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Northern Lights And Arctic Cultures

 

 

6 or 7 days from $4,795

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 in a mystical display of color. Churchill has one of the heaviest concentrations of aurora borealis activity in the world, making it a peerless destination for a northern lights tour...and 2014 is slated to be the most aurora-active period in years! On this exciting Arctic adventure our days are filled with distinctly northern activities such as dog sledding, and our nights with the potential for the best aurora viewing on the planet.

The Northern Lights

 

 


    • One-way rail transportation between Winnipeg and Churchill
    • One-way flight from Churchill to Winnipeg
    • Accommodations
    • All meals (except those taken aboard the train)
    • Services of Expedition Leaders and assistants
    • Most gratuities
    • Airport transfers
    • Permits and entrance fees
    • All taxes
    • Experience the wonder of the northern lights in the most aurora-active place on earth
    • Journey from southern prairie to Far North tundra on the Hudson Bay Railway
    • Discover the traditions of northern native peoples on an array of winter adventures

 

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 Winnipeg, offering first-class hospitality. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with your Expedition Leader and fellow travelers.

Day 2: Winnipeg to Churchill

In preparation for our Northern Lights encounters, this morning we attend a planetarium program at the Manitoba Museum that focuses 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 lunchtime.

Days 3: Train to Churchill
Heading northward by rail, we leave the southern prairies behind and enter the landscape of the North. Plains transition to boreal forest, the coniferous zone that circles the globe beneath the Arctic Circle and accounts for one-third of the earth’s forests. Stunted spruce trees and boggy muskeg give way to frozen tundra as we approach Churchill, a frontier outpost town at the edge of Hudson Bay. The “Tundra Train” is relaxing and comfortable, and each cabin has its own private bathroom. At night, we may even have a preview of the Northern Lights outside our large private windows.

Day 4-6: Churchill

On arrival in Churchill we transfer to our hotel and take a brief tour of this historic settlement. The Hudson’s Bay Company established a fort here in 1717 as part of its fur-trading network across the Canadian North, but Native cultures had already been flourishing here against the harsh Arctic climate for thousands of years. We explore their heritage on a dog sled ride through the boreal forest, on a visit to the Eskimo Museum, and through cultural programs featuring the arts and traditions of the Inuit and Dene peoples.

Our Expedition Leader introduces us to northern ecology and the stark yet alluring winter landscape. As night falls, we move into heated viewing domes to await an unparalleled experience of nature’s magic: the spectacle of the aurora borealis, the legendary Northern Lights. Often, they begin as a white glow low in the sky that slowly begins to shift and undulate. Wavy patterns evolve, colors appear and change, until the lights look like shimmering curtains of green, blue, yellow or red. For centuries, the phenomenon of the Northern Lights was a mystery, inspiring a host of mythical explanations. While we know now that the aurora is caused by the interaction of the solar wind with the earth’s magnetic field, more poetic stories of their origin linger, including the Hudson Bay Inuit’s belief that the lights are the magical display of their ancestors’ souls dancing in the sky. Of course, the lights are a natural phenomenon, and we are never guaranteed to see them, but Churchill has more auroral activity than any other place on the planet...meaning our odds are good!


Day 7: Churchill/ Winnipeg

The morning is free to wander Churchill’s main street, where several locally owned shops offer authentic Native handicrafts from traditional mukluks to caribou-hair sculptures. We then transfer to the airport for our flight back to Winnipeg. This evening we'll gather one last time for our farewell dinner at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Day 8: Winnipeg/ Home
After breakfast, our Northern Lights tour comes to a close as we transfer to the airport for flights home.

Please note: All of our activities in Churchill are flexible to accommodate varying weather conditions.



 

Winnipeg: Fort Garry Hotel

Churchill: Hotel space in Churchill is scarce. To accommodate demand we must use a variety of local properties.

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
Jan 23- Feb 05 2014* $5,695 $6,360  
Feb 01- Feb 08 2014 $4,795 $5,360  
Feb 07-Feb 13 2014* $5,695 $6,360  
Feb 10- Feb 17 2014 $4,795 $5,360  
Feb 15- Feb 22 2014 $4,795 $5,360  
Feb 18- Feb 23 2014 $4,795 $5,360  
Feb 21-Feb 27 2014* $5,695 $6,362  
Feb 24- Mar 03 2014 $4,795 $5,360  
Mar 01-Mar 07 2014* $5,695 $6,362  
Mar 05- Mar 10 2014 $4,795 $5,360  
Mar 08-Mar 14 2014 $5,695 $6,362  

 

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