• Alaska Polar Bear Tours




Tour Details

Designed for avid wildlife photographers, the Alaska Polar Bears photo tour presents trip participants the unique opportunity to capture photographs of one of the most brilliant mammals in the world: wild polar bears.

We will fully immerse ourselves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the top locations in the world to photograph polar bears. Aboard a private boat, we will follow the expansive shoreline searching for bears wandering along the coast. Our experienced captain will position us for the perfect angles, as we photograph the bears sparring, feeding, sleeping, and even splashing in the water.  Our low angle allows us the ability to capture sweeping landscapes and stunning images of polar bears at eye-level.

If you’re a bear enthusiast and some of your favorite memories in the outdoors surrounds photographing brown and black bears, then sign up now because this is a trip you will never forget.

Images From Alaska Polar Bears Photo Tours


Aaron Photo tours

“I have participated in 9 of Aaron’s Photo Tours over the last few years and I have already booked several more!  Aaron is the best photography tour/workshop leader I have ever met.  His personal concern for, and dedication to, his clients is extraordinary.  The pre-trip planning and attention to detail make every trip enjoyable and productive.  He has trained himself on virtually every camera/system that he might encounter, so that he is able to help each client as they need it.  On his trips we always find the birds and wildlife we are looking for and usually in the best lighting scenarios possible.  I would be remiss not to mention Sarah in the office and her exceptional work answering all my questions pre trip and helping me prepare for them.” 

Aaron Photo tours

“Aaron Baggenstos is one of those rare individuals who is super-talented with photographic, instructional, as well as superb people skills. Combined with his cutting edge technological approach to photographing nature, his advocacy of the environment and his sheer methodological genius, he sets himself apart from his peers. This is a young man who is definitely leading the photographic revolution in nature and I count myself amongst the lucky ones who have learned more in one week than I have in one year with other photographic instructors and courses. The aurora still shines brightly from one of the most fantastic photo tours I have ever participated in. In large measure, it is directly related to the the sage-like wisdom of Aaron.”

Itinerary Includes

Lodging (dormitory style rooms), meals, boat and possible land based trips to view polar bears, privately chartered airfare to Barter Island, park fees, in field photographic instruction.

Double or triple share rooms based on the makeup of the group.


  • Photograph polar bears from eye level from frame filling distances. Over the last two years we have photographed over 20 individual polar bears on this trip
  • Visit Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the best places on Earth for polar bear photography
  • A chance to witness the Northern Lights

Tour Info:

Oct. 3-9, 2021 (Sold Out)
Oct. 3-9, 2022 (Sold Out)

Group Size: 5 Participants

2022 Cost: $TBD (Single Supplement Available for Fairbanks Only, Everyone Shares in Dormitory Style Rooms at the Lodge)

Payment Terms: 25% Non-Refundable Deposit, Rest Due at 120 Days Before Departure


Polar Bear Photography Tours

Day 1:  Arrival day.  7pm orientation and welcome presentation at our base hotel to prepare you for the days to come.

Days 2-6:  Morning flight to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where polar bear photography will begin on afternoon of day 2.  Over the next 5 days we have arranged 8 outings by boat, we will participate in these trips as weather allows with optional land based excursions.  Afternoon flight back to Fairbanks on day 6.

Day 7:  Morning Departures.



Aaron Baggenstos

In the last 10 years Aaron has led over 200 wildlife photography tours around the world. He has earned a reputation for his gracious teaching style to photographers of all skill levels and extensive knowledge of Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony digital cameras.