Who is the tour for?
Year after year, this world is getting smaller and smaller under the onslaught of civilization. The internet and fashionable gadgets, social networks and television impose refined culture of consumption and new rules of life...
And there are very few places remaining on earth where everyday life and traditions have managed to stay safe from new fashionable trends, where indigenous peoples live and bring up their children the way their ancestors have been doing it for many millennia in a row.
Polar Yamal is one of such rare preserved places.
For centuries, this region was inaccessible to most travellers. The Ural mountains in the West, foul marshes in the East and unpredictable rivers in the South have been protecting this region from the invasion of strangers. Vast distances, tough climate and complete lack of infrastructure have preserved the unique culture of the indigenous people of Polar Yamal.
This trip is for everyone who wants to take time getting acquainted with the authentic way of life of reindeer nomad herders who are trying to survive under the pressure of civilization, temptations of city comfort and imaginary well-being of modern life.
Polar Yamal. Meeting authentic cultures.
Every spring the Nenets migrate from winter pastures far beyond the Arctic circle, to save their deer herds and the growing offsprings from midges and predators. They would walk for up to 60-80 kilometers a day, then set up camp, and next day everything repeats anew. This migration takes almost a month. And nomands' families and their herds will spend all the summer months in the Northern regions, closer to the Kara sea where the cold wind and the lack of lush vegetation will protect young deer from midges and ever-present gnat.
In autumn, when larches turn golden, deer driven by instinct and herders' families following them set off on their journey back to the south, into the zone of tundra thin forests, where they will be able to find shelter rich in game, fish and fuel for heating their homes during harsh frosty nights, for almost six months of the long polar winter.
This life cycle has been completed for hundreds of years. Frosts, predators, snowstorms, avalanches, river floodings – everything that we've only read about in adventure novels – is and will remain the path of life of these unique people.
For a short time, you can become guests of these hard-working and brave families. This is the only opportunity to see with your own eyes and carefully touch the fragile culture of nomads who are surviving under the most tough conditions of the onslaught of civilization and the complete merging with Nature.
So, are you ready to discover Polar Yamal?
Day 1. Arriving in Moscow. Checking in our hotel. (//D)
Day 2. Transfer to the airport. Departure for Salekhard. Checking in our hotel in Salekhard. (B/L/D)
Day 3,4. Transfer to the choom camp. Usually it takes 5-8 hours or more. It depends on the weather. Shooting activities of the Nenets. Night photography at the camp area (depends on the solar activity and the condition of the sky). Overnight in the nenets' tent camp. We will share 1 guest nenets' tent all together or share the host tent with Nenets family. (B/L/D)
Day 5. We should say goodbye to our hosts. Transfer to Salekhard. Overnight in Salekhard. (B/L/D)
Day 6. Morning transfer to the airport. Departure for Moscow. Checking in our hotel in Moscow. Farewell dinner. (B//D)
Day 7. Transfer to the airport. Our unforgettable trip is over. Departure for home. (B//)
The workshop price includes:
- Double room accommodation 2 nights in Moscow (the first and the last day of the tour) and 2 nights in Salekhard;
- Nenets' tent accommodation for 3 nights. We will share all together 1 guest tent heated by a wood-burning stove;
- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners according to the program;
- Professional photography guidance by an award-winning photographer;
- Domestic airfare Moscow-Salekhard-Moscow;
- All group transfers;
- Activities according to the program;
- Visa support (we will provide a "tourist voucher" (invitation letter) for your visa application;
The workshop price doesn't include:
- International airfare to and from Moscow;
- Visa fee if applicable;
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
- Travel Insurance;
- Single accommodation $400USD. We can not provide single accommodation while staying at the tent camp;
- We can provide down sleeping bag for extra fee of $50USD;
- Non-meal-time snacks and drinks;
Price $2950 USD
Group limit 8 guests
Your deposit of $1000USD will hold your place in this workshop. Further payment of $1500USD is due by 28 August, 2020. Final payment of $450USD is due by 28 December, 2020.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and workshop is still filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200USD service charge. If you cancel and the workshop doesn't fill you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop.
>180 days before the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $200 service charge
>90 days: 75% refund
>60 days: 50% refund
<60 days: no refund
A list of photo equipment for photo tour to Reindeer Herders:
- A full-format camera, stable tripod, a camera remote;
- A wide-angle lens, such as Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 16-35 with aperture 2-2,8;
- A standard zoom, for example 24-70mm;
- A telephoto lens, such as 70-200 or 100-400;
- 2-3 spare batteries for your camera;
- Optical care products.
A list of necessary wear for photo tour to Reindeer Herders:
- Warm and high arctic boots designed for temperature -25-30C;
- light shoes for hotel;
- Thermal underware;
- A windproof pants and jacket;
- A fleece jacket, or better two;
- A fleece or knitted hat;
- Warm gloves;
- Warm socks, 2 pairs;
- A headlamp + batteries for it;
- Personal first aid kit;
- Personal toiletries;
- Casual clothes for hotel;
- Your personal linen for rented sleeping bag. If applicable;
Temperatures in Moscow
Daytime: -0C highest to -15C lowest
Night time: -5C highest to -20C lowest
Temperatures in Salekhard
Daytime: -15C highest to -25C lowest
Night time: -25 highest to -35C lowest
Vladimir Kushnarev, mastermind and organizer of the ADVENTURETIME project, photographer, contest winner and prize-winner of international competitions.
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;
Third place, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
Second place, Epson International Pano Awards, 2017;
The winner of International photo contest of The Russian Geographic Society 2018;
Gold medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2019;
Third place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest 2020;
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