Polar Bear Photography Tours in Northern Canada

Join Canadian Guide and Wildlife Photographer Michael Bertelsen for an incredible opportunity to photograph Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife at ground level.

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This polar bear photography workshop is specifically designed for the serious wildlife photographer looking for high quality images of polar bears, arctic hare, red, arctic, and cross fox, willow and rock ptarmigan, gyrfalcons, snowy owls and the northern lights. Churchill is the world's premiere location to experience migrating polar bears. On this trip you will be on the ground, eye level with the bears. Michael Bertelsen is a trained and very experienced Manitoba licensed guide with WMA permits. Michael has worked with National Geographic as well as BBC Films. He will offer you the very finest possibilities to capture stunning images of the animals that call Northern Canada home.

Quality not Quantity
Small group of 8 photographers shooting on the ground, thus allowing: The ability to move around and choose a better background or angle. Overall feeling of the workshop is more intimate. Feel more in tune with the surroundings and its species.

The Churchill lodging is exclusive to our small group of photographers. Quiet times are between 9pm and 6am (no doors slamming & people talking in the hallways) thus allowing everyone a restful sleep. All rooms have a 3 piece bath and refrigerator along with comfortable beds and individual thermostats for personal preference. There is a communal kitchen and a room for gathering and sharing stories about the day.

Equipment Recommendations
A minimum 400mm lens is required. Wide angle lens for landscapes. Your most used focal distance will be in the range of 300 to 600mm. If possible bring 2 camera bodies and a sturdy tripod.

Clothing Recommendations
Temperatures range from -1C to -20C during this time. Insulated boots, warm winter coat, insulated pants to wear over your inside pants. large warm mitts, thin gloves you can use camera buttons with, warm hat and wool socks.

Other Considerations
Low level of fitness is required. Very short walks in snow depth of less than a foot.
Bathroom breaks are available through out the day.

Itinerary for 6 Day Trip
Day 1
Morning fly from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba. Michael & Julia will pick you up at the airport and take you directly to the lodge. One hour orientation and some winter photography tips. Coffee, tea and a light snack is provided before you head out in search of polar bears. That evening a dinner is planned at one of Churchill's restaurants.
Day 2,3,4 and 5
Early breakfast then out in search for polar bears, possibly arctic fox, cross fox, silver fox, red fox, arctic hare, and ptarmigan. All day landscape photography if light and clouds offer the opportunity. Break for lunch then we head back out for the afternoon and evening shoot. Dinner together and review the day. Northern lights are a possibility when the sky is clear. Michael will offer an in-field Aurora Borealis workshop.
Day 6
More photography in the morning. Michael and Julia will take you to the Churchill airport where you will fly back to Winnipeg.

Price Includes:

All WMA permits and licenses.
5 Nights Accommodations
5 Days of Photography(4 full and 2 half)
Personalized photography Instruction offered at all times.
Continental Breakfasts.
Use of communal kitchen and common room.

Not included:
Alcoholic drinks, and snacks.
Lunch and Dinner.
All flights to and from Churchill.
Flight discounts are available through Wild Outdoors.


Booking Terms
6 Day Trip
Cost $5,250.00 cdn funds (Plus 12% Manitoba sales tax)
$1,500.00 cdn non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.
Remaining amount of $3,750.00 cdn due 90 days prior to departure date.
Single occupancy available for an additional $1,150.00 + Manitoba sales tax.
*If for some reason the borders close again, or Wild Outdoors has to cancel the trip you will receive a full credit.*

Payment, Registration and Refund Policy
A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. Once the deposit is received your spot on the trip is confirmed, and an email that includes a detailed itinerary will be sent to you. Balance in full is due 3 months before the tour start date. A reminder will be sent to you via email, but it is the sole responsibility of the participant to remember this due date. If the balance is not received in time, we will attempt to fill your spot from the waiting list. If the spot is filled, you will lose only the deposit. Fees are based upon double occupancy. Single rooms can be arranged for an additional cost if they are available. We do our best to pair participants up with a roommate, but if a roommate is not found, the single occupant will be charged for the single supplement. Checks can be made payable to Wild Outdoors Limited and sent to Michael Bertelsen P.O Box 1012, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, R0B0E0. Payment can be made through Paypal (add 3% surcharge) or e-transfer

Travel Insurance
Whenever travelling with Wild Outdoors Photography travel insurance and health insurance is highly recommended.


Wild Outdoors Photography does not accept responsibility for any losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike or other causes. The tour participants shall bear all such losses and expenses. Wild Outdoors Photography will take all reasonable steps to ensure that services provided are of high standard. Wild Outdoors Photography will not accept liability for physical injury, loss, damage or expense resulting from
circumstances beyond our control. By agreeing to participate in a Wild Outdoors Photography workshop, each participant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Wild Outdoors Photography, its agents, employees, shareholders, directors, attorneys, and contractors as more completely set forth in the liability waiver that will be provided. The waiver must be signed and received by Wild Outdoors Photography prior to participation.
Contact Michael if you have further questions or to check availability and to request a booking.


Michael, Thank you so much for all your assistance with the shoot and for being so accommodating with the many questions we fired your way. Katy and Tom both had a great shoot with you and they really valued your knowledge and expertise. Looking forward to working with you again, Susan S, BBC FILMS

I am a first time participant in one of Michael's workshops and boy did I luck out and choose the right one. First of all, I am veteran of photography workshops and this was by far one of the best for many reasons which I will summarize. We had a small group of wonderful people who got along extremely well (large groups are hard to shoot with). The transportation and lodging was prearranged including airport pickup personally. He arranged our wonderful meals and he was our driver, guide and scout and entertainer all in one. Michael is extremely affable and easy to talk to and ask questions and he pointed out tips in technique when necessary. He always ensured we got first crack at the shots before he even pulled out his camera. Foremost, he is an honest and ethical nature photographer. We had such a great time together and had so many memorable photo ops that I am going to sign up for more of his workshops. Thank you Michael! Karl C

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