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The deerest weekend
The deerest weekend

An ethnic tour to the Nenets autonomous okrug

The deerest weekend
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
14 y.o.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
5 December 2020
  • 5 December 2020
  • 27 February 2020
  • 26 March 2020
End date:
8 December 2020
79 959 RUB

What is here beyond the Arctic Circle? It's not your apartment in a high-rise, it's a raw-hide tent; it's not a TV show, it's the Northern Lights; and finally, it's not your domestic dog but a playful reindeer for a pet. The locals celebrate the New Year when the Sun rises over the tundra for the first time after the polar night. And all of it is just two hours away from Moscow!

The deerest weekend
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 14 y.o.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
5 December 2020
  • 5 December 2020
  • 27 February 2020
  • 26 March 2020
End date:
8 December 2020
79 959 RUB

Experiences you'll have

A weekend tour to Arctica

You will spend a few days in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, one of the harshest places in Russia that has preserved its identity. You will learn the life, culture, and customs of the locals in the national village of Nelmin-Nos and during staying at the reindeer herders' camp.

In the whole world, there are no more than fifty thousand Nenets. About one in five of them live in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Just in 4 days you will:

  • ride snowmobiles across the boundless tundra and along the great northern Pechora River that still gives its water to many villagers for drinking
  • taste the exotic Northern dishes like stroganina and reindeer blood pancakes
  • spend a night in a traditional rawhide tent at the reindeer herders' camp
  • feed a reindeer and learn how to ride a reindeer team
  • try on national costumes and make a Nenets charm with your own hands

See photos of our tourist Mikhail Glick, who has visited Nenets reindeer herders' camp in 2018

Itinerary

The journey begins in Naryan-Mar, where you should travel to on your own. We are ready to help you with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment on the application.

Day 1 Tours and museums

At 12:30 you will be met at Naryan-Mar airport and taken to lunch at the Timan museum restaurant. This place is certainly going to impress you with this ethnic-themed interior design, local artists' paintings on the walls, real clothing and household items, books, and hides of deer, snow foxes, and foxes. One of its halls looks like a raw-hide tent with sleigh-like benches instead of chairs.


Then we will organize a combined car and walking tour for you to view the scenery of Naryan-Mar; you'll also visit the Nenets Local Lore Museum. It has three themed displays: one of them is about the history of how man reclaimed and transformed these lands from the seventh century BC to the present day; the two others are about ethnography, i.e. nature and the culture and life of the Nenets.


In the evening, you will arrive to the hotel and be given necessary gear.

Day 2 Snowmobiles, the national village and the northern lights

In the morning, we will take you to the camp and hold a briefing. You will ride a snowmobile to Nelmin-Nos, which is 60 km away. The snowmobile will be operated by an experienced driver; you will be seated behind him or her on the vehicle or in the passenger sleigh. Most of the route goes along the northern Pechora River.

 

Upon your arrival in the national Nenets village of Nelmin-Nos, you will have a walking tour of the village, visit the museum and the Ethno-Cultural Center and hear a story about its history and modern life. You will learn how villages were founded in the Nenets tundra, how the Soviets forced the nomadic peoples to settle and what kind of problems it caused.


Then you will ride a snowmobile to a traditional Nenets camp 40 to 50 km away. This trip will take a bit longer because you will have to ride across the true tundra, with its many rivers and hill slopes. Upon your arrival, you will stay in a raw-hide tent. The camp is located between Lake Golodnaya Guba and Lake Kolokolkovaya Guba. The former is one of the largest lakes in the Nenets Okrug. It's not deep, but its area exceeds that of Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Vatican City combined.


In the evening you will communicate with the reindeer herders and learn about their culture and life as well as taste the local cuisine. It's an excellent opportunity to try such exotic foods as stroganina (a fish/venison dish), reindeer blood pancakes, venison broth, and Northern berries. Then you will watch the stars and the Northern Lights while listening to a local folk tale; and then you will watch The White Yagel, a North-themed movie.

Day 3 Meet the reindeer

Today you will admire the dawn in tundra and meet the reindeer. You will feed and pet them, ride the reindeer sleigh and take some pictures of yourself wearing a malitsa, a folk suit. Additionally, you can find out what the reindeer herders have been doing every winter day for centuries.

