Polar Bear Adventure

See Polar Bears In Alaska!

See these rare creatures in their natural habitat:
We invite you to join us on an unforgettable 7 day adventure in the Arctic, including 4 bear viewing tours and authentic cultural activities. Our trip is packed full of incredible wildlife viewing and our guides are on hand to help you capture the perfect photo. We also provide plenty of chances for education and cultural exchange. Learn from natives and Arctic residents about what it is like to live in such a challenging environment. Meet a dog musher and his dog team who have raced the Iditarod six times! See the traditional equipment used in tribal whaling expeditions and hear from an elder captain how native life is adapting with modern times. Discuss the issues of global warming and sea ice recession with a native environmentalist and author. This is a unique trip full of authentic culture and amazing opportunities for bear viewing and photography. Don’t miss your chance to sign up, only 6 spots per trip!

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This is an all-inclusive adventure, meaning everything is included in your price apart from your flights to and from Alaska and gratuities for guides and hotel staff. You trip package includes:
  • All local guides plus Gondwana trip leaders
  • Flights in Alaska: from Fairbanks to Kaktovik, Kaktovik to Barrow and Barrow to Fairbanks
  • All your meals, including wine/beer during the 2 dinners in Fairbanks- Home visit with a world class dog musher
  • Home visit with a tribal elder and captain
  • Visit with a native environmentalist and author
  • Visit to the Native cultural center in Barrow
  • All ground transportation in Alaska
  • All accommodations in Fairbanks and the Arctic
Lodging and Accommodations on the Alaskan Polar Bear Trip

These hotels and lodges have been hand picked in order to satisfy your need to safely relax in friendly locations that are close to the day’s activities.

For Fairbanks | Sophie Station

  • Sophie Station Suites is conveniently located just a few minutes from the airport, and features comfortable suites with full kitchens, comfy beds and flat screen TV’s in each room. Each suite has its own balcony and living room area. Enjoy complimentary Wifi and 24 hour access to the front desk and fitness center.

For Kaktovik | Marsh Creek Inn

  • Marsh Creek Inn is well known for its hospitality and it’s clean and comfortable rooms. It features cable TV and free Wifi, as well as an on site chef who prepares 3 delicious meals a day. Although luxury hotels don’t exist this far north in Alaska, Tim and his staff are extremely warm and helpful and will make sure you enjoy your stay in Kaktovik.

For Barrow | UIC Tukkamavik Suites

  • UIC Tukkamavik Suites is run by the Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation, a company owned by native shareholders for development and protection of their communities. The Iñupiat word “Tukkumavik” means, a place to rest. This hotel features modern design, comfy beds and maid service. Each suite has a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom with tub and shower. Suites feature Internet WiFi access and cable TV in the living room and bedrooms.
  • We offset the emissions from your round-trip flight through the Carbon Fund. You will receive a certificate upon arrival in Fairbanks.
  • We provide reusable BPA free water bottles for guests.
  • Contributions will be made to native communities and environmental protection projects.
Get Ready To See Polar Bears In Alaska!

                                           

Start Date End Date Standard Pricing (Double Occupancy) Single Supplement Availability
Sep 23
2018
Until Sep 29
2018
$7,245Standard Pricing (Double Occupancy) $450 Single Supplement Contact To Book
Oct 6
2018
Until Oct 12
2018
$7,245Standard Pricing (Double Occupancy) $450 Single Supplement Contact To Book

This trip has a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 6 guests.


View Polar Bears from a Heated Boat

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A Polar Bear Family
A Polar Bear Family
Mother Cleans her Cub
Mother Cleans her Cub
Daniel Lum
Daniel Lum
Our Captain and His Iditarod Sled Dog Team
Our Captain and His Iditarod Sled Dog Team
Polar Bear in the Cold
Polar Bear in the Cold
Two Males Fighting
Two Males Fighting
Polar Bear Mother and Cubs
Polar Bear Mother and Cubs
Gold Rush History – Vintage Steamboat in Fairbanks
Gold Rush History – Vintage Steamboat in Fairbanks
Polar Bear Staring at the Camera
Polar Bear Staring at the Camera
Polar Bears Swimming and Playing
Polar Bears Swimming and Playing
Polar Bears Walking on Ice
Polar Bears Walking on Ice
Viewing Polar Bears from a Heated Boat
Viewing Polar Bears from a Heated Boat
Walrus Tusk Carving at the Cultural Center
Walrus Tusk Carving at the Cultural Center

