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2023 – Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Photography Holiday

October 29, 2023 - November 5, 2023

£9499
  • Ice Grizzlies

    of the Yukon

    Join David & Pui Hang, the co-founders of NaturesLens on this 7 night photography trip to Canada.

    Travel into the heart of the Ni’iinlii’njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park, deep in the Yukon, taking photo opportunities with elk, grizzly bear & moose & more.

    29th October - 5th November 2023

    £9499 per participant

    Limited Availability - £1900 deposit required to secure a place

    Group size: 2 participants - 2 places available..

    Bookings close: July 1, 2023

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    Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon - £9499 per participant

    £9499 per participant - 2 places available.
  • Join David & Pui Hang on a wild Canadian experience, travelling into the depths of Yukon wilderness in October 2023 to capture individual images of the native grizzly bear, also known as the Ice Grizzlies, as they feed on spawning salmon in the Fishing Branch River. The particular conditions & sub-zero temperatures in & around this river transforms the Grizzlies into ice bears, as their fur becomes frozen & frosted; effectively 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 at most three places on this trip, so early booking is essential.
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of native grizzly bear, in Canada, during the Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 7 night/8 day duration on a Full Board, Shared basis & costs £9499 per participant.
    NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a trip to a national park deep in the Yukon region, Canada’s wildest & most unspoilt territory, to capture remarkable images of the Ice Grizzlies as they feed on spawning salmon. This natural wonder only occurs for six weeks of the year so the lucky few who get to observe this event will take home memories to treasure for years to come.
    The area 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 regional park.
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    The period 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 nearby limestone caverns over the winter months & the Fishing Branch River is the key to it all.
    Fed by underground springs, Fishing Branch River remains unfrozen throughout the year, & 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 Grizzlies to the delight of wildlife photographers.
    Being allowed into the park is a limited right, 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 2500sq 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, & in particular the Ice Grizzlies, will lead us throughout the experience,; both he & David & Pui Hang will assist you in obtaining editorial-quality images that genuinely communicate the magic of this remarkable wildlife spectacle.
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    Our trip includes a two 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 seven nights full-board accommodation in a charming log cabin situated moments from the bank of the river; involving you deeply in the action yet providing a cosy retreat from the harsh conditions outside.
    All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.
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    As well as cabin accommodation, all internal transfers are taken care of for you, to ensure that the whole experience is gratifying & you can focus on capturing striking images of the fauna of Fishing Branch River to add to your wildlife portfolio.
    Photographable Species: bald eagle, elk, grizzly bear, moose

    Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Photography Holiday Itinerary

    day 1 - saturday - 28th october, 2023

    meet at dawson city airport, transfer to local hotel & overnight in dawson city

    day 2 - sunday - 29th october, 2023

    helicopter trip (2 hours) to fishing branch river

    day 3 - monday - 30th october, 2023

    ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

    day 4 - tuesday - 31st october, 2023

    ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

    day 5 - wednesday - 1st november, 2023

    ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

    day 6 - thursday - 2nd november, 2023

    ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

    day 7 - friday - 3rd november, 2023

    ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

    day 8 - saturday - 4th november, 2023

    ice grizzly bear & other wildlife photography along the banks of the fishing branch river

    day 9 - sunday - 5th november, 2023

    late morning flight by helicopter to dawson city & overnight in dawson city

  • 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 make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    You are making an enquiry for the Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 29th October - 5th November 2023 & costs £9499 per participant

    , this photography holiday requires a deposit of £1900 to secure a place.
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    How to Book

    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
    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 photography holiday, 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.
    A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.

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    Additional Notes

    NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
    The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 2 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. 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.
    Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
    All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
    NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
    Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon Photography Holiday Summary

    The Ice Grizzlies of the Yukon photography holiday is a photography holiday of 7 night/8 day duration, that costs £9499 per participant

    & takes place in in Canada, between the dates of 29th October - 5th November 2023. It is ideal for photographing bald eagle, elk, grizzly bear, moose & more. This photography holiday is led by David & Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday 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 photography holiday starts & ends at Dawson City. Transfers between Dawson City & are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £1900 to secure a place.

    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 Towergate Chapman Stevens through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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  • Details

    Start:
    29th October - 5th November 2023
    Cost:
    £9499 per participant

    Location

    , Canada
    in the heart of Ni’iinlii’njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial ParkYukonCanada