Polar Bear Safaris

Expert-led safaris to Svalbard and the Alaskan Arctic

ABOUT POLAR BEAR SAFARIS

30 years of travelling in the Arctic wilderness of Svalbard and Alaska has connected Olly Williams with the world's leading polar guides.

Drawing on Olly's ground-truth and in acknowledgment of the extreme nature of this environment we offer a set of carefully curated opportunities to see polar bears in the wild.

If your aim is to see specially adapted wildlife in the High Arctic environment of Svalbard, travelling deep into this hostile wilderness in order to get the fullest experience of the animals and the land- and seascapes they inhabit, then you need to be in the safe hands of proper experts with years of Arctic travel under their belts. In pursuit of his art, Olly has sought out the very best people in each of the areas we visit.

All of our trips to Svalbard are planned and executed to the highest degree and in accordance with the regulations in place to protect the environment and its resident Arctic wildlife. We never harass or actively track polar bears. Ours is a respectful and calm approach to witnessing any encounter with this majestic predator from a safe distance. We only work with our expert and well-established guides in Svalbard with the safety of our travellers being of paramount importance. 

we offer you the pinnacle of expertise in the form of guides and outfitters who have led expeditions for the likes of Blue Planet, National Geographic and American presidents!”

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What you need to know about polar bears on Svalbard

On Svalbard we offer a summer and a winter private expeditions.

Each trip is designed to get you to into the Arctic widerness to experience the environment, stunning landscapes and Arctic wildlife. As with all our trips into Africa or the Arctic we aim to get you into wildlife rich areas, away from other people, with as many of the home comforts as can be practically catered for.

In summer, we use a private ice-rated expedition vessel as used in the filming of wildlife documentaries, to get far beyond the tourist areas with all the kit neccessary to explore the coast and islands of the archipelago. Take a look at our summer Svalbard expedition.

In the spring, we travel overland into beautiful unspoilt wilderness of eastern Svalbard, crossing frozen mountain trails, fjords and onto the firm sea-ice of the Barents Sea using heated expedition tents and travelling with expedition cook. Luxury in such a place is all about context...

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SVALBARD SUMMER EXPEDITION

Highlights:

A unique journey to discover Svalbard's coastline, led by an expert natural history film guide and based on a private ice-breaker

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SVALBARD WINTER SAFARI

Highlights:

A UNIQUE EXPERT-GUIDED ARCTIC ADVENTURE IN THE COMPANY OF AN EXPERT NATURAL HISTORY FILMING GUIDE

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VIEW POLAR BEARS IN THE ALASKAN ARCTIC

Highlights:

AN AUTHENTIC ALASKAN ADVENTURE TO VIEW POLAR BEARS IN THE COMPANY OF ONE OF ALASKA’S TOP WILDERNESS GUIDES

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This pair of artists has notched up 60 trips over the last 25 years, tracking and painting endangered predators all over the planet, from the desert to the jungle. Along the way they’ve made friends with legendary guides, polar explorers, survival experts and conservationists – all of whom they can hook you up with in a nanosecond.”

- Condé Nast Traveller of Olly Suzi Expeditions

POLAR BEARS IN ARCTIC ALASKA

A unique experience to view polar bears in an extremely unique setting in Kaktovik, Alaska.

This five night expedition takes you to the most northerly and most controversial wilderness region of North America. - ANWR - and into the most northerly Inupiat settlement of Kaktovik. 

Here you will patrol the lagoons of the Beaufort Sea by rigid zodiac, witness the famous bowhead bone pile and encounter polar bears as they await the formation of the winter sea ice. 

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ARCTIC SAFARIS

Svalbard

Explore Arctic wilderness overland or from the sea

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Arctic Alaska

Head to Kaktovik for unique Arctic wildlife experience

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It takes genuine local knowledge to craft trips that go beyond the ordinary.

All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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The holiday was one of our best ever. Not just because we saw a plethora of wildlife, but because there was always someone waiting to whisk us to another destination, be it to the airport, from the airport or a boat to a lodge etc. And they did it with great charm and humour and were always very knowledgeable about any queries we had.
For the last 8 days we had a driver/guide who was just outstanding. He was very familiar with the 3 remaining lodges where we stayed and his rapport with the other staff and guides helped to ensure that we were really well looked after. He was a skilled naturalist, had a great sense of humour and was always putting our welfare first - he made a wonderful companion for the trip.
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