Polar Bear Tours & Trips
From the icy shores of Churchill and Baffin Island in Canada to Norway's extreme north, Svalbard, there are only a few places in the world where travellers can see polar bears in their natural habitat. For people dreaming about seeing these incredible animals, polar bear tours are the safest and most cost-effective option - and we have everything you need to know about them here.
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Popular polar bear tours
Realm of the Polar Bear - Expedition8 days • (2)From $4,140
Realm of the Polar Bear In Depth - Expedition11 daysFrom $5,760
Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth11 days • (1)
- Voyage into a remarkable and undisturbed icy wilderness
- Scan the Arctic tundra for the elusive polar bear
- Scour the iceberg-laden waters for Minke whales
Realm of the Polar Bear8 days • (4)From $4,199
Alaska and British Columbia – Inside Passage, Bears, and Aleutian Islands (Northbound)18 daysFrom $9,965
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears14 daysFrom $11,495
Churchill Polar Bear Families, Canada11 days • (8)
- See polar bears in their natural habitat
- Witness the inspiring aurora borealis
- Receive guidance from the locals
Is it guaranteed to see polar bears on the tour?
As with any wildlife tour, there are no guarantees travellers will see polar bears on their polar bear tour. However, there are ways to maximize your chances: carefully select your destination and time of departure, and make sure you always listen to your guide's advice for spotting polar bears once you're travelling!
Are polar bear tours safe?
Although polar bears have a reputation as fearsome animals (and they certainly can be), safety is always the number one priority on a polar bear tour. All viewings are conducted within strict regulations that protect both the bears themselves and the lucky travellers watching them. For more information, click here.
Do I have to be physically fit to join the tour?
Most of the tours are not physically demanding - since it would be too dangerous for travellers to walk unprotected around the bears, most tours take place in speciality vehicles or on cruise ships. However, travellers should be in generally good health, as these tours take place in very remote areas.
Do I need any special gear?
No! While travellers are encouraged to bring their cameras and binoculars, there is no special gear required to embark on a polar bear tour. However, always make sure to check the weather conditions and predicted temperatures for your trip, and pack accordingly!
Will I see the northern lights on my polar bear tour?
It may be possible to see the northern lights during a polar bear tour, but this varies depending on the destination and the time of year. If you're dreaming of seeing both polar bears and the northern lights, time your visit in late autumn, and try to visit a destination especially far north.
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