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Polar Bear Adventure FAQ

While nature is never completely predictable, for many years our guide has seen polar bears every day from early August until November. September and October are considered the best times for viewing, and we will visit the spots that most consistently have polar bears. So our chances are extremely good. Being on a boat makes the best spots easily accessible and gives us a safe way to get up close.
This trip does not require any strenuous activity, and our guide will be there every step of the way to make sure each guest is safe and comfortable. Guests should be comfortable walking in snowy conditions and getting in and out of a passenger van. Please contact us if you have any specific needs or health concerns.
This is an all inclusive tour, meaning everything (meals, transportation, activities, etc…) is covered except for your flights to and from Fairbanks, and tips for your guides. This of course is optional, but always appreciated if you enjoyed your experience.
Your flights from Fairbanks to Kaktovik, Kaktovik to Barrow, and Barrow to Fairbanks are all included. Your flights between home and Fairbanks are not included.
Once you have booked we will be sending you a detailed packing list with all the essential items you need, including online examples. It will be important to have insulating layers (synthetic fabrics or smartwool) and wind and waterproof outerwear.
We will gladly assist you with photography before and during the trip. We will have a bear photography orientation and Q&A session at dinner in Fairbanks the first evening. Contact us if you have questions before your trip about camera brands or equipment. We recommend bringing at least one wide angle lens and one zoom lens. A 24-70mm (or wider) lens is important for landscapes and northern lights. A 70-200mm lens is important for polar bears in close and landscapes at a distance. Tripods will not work on the boat, but kneepads and bean bags are provided for photographers.

Why Travel With Us

We travel in small groups, only 6 per trip, giving you a more personalized experience and attentive service.
Authentic cultural visits with a native author in Fairbanks, a dog musher who raced the Iditarod in Kaktovik and a tribal elder and respected captain in Barrow.
Passionate local guides with interesting backgrounds, who have a passion for the culture and nature of their homes.
Two Arctic Destinations and 4 Bear Viewing Experiences – visit one tiny village as well as the largest town in the region, and enjoy another scenic flight in between.
Sled Dog Visit with a World Class Musher – See the equipment and do a home visit with Ketil, who has raced the Iditarod six times!
A Comfortable Heated Viewing Boat with a Local Captain – Enjoy the heated cabin in between viewing. We will have hot beverages and snacks on hand.
We Use Environmentally Friendly Business Practices – We reduce waste, provide water and reusable bottles, carbon offset your flights and donate to local non-profits.
We Support the Local Community – We use family owned businesses and independent guides so our money benefits the local economy and you get a more authentic experience.

Our Amazing Tour Guides


Fred Vreeman

Full Time Guide in Fairbanks and the Arctic
Fred Vreeman loves showing his home state of Alaska to our guests. He came to Alaska in 1978 and has worked and travelled in nearly every part of the state. After mastering several careers here, he now leads tours and teaches environmental science part time at University of Alaska. He loves exploring the wilderness as a pilot, boat captain, scientist and adventurer. His public service career includes management positions with Alaska’s Natural Resource and Environmental agencies. He has also worked in National Park Resort development, engineering for the US Army, and various energy, water and wastewater projects. He has degrees in Natural Science, Sociology and Environmental Engineering. In addition to guiding land tours he operates as a riverboat captain for adventurous guests discovering Alaska’s Yukon River.
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Ketil Reitan

Captain and Host in Kaktovik
Ketil Reitan was born in Norway. He came to Alaska and crossed the far Northern region by dog team for the first time 30 years ago. During his first trip he met his wife, Evelyn, and later settled down in Kaktovik. He has been a part of the native community since then, taking part in all their traditions. Ketil has ran the Iditarod sled dog race 6 times, finishing as high as 10th place! He will host us on his boat for three separate tours and for a home visit to meet his family and sled dog team.

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