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.
The trip starts at 4 PM to 8 PM and the following day at 8 AM to 10 AM (called 1 night in the booking system). We will pick you up with our van at your hotel 10 minutes before the trips starts. Minimum booking is 4 hours in the afternoon and 2 hours the next morning. We will adjust the times to weather and light conditions, to give our guests the best possible experience. The price for the boat trip is $720 per person for 6 hours. Most photographers book 2 or 3 days to get the best light conditions and bear activity. Apayauq boat (blue color) and Nanuq boat (green) are biggest and best equiped boats in Kaktovik. 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 the first part of 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 a van if the viewing is better than by boat because of the weather, ice conditions or other reasons. The price is the same if we use the van or the boat.
Polar Bear images on this site were taken by Matthew Studebaker (www.studebakerbirds.com) from our boat.