame of Winnipeg, offering an elegant atmosphere and first-class hospitality. Meet your expedition leader for an orientation and welcome dinner this evening.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fly to Churchill & Tundra Lodge

Fly by chartered plane to Churchill, a remote subarctic hamlet that was originally an important Hudson’s Bay Company fur-trading post. On arrival, transfer to the Tundra Lodge via Polar Rover—a specialized vehicle built to traverse the tundra—with your 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. Look for caribou, arctic fox, arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owl, as well as the undisputed lord of the North, the mighty polar bear. Photo expedition leaders who are intimately acquainted with polar bear behavior interpret the scene. At the lodge later this evening, guides share tips for capturing the best shots of arctic wildlife and landscapes, drawing on their extensive experience in these environs.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 5
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. Don’t expect to see dozens at once, but there does tend to be frequent bear activity in this location. By staying directly on the tundra, you are set up for 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 Tundra Lodge at close range, and it features rows of windows and secure outdoor observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. Watch the bears interact, and be delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. Perhaps see mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, and solitary individuals lumbering over the tundra. Combine observation from the Tundra Lodge with excursions in the special all-terrain tundra vehicles called Polar Rovers, to afford lodge guests the best possible variety of wildlife encounters in the region. The expedition leader and entire group may opt to take a full-day excursion together, or the group may split time between a half-day trip and viewing bears from the lodge.

At the end of each exhilarating day, come together for dinner and presentations. On a clear night, 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.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Churchill & Fly to Winnipeg

Reluctantly leave the tundra wilds this morning and head back to the town of Churchill. Before departing on an afternoon flight to Winnipeg, have a chance for one more distinctively northern adventure: an authentic dog sled ride! Just outside town, meet a local musher and his team and spend 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 departure. Have a farewell lunch together before the chartered flight back to Winnipeg, where a final reception caps this arctic adventure.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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.

Exclusions

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 ($895 for 2020, to be added to your invoice).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable 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% of deposit plus $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.

Arrival & Departure

The Tundra Lodge Photography Adventure Trip 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 5:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 7:00pm. Plan flights to depart Winnipeg anytime on the final day of the trip.

Internal Flights

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 Exclusions.

Activities

The Tundra Lodge Photography Adventure Trip 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 and possible excursions in polar rovers. A night may be spent watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include free time in Churchill, dog sledding or an opportunity for an optional helicopter excursion over the tundra.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $195 (2020) supplement for all trips except the Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure itinerary, which requires a single supplement of $595 (2020), 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. 

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 16 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

7-Day Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure Itinerary

The 7-Day Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure Trip combines the best of both worlds: two days in the exclusive Tundra Lodge viewing polar bears, and three days exploring historic Churchill with cultural activities that highlight the frontier history and indigenous heritage of the area. This trip begins and ends in Winnipeg, with charter flights to and from Churchill.

Route map of 6- & 7-day Classic Polar Bear & Tundra Lodge Adventures, including photo departures, operating round-trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with visits to polar bear habitat near Churchill and Hudson Bay.
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Day 1
Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Built in 1913 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, this prestigious landmark has long been a symbol of genteel elegance in the heart of Manitoba’s capital, which was once a fur-trading post and railway boomtown. This evening, meet for a welcome dinner and orientation with your expedition leader.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

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Day 2
Fly to Churchill & Tundra Lodge

Take a chartered flight to Churchill this morning and board a custom-designed Polar Rover vehicle and transfer to the Tundra Lodge. On the drive out of town, watch for arctic wildlife against the vast, wide-open landscape. Perhaps even get a first polar bear picture en route! At the tundra outpost, enjoy a presentation on polar bears by a naturalist expedition leader, providing an enlightening introduction to the northern adventure. As dinner is served in the Tundra Lodge dining room, keep all cameras ready—you may see polar bears wandering right outside the windows!

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Tundra Lodge Polar Bear Viewing

The Tundra Lodge is strategically positioned at the beginning of each season in the best area for bear viewing near the edge of Hudson Bay. Inquisitive bears often approach the lodge, which features rows of windows and safe outdoor observation decks to accommodate your own curiosity. Watch the bears interact and be delighted by their antics and rugged beauty. Perhaps see protective mothers with cubs, young males play-fighting, and solitary individuals patrolling the tundra as they wait for the ice to form on the bay, signaling the start of their winter seal-hunting season.

