10 of the best - Wildlife encounters
1 Face to face with polar bears
The encounter: Experience the thrill of seeing the Arctic’s most powerful predators on a polar bear safari in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, or on a cruise off Norway’s Spitsbergen.
What’s involved: View polar bears from the safety of tundra buggies as they migrate along the Hudson Bay coastline during October and November ahead of the winter freeze. Cruise ship company Hurtigruten’s expedition-style Spitsbergen field landings take passengers close to polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.
Do it: Tailor Made Travel’s five-night Polar Bears of Churchill tour costs from £2,437 including three nights in Churchill and two days’ tundra buggy polar bear viewing. Windows on the Wild’s six-night polar bear tours, from £3,275, include four nights in Churchill. Hurtigruten’s eight-day Explorer Voyage costs from £2,488.