Not to be confused with the Polar Bear Grand Tour (an American mid-winter motorcycle tour), the Natural Habitat Adventures has six different specially-catered and eco-friendly tours that will bring you up and close with one of nature’s most powerful beasts – ursus maritimus, the polar bear.
Concerned primarily with ‘polar bear awareness,’ this tour which concentrates its efforts around Churchill, Manitoba, home of the grizzly, comes at an integral and fragile period on the far-stretched timeline of the polar bear. Threatened, like other creatures, by changing climate patterns and rich, bored hunters, NatHab’s tours have a focus on small-group, low-impact, educational and photo-rich tours, promoting both tourism to Churchhill and ‘World Wildlife Fund-approved education,’ concerning the present and future states of the polar bears and their natural habitat.
Male polar bears can weigh up to 1,500lbs. and stand over ten feet tall on their hind legs, and they are truly powerful creatures to behold. NatHab provides this video to be a visual aid in promoting their tours. There are polar bear-centric tours on the market, all with different emphases the the nature of their necessity. They all promise to bring you close to these powerful beasts, but not all of them promise the minimal economic impact of the NatHab tours, though it is assumed that a tour with an animal as its primary focus will respect, not exploit, that animal.
The NatHab tours can run you $4,995 for the eight-day rover and foot tour to $6,495 for thetundra lodge photo tour, which also lasts eight days. The tours focus on small groups, and if polar bears aren’t your thing, NatHab hosts a string of other tours to places like the Galapagos, Africa, and China.