The unique location of the Tundra Lodge, combined with excursions in special all-terrain tundra vehicles called Polar Rovers, affords the best possible wildlife encounters in the region. The small spit of land where the lodge is located often attracts the most bears in the entire area. Typically the group divides for activities so that each guest enjoys a half-day trip on the tundra, complemented by a half day of viewing bears from the lodge. In addition to polar bears, look for caribou, arctic fox, arctic hare, snowy owl and ptarmigan.

At the end of an exhilarating day, retire to cozy accommodations for dinner and a naturalist presentation. In the light cast by the lodge across the frozen tundra, look for the illuminated eyes of animals that roam nearby after dark. If fortunate enough to have a clear night, perhaps see the North’s spectacular aurora borealis light show after darkness descends—Churchill has some of the world’s most concentrated northern lights activity.

Accommodations

Tundra Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Exploring Churchill

Today, depart the Tundra Lodge on a morning drive across the tundra back to Churchill. This remote hamlet was once an important Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, and a comprehensive tour of the town and environs includes cultural activities that highlight the frontier history and indigenous heritage of the area. There will be time to wander the few blocks that comprise “downtown,” with a chance to pick up some souvenirs and arctic handicrafts from the local shops. Later this afternoon check into the hotel. Then enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town, followed by an evening cultural presentation.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Polar Bear Viewing

Head out onto the tundra this morning for a full day of nature and wildlife observation. Traveling aboard the custom Polar Rover, scout for polar bears and other arctic animals. The Polar Rovers are the newest and best in Churchill, with huge picture windows, a slanted front windshield that allows guests to look down on bears that may wander in front, and best of all, a steel-mesh grated observation deck on the back—bears sometimes wander directly below, and you are able to safely see them remarkably up-close! These heated vehicles are large and comfortable, and while they can accommodate 35 passengers, a maximum of 16 guests or fewer are booked, so everyone has a window seat and plenty of room to spread out and get terrific photos.

Accommodations

Churchill hotels TBA

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Sled Dog Excursion & Fly to Winnipeg

This morning, learn about a distinctly northern pastime: dog sledding. Meet a local musher and hear all about this traditional means of arctic transportation, interacting with the lively dog team while learning about their care and training. Then take turns enjoying an exhilarating ride as the dogs whisk you down a trail through the boreal forest. Depending on flight schedules, there may also be time for an optional helicopter tour over the tundra—a great chance to spy polar bears from the air. Enjoy a farewell lunch together in Churchill before the return flight to Winnipeg, followed by a reception and final night at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Accommodations

Fort Garry Hotel

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Depart Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

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.

Exclusions

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 ($895 for 2020, to be added to your invoice).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable 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% of deposit plus $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.

Arrival & Departure

The Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure Trip 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 5:00pm on day 1 of the itinerary in order to participate in a mandatory group welcome briefing and dinner beginning at 7:00pm. Plan flights to depart Winnipeg anytime on the final day of the trip.

Internal Flights

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 Exclusions.

Activities

The Tundra Lodge Photography Adventure Trip 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 and possible excursions in polar rovers. A night may be spent watching for the aurora borealis. Other daytime activities may include free time in Churchill, dog sledding or an opportunity for an optional helicopter excursion over the tundra.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a $195 (2020) supplement for all trips except the Tundra Lodge & Town Adventure itinerary, which requires a single supplement of $595 (2020), 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.

Families & Children

Due the expedition nature of this program, children must be 16 years old at time of departure.

Travel Insurance

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. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

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.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Dates

Oct 02 - Oct 07, 2020
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Learn About the Lodges & Hotels on Your Itinerary

Lodge
Tundra Lodge

Optimally located in prime polar bear habitat, this distinctive, customized rolling hotel offers unmatched close-up polar bear viewing opportunities and a full, supremely comfortable Arctic immersion.

Hotel
Fort Garry Hotel

This historic downtown hotel in Winnipeg provides a lavish place to relax before heading to explore Churchill and the special polar bear migration.

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"Trip Preparation Was Excellent"

We felt lucky to see the animals we did and as many polar bears as we did. The trip preparation by AdventureSmith was excellent. We have used AdventureSmith a number of times and have been very satisfied with their service, and have recommended them to our family and friends.

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