Nomads Of The North
Become part of the ancient nomadic culture of the Arctic Yamal! Taking part in this exciting journey, you will visit autumn camps of Nenets wanderers of Yamal.
As the world becomes smaller and smaller, there are fewer places on the Earth where civilization and culture have survived the same as hundreds or thousands years ago. Yamal is one of these places. For centuries, this region was inaccessible to most travellers. The Ural mountains in the west, foul marshes in the east and harsh and unpredictable rivers in the south have been protecting this region from the invasion of strangers. The Nenets of Yamal are still leading a unique way of life, and it might seem that they are at the very limits of human endurance.
Every spring the Nenets migrate from winter pastures on the Russian mainland to summer pastures beyond the Arctic circle to protect the deer herds and the young offsprings from midges and gnat. They would walk for up to 60-80 kilometers a day, then set up their camp, and next day everything repeats anew. This migration takes almost a month. In autumn it all repeats once again but this time the families return from the north to the south, to the winter pastures.
For a short time we can become guests of these hardworking, tough people. This is a wonderful and extraordinary opportunity to see with your own eyes and gently touch the fragile culture that has survived the onslaught of civilization thanks to the courage of these people and the harsh climate of these lands.
Together with the hosts we are going to eat traditional dishes, mainly venison, fish and taiga berries. Some food city dwellers are accustomed to will also be available
We are going to have a rest in sleeping bags, inside a traditional hut (chum) which is heated by a wood-burning stove and the floor of which is covered with deer skins. At night our hosts will run a generator so that we'll be able to recharge our batteries.We will be located far enough beyond the Arctic circle, and if the solar activity and clouds let us do it we'll be able to shoot Aurora Borealis.We won't have access to a hot shower or a warm toilet for 3 nights. But we we'll make some preparations to slightly smooth out this discomfort.
So, ready to explore Yamal?
Day 1 Arriving in Moscow. Checking in. Walk the city. Short brief during the dinner to discuss out further itinerary. (//D)
Day 2 Transfer to the airport. Arriving to Salekhard. Transfer to hotel. Checking inn. Local museum with English speaking guide. (B//)
Day 3 4WD transfer to the camp of nomads. It usually takes 4-6 hours to reach the camp. The group will be accommodated in heated choom or chums of reindeer herders with the family of the Nenets or Comy-Zyryan nomads. Usually 3-4 persons in 1 choom. Dinner (B/L/D)
Day 4 Shooting real life, lifestyle of nomads. (B/L/D)
Day 5 Shooting deer, real life genre and staged footage inside chums and in the open air as well. (B/L/D)
Day 6 Shooting deer, herd and real life genre and staged footage inside chums and in the open air as well. (B/L/D)
Day 7 Transfer to Salekhard. Check in our hotel in Salekhard. (B/L/D)
Day 8 Group transfer to the airport. Departure for Moscow. Transfer to hotel. Checking in. Time to rest. Our unforgettable trip is over.(//)
Workshop Price Includes
- Pick up at Moscow airport Pickup at specified time, drop off may vary according to group flight times.
- Domestic airfare Moscow-Salekhard-Moscow (economy class, cabin luggage 8kg, luggage 23kg)
- Professional photography guidance by award-winning landscape photographer with vast experience in Russia
- Double or tween accommodation in Moscow and Salekhard (we can not provide double or single accommodation while we are in choom)
- Meal according to the program.
- All group transfers according to the itinerary
- Genre and staged shooting assistance
Workshop Price Does Not Include
- International airfare to/from Moscow airport
- Airport pickup and dropoff outside of agreed-upon times
- Visa fee (if applicable)
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
- Travel Insurance;
- Single room supplement (USD400)
- Alcoholic drinks
Price $3800 USD
Group limit 10
Your deposit of $1000 USD will hold your place in this workshop. Further payment of $1500 USD is due by February 20, 2020 Further final payment of $1300 USD is due by May 20, 2020. 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.
What to bring
- 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 14-24 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 or 100-400. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
- Recommended: A camera remote.
- Recommended: High rubber boots or fishing b
- Drone for your video or pictures
- Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a thick thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
- Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
- Thermal long-johns
- Water resistant trousers (preferably thermal)
- Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
- A neck-warmer or a scarf
- A good warm hat which covers your ears.
- Highly recommended: thermal, water-proof, knee-high rubber boots or waders for shooting on the shore of river
- Sleeping bag (0-5C Comfort)
Temperatures in Moscow
Day +25C high to +15C low
Night +20 high to +10C low
Temperatures in Salekhard
Day +10C high to +0C low
Night +5 high to -5C low
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
- Golden medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT 2019
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