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Where reindeer live
Where reindeer live

Trip to Yamal

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Where reindeer live
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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.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights
Start date
20 March 2019
  • 20 March 2019
End date:
25 March 2019
62 825 RUB

Living together with a reindeer breeder in a traditional rawhide tent — you will definitely make good memories of this holiday. You will tell your friends how you learned to drive a team of reindeer, had an ice fishing in the very north of the continent and participated in the main holiday of tundra Reindeer Herders festival Day.  

Most popular
Where reindeer live
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.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights
Start date
20 March 2019
  • 20 March 2019
End date:
25 March 2019
62 825 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Ethnotour to Yamal

Yamal tundra and the North Pole means endless snowy space and heavy frost. You will learn the lifestyle and traditions of northern people by going on a trip to this part of the world. Reindeer herders will demonstrate their prowess in noosing a reindeer and will show the ropes of ice fishing. You will live in a traditional rawhide tent, try on national costumes and taste meat and fish delicacies.

 

You will take photographs of the amazing landscapes of the Far North and will see the festive fair dedicated to Reindeer Herders festival Day in Salekhard.

 

Photo by Petr Ushanov, f-Lars, Gazprom

Itinerary

The journey starts in Salekhard, where you must travel to on your own. The flight from Moscow to Salekhard takes around three hours. We can help you with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment on the application.

Day 1 Visiting reindeer herders

You will be met at the airport of Salekhard and brought to Aksarka village. Here you will have a snack and receive a snowmobile driver safety training. Then, you will change into winter clothes and will go to the camp of reindeer breeders on snowmobile sleighs ride (25 km, one hour). On your way you will take photos of landscapes and have tea in the open air. You will have a stop in a fishing village Chapaevsk where you can buy fur of muskrat, polar fox and wolverine.

 

On arrival to the camp of reindeer herders you will meet the family of reindeer breeders and will accommodate in rawhide tents. Then you will see a herd of reindeer grazing which you will reach by snowmobiles. Here an experienced reindeer herder will teach you how to use a lasso for catching reindeer and will show you how to drive a team of reindeer. You will have a chance to wear a national costume and take photos near rawhide tents and a reindeer team.

 

After having northern partridge and fried fish for lunch you will rest and feed reindeer. For dinner you will eat a stew out of delicacies — tongue and heart of a reindeer.

Day 2 Traditional ice fishing

For breakfast you will have broad whitefish soup and fruit-drink made from red bilberry. Then you will go to traditional ice fishing. You will learn basics and principles of ice fishing.

 

Slices of frozen fish and meat soup from reindeer will wait for you for lunch. After a break, you will have a workshop about driving a snowmobile.

 

After roasted delicacies with rice for dinner, you will have free time.

Day 3 Yamal tundra

You will get slightly salted fish and fried potatoes for breakfast. A trip on snowmobiles to Yamal tundra is waiting for you today. You will see endless blue snow spaces with pink northern partridges on it.

 

You will taste fried filet of burbot for dinner.

Day 4 Reindeer Herders festival Day

After breakfast you will go to Salekhard where you will see the celebration of Reindeer Herders festival Day.

 

You will watch races of reindeer teams, national fight, sledge jumps, mas-wrestling and other traditional local competitions. You will visit a concert, a festive fair and will find out who will win in «The Best Nomadic Family» nomination this year.   

Day 5 Salekhard and the North Pole

You will taste Buryat cuisine during breakfast.

 

Today you will have an excursion to an open-air Ethnographic Museum in Gornoknyazevsk. During a city tour around Salekhard you will visit Shemanovsky Museum and Obdorsk Burg. You will also see «66 Parallel» monument and take photos near a mammoth.

Day 6 Departure

Today you will have breakfast on your own, leave the hotel and will go to the airport. Please, pay attention, there is no transfer to the airport included in the tour. 

Most popular
Where reindeer live
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.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights
Start date
20 March 2019
  • 20 March 2019
End date:
25 March 2019
62 825 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

National raw-hide tents in reindeer breeders’ camp (4-5 person accommodation) — 3 nights

 

Hotel in Salekhard (not included in the price of the tour) — 2 nights

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Recommended equipment:

 

  • Comfortable, warm clothes
  • Comfortable boots without heels
  • Photo camera, chargers for photo camera and mobile phone
  • Personal hygiene items

 

For trips on snowmobiles:

 

  • 2 sets of thermal underwear
  • Winter overalls for -35°С temperature
  • Warm winter boots
  • Hat, mittens, balaclava and sunscreen (or sunglasses)

Booking

Most popular

Where reindeer live

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.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights
62 825 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Meeting at the airport

  • Accommodation in traditional rawhide tents

  • Meals in traditional rawhide tents (national cuisine)

  • 3-day tour to reindeer breeders’ camp (herd of reindeer visit, snowmobile safari, a team of reindeer riding, getting to know lifestyle of northern nomads, photoshoot)

  • Salekhard city-tour on minibus

  • Ethnographic Museum in Gornoknyazevsk visit

  • Excursion in Shemanovsky Museum

  • All transfers according to the program

  • Professional guide services

  • Reindeer breeder servicers

Extra charge:
  • Airfare to/from Salekhard

  • Meals that are not included in the programme

  • Accommodation in a hotel in Salekhard

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Meeting at the airport

  • Accommodation in traditional rawhide tents

  • Meals in traditional rawhide tents (national cuisine)

  • 3-day tour to reindeer breeders’ camp (herd of reindeer visit, snowmobile safari, a team of reindeer riding, getting to know lifestyle of northern nomads, photoshoot)

  • Salekhard city-tour on minibus

  • Ethnographic Museum in Gornoknyazevsk visit

  • Excursion in Shemanovsky Museum

  • All transfers according to the program

  • Professional guide services

  • Reindeer breeder servicers

  • Airfare to/from Salekhard

  • Meals that are not included in the programme

  • Accommodation in a hotel in Salekhard

20 Mar 2019, Wed — 25 Mar 2019, Mon
62 825 RUB
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