Become part of the ancient nomadic culture of the Arctic Yamal! Taking part in this exciting journey, you will visit winter camps of Nenets wanderers of Yamal.
As the world becomes smaller and smaller, there are fewer places on 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 (choom) 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 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 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 choom camp. We will share 1 guest choom all together or share host choom 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 (first and the last day) and 2 nights in Salekhard;
- Choom accommodation for 3 nights. We will share all together 1 guest choom heated by wood-burning stove;
- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners according to the program;
- Professional photography guidance by award-winning photographer;
- Domestic airfare Moscow-Salekhard-Moscow;
- All group transfers;
- Activities according to the program;
THE WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT 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 accomodation while staing at the Choom 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 maximum
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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