 

In the afternoon, you will go back to Naryan-Mar and will be able to rest in the city.

Day 4 Ethno-cultural center. Homecoming

In the morning you will visit the Ethno-Cultural Center and learn the Nenets’ customs in an interactive fashion. Afterwards, we will hold a master class on how to make a Nenets charm. You will find out how practical and sensible every last thing can be in the life of a Northern dweller. You will also visit the folk craft and souvenir shops.

 

Feel free to talk about your impressions during the dinner at the Timan restaurant. Then we will get you to the airport for the 13:40 flight.

The deerest weekend
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
14 y.o.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
5 December 2020
  • 5 December 2020
  • 27 February 2020
  • 26 March 2020
End date:
8 December 2020
79 959 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

You will spend two nights at the Natali hotel in downtown Naryan-Mar. It is a good and convenient spot from which you can quickly get to any part of the city to marvel at its sights. If necessary, the receptionist will give you a city map and the transport schedules.

 

Each room has wooden furniture, orthopedic mattresses, a full bathroom set, and a TV. Each is a double room by default; however, you can occupy the entire room alone for an additional fee.

 

Remember, that you will also spend one night in a true Nenets raw-hide tent on reindeer hides (sleeping bags will be provided).

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What to bring +
  • comfortable loose-fitting warm clothes, as you'll spend quite a lot of time outdoors.
  • comfortable shoes without heels
  • a camera and a charger for your camera and cell phone.
  • personal hygiene supplies
  • for snowmobile rides:
  • two sets of thermal underwear
  • winter overalls that can keep you warm in temperatures as low as -35°С
  • warm shoes
  • a hat, mittens, a balaclava, and glasses (sunglasses will do)
Meals +

This tour is excellent opportunity to try such exotic foods as stroganina, reindeer blood pancakes, venison broth, and Northern berries.

 

The tour fee includes four lunches, three breakfasts (Day One excluded), a dinner at the camp on Day Two, and a tea party in the national village on Day Two.

 

Other meals are up to you and are not covered.

Booking

The deerest weekend

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 14 y.o.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
79 959 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation at a hotel in Naryan-Mar (two nights, double occupancy) and an overnight stay in the common guest tent at the reindeer herder camp

  • meals provided by the program (4 lunches, 3 breakfasts, a dinner, and a tea party)

  • getting a pass for you to enter the border area of the Russian Federation

  • guide's services

  • car and snowmobile trips provided by the program

  • sightseeing tour along the route and tickets to the Local Lore Museum

  • supplementary 1 000 000 RUB health insurance package

  • snowmobile gear rental (a jacket, bib-and-brace overalls, a balaclava, a hat, glasses, gloves, and mittens)

  • rental for a sleeping bag, a plaid, a sleeping pad, and camp cookware

Extra charge:
In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation at a hotel in Naryan-Mar (two nights, double occupancy) and an overnight stay in the common guest tent at the reindeer herder camp

  • meals provided by the program (4 lunches, 3 breakfasts, a dinner, and a tea party)

  • getting a pass for you to enter the border area of the Russian Federation

  • guide's services

  • car and snowmobile trips provided by the program

  • sightseeing tour along the route and tickets to the Local Lore Museum

  • supplementary 1 000 000 RUB health insurance package

  • snowmobile gear rental (a jacket, bib-and-brace overalls, a balaclava, a hat, glasses, gloves, and mittens)

  • rental for a sleeping bag, a plaid, a sleeping pad, and camp cookware

5 Dec 2020, Sat — 8 Dec 2020, Tue
79 959 RUB
27 Feb 2020, Thu — 1 Mar 2020, Sun
79 959 RUB
26 Mar 2020, Thu — 29 Mar 2020, Sun
79 959 RUB
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Testimonials

Vlado Pucik
Vlado Pucik 29 Марта 2019

The trip was very good, we really enjoyed. As I mentioned to guide already, it would have been even better to have more time to relax, reflect and observe  by adding an option of one more night in the tundra.