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Alaska – Polar Bears of Kaktovik Photo Expedition 2019

Alaska – Polar Bears of Kaktovik Photo Expedition 2019

US$9,495 per person sharing


9 Sep 2019 – 15 Sep 2019

ORYX Photo Tours presents this distinct Polar Bear destination found in the remote north-eastern corner of the Alaskan wilderness, on the shoreline of the Arctic Ocean. Kaktovik is known for its aggregation of Polar Bears during the autumn months and is one of the most unique places in the world to capture these white bears hunting and congregating as the summer season draws to a close. Utalising a small boat, we will venture up and down the coastline to photograph these bears in prime lighting conditions, whilst they walk along the pebble beaches and swim in the frigid waters in the surrounding bays.

Why this Photo Expedition is for You

Destination Allure

Kaktovik is known as the Polar Bear capital of the United States and an incredibly unique place that differs to Polar Bear photography in Svalbard.

Month of Travel

Like their Norwegian cousins, the autumn months are when these arctic bears gorge themselves on food sources in order to eat their fill before hibernating for the winter.

Small Group Departures

This expedition is limited to only 12 passengers apart from your Photo Tour Leaders and expedition crew, and is an exclusive photographers-only photo tour.

Private Expedition ship

Utilising a small boat, we will venture up and down the coastline to photograph these bears in prime lighting conditions. This boat is dedicated solely to your photographic group!

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Ole Jørgen Liodden

Ole Jørgen Liodden

7 Days
12 Guests & 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Per Person Sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Polar Bears, remote Eskimo village, seals, whales and golden hour autumn lighting

Day 1: Arrival in Fairbanks

Today is arrival day for our Kaktovik tour in Fairbanks, Alaska and after being met at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel, where you will overnight. Tonight, you will meet your fellow travelers and photo guide, and discuss your exciting trip in more detail.

Day 2: Charter flight to Kaktovik

This morning we will depart Fairbanks via a charter plane on our Kaktovik photo tour (approximately 2 hours) to the remote north-eastern corner of Alaska. Kaktovik was a traditional fishing place—Kaktovik means “Seining Place”—and the remote town started becoming a wildlife attraction for its congregation of Polar Bears and is now known as the Polar Bear capital of the United States. Upon arriving in Kaktovik, we will settle in our accommodations. Polar Bears are often seen roaming on the edge of town, perhaps we’ll even be lucky enough to see one before heading out on our evening boat trip! Our plan is to spend 3 hours in prime lighting conditions shooting the local bears found in the water or on the shore line before heading back to our hotel for dinner.

Days 3 to 5: Kaktovik

Over the next 3 days, our Kaktovik tour is not set in stone but the plan is to incorporate morning and late afternoon/evening boating photography sessions in order to make the most of golden hour. On our Kaktovik photo tour provides an insight into modern Arctic coastal village life, and mesmerizing views of wild Polar Bears waiting for the ice pack to come in. Sometimes one can get a view of bears that have come into town, especially at the “bone pile,” where the bears find old whale bones to chew. With no jagged mountainous peaks or curvy hills in the immediate background to hinder lighting conditions, sunrises and sunsets will hopefully be at our every disposal, weather permitting. Exquisite images of Polar Bears scavenging whale carcasses in large numbers, swimming and playing in the water, cubs toddling after their mother on the beaches and the opportunity to capturing these bears found on this side of the Arctic Circle awaits on our Kaktovik photo tour!

Day 6: Charter flight to Fairbanks

Today is the last day of our Kaktovik tour and will have one more morning boat photography session before leaving via our charter flight back to Fairbanks. We will spend our evening in Fairbanks reminiscing on our amazing Alaskan adventure and perhaps editing some our images.

Day 7: Depart Fairbanks

Today we bid each other farewell as our photo safari comes to an end, and we make our way to the airport for our departure flights home.


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