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Yamal. 18-24.03.2019

Explore Yamal.


Be a part of the ancient nomadic culture of the Siberian Arctic on this immersive experience,  staying in the winter camps of Nenets – nomad people of Yamal.
As the world gets smaller, there’s a desire to travel further – and there are few places as enchantingly far away as the Yamal Peninsula. This cultural tour transports you deep into Siberia’s isolated Arctic region. ‘Yamal’ means ‘edge of the world’ in the language of the indigenous Nenets. The Nenets of Yamal carve out a unique way of life, seemingly at the limits of human tolerance. Each spring, the Nenets migrate from winter pastures on the Russian mainland to the summer pastures in the Arctic Circle, a one-way journey of up to 1,000km. This is your chance to experience a small part of this epic journey alongside these extraordinarily resilient people. This is a remarkable extraordinary opportunity to get to know one of the world’s last true nomadic reindeer herders through their eyes. Together with our hosts, we will eat traditional dishes, predominantly venison, fish and taiga berries. Of course, there will be more familiar menus available as well. We will rest in sleeping bags, inside a traditional Chum, and, at night, our hosts will run a generator to recharge our batteries.

This trip to Yamar-Nenets Autonomous region in the Tundra is unique. We will be staying and trying to understand the lifestyle of the Nenets, the nomads of Yamal. Nenets raise herds of reindeers in the Siberian Arctic. We will be staying a couple of nights in chooms (tents) and participate in the work of the herders.
The stark winter landscapes and the Aurora Borealis in this part of the world are so beautiful.
We will also witness the annual Salekhard Reindeer Herders Festival where reindeer herders across land come together to compete in the various sports and events held on that day.
If you are interested in documentary, people, landscape and festival photography, this is one trip that you should not miss.

You will be staying in a Choom (tent) for 2 nights with some of the Nenets, reindeer herding nomad families. You will experience the lifestyle and participate in some of their daily activities like herding the reindeers, hunting, etc. You will need to bring an arctic sleeping bag and be prepared for the camping experience. There would not be any bathing or proper toilet facilities during these two days. You will have to do what the Nenets do.
Here is an experience of travellers who have visited the Nenets and got involved in the Lifestyle of the Nenets

Then you'll have to watch the VIDEO about our Yamal workshop made in February, 2018.


Day 1 – (D) (Arrive at Moscow) Check –in Hotel at Moscow. Shopping for Winter gears at Decathlon.Dinner at Moscow

Day 2 – (D) (Moscow to Salekhard) Departure from Moscow to Salekhard. Arrival at Salekhard. Check in to the hotel in Salekhard. Free and easy to walk around Salekhard city or visiting local museum.

Day 3 – (B/L/D) (Reindeer Herders’ Choom).Transfer to the Choom camp. Shooting the activities of the Nenets. Aurora Borealis hunting around the camp (depends on nature). Overnight in Choom camp

Day 4 – (B/L/D) (Reindeer Herders Choom).At dawn shooting catching of reindeer. Day shooting herders dressed in national costumes. Evening shooting herding reindeers. Aurora Borealis and Milky Way around the camp. (depends on nature).Overnight in choom camp.

Day 5 – (B/L/D) (Transfer to Salekhard). At dawn shooting activities around the camp. Saying farewell to our hosts. Transfer to Salekhard, Night stay at the hotel in Salekhard.

Day 6 – (B/L/D) (Salekhard Reindeer Festival). Breakfast.Transfer to Reindeer Herders Festival. Shooting at the Reindeer Herders Festival the whole day. Stay at the hotel in Salekhard

Day 7 – (B/L/D) (transfer to Moscow). Breakfast.Last minute shopping in Salekhard. Departure for Moscow. Arrival at Moscow. Check in at hotel in Moscow.

Day 8 – (B) depart for home. Breakfast. Transfer to Moscow Airport.Trip ends

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes.

Double room accommodation 2 nights in Moscow (first and the last day) and 3 nights in Salekhard. Each 2 participants will share a room in a comfortable hotel. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners according to the program. Professional photography guidance by 2 award-winning landscape photographers; round domestick airfare Moscow-Salekhard-Moscow; all grpoup transfers;
Activities according to the program.

International airfare to and from Moscow;
Visa fee if applicable;
Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
Travel Insurance;
Single accomodation 350 Euro. We can not provide single accomodation while staing at the Choom camp;
Alcoholic drinks;
Non-meal-time snacks;
Non-meal-time soft drinks.

GROUP LIMIT 12 guests maximum

Your deposit of EURO 1000 will hold your place in this workshop. Further payment of EURO 1500 is due by 18 December, 2018. All payments are non-refundable. In case of impossibility of your participation in this tour, we will refund all payments minus the fee for the transfer of money if there is a replacement for your spot.

Photography Equipment
A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
A sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
A camera remote.

WEAR Waterproof and windproof down jacket (consider the average temperatures is -25-30C)
Waterproof pants

. Casual clothes for dinners and lunches; Down sleeping bag;

GUIDE OF THE TOUR Vladimir Kushnarev. Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography.
Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in “night landscape” section;
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest “Planet Summer”;
- First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards  2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards  2017.



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