It is so far north that most of it is located beyond the Arctic Circle. It is so inhospitable that Stalin built his prison camps here. No one doubts Yamal’s great natural beauty or its unusual fauna. As the world gets smaller, you want to go further – and there are few places as far away as Yamal.
The program: If launching yourself on adventures is just something you do, then this voyage of discovery should interest you.
On this journey you will see some of the least trodden and remote regions of the world. This experience will reward you with a stunning combination of this region’s amazing arctic environment, the polar Ural mountainscapes and the exclusive insight into the ancient traditional ways of life in the tundra and the life of the Nenet nomads today. This expedition is an opportunity to return to the basics and enjoy exploring tundra and the Polar Ural mountains. Additionally we will make excursions on the snowshoes or ski´s to several mountains and interesting landscapes in the area.
Day 1: Arrive at Moscow Domodedovo, transport to Airhotel Domodedovo*** (double room)
Day 2: Breakfast, and transport to Domoedovo Airport, departure of the flight to Salekhard. Arrival and transport to the hotel. Salekhard, with 42,500 inhabitants is located on the banks of the river Ob. Constructed in 1595 as a Cossack fortress, the city bore the name Obdorsk – place on the Ob – until 1933. Salekhard means from the Nenets language “settlement at the Cape.” Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)
Day 3: Breakfast and transport to the Herders Day Festival in Salekhard. In the tundra reindeer are a symbol of the meaning of life, they provide food, clothes and warmth. The festival is based on the cultural and spiritual traditions of the indigenous peoples of the North, therefore all the activities that take place on the Day of the Reindeer are aimed at their support and preservation. The main spectacle of the event is a variety of reindeer races: the trot, standing on a sled, on skis pulled by reindeer and on reindeer skin. There are also competitions for national sports: sled jumping, tynzyan throwing (throwing a lassoo onto a wooden pole), ski hunting, long distance axe throwing, tug of war. There are competitions and fairs selling handicrafts made of bones, fur, beads and much more. There are also national dishes of reindeer meat and frozen steak. Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)
Day 4: Breakfast at the hotel and transfer (1,5h) to Harp village, located north of Salekhard at the foot of the Polar Ural Mountains. Just north of the village we will go with the snowmobiles into the vast wilderness, crossing the Polar Ural Mountains. The Polar Urals Mountains range (66-68º N., 63-67º E.) is stretched from the northeast to the southwest. Across the valley of Sob’ River, with a thin line of the north most Trans-Ural railway connecting Seida and Labytnangi, the Ural mountains, before they blend into the coastal plain, widen again and the last groves of the Ural forest occur in valleys protected from winds. The nenet will welcome you with a warm cup of “chai”. Overnight in Chums (B,L,D)
Day 5, 6, 7, 8: Living together with the Nenet family, who lead their traditional lifestyle, which has hardly changed over the last century. You will homestay with the indigenous peoples of the North, getting to know their way of life, cooking national dishes and helping to set up chums (tents) and perform rites.
You can immerse yourselves in the real life of nomadic people, stay in their chum and find out more about their unique culture and ancient traditions. Daily tasks like chopping wood, making fire, preparing food, making water and helping with the Reindeer can be part of your adventure. Overnight in chum (sharing): B,L,D.
Day 9: After a shared breakfast with the family we will go by snowmobile to Harp, where we will be picked up by car and transport to Salekhard. In the afternoon you have the option to take a banya (Russian sauna). Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)
Day 10: Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to the airport at 8:30 am. Departure of the flight at 10:00h – arrival at Domodedovo airport at 11:00h. End of the program.
The program will vary depending on the weather, snow and ice conditions, presence of animals and the guides’ decisions at the time.
The accommodation in the Chums is on a sharing base. Depending on the group’s size there will be a Chum available for the group only.
COSTS & SERVICES
– Accommodation in Airhotel hotel Domodedovo*** (double rooms)
– Accommodation in hotel (double rooms)
– Meals as specified in the program
– Transports as specified in the program
-Homestay with local family
– Herders Day Festival visit
– Local Guide
– Anthropologist Guide
– Activities according to program
– Arctic safety/security equipment
-Telephone SAT, Spot, solar charger.
– Tents, cooking equipment, first aid kit
– Snowshoes or crosscountry ski´s
– Flights to/from Moscow
– Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
– Travel Insurance
– Excess baggage
– Individual clothing/equipment, sleeping mat, backpack, cold-weather clothing, etc (contact us for advice).
– Any service in Moscow
– Satellite phone calls (2 € per minute)
– All services not specified in “included”
Price: 3.250 Euro
Published price is based on 6 people traveling
Individual supplement: please inform