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2018 – Ice Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

October 20, 2018 - November 1, 2018

  • Ice Bears

    of the Canadian Yukon

    Travel into the depths of the Yukon wilderness & capture sensational images of grizzly bears as they transform into ice bears.

    As many as 40 bears visit the river to feast on the spawning salmon. As they wade through the river, the sub zero temperatures causes their wet fur to freeze.

    20th October - 1st November 2018

    £8499 per participant

    Group size: 2 participants - fully booked.

    Bookings closed: Fully booked.

    Fully booked

    Ice Bears of the Canadian Yukon - £8499 per participant

    20th October - 1st November 2018
    £8499 per participant
    fully booked
    £8499 per participant - fully booked
  • Join NaturesLens on a wild Canadian adventure, travelling into the depths of Yukon wilderness to capture unrivalled images of the native grizzly bear as it feeds on spawning salmon in the Fishing Branch River. The specific conditions & sub-zero temperatures in & around this river transforms grizzlies into ice bears, as their fur becomes frozen & frosted; completely changing their appearance as photography subjects.
    Only a fortunate few can witness this spectacle annually, & the unique nature of this wildlife photography experience means that we can only offer a tiny number of participant places on this trip, so booking early is essential.
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of top level predator on the banks of the Fishing Branch River, in Canada, during the Ice Bears of the Yukon past event. This past event is of 12 night/13 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £8499 per participant.
    NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a journey to a national park in the Yukon region, Canada’s wildest & most unspoilt territory, to capture awe-inspiring images of the native grizzly bears as they feed on spawning salmon. This natural wonder only occurs for 6 weeks of the year, so the lucky few who get to witness this event will take home memories to treasure for years to come.
    The location for this wildlife photography holiday lies within a snowball’s throw of the Arctic Circle in the Fishing Branch Protected Area, where the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation & the regional government have joined hands to set aside 2,500 sq. miles of pristine wilderness as Yukon’s largest territorial park.
    The season to witness this phenomenon is short, just six weeks long, in which the grizzlies gather to feast on the spawning salmon. Their feeding behaviour is intense during this period as they are attempting to put on enough weight to last them through their hibernation in the nearby limestone caverns over the winter months & the Fishing Branch River is the key to it all.
    Fed by underground springs, it remains unfrozen all year round, & every autumn 35,000 chum salmon make the 1,500-mile odyssey from the Bering Sea to spawn in its pure waters. At times there are so many fish in the river you feel you could walk across it on their backs without getting your feet wet.
    The salmon in turn attract the grizzlies, as many as 40 every season & as they wade through the river an extraordinary transformation takes place. Within minutes their wet fur freezes in the sub-zero temperatures & they become ice bears to the delight of wildlife photographers.
    Being allowed into the park is a rare privilege, as the region is very sacred to the indigenous Vuntut Gwitchin communities who reside in the area, & put great ancestral & cultural value on the land & the environment within the park. The 2,500 sq. miles which make up the park was set aside by the government & local communities as an area for preservation, & the opportunity to capture its rarely disturbed wildlife population on camera is not one to miss out on. A guide with in depth knowledge of the wildlife & culture of the Yukon national park will lead you throughout the experience to aid you in obtaining editorial-quality images that truly convey the magic of this exceptional wildlife spectacle.
    Our trip includes a 2 hour chartered helicopter journey from Dawson City to Fishing Branch River, which takes us across a far-reaching emptiness of deep-frozen rivers & boreal forests bounded by range upon range of white mountains punching to the sky. You will also enjoy 7 nights full-board accommodation in a rustic log cabin situated moments from the bank of the river; immersing you in the action yet providing a cosy retreat from the harsh conditions outside.
    As well as cabin accommodation, all internal transfers are taken care of for you, to ensure that the whole experience is truly memorable & you are able to focus on capturing stunning photographs to add to your wildlife portfolio. Group numbers are strictly limited, so book your place now to avoid missing out!
    Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, grizzly bear, moose

    Ice Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Itinerary

    To be confirmed

    Day 1 - overnight Whitehorse

    Travel from UK to Whitehorse, arrival in Whitehorse & overnight

    Day 2 - overnight Dawson City

    Travel to Dawson City & overnight

    Day 3 - overnight Bear Cave Mountain

    Helicopter trip (2 hours) to Fishing Branch River

    Day 4 - overnight Bear Cave Mountain

    Ice Grizzly Bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the Fishing Branch River

    Day 5 - overnight Bear Cave Mountain

    Ice Grizzly Bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the Fishing Branch River

    Day 6 - overnight Bear Cave Mountain

    Ice Grizzly Bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the Fishing Branch River

    Day 7 - overnight Bear Cave Mountain

    Ice Grizzly Bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the Fishing Branch River

    Day 8 - overnight Bear Cave Mountain

    Ice Grizzly Bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the Fishing Branch River

    Day 9 - overnight Bear Cave Mountain

    Ice Grizzly Bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the Fishing Branch River

    Day 10 - overnight Dawson City

    Late morning flight by helicopter to Dawson City & overnight

    Day 11 - overnight Whitehorse

    Afternoon flight from Dawson to Whitehorse & overnight

    Day 12 - Travel to UK

    Fly from Whitehorse to Vancouver or Calgary & onwards to UK

  • 10%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

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    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected past event, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
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    Additional Notes
    The past event itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens past events require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the past event may not go ahead. This past event has a minimum participant level of 2 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a past event to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given past event. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any past event.
    Payment of deposit by past event participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
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    Ice Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Summary

    The Ice Bears of the Yukon past event costs £8499 per participant

    & takes place in Atlin in Canada, between the dates of 20th October - 1st November 2018. It is ideal for photographing bald eagle, elk, grizzly bear, moose & more. This past event is led by David & Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. Group size for this past event is a minimum of 2 participants & a maximum of 2, plus David & Pui Hang. We consider this to be an event of Medium level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The past event starts & ends at Whitehorse airport. Transfers between Whitehorse airport & Atlin are included in the cost of this past event.

    Ice Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £1700 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: July 20th, 2018*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: September 20th, 2018.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault
    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.
    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.
    This insurance has been arranged by The Travel Vault in conjunction with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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    20th October - 1st November 2018
    £8499 per participant
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    Atlin, British Columbia Canada + Google Map


    David Miles
    Pui Hang Miles