Yamal and Polar Ural

Winter ethno tour on the Yamal Peninsula

This winter ethnographic tour will allow you to get to grips with the secrets of the preserved culture of the indigenous people of the Far North in its original form. You will live in a real tepee with a family of nomadic Nenets people, take an active part in  daily rituals and traditional methods of reindeer herding, try dishes usual for nomadic life. Trekking on snowshoes in snowy tundra will give you an additional point of view on different forms of life on the planet Earth. If you are lucky with the weather and the nights are clear, you will be able to observe the Northern Lights.

  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
  • Avaliable: November — April
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Group: from 5 people
  • Border permits: -
Languages: English German French Italian
  • Minibus + ATV: about 350 km
  • Accommodation:hotel in Salekhard (3 nights), guest Nenets tepees (5 nights)
  • Flight to: Salekhard
Day 1
Flight to Salekhard. Meeting at the Salekhard airport at 9:00. Crossing the Polar Circle ceremony, sightseeing through the city, visiting museums and ethnographical sites.
Day 2
Breakfast at the hotel. Safety briefing with the tour leader. Departure to the camp of Nenets reindeer herders. Arrival at the camp, meeting with the local family. Dinner in the tepee. Introduction into local culture and local cuisine. Overnight in the ""chyum"" (the nenets ""tepee"").
Day 3
Tourists will be given the opportunity to take an active part in the daily life of the natives, to learn the basic rules of life in a tepee, learn to rope deer and to handle the harness.
Day 4
Departure to the main herd on snowmobiles or deer sled. Participation in deer catching, sledding, bread-feeding, photography.
Day 5
Familiarity with the way of life of the modern tepee-workers on the Yamal Peninsula. Women have an equally important concern: making a house for the whole family. To make a house means to fabricate, process, and cure in smoke the deers’ skins.
Day 6
Nenets activities, watching for Nenets family living and their daily work. Master classes (demonstrations): making poles for chum, sled repairing, firewood gathering, making special natural thread from deer tendon, splitting the ice and others.
Day 7
Back to Salekhard by Trekol off-road snow vehicle or using nomadic sleds. Dinner in hotel. Possibility to have a public banya in Salekhard. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8
Breakfast. Visiting Reindeer herders day in Aksarka or in Salekhard. Lunch in tepee. Folk concerts, reindeer sleds racing, national Nenets games etc. Visiting the sculptural composition Mammoth which is devoted to the ancient inhabitants of the North. Observing the winter road to Labytnangy built on Ob' river Ice.
Day 8
Breakfast. Visiting the Gorno-Knyazevsk ethno-complex. Return to Salekhard. Visiting the merchant Terentyev's manor, having lunch with Ivan-Chai from Samovar. Souvenirs can be bought this day in Gornoknyazevsk or in Terent'evs Manor. Transfer to the Salekhard airport. Flight to Moscow / Saint-Petersburg.
Included
  • invitation for a tourist visa
  • english-speaking guide
  • local guides
  • all transfers by comfortable minibus and ATV
  • accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (local food, national Nenets dishes)
  • all sightseeing and museums in Salekhard
  • handing personal certificates confirming the crossing of The Arctic Circle
  • Nenets activities
  • participation in the Reindeer herders day
Not included
  • flights to Salekhard and return tickets
  • overnight before/after flight to/from Salekhard (via change in Moscow / Saint-Petersburg)
  • group or individual transfer during that change
  • tourist visa
  • souvenirs
  • gifts for Nenets family
  • additional paid services
Price from 2988
Options Per (persons / group) Price
Single-room accommodation Salekhard per person for request
Ritual slaughtering deer per person for request
Additional activity and excursion per person for request
Moscow excursion tour per person for request
Winter ethno tour on the Yamal Peninsula
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