Ultimate Northern Lights Solar Science Adventure

Join solar scientists, Dr. Mark Miesch, PhD and Dr. Sarah Gibson, PhD on a northern lights experience of a lifetime! Your adventure begins in Churchill, Manitoba where northern lights are active 300 nights each year. Weather permitting, you’ll witness Aurora’s nightly dance of mystical light and colour against starry skies from curated viewing and photography areas in and around Churchill as well as a stunning location on the coast of the Hudson Bay, exclusive to Lazy Bear Lodge and Expeditions.
Your Journey Starts
Season:
September
Duration:
5 or 6 Nights
Location:
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Adventure Plans & Activities

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Day 1

Winnipeg

Upon arrival, make your own way to the Winnipeg hotel. Free day to explore Winnipeg

Day 2

Winnipeg to Churchill & Northern Lights Talks

Check out from Winnipeg hotel. Group transfer included to the airport if designated hotel is included

Flight from Winnipeg to Churchill

Check-in at Lazy Bear Lodge

Northern Lights Talk with Dr. Mark Miesch (Research Scientist at CIRES/University of Colorado)

Photo session

Day 3

Solar science talk & Northern Lights

Solar Science talk with Dr. Mark Miesch and Dr. Sarah Gibson

Dog Mushing and Indigenous Talk

Itsanitaq Museum

Space weather update with Dr. Miesch and Dr. Gibson (Solar Physicist)

Northern lights viewing

Day 4

Trek to Ithaca, Arctic Crawler™ excursion & Northern Lights Viewing

Trek to Ithaca shipwreck

Arctic Crawler™ Excursion

Indigenous Bannock, Bonfire and Storytelling

Space weather update with Dr. Miesch and Dr. Gibson (Solar Physicist)

Northern lights viewing

Day 5

Churchill - Optional (if 4 nights at Lazy Bear Lodge chosen)

Free morning to explore Churchill

Arctic Crawler™ Excursion

Space weather update with Dr. Miesch and Dr. Gibson (Solar Physicist)

Northern lights viewing

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

Churchill to Winnipeg

Indigenous talk on northern lights beliefs

Check-out from Lazy Bear Lodge

Flight from Churchill to Winnipeg

Check-in at Winnipeg hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7

Winnipeg

Check-out from Winnipeg hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

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According to Dr. Miesch, "We expect fall 2024 to bring the highest level of solar activity in over 20 years. This, combined with a natural tendency for aurorae to occur more frequently and more brilliantly in fall and spring should make this season special. The high magnetic latitude of Churchill will provide a front-row seat to one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on our planet, linking us to skywatchers of the past who have been captivated by the majestic, mysterious apparition of the northern lights for thousands of years." - Dr. Miesch is a Research Scientist at Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder and NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC).

Hop aboard our Arctic Crawler™ and enjoy unforgettable views of the unique, breathtaking and colourful sub-Arctic tundra and Hudson Bay coastline. Polar bear, Moose, Caribou, Red and Arctic Fox, Ptarmigan and Arctic Hare are all possible sightings this time of year.

Feel an adrenaline rush as you ride in a dog cart pulled by Huskies in the Northern Boreal Forest. Hear Indigenous stories and wisdom from a Métis dog musher.

Trek along the Hudson Bay coast to the Ithaca, a once British-flagged steamship that ran aground during an eighty-mile-an-hour storm. Don’t be surprised if you see a polar bear or two Up North and Personal™.

Hear local Indigenous beliefs about northern lights and storytelling around a warm, cozy bonfire as you enjoy hot chocolate and Bannock— a bread eaten as a meal by early settlers and Indigenous people.

Day and night, enjoy all inclusive, delicious and locally-inspired meals in our Lazy Bear Café, awarded ‘Top Choice of Restaurants in Churchill’ by Lonely Planet.

Relax with ‘Canada’s Best Cup of Coffee’ (as awarded by Reader’s Digest) and other complimentary specialty coffees in the glow and warmth of our massive Scandinavian stone fireplace.

What Our Adventure offers

Dog Mushing experience

Group transfer from the designated Winnipeg hotel to the airport on Day 2

Meals provided by the Lazy Bear Café and included in your adventure

Roundtrip airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill

Shuttle service in Churchill included upon arrival and departure

Opportunity to see the Northern Lights all 3 evenings

Still smiling ear-to-ear a week after our stay at the Lazy Bear Lodge. What an experience! Front desk staff were so fun, friendly and informative (best not list their names and risk forgetting one). Rooms were great; housekeeping happily kept the lodge clean; the Cafe (expresso bar) second to none. Tours organized by hard working tour guides, made the experience unforgettable.

Jude H

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Adventure Dates & Prices

14 – 20
September, 2024 **

18 – 23
September, 2024

22 – 28
September, 2024 **

Please check for current availability prior to booking flights to Winnipeg.

Ultimate Northern Lights Solar Science Adventure

Season:
September
Location:
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Duration:
5 or 6 Nights
$6,500*
CAD

Additional Info

Age Requirement:

Our Ultimate Northern Lights Solar Science Adventure is recommended for ages 8 & up.

Physical Rating:

Easy: Light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels.

Notes

  • * Also offered for 6 Nights for $7,800 CAD
  • ** These dates have an additional tundra tour and opportunity to see the northern light for one more evening in Churchill
  • Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
  • For single supplement add: $525 CAD
  • All payments are non-refundable.
  • There is an administration fee of $600.00 plus GST per person plus taxes to make changes to your reservation.
  • We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your adventure.
- All rates are Canadian funds.
- All price are subject to applicable taxes.
* Prices subject to change.

Travel Packing Checklist

Things you must have
A good shade hat, sun glasses, binoculars, camera
A wind breaker/sweatshirt/fall jacket for possible cool days, waterproof jacket and pants
Hiking shoes or runners
Loose fitting clothing, long socks, closed-toed shoes and a long-sleeved shirt and pants for cooler days or bug days

Expeditioners Toolkit:

Got questions? We've got answers. From packing tips to expedition details, find everything you need to prepare for your Arctic adventure.
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What is a single supplement fee?

A single supplement fee covers the loss of income by the lodge when one single person occupies a room. That person pays a premium as room availability is limited during our operating seasons.

What payment types are accepted?

Winnipeg Office: For Reservations in Winnipeg we accept Visa and MasterCard. All payments are charged in Canadian Funds. If applicable, funds will be converted to US Funds by your credit card company at the exchange rate they use at the time of processing.

At The Lodge: Lazy Bear Expeditions, Lodge & Café accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and cash.

US credit card or debit: US and Canadian currencies are accepted. All payments are charged in Canadian Funds and converted to US Funds by your bank or credit card company at the exchange rate they use at the time of processing.

Cash: It is best to bring Canadian Funds because US Funds are accepted at par with Canadian currency.

What does Lazy Bear supply?

Life jackets are provided for all boat tours.

Wet suits are provided for optional tours of kayaking and Beluga AquaGliding™ if taken. Neoprene boots and snorkel masks are also provided for AquaGliding.

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