POLAR BEAR SAFARIS
Kaktovik Tours offer polar bear viewing trips by boat in Kaktovik, Alaska
Ketil Reitan, Vebjorn Aishana Reitan, and Martin Apayauq Reitan are US Coast Guard licensed captains with many years of boating experience in Arctic conditions. Kaktovik is the best place for viewing the polar bears, this fascinating King of the Arctic. Our comfortable cabin cruisers, with a cabin that can be heated on rainy and windy days, are your best opportunity to photograph the polar bears in their environment in a safe and responsible way.
For the 2019 season Kaktovik Tours will only offer 2 day trips (or 4 days) with special flights from Fairbanks.
The boat trips starts with 3 hours in the late afternoon and 3 hours the following morning and afternoon and 3 hours the the last day. Will pick you up with our van at your hotel 10 minutes before the trips starts. We will adjust the times to weather and light conditions. Please see our online booking for available dates. Our chartered flights will provide much more reliable service than the scheduled plane from Ravn. We often have fog in the mornings in Kaktovik, and the scheduled plane get cancelled. Often the next plane is fully booked, and passengers can get stuck in Fairbanks or Kaktovik for several days. Our charter planes will fly in the afternoon if needed, and they will always have room for people that have booked. Some days can be very windy and 2 days will also greatly improve your chances to get the best light conditions and bear activity. We will give refund reduced boating time because of weather or plane delays.
Apayauq boat (blue color) and Nanuq boat (green) are biggest and best equiped boats in Kaktovik. The boats have a unique system with 4 hydraulic legs that keep the boat in a stable posision, and we can quickly make adjustments to give you the optimal polar bear viewing. Our boats have a cabin that can be heated on cold days. The heater also make the air drier and more comfortable in the cabin. Tripods are not suitable in the boat, and are not allowed. Bean bags and knee pads will be provided.
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For many years we have seen polar bears every day from August until October. The area we use for polar bear viewing by boat usually freezes up between October 10 and October 17. The polar bear viewing is usually excellent after freeze up. We we can also offer polar bear viewing in a comfortable 4wd passenger van after the boat season has ended. The van has 6 windows that can open on the right side. We will use a van if the viewing is better than by boat because of the weather, ice conditions or other reasons.
Polar Bear images on this site were taken by Matthew Studebaker (www.studebakerbirds.com) from our boat.