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Secrets of Arctic tundra
Secrets of Arctic tundra

Ethnotour to Yamal

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Secrets of Arctic tundra
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.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
2 February 2020
  • 2 February 2020
  • 11 February 2020
End date:
12 February 2020
185 650 RUB

Nowadays when it is possible to reach the farthest corners of the world, you have a chance to see Yamal. This isolated Arctic region in Siberia keeps secrets of Nenets — indigenous people who live in the Far North for 2000 years. Reindeer give them food, home and transport. You will have a unique experience of taking part in the daily lives of nomads far above the Arctic circle.

New
Secrets of Arctic tundra
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.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
2 February 2020
  • 2 February 2020
  • 11 February 2020
End date:
12 February 2020
185 650 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Journey to the camp of Nenets

The Nenets are reindeer herders who migrate across the Yamal peninsula. For thousands of years they have survived heavy frost and severe conditions of Arctic tundra. Temperatures in this part of Russia reach  -50°C. Distance that herders’ families travel annually is up to 1000 km. As this indigenous tribe from Far North is dependent on nature, they believe that every plant and animal have a soul and worship their spirits.

You will join the Nenets reindeer herders' family for the several days during their migration and find out, what the nomad life in the extremely harsh Artic conditions looks like

Living together with Nenets on «the edge of the world» will let you become a part of culture that stayed unchanged for several centuries. Sleeping in rawhide tents called chums, putting them down and taking up while travelling to new pastures, working with reindeer — by immersing yourself in this way of life you will acquaint with ancient traditions.

 

Note: for group of up to 2 people, the cost will be 3520 EURO per person. We can organize this tour at any days suitable for you.

Itinerary

The journey starts in Salekhard, where you should travel to on your own. The shortest way to get to Salekhard from Moscow is by 3 hours flight. Trip by train «Polar Exspress» takes 2-2,5 days. The train arrives to the Labytnangi railway station. We are ready to help you with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment on the application.

 

Note: there will be no fixed itinerary for the days in the nomad camp. Activities will depend on weather and other factors. 

Day 1 Arrival to Salekhard

You will be met at the airport of Salekhard or Labytnangi railway station and taken to the hotel. Here you will check in and rest.

Day 2 Salekhard city tour

Today you will have Salekhard city tour with visiting the local lore museum and Obdorsk Burg. You will see "66 Parallel" monument, can take photos near a mammoth as well as visit the local market. This city tour will get you an opportunity to learn more about the history of Yamal region and traditions of the local peoples.

Day 3 Yar-Sale village

Travel by TREKOL (all-terrain vehicle) to Yar-Sale village is waiting for you today (6-10 hours). On the way you will take photos of landscapes and have tea in the open air. Upon arrival to Yar-Sale village you will stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 4 Arrival in the Nenets camp

Today you will go with TREKOL or on snowmobiles through tundra to the Nenets camp (60-90 km, 3-5 hours).

 

Upon arrival to the camp of reindeer herders you will meet the family of reindeer breeders. From today you will live in traditional chums (rawhide tents). In the evening you will enjoy dinner with national Nenets cuisine.

Day 5 A day with a reindeer herd

After breakfast you will ride snowmobiles to tundra to the place where a herd of reindeer is grazing. This day you will work with reindeer herd and learn how to use a lasso for catching these animals as well as how to drive a team of reindeer. In the evening you will come back to the camp, taste national cuisine for dinner and rest.

Day 6 Daily life of nomads

Today you will work with the herd, collect firewood and ice and prepare to nomad. You will get acquainted with the arrangement of the winter camp of reindeer herders. Learn about the traditional technique of installing the rawhide tents and about its interior decoration.

 

You will visit chums of neighbors as well and will listen stories about the everyday life of reindeer herders, their traditions and customs.

Day 7 Moving to a new place

Together with the herders’ family you will take chums down and will start to nomad. After finding the new place you will put chums up there.

Day 8 Depart to Yar-Sale village

Today you will come back to Yar-Sale village where you will stay in the hotel.

Day 9 Back to Salekhard

This day you will return to Salekhard. All-terrain vehicles TREKOL will be used in the trip. In the city you will be accommodated in the hotel.

Day 10 An extra day

This day will be used as an extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 11 Departure to Moscow

On the final day you will fly back to Moscow.

 

It is necessary to check the schedule in case you are having a trip by train. Trains do not go to Moscow every day.

New
Secrets of Arctic tundra
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.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
2 February 2020
  • 2 February 2020
  • 11 February 2020
End date:
12 February 2020
185 650 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

In Salekhard you will stay at "Hotel 89 ", located in the city center (for days 1-3, 9-11). Every room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a shower, a TV with cable channels and free Wi-Fi.

 

In Yar-Sale village you will spend 2 nights  (days 3-4 and 8-9) in "Yalamd" hotel. There are rooms of different categories, a restaurant, a sauna and a pool in the hotel.

 

For 4 nights (days 4-8) you will live in the national raw-hide tents in reindeer herders’ camp (4-5 person accommodation).

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Booking

New

Secrets of Arctic tundra

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.
Group size
from 2 to 6 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

6 nights
4 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
185 650 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • hotel accommodation in Salekhard and Yar-Sale

  • accommodation in traditional rawhide tents (chums)

  • full board for the hole duration of the program

  • meeting at the airport

  • all transfers according to the program

  • activities according to the program

  • visits to the museums of local lore in Salhekhard and Yar-Sale

  • Salekhard city-tour

  • professional English/French speaking guide for the whole duration of the program

  • necessary formalities to obtain authorization for visiting frontier zone

Extra charge:
In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • hotel accommodation in Salekhard and Yar-Sale

  • accommodation in traditional rawhide tents (chums)

  • full board for the hole duration of the program

  • meeting at the airport

  • all transfers according to the program

  • activities according to the program

  • visits to the museums of local lore in Salhekhard and Yar-Sale

  • Salekhard city-tour

  • professional English/French speaking guide for the whole duration of the program

  • necessary formalities to obtain authorization for visiting frontier zone

2 Feb 2020, Sun — 12 Feb 2020, Wed
185 650 RUB
11 Feb 2020, Tue — 21 Feb 2020, Fri
185 650 RUB
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