Polar bears live exclusively in the icy climates of the Arctic. Ideally suited to the frigid temperatures, their protective outer fur coat and dense layer of fat help them stay warm. Although their fur appears white, it is actually transparent. The hollow shafts of hair reflect light much like ice does, making polar bears appear white or even yellow. Black skin underneath that thick fur absorbs the Sun’s warmth.
Feeding almost exclusively on ringed and bearded seals, Polar bears rely on sturdy pack ice for hunting, denning, and mating. They need to be patient as they wait next to a seal’s breathing hole in the ice in order to catch their prey. The best time to see polar bears is between May and September, with some trips allowing you to spot as many as 20 individuals. Polar bears often live 25- 30 years.