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Reindeer Herders Festival
Reindeer Herders Festival

Trip to Yamal

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Reindeer Herders Festival
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 4 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
16 March 2021
  • 16 March 2021
End date:
21 March 2021
1 200 EUR

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 have learned to ride a team of reindeer, have tried an ice-fishing in the very north of the continent and have participated in the main holiday of tundra Reindeer Herder's Day. 

Most popular
Reindeer Herders Festival
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 4 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
16 March 2021
  • 16 March 2021
End date:
21 March 2021
1 200 EUR

Experiences you'll have

Ethnotour to Yamal

Yamal tundra and the North Pole mean endless snowy space and heavy frost. The life in such harsh conditions completely differs from benefits of civilization that we are used to. So, this trip to reindeer herders' camp will give you such a new experience.

You will live in a traditional rawhide tent, taste national meat and fish delicacies and get acquainted with traditions and lidestyle of nomad reindeer herders

Highlights of the tour:

  • catching a reindeer using a lasso and riding a reindeer team
  • photo shooting in national costumes
  • reindeer herders' folk workshops
  • tasting the national cuisine
  • participation in the main festival of the Far North – Reindeer Herder's Day

 

Photo on the preview by Dmitriy Kupratsevich

Itinerary

The journey starts in Salekhard, where you should 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 Arrival to Salekhard

You will be met at the airport of Salekhard and taken to the hotel, where you will check in and rest. Then you will have a quided city tour around Salekhard. You will visit the historical and architectural complex "Obdorsk Burg", as well as will see the "66 Parallel" monument, installed at the intersection point of the Arctic circle.

 

You will also visit the Ivan Shemanovsky Museum of local lore. Here you will get acquainted with the archaeological, natural and ethnographic collections dedicated to the natural treasures and historical and cultural heritage of the Yamal land.

 

After the tour you will have lunch in a cafe (paid additionally) and then return to the hotel. In the evening you will have free time to relax or take an independent walk around the city.

Day 2 Road to the reindeer herders camp

After breakfast you will move 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. 

 

Upon arrival to the camp of reindeer herders you will meet the family of reindeer breeders and will accommodate in rawhide tents, have dinner and rest.

Day 3 Visiting reindeer herders

After breakfast with the reindeer herders you will ride snowmobiles to tundra to the place where a herd of reindeer is grazing.

 

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 lunch you will rest and feed reindeer. Also you will have a chance to comminicate with the reindeer herders and learn more about their daily life and traditions. For dinner you will eat a stew out of delicacies.

Day 4 Traditions of reindeer herders

For breakfast you will taste some dishes of national cuisine and then you will ride the reindeer sleigh. Also different folk craft workshops are waiting for you today. You will see how to prepare leather and sew national clothing items.

 

After lunch you will continue your acquaintance with the traditions and life of reindeer herders. In the evening you will have dinner with the national delicacies and then have free time to rest.

Day 5 Reindeer Herders festival Day

After breakfast you will go to Aksarka village where you will see the celebration of Reindeer Herder's 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.   

 

In the evening you will be taken to the hotel in Salekhard and rest.

Day 6 Departure

In the morning you will be taken to Salekhard airport for your departure flight.

Most popular
Reindeer Herders Festival
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 4 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
16 March 2021
  • 16 March 2021
End date:
21 March 2021
1 200 EUR

Accommodation during the trip

The first and the last nights of the tour you will spend in Salekhard in "Arktika" Hotel or "Russkiy Sever" Hotel. 

 

"Arktika" Hotel offers standart twin or double rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, a fridge, a kettle, a desk, a wardrobe as well as a private bathroom with a hairdryer.


"Russkiy Sever" Hotel is build in the national Russian style. You will be accommodated in twin/double rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, a microwave and a private bathroom with a shower. 

 

From the second to the fifth days you will stay in reindeer breeders’ camp. You will be accommodated in the national raw-hide tents (for 4-5 persons).

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Who will be my guide +

You will be accompanied by an experienced guide and an interpreter throughout the tour.

 

 

Meals +

The program price includes three meals a day with national cuisine in the reindeer herders ' camp from the second to the fifth days of the tour. Additionally, you will need to pay for meals in Salekhard.

What to bring with me +

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
  • a hat
  • mittens
  • balaclava
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
What will the weather be like +

In the period from December till March temperature varies from 0°С to -35°С. There can be snowfalls and blizzards. In December it is a polar night and a daylight is only 2-3 hours long. From January the daylight starts increasing. You can see the Northern Lights till the end of March (when the weather permits).

Booking

Most popular

Reindeer Herders Festival

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 4 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
1 200 EUR
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation in traditional rawhide tents, hotel accommodation in Salekhard

  • meals in traditional rawhide tents (national cuisine)

  • all transfers according to the program

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

  • a visit to "Reindeer herder's day" festival

  • Salekhard city-tour on minibus

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • reindeer breeder services

Extra charge:
In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation in traditional rawhide tents, hotel accommodation in Salekhard

  • meals in traditional rawhide tents (national cuisine)

  • all transfers according to the program

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

  • a visit to "Reindeer herder's day" festival

  • Salekhard city-tour on minibus

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • reindeer breeder services

16 Mar 2021, Tue — 21 Mar 2021, Sun
1 200 EUR
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