Operated by Explore Tours

Polar Bear Expeditions

2 Days / $2423 and up

Whaling starts in early September with the Polar Bears making the 150 mile swim from the ice pac to the mainland around that time.


From as far back as the Village Elders can remember, legends are told that when the Polar Bears arrive, the Eskimo Hunters will have good luck and catch a whale.

The villagers use the whale meat and blubber for subsistence and share the rest with the bears. In several locations we have seen as many as 20 bears at a time. A few bears stay year round but the highest concentrations are in October and November.

Arctic Air Expeditions departs from Anchorage and flies via Fairbanks to one of several Inupiat Eskimo Villages located on the shores of the Beaufort Sea 250 miles North of the Arctic Circle. We keep in touch with several local Eskimos to keep informed on the best locations for bear viewing.

Passengers are encouraged to have travel insurance. Be flexible and allow extra time for other air connections.

Arctic cold weather gear is advised and rentals can be arranged with prior notice.


Trips depart from:
Anchorage and Fairbanks*
*Additional cost for departures from Fairbanks  

2012 Operating dates:
October through mid November 2012

Tour Price

2012 Pricing

Starting at price of $2,423 per person is based upon a party size of 5 minimum participants

Note: due to availability and limited season for this unique activity, rates are subject to change

Solo travelers:
If you are traveling alone, we may be able to add you to an existing group. Please inquire.

Package Includes

Round trip airfare from Anchorage, ground transportation for guided bear viewing, meals and all transportation during the expedition.