Polar Bear Viewing

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.


Arctic Air Expeditions - Polar Bear ToursWhaling starts in early September with the Polar Bears making the 150 mile swim from the ice pac to the mainland around that time. 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.







If you are a photographer or researcher please contact us for specific requests.

Polar Bear Cubs

It should be noted that our tours do not include newborn cub sightings. It can take weeks in the field under adverse conditions to capture these rare opportunities. However, we do see many spring cubs that are less than a year old.





Important Things to Know

In the event of weather delays,
   meals and lodging will be extra.

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.

Package Prices and Details

Contact Us for Overnight tour pricing.

If you are traveling alone we may be
   able to add you to an existing group.

Prices & dates are subject to change.

Includes air fare from Anchorage,
   meals and transportation during the
   expedition, and return air fare to


Please contact us for specifics.