Ethnotour to Yamal

Starting point: Salekhard 
Recommended period:  March 2019
Main sights: Yamal tundra, Reindeer Herders festival
Accommodation: 3* hotel, national raw-hide tents
Meals: as per program (national cuisine)
Transport: snowmobile sleighs   

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. 

Package price from 795  euro per person.