7-Nights Northern Lights & Arctic Cultures

A 7-Day Natural Habitat Adventures tour starting from $5,995

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Tour Length: 7 Days
Countries Visited: United States
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Tour Operator: Natural Habitat Adventures
Tour Code: STNV-1268406
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In the same land that hosts the brief, brilliant summer of beluga whales and the polar bears of autumn comes an amazing phenomenon that illumines the dark winter skies. The ethereal northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, meaning "north wind of the dawn," brighten the night sky in a mystical display of color. Churchill, Manitoba has one of the heaviest concentrations of auroral activity on Earth, making it an ideal destination for a northern lights tour. View the lights from three different heated vantage points including the new custom-built Aurora Pod®, offering 360-degree views on the night sky in warmth and comfort through its geometric glass top and sides. On this exciting Arctic adventure the days are filled with distinctly northern activities such as dog sledding, and the nights with the potential for the best aurora viewing on the planet.

 
 
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Round-trip transportation between Winniped and Churchill (train and plane)
  • Cold-weather gear including a parka, a fleece buff, a fleece jacket, waterproof pants, mittens and boots during your trip
  • Services of NHA Expedition Leaders and assistants
  • Most gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • All taxes

Vacation Highlights:
  • Experience the northern lights in warmth and comfort from our new Aurora Pod® with glass ceiling and sides, and inside heated circular aurora domes
  • Ride the Hudson Bay Railway from southern prairie to subarctic tundra, enjoying unobstructed views from the observation car—or choose a direct flight option
  • Discover local lifestyles and traditions of northern First Nations peoples on an array of winter activities in and around Churchill
 
 
Day 1: Winnipeg, Manitoba Arrive in Winnipeg and transfer to the Fort Garry Hotel. Built in 1913 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the French chateau-style hotel remains the grande dame of Canada's prairie capital, offering first-class hospitality. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with your Expedition Leader and fellow travelers.

Day 2: Winnipeg / Tundra Train In preparation for our northern lights encounters, we attend a planetarium program at the Manitoba Museum focused on the science of the aurora borealis. We'll also tour exhibits reflecting the human and natural heritage of the province, including the history of Canada's northern indigenous cultures. Contingent on the train schedule, we board the Hudson Bay Railway to Churchill around midday. As darkness falls, make your way to the train’s new glass-domed observation car for possible sightings of the northern lights.

Day 3: Travel to Churchill by Rail Continuing northward on the train, leave the southern prairies behind and enter the landscape of the subarctic. Enjoy the fishbowl view of the wild expanse beyond from the domed observation car. Plains transition to boreal forest, also called taiga, the coniferous zone that encircles the planet beneath the Arctic Circle and comprises one-third of Earth’s forests. We disembark at Thompson for several hours, with time to eat lunch in town and view the frozen waterfall at Pisew Falls Park. Back on board this afternoon, watch stunted spruce trees and boggy muskeg give way to frozen tundra as we continue toward Churchill, a frontier town on the edge of Hudson Bay. The “Tundra Train” is relaxing and comfortable, and each cabin has its own private bathroom. At night, we may get a preview of the northern lights outside the large individual windows of our sleeper cabins, and from the observation car.

Days 4–6: Churchill—History, Culture, Nature & Aurora Viewing On arrival in Churchill, we transfer to our hotel and take a brief tour of this historic northern outpost. The Hudson’s Bay Company established a fort in 1717 as part of its fur-trading network across the Canadian North, but indigenous cultures were already flourishing here against the harsh Arctic climate for thousands of years. Explore Churchill's heritage and traditions with an array of local activities: Meet a local dog musher and take a dog sled ride through the boreal forest, visit the Eskimo Museum, and enjoy cultural programs featuring the arts and traditions of the Inuit, Dene and Metis peoples. Outside town, our Expedition Leader introduces us to northern ecology and the stark yet alluring winter landscape. As night falls, we await nature’s magic: the spectacle of the aurora borealis, the legendary northern lights. Each evening holds an opportunity to witness the phenomenon in warmth and comfort. Our custom-designed Aurora Pod® features 360-degree views of the night sky through its glass walls and roof. Another view on the lights takes place in Plexiglass Aurora Domes positioned outside town in complete darkness. Relax on the sofas below, or climb the ladder to the upper level for an unimpeded circular view of the heavens. Often, the aurora begins as a white glow low in the sky that slowly starts to shift and undulate. Wavy patterns evolve, colors appear and change, until the lights become shimmering curtains of green. Sometimes we even see yellow, red or purple tones. For centuries, the phenomenon of the northern lights was a mystery, inspiring a host of mythical explanations. While we now know that the aurora is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with Earth’s magnetic field, more poetic stories of their origin linger, including the Hudson Bay Inuit’s belief that the lights are the ethereal display of their ancestors' souls dancing in the sky. Of course, since the lights are a natural phenomenon, we are never guaranteed to see them, but Churchill has some of the most frequent and intense auroral activity on the planet—meaning our odds are very good!

Day 7: Churchill / Winnipeg The morning is free to wander Churchill’s main street, where several locally owned shops offer authentic local handicrafts from traditional mukluks to caribou-hair sculptures. We then transfer to the airport for our flight back to Winnipeg. This evening, we gather for a farewell dinner.

Day 8: Winnipeg / Depart After breakfast, our northern lights tour comes to a close with a transfer to the airport for flights home.
 
         
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Manitoba
In the same land that hosts the brief, brilliant summer of beluga whales and the polar bears of autumn comes an amazing phenomenon that illumines the dark winter skies. The ethereal northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, meaning "north wind of the dawn," brighten the night sky in a mystical display of color. Churchill, Manitoba has one of the heaviest concentrations of auroral activity on Earth, making it an ideal destination for a northern lights tour. View the lights from three different heated vantage points including the new custom-built Aurora Pod®, offering 360-degree views on the night sky in warmth and comfort through its geometric glass top and sides. On this exciting Arctic adventure the days are filled with distinctly northern activities such as dog sledding, and the nights with the potential for the best aurora viewing on the planet.
 

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. International flights additional. Terms and conditions apply. Dates will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. 2019 dates and pricing are subject to change; inquire for details. Single Supplements and Deposit fee applies. Routes and itineraries vary by expedition. Group size limit: approximately 14 travelers. Rates vary by date of travel; please inquire for the best prices for your preferred travel dates.
Not Included: Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, etc.), optional travel insurance.

Please Note for travelers who prefer to skip the train portion of the trip: On the February 1, February 22, March 1 and March 15 departures, we do not take the train to Churchill. Instead, we fly to Churchill on Day 2. The total length of this trip departure is 6 nights/7 days with 4 nights in Churchill. This Fly/Fly Departure itinerary option is available upon request; please inquire for details at time of booking.

 
 

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