Where are the best places to see polar bears?
Spotting Polar Bears in The Arctic
Standing up to ten feet tall, armed with 2-inch long claws and the keenest sense of smell in the entire animal kingdom, there is no argument who is the undisputed King of The Arctic.
Polar Bear Spotting with Alex from Swoop, October 2016
Land-based Trips with Polar Bear Spotting
Cruise-based Trips with Polar Bear Spotting
This 11-day Svalbard voyage is a ‘classic’ providing ample time for near guaranteed polar bear sightings, alongside encounters with the region’s other plentiful wildlife and exploring its dramatic scenery. Phippsoya, 14th of July glacier and Hinlopen Strait are all popular…
This comprehensive Arctic triumvirate encompassing Svalbard, East Greenland and Iceland offers the best of both worlds: some of The Arctic's best wildlife viewing with spectacular scenery, unspoiled fjords and gigantic icebergs. Plus, you may be lucky enough to see both…
The bears actually look quite vulnerable when you see them spreading their weight to walk on thinner patches of ice, but when you see them hunting you get a real sense of their power.
John Newby Polar Specialist
Polar Bears: Your Questions Answered
When it comes to wildlife sightings simply can’t be guaranteed, however, in places like Churchill in the autumn, sightings are near guaranteed as there hasn’t been a trip in over a decade without successful sightings. This is as close to a guarantee that you can get.
This one is a hard one to call as it depends on what region you are travelling in and at what time of year. Your best bet is to contact us and we can guide you through the options.
Typically the summer months have the highest sightings, when visitor numbers are at their peak and the bears are out and about. However, Churchill is renowned as the ‘Polar Bear capital of the World’ due to the significant numbers of bears which gather on there in October and November, waiting for Hudson Bay to ice over again.
Safety is paramount when dealing with any apex predator. Safe sightings can be guaranteed, whether you are viewing from an ice strengthened ship, rubber zodiac or tundra buggy.