Welcome to an amazing Kaktovik photo tour to Barter Island on the northern coast of Alaska, where we will have some incredible close encounters with the king of the Arctic – Polar bear. Kaktovik is known for the big aggregation of bears in the autumn, only a few km away from the settlement. We will use a small boat in the mornings and evenings to photograph the Polar bears in the best light conditions.

The gathering of Polar bears in Kaktovik is very unique and this is the place to photograph bears in the water playing (sometimes it looks like fighting), and mothers with cubs. The Polar bears are located along the beach outside Kaktovik, and there are no hills or mountains around, so get ready for great sunrises and sunsets, if weather permits.

One photoleader from WildPhoto will follow the group during the entire Kaktovik photo tour, and make sure everyone gets the best possible photo opportunities.

See some of the possible images from this area in the gallery from a previous Kaktovik photo tour below.


09.09-15.09 2019  Sold out

This list is not always 100% updated, so please contact us at booking@wildphoto.com to confirm available spots.

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17.09-20.09 2017

Ole J Liodden


The itinerary for this Kaktovik photo tour is weather dependent, but our plan is:

  • Day 1 Arrive Fairbanks airport. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Fairbanks.

  • Day 2 Chartered flight directly from Fairbanks to Kaktovik (approx. 2 hours). Accommodation at Waldo Arms. 3 hours evening boat trip photographing Polar bears.

  • Day 3-5 Photographing Polar bears for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening. All accommodation at Waldo Arms hotel.
  • Day 6 3 hours morning boat trip photographing Polar bears. Fly back to Fairbanks. Dinner in the evening and accommodation at hotel in Fairbanks.

  • Day 7 Preparing for flights back home.


The itinerary for this expedition is weather dependent, but our plan is:

This trip is sold out but please contact us at booking@wildphoto.com if you want to be waitlisted.

  • Transport from airport in Fairbanks to hotel
  • Accommodations at hotel in Fairbanks one night before and after the trip to Kaktovik, including meals
  • Charter flights Fairbanks-Kaktovik-Fairbanks
  • Accommodation in Kaktovik.
  • 24 hours in small boat photographing polar bears in Kaktovik.
  • 1 guide form WildPhoto and 1 boat driver.
  • International flights to Fairbanks in Alaska
  • Insurance – photo gear, evacuation, cancellation etc


You register to this trip by submitting a deposit payment (USD $2000) and sending in a signed booking form (request by EMAIL). On the backside (page #2) of the booking form you will find the terms and conditions which pertain to this expedition. You will also find more information about payments, insurance etc. on the booking form. Let us know if you have any questions.


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