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  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
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A journey overview

  • New York City
  • Winnipeg
  • Churchill
  • Seal River Heritage Lodge
  • Churchill
  • Winnipeg

6 Days Exploration
  • Departing:
  • 6 Oct 2024 Sold Out

As the Silver Endeavour sails into New York harbour to complete the epic Nordic expedition cruise from Reykjavik, the opportunity arises, exclusive to just 16 guests, to witness the natural habitat of polar bears in the northern reaches of Canada. Our residence will be a remote boutique lodge affording the chance to view polar bears up-close and if fortune favours us, aurora borealis.

Polar bear
Polar bear, Churchill


View polar bears on guided hikes across the tundra and as they amble past our lodge on their migratory route. Our lodges are in a prime location for observing polar bears as they wander the coast during summer and autumn waiting for the bay to freeze.

Polar bear viewing
Seal River Heritage Lodge


By night we sit in the safety and comfort of our lodge to observe the many marvels around us, whether it’s the aurora borealis or an inquisitive polar bear. With our lodge’s world-class secure viewing areas both outside and inside, you can watch for wildlife whilst sipping wine. These unique lodges come complete with local guides who will lead us on expeditions.


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Extend Your World: In Search of the Polar Bears is a post-journey extension and must be booked in conjunction with Epic Nature of Iceland, Greenland & Canada by Small Ship. Aboard the luxurious small ship Silver Endeavour, we connect Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the USA.

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After being transferred to the airport, we board a flight for Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Having been joined by our Polar Guide, we attend a briefing to learn about what we can expect during our stay at our remote lodge over the coming days. This evening’s dinner is at our hotel, The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel.

We set our sights on Churchill this morning, on the edge of Hudson Bay. From here, we are met by another aircraft, which delivers us onward to Seal River Heritage Lodge - fortune may favour us with a casual polar bear sighting mid-flight. On arriving to our comfortable accommodation, we meet our friendly hosts and receive a tour of the lodge, along with a valuable orientation on how best to proceed through polar bear country.

Following breakfast each morning, our guides detail the day’s planned activities. Our spirits are high as we head out, cameras in hand, in search of wildlife. Led by our expert guides, we quietly maintain our distance while keeping watch for some of the more frequent visitors to the area, such as Arctic hares, moose, wolves, and, of course, polar bears. 

After our day of exploration, we compare notes, glancing through our respective photos before dinner. Afterwards, perhaps grab a glass of wine and retreat to the lounge, where a crackling fire keeps us warm as we listen to a presentation by one of our team. Retire to your guestroom at your leisure; one of our hosts will offer to wake you should a polar bear make an impromptu nocturnal appearance just beyond our windows. You may also be roused by a similar level of excitement if aurora borealis also becomes visible. 

This morning, we make our return to Churchill. Take advantage of the incredible aerial views from aboard our plane as we trace the edge of Hudson Bay. Back on land, our guide shows us around Churchill, with visits to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre; the Itsanitaq Museum, which displays a collection of Inuit carvings and artefacts dating back as far as 1700BC; and the Polar Bear Holding Facility, where bears considered to pose a danger are temporarily held in isolation. Along the way, we also see several of the SeaWalls murals, which run for 30kms along the shores of Hudson Bay. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to seek out some last-minute souvenirs of your time in Canada. Reconvening at Churchill Airport, we fly due south on our return to Winnipeg. Welcomed back to The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel, we reflect upon our adventures during a final evening. 

Following breakfast this morning, we farewell our Tour Host Team and new-found friends as our compelling journey reaches its end.

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