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Bear watching holidays | Bear Tours with Naturetrek
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Bear Watching Holidays

Bears are many people’s favourite mammal. They are immensely strong and have unpredictable temperaments, yet inspire great affection in most of us. The Naturetrek programme includes a number of specially designed bear watching holidays which employ local expertise to provide clients with wonderful opportunities to see their favourite mammals.

Our bear tours specialist recommends …

In Europe one of the most reliable places to see the European Brown Bear is northern Finland, where it is possible possible to get up-close views from hides. Grizzly Bears catching Salmon in western Canada is undoubtedly one of the greatest of natural history thrills. But for the ultimate in bear watching experiences, and my personal favourite, it has to be a trip to the Arctic to watch Polar Bears - Paul Stanbury


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Featured Tours


Canadian Wilderness (Tim Melling)Tofino (Paul Marshall)Great Bear Lodge (Paul Marshall)Clients of sea safari (Peter Dunn)Brown Bear (Will McGugan)Brown Bear (Will McGugan)Brown Bear (Will McGugan)Brown Bear (Will McGugan)Polar Bear in Hornsund (Bret Charman)Hornsund (Bret Charman)A Zodiac cruise in Hornsund (Bret Charman)Polar Bear (Paul Stanbury)Cabins at the LodgeCabins at the LodgeBear cubs, Sweden (Hakan Vargas)Brown Bear (Hakan Vargas)Spirit BearSpirit Bear

Why choose Naturetrek’s bear tours?

Most species of bear are retiring in habit and are rarely seen during the day. However, a prodigious appetite leads many species to gather seasonally in big numbers, which makes them far easier to watch!  Naturetrek’s bear tours utilise our knowledge of bear movements to maximise viewing opportunities.

Our bear tour groups are limited in size and accompanied by Naturetrek naturalist leaders, and are usually assisted by resident experts.

Although focused on bear watching, all Naturetrek bear tours offer many opportunities to observe the other wildlife of the area.

We offer short break trips to Sweden or Finland, and longer bear tours in search of Grizzly Bears in Canada and Polar Bears in Spitsbergen.

Where can I see bears?

Our dedicated bear tours selection includes:

Is it possible to see bears on other Naturetrek tours?

Yes. While not specifically searching for bears, we have had sightings of Sloth Bears on Indian and Sri Lankan tours, and Brown Bears on our Kamchatka cruise and many European tours.

But we offer so much more! 

View all of our bear tours or call us now on +44 1962 733051 to find out more.


Canada: The West

I was particularly impressed with our Naturetrek leader, Tim Melling. Tim has encyclopaedic knowledge and great enthusiasm, as well as a kind and inclusive manner which added enormously to the whole experience. I was also very pleased with our local guide, Duane. He and Tim worked beautifully together, and Duane kept us regaled with local stories and information, lots of laughter and wonderful lunches in beautiful surroundings. Of course, the wildlife was most obliging as well, and the real highlight for me was the three nights at Great Bear Lodge where we were treated to magnificent sightings of many grizzlies, including a number of mother bears with cubs.
Just wanted to say many thanks to Jim Andrews for an enjoyable 'Day With Dormice'. Great enthusiasm and knowledge.
The trip was well up to expectations with a bonus of good weather. Animal sightings, plus the help from onboard experts certainly made the holiday - not forgetting the birds. It was also very pleasing to note that all staff seemed genuinely interested in all their clients. We will certainly recommend Naturetrek to our friends.