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Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic
Trip Overview
Join us on an incredible once in a lifetime adventure this fall to photograph Alaskan Polar Bears up close and personal! We’ll travel to a remote island in the Arctic Ocean to photograph scores of Polar Bears at eye-level from a small boat. Travel with an experienced professional photographer and Inupiaq boat captain who have been living with and photographing Polar Bears for decades.

This trip takes us to an isolated Inupiaq Eskimo Village situated on the shores of the Beaufort Sea in the heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Each day we will head out in our privately chartered boat to photograph Polar Bears as they swim, play, wrestle and forage for food along the icy shores. Phenomenal close-up images are possible with focal-lengths of 300mm to 400mm as we will often get as close as 90 feet in our boats.


Fall is the optimal time of year for photographing Polar Bears in the Alaskan Arctic as they are waiting for “freeze-up” when they can begin their migrations across the vastness of the frozen Arctic Ocean. Often we will be able to photograph between 20-30 different bears on this trip.

Each evening we will retire to our rustic village accommodations where you can relax in the warm great-room after an excellent day of Polar Bear Photography. Meals are fantastic and guests can swap stories with other travels to this remote corner of the world. The Northern Lights are usually visible every night that it is clear along the Arctic Coast – if they are out we will photograph the Aurora as well! Life in the Arctic with the Polar Bears is the definition of living on the edge!
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Trip ExtensionWe offer an optional Northern Lights Extension immediately after Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic if you are interested in spending additional time photographing the Aurora Borealis. Please click here for details. 

Polar Bears of the Alaskan Arctic

6 Days / 5 Nights

Price: 
from $9295 double occupancy
+$895 single occupancy


Deposit: $1250

Fitness Level: 1
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Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging:
Please note: Lodging in the village is rustic & shared occupancy. There is very limited availability for single supplements

Fly In/Out: Fairbanks, Alaska
For more information on this trip, please give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm Mountain Time: 928-478-1521.
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Trip Details
Physical Requirements
Must be able to get into and out of small boats on potential rough seas. No hiking involved on this trip.

Group Size
This trip is limited to six participants.


Accommodation
We will be staying at Hampton Inn in Fairbanks, Alaska and the Waldo Arms Hotel in Kaktovik, Alaska.


Meals
All meals are included during the trip dates. We’ll have a group dinner in Fairbanks at one of our favorite local restaurants the first night and then be eating fantastic meals served up in the great room of the Waldo Arms Hotel after that.

Weather
Weather in the Alaskan Arctic is unpredictable at best.  In past years we have had everything from beautiful, sunny fall days to overcast with blowing winds to foggy white-out conditions. Daytime temperatures are usually around between 25-30 degrees Fahrenheit and evenings are usually between 20-25 Fahrenheit. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.


Price Includes
Meals, ground transportation, charter flight to/from Barter Island, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.


Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from Fairbanks, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities.

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  • So Many Polar Bears
We’ll travel to a remote island in the Arctic Ocean to photograph scores of Polar Bears at eye-level from a small boat. This trip includes a chartered flight and a polar bear boat with up to 25% more time with the polar bears, often just 90 feet away from them! There will also be chances to photograph the Northern Lights.
  • Learn from a pro!
Get hands on 1:1 instruction from a professional photographer while shooting polar bears from a small boat in the arctic.
  • Cutting Edge Photography Techniques
Expect to learn everything from basic camera settings for wildlife photography to more advanced techniques.
  • Small Groups

We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
Ask our past guests – one of the best parts about our trips is the food! We'll be staying in an authentic Eskimo Village.
  • The BEST Trip Leaders
Our Trip Leaders are photography pros who have been exploring, guiding & photographing for years – you won’t find better trip leaders or instructors anywhere else.
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  • A Great Expereince!

    What a great experience! The trip was well-organized from start to finish. Great photography locations from deep jungle to beach to river boat to night hikes. The schedule kept us busy but never hectic, and the accommodations were super comfortable. Shout out to our guide Ben - we saw so much wildlife! I'd highly recommend a trip with them.


  • In October I traveled with BCJ to Joshua Tree Natl Park for their night sky photography trip. This was my third trip with BCJ and I just reserved another trip. I keep coming back to this company because of the great experiences I'm having. I love the small groups and excellent guides. 


  • This was my first trip with Backcountry Journeys. It was excellent, and I have since booked two more trips. The itinerary, and the guides were excellent.

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8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
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BACKCOUNTRY JOURNEYS
"Backcountry Journeys offers guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens. We run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tours, Workshops & Safaris to incredible locales such as Yosemite, Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Utah as well as Botswana & Costa Rica."

- Russ Nordstrand, Backcountry Journeys Founder & Director
All Images & Content are property of Backcountry Journeys - Copyright 2022
CONTACT US
Monday-Friday
8am to 4pm Mountain Time
928-478-1521
adventure@backcountryjourneys.com

TRIP CATALOG

Download our Trip Catalog for detailed information on our many destinations for photography tours, workshops, and safaris.

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