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The deerest weekend
The deerest weekend

An ethnic tour to the Nenets autonomous okrug

Most popular
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 3 to 8 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 February 2020
  • 7 February 2020
  • 27 March 2020
  • 3 April 2020
End date:
10 February 2020
77 252 RUB

Here, beyond the Arctic Circle, it is not an apartment in a high-rise, but a raw-hide tent. It is not a TV show, but the Northern Lights. And finally, it is not a 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!

Most popular
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 3 to 8 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 February 2020
  • 7 February 2020
  • 27 March 2020
  • 3 April 2020
End date:
10 February 2020
77 252 RUB

Experiences you'll have

A weekend tour to Arctica

Raw-hide tents, reindeer-herders, boundless tundra, old rituals…When you get in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, it seems like there are movie decorations around. But after a couple of days it becomes obvious that it is a real life of the Far North. Join our trip — don’t miss a chance to see the identity, that this region has managed to preserve in our fast-changing world.

During this travel you will immerse yourself in technique of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug: you will have a trip through snowy tundra and learn the life, culture, and customs of the locals in the national village of Nelmin-Nos and during staying at the reindeer herders' camp.

During 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
  • admire the Northern Lights (weather permitting)

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

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. There are direct flights from Moscow, the road will take 2,5 hours. We recommend the flihgt UT333 of Utair, departing from Moscow at 9:20 am. To return back to Moscow you need a flight UT334 of Utair departing from Naryan-Mar at 12:50 pm.

 

We are ready to help you with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment on the application.

Day 1 Naryan-Mar

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, you will have a combined car and walking tour, in which you will view the scenery of Naryan-Mar. Also, you will 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 gear necessary for the snowmobile tour.

Day 2 Nelmin-Nos and a traditional Nenets camp

After briefing in the morning, you will go to the national Nenets village of Nelmin-Nos (60 km). The snowmobile will be operated by an experienced driver; you will seat 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 Nelmin-Nos, you will have a walking tour of the village, visit the museum and the Ethno-Cultural Center. You will learn how villages were founded in the Nenets tundra, how the Soviets forced the nomadic people 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 is 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 is 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 while listening to a local folk tale. Also, if the weather permits, you will admire the Northern lights. 

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. 

 

In the afternoon, you will go back to Naryan-Mar. In the town, you will have free time for walks around and having rest. 

Day 4 Ethno-cultural center and the end of the journey

In the morning, you will visit the Ethno-Cultural Center and learn the Nenets’ customs in an interactive format. Afterwards, you will participate in a workshop on how to make a Nenets charm. Then, you will visit the folk craft and souvenir shops.

 

In the afternoon, you will have lunch at the Timan restaurant. Then, you will be brought to the airport. 

Most popular
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 3 to 8 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
7 February 2020
  • 7 February 2020
  • 27 March 2020
  • 3 April 2020
End date:
10 February 2020
77 252 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. There is a retaurant, a bar and a souvenir shop in the hotel. You can use free Wi-Fi on the territory of the hotel.

 

You will stay in a standard double room with a bathroom. In the room there are two single beds, a table, a wardrobe, nightstands, a TV, a fridge and a tea set. You can occupy the entire room alone for an additional fee.

 

Also, you will 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 +

Documents:

  • passport
  • insurance

 

Clothes and shoes for a snowmobile trip:

  • thermal underwear (trousers and a blouse)
  • warm jacket and warm pants  (the ones that can keep you warm in temperatures as low as -35°С)
  • 2 fleece sweaters 
  • socks (3-4 pairs, warm/woolen)
  • gloves (like for skiing)
  • scarf and hat (windproof)
  • self-heating insoles 
  • winter shoes for active rest (the ones that can keep you warm in temperatures as low as -35°С)

 

Clothes and shoes for rest:

  • thermal underwear
  • comfortable sport pants and blouse 
  • slippers

 

Clothes and shoes for going to sauna:

  • swimsuit/swimmers 
  • slippers/sport sandals
  • towel

 

Personal items:

  • personal hygiene supplies
  • towel
  • personal medicines
  • hairdryer (if needed)
  • contact lenses: if you wear glasses, it can be uncomfortable during the trip: under a helmet they will press your face and fog. If there is a chance, we recommend to use contact lenses on the route. 

 

Money:

  • we recommend having some cash with you — if you need some things while a snowmobile tour, you will be able to buy them during stops

 

Backpack,  suitcase or a traveling bag:

If you travel with a suitcase, please, take a soft traveling bag with you — you will use it on a snowmobile itinerary. You will put necessary things in it, and leave a suitcase in a hotel till the end of the journey. 

Meals +

This tour is excellent opportunity to taste such exotic meals 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.

What will the weather be like +

From December to March temperature varies from  0°С to -45°С. There can be snowfalls and blizzards. In December, it is a polar night in the region, and a light day is quite short — 2-3 hours. Starting from January the light day becomes longer. It is possible to see the Northern lights till the end of March (if the weather permits).

Who will be my guide +

An experienced guide will accompany you during this tour

What type of snowmobiles is used +

In the tour Yamaha snowmobiles are used (2 persons on a snowmobile and 2 in a sleigh). 

 

Also you will be provided with the following equipment: 

  • warm windproof overalls  
  • balaclavas 
  • snowmobile shoes
  • hat
  • gloves 

Booking

Most popular

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 3 to 8 person
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
1 night

Languages

EN
guide
77 252 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's camp

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

  • car and snowmobile trips provided by the program

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

  • guide's services

  • 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

  • supplementary 1 000 000 RUB health insurance package

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

Extra charge:
  • airfare to Naryan-Mar

  • single occupancy at the hotel (+1800 RUB per person), optionally

  • dinners (day 1 and day 3)

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's camp

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

  • car and snowmobile trips provided by the program

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

  • guide's services

  • 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

  • supplementary 1 000 000 RUB health insurance package

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

  • airfare to Naryan-Mar

  • single occupancy at the hotel (+1800 RUB per person), optionally

  • dinners (day 1 and day 3)

7 Feb 2020, Fri — 10 Feb 2020, Mon
77 252 RUB
27 Mar 2020, Fri — 30 Mar 2020, Mon
77 252 RUB
3 Apr 2020, Fri — 6 Apr 2020, Mon
77 252 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.