In the wilds of the tundra. A trip to Yamal

The ethnographic tour will allow you to touch the secrets of the preserved culture of the indigenous population of the Far North in its original form. You will live in a real plague together with a nomad family, take an active part in national rituals and traditional types of hunting and fishing. 

Location

Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Salekhard
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 13 – 17 Dec
    • 1 – 5 Jan, 2025
    • 17 – 21 Jan, 2025
    • 31 Jan – 4 Feb, 2025
    • 21 – 25 Feb, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
  • Upscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 12 people
Minimum age
12 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Salekhard
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Tour highlights

Accommodation in the plague
We will live in a real plague together with a family of nomads
Daily life of the aborigines
Let's get acquainted with the lifestyle of a modern plague worker in Yamal
A herd of deer
Let's learn how to rope a deer, harness a team and drive it

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Salekhard

    8:00 Meeting at Salekhard airport. 

    You will be greeted by a guide with a sign. Getting to know the guide. 

    Airport-hotel transfer (group, minibus). 

    Accommodation in the Arctic 3* hotel (double rooms, breakfast).

    14:15-16:15 Excursion program: sightseeing tour of the city of Salekhard. 

    Visiting: 

    • Obdorsky prison.

    Obdorsk (the former name of the city) is one of the oldest cities in Siberia.

    The open-air architectural complex is made in compliance with all the rules of architecture in the Russian Empire of the 16th century and without a single nail. The wooden fortress built on the river bank tells the story of the development of the Russian north and the development of the city.

    The sculptural composition "Mammoth" is dedicated to the ancient inhabitants of the North – mammoths.

    The church in the name of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul was built according to the project of the German architect Gottlieb Zinke. 

    This is the only preserved religious building of the XIX century in the city and the district, reflecting the history of the spread of Christianity in Siberia. 

    It is an architectural monument of regional significance.

    • The Open-air Aviation Museum. 
    • The stele of the "Romantics of the 70s". 
    • Urban street spaces, murals.
    • Objects of the 501st Gulag construction site (optional, for an additional fee).

    16:30-18:30 Visit to the I.S. Shemanovsky Museum and Exhibition Complex (optional, for an additional fee).

    The most important museum of Yamal, which houses a unique exhibit well preserved in permafrost, mammoth Lyuba, who actively travels around the countries and gathers thousands of queues in leading museums in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and other cities of the world. 

    The ethnographic hall presents the culture and way of life of the indigenous peoples of the North, and in the hall of archaeological finds you can get acquainted with the history of the famous first Russian polar city - Mangazei.

    19:00 Dinner at a cafe/restaurant in the city (not included in the price).

    Dinner (not included in the price). 

    An excursion program around Salekhard, museum visits, and master classes are available on request (see options).

  • Day 2 - Arrival at the reindeer herders' camp
  • Day 3 - Reindeer herders' camp
  • Day 4 - Reindeer herders' camp – return to Salekhard
  • Day 5 - Departure
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    2 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
  • Upscale

The tour provides accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in a plague.

The surcharge for single accommodation in a hotel is 4,000 rubles/day. 

The cost of the tour for 1 person depends on the number of people in the group:

The number of people in the group, people.23456 or more
Price per person, rub.153 200117 800103 40094 10085 600
Hotel Arctic 3* 2 nights

Arktika Hotel is located in Salekhard, 1.7 km from Salekhard and 3.3 km from Monashkin Island. It offers a 24–hour front desk, a restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout. Room service is available. Other facilities offered at the property include an ATM and luggage storage.

Each room at the hotel has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Towels and bed linen are provided. A safety deposit box is provided in the rooms. Some rooms have a view of the river. There is also a wardrobe and a kettle.

A continental breakfast or a la carte breakfast is served every morning at the Arktika Hotel.

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The plague 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 12 tourists
Minimum age
12 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Salekhard

Included in price

  • airport-hotel-airport transfer;
  • transportation services according to the program (minibus, l/a, snowmobiles, snowmobile, reindeer sleds);
  • accommodation in the Arctic 3* hotel (double occupancy);
  • breakfast at the hotel;
  • accommodation in the camp;
  • 3 meals a day in the plague (national cuisine);
  • escort services.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Salekhard and back;
  • lunch and dinner in the city;
  • single accommodation in a hotel (4,000 rubles/day);
  • taxi services;
  • rent (if necessary): sleeping bag – 800 rubles/day, ski suit – 700 rubles / day, boots – 300 rubles/day;
  • medical insurance;
  • ritual slaughter of a deer;
  • additional services of reindeer herders;
  • translation services for foreign tourists;
  • purchase of souvenirs;
  • sightseeing tour of Salekhard – 8,500 rubles for a group of up to 15 people;
  • guided tour of the I.S. Shemanovsky Museum and Exhibition complex - 6000 rubles for a group of up to 10 people;
  • a master class in bone-cutting art (making a souvenir with your own hands) 1200 rubles / person for a group of up to 10 people.;
  • excursion to the complex of the city estate of merchant Terentyev with a tea party – 300 rubles / person, without a tea party – 250 rubles / person.;
  • excursion to barracks 501-1 of the construction site (outdoor excursion, snowshoe tour) – 7,600 rubles/person for a group of 4-7 people;
  • ice fishing trip on a Track – 6000 rubles / person for a group of 6 people.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • sleeping bag (comfort temperature -20C) – it is possible to rent 800 rubles/day
  • sets of clothes suitable for weather conditions (snowmobile or ski suit, wool socks, cotton socks, wool sweater, thermal underwear, hat, mittens/gloves, scarf/balaclava, snowmobile mask) – it is possible to rent a suit – 700 rubles / day;
  • boots, boots – it is possible to rent 300 rubles/ day;
  • personal hygiene products;
  • a minimum supply of favorite foods (sweets, drinking water, etc.);
  • personal medicines;
  • sun and wind protection products;
  • documents.
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Dates and Prices

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    13 – 17 Dec 5 days 4 nights
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    17 – 21 Jan, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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    31 Jan – 4 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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    21 – 25 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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