Copenhagen – The tunnel of bears

Mar 31st, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

31.3.2019 by Ralph Morton


On my first day in Denmark, Tuesday 5 March, I was lucky enough to meet Lynn and her cub, who will feature again in some more reports. The cub’s father, Nord, share a large enclosure with another, female, bear called Noel. Since 2013 Copenhagen has displayed its bears in an elaborate specially designed “Arctic Ring”. The highlight of this design is a glass tunnel which allows the bears to see the visitors and swim backwards and forwards over them.


As it turned out, I was fortunate to be in the tunnel as a group of schoolchildren, who had attracted the attention of both Polar Bears. I was able to use my Knuphone to take video footage and get some lucky captures.


Nord and Noel clearly enjoying being together in the water and appropriately for Copenhagen a little mermaid on two legs is captivated by the two Polar Bears.


I am pretty certain this impressive bear is Nord.


Perhaps this is Noel, I am not sure.


You can see from this shot how interested the Polar Bears are in the audience of two-legs.






Of course for the human visitors, this is a wonderful opportunity to see “Ursus Maritimus” in its natural element.


The entrances to the tunnel are an opportunity see how big Noel and Nord are as they glide by.



The deep blue water shows the power and elegance of the Polar Bear to its best, front paws tucked up and back legs stretched out, diving down.


Because the roof is made of extra toughened glass the bears can walk on top of it.



Standing right underneath the paws of an adult Polar Bear really shows the size of the animal, as well as how the paw spreads to grip a slippery surface.

The Tunnel of Bears was a wonderful experience, but Nord and Noel soon moved on, as we shall see in the next part of the report.


I am always delighted by the way Polar Bears like to bring their toys to the glass to show visitors.

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  1. Dear Ralph!
    You took beautiful, nearly breathtaking photos of that experience.
    It is wonderful to watch polar bears swimming and diving beneath the water surface.
    Thank you for sharing!


  2. Dear Ralph,

    I remember the feeling when I saw the polar bears ‘flying’ above my head in the tunnel. 🙂 It really is a wonderful chance to see them very closely – and to notice how big they are!

    You’ve managed to take great photos of Nöel and Nord doing their water ballet.

    Thank you so much for this great presentation!

    Hugs from Mervi

  3. Dear Ralph,

    What an experience!

    Magnificent animals!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    xo k-j

  4. Dear Ralph

    Thank you for the fascinating
    photos from the tunnel in Cph.. 🙂
    The bears had a real water ballett.

    Chris 🙂

  5. Wow, was für phantastische Bilder, die Eisbären so sehen zu können muss ein tolles Erlebnis sein.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  6. Mervi, ich liebe die Bilder von Knut hinter der Scheibe heute im KWM!

    Lieber Ralph,
    deine Unterwasserbilder aus Kopenhagen sind toll.
    Es war bestimmt ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis, diese Kolosse so elegant
    über dir schweben zu sehen.

    Vielen Dank für deinen Bericht und liebe Grüße!

  7. Dear Ralph,
    it is great to watch the bears swimming in the tunel.

  8. Dear Ralph!
    How exiting. Flying bears.
    Thank you

  9. Lieber Ralph,

    da hast Du ja wieder viel Glück gehabt, die Eisbären so dicht an der Scheibe zu sehen.
    Ich mag sowieso Unterwasser-Bilder von Eisbären sehr gerne.
    Ich bin mir sicher, Du hattest eine schöne Zeit in Copenhagen, und eventuell wieder ein Paar Bärchen mehr mit nach Hause genommen.

    Liebe Grüße

  10. You managed to bring real special pics of those fascinating species in their natural element. I am pretty sure I would have got scared being right under the wonderful, pretty, gorgeous, amazing big paw of one of the Copenhagen polar bears in the main part of the PB-enclosure, the ‘Arctic Ring’. . . I am sure you had a good time there. Thank you very much, dear RALPH for having shared also this episode of your Copenhagen Zoo visit with the KWM-public!