Polar Bear Photo Safari – Nanuk

A "must-do" polar bear photography adventure.

“ I have traveled to Europe, Africa, and thoughout North America and can honestly say this trip is a top 5 for me. Awesome staff, great food, lots of bears…”  — L. Glass , New York

Dates & Rates | Location | Itinerary

Your 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 occasionally venture right up to both the windows and the lodge fences.

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge 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 close to Arctic wildlife in search of the perfect shot. The ground-level photo opportunities for polar bears are further enhanced by the possibility of moose, wolves Arctic fox, ptarmigan, gyrfalcon, snowy owls and more.

Professionally led photo tours are available on select departures.

Red Fox at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Soren Hansen photo.

You can look forward to delicious tundra-inspired comfort food and wine on your Polar Bear Photo Safari, but we must warn you, mealtimes may be adjusted or delayed as required to ensure maximum photo opportunities.

Treasured memories and rare photos are created here.

Polar bears sparring at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ian Johnson photo.
Polar bears sparring at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ian Johnson photo.

Polar Bear Photo Safari – Nanuk - Dates and Rates

2020 Dates

Oct 25 – Nov 1 (8 day)  Photo Workshop with Artica Studios   SOLD OUT
Oct 30 – Nov 5             SOLD OUT
November 3 – 9           Male share only available                                                
November  7 – 13        SOLD OUT
November 11 – 18 (8 day)  1 female & 1 male share only available 

2021 Dates

Oct 9 – 15
Oct 25 – Nov 1 (8 day)
Oct 30 – Nov 5
November 3 – 9                                                          
November  7 – 13
November 11 – 18 (8 day)

Price (per person) Single Private Room Children
2020: (7 days) $12,995 CAD 2020: $24,095* CAD 2020: $11,695 CAD
2020: (8 days) $13,995 CAD 2020: $25,895* CAD 2020: $12,595 CAD
2021: (7 days) $13,495 CAD 2021: $24,995* CAD 2021: $12,195 CAD
2021: (8 days) $14,495 CAD 2021: $26,895* CAD 2021: $13,095 CAD

Prices are subject to taxes of 8.5%. Children from ages 8 to 12 qualify for the child rate.

* Single guests can sign up to share a room with another person of the same gender at the regular rate per person based on double occupancy. If a single guest prefers to have a private room option we also have a single private room rate as listed above. This rate guarantees a private room at the Lodge as well as at the hotels required within the package.

Location

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Draped in blue. Scott Zielke photo.
Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Draped in blue. Scott Zielke photo.

Situated next to pristine Arctic waters on Hudson Bay with Canada’s Boreal Forest as its backyard sits Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, one of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World,. The diverse ecosystem surrounding Nanuk is home to Canadian icons such as polar bears, black bears, wolves, and moose.

From the safety of the fence surrounding the Lodge, view the northern lights or get up-close-and-personal with the polar bears and other wildlife that meander past, as curious about you as you are about them.

The eight guestrooms with en-suite bathrooms are housed in two guest wings connected to the main dining room/lounge area, each with cozy sitting areas overlooking the Bay. After a long day trekking the tundra, kick back in our lounge and enjoy an informative presentation by our guides or simply relax and enjoy conversations with new friends.

Location specifics:

250 km south of Churchill by plane
57° 07’ 22.4” N / 91° 39’ 52.0” W

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Itinerary

7 Days, 6 Nights at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

The package includes two nights in Winnipeg, four nights at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, as well as roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg, Churchill, and our Lodge.

Day 1 - ANTICIPATION BUILDS DURING YOUR OVERNIGHT STAY IN WINNIPEG

Arrive in Winnipeg where you will enjoy a relaxing stay at our choice hotel, The Grand by Lakeview at the Winnipeg Airport. Meet the rest of your group at an orientation dinner hosted by a Churchill Wild representative. You’ll also pick up your winter gear if you’ve opted to rent items from us.

Includes: dinner

Day 2 - The Adventure Begins!

Arrive in Churchill by air where one of our expert staff will meet you at the airport and provide you with instructions of the morning transfer. You will then be transferred by fixed wing aircraft to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.  This exciting 90-minute flight takes you over Wapusk National Park as well as the historic York Factory.  Keep a sharp eye en-route for wildlife including the ‘Great Ice Bears’.

Upon 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 your cameras, hard drives, and tripods and start shooting.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 3 to 5 - Nature Trekking, Polar Bears and Magnificent Photography

Each morning after a hot breakfast, your guides will outline a plan for the day’s excursions. Note that to maximize photography time and opportunities, your daily schedule may be adjusted. Our Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is a wildly rugged and remote location catering to the photographer willing to spend long hours in the field getting up close and personal, at ground level, with Arctic wildlife. The shoreline location of the lodge is ideal for photographing bears on snow and ice, and on clear nights offers excellent chances for northern lights photography.

Mom and cub at Nanuk. Ian Johnson photo.
Mom and cub at Nanuk. Ian Johnson photo.

After appetizers and another one of our signature meals, 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 and you can rest easy knowing you won’t miss out on anything. Our staff monitor the compound and skies and will rouse you if the aurora or a nocturnal polar bear make an appearance.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 6 - Last minute wildlife viewing

After another hearty Lodge breakfast, we will begin air transfers back to Churchill.  Have your cameras ready for the return flight as it affords excellent opportunities for great aerial shots.

Back in Churchill, you’ll spend the day with one of our tour guides exploring the town and surrounding area and learning about its rich history as a seaport and ex-military base. Your tour will include stops such as the Parks Canada exhibit, the Itsanitaq Museum, and the Polar Bear Jail. Along the way, your guide will point out murals that were commissioned in 2016 as part of the SeaWalls mural festival. Before a group dinner, your guide will give you free time to shop for last-minute souvenirs at the unique gift stores in Churchill.

I'll see you in your dreams. - Ian Johnson photo
“I’ll see you in your dreams.” Ian Johnson photo

Your flight south to Winnipeg will take place this evening. Upon arrival, collect your bags, head out of the arrivals doors and back to The Grand Hotel.

Includes: breakfast lunch dinner

Day 7 - Homeward Bound

After a restful sleep you will pack your bags in preparation for your flight home.

NOTE FOR 8 DAY ITINERARY

The above itinerary reflects a 7 day package as that is the majority of our Nanuk Lodge departures.  We are offering a couple departure as an 8-day package. Essentially, the itinerary is the same but as you will have five nights at the Lodge and your day’s would be numbered slightly different. Day 3-6 are your days at the Lodge, Day 7 is the day you transfer back to Churchill/Winnipeg and Day 8 would be the day you fly home.

Gear Provided

The equipment we provide at the Lodge such as rain gear, rubber boots, winter gear (rental), and gear for use during marine excursions are designed to fit guests from child to adult.  Boot sizes larger than a men’s size 13 or a very small child are considered to be customized sizes that we do not provide. Additionally, guests over 6’4” may be required to bring their own gear as we may not have clothing sizes to fit.

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