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 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 smoothen out this discomfort.
So, ready to explore Yamal?
Day 1. Arriving in Moscow. Checking in. Walking around the city. A short briefing at dinner to discuss out further itinerary. (//D)
Day 2. Transfer to the airport. Arriving to Salekhard. Transfer to the hotel and checking in. (B//)
Day 3. 4WD transfer to the camp of nomads. It usually takes 4-6 hours to reach the camp. The group members will be accommodated in heated huts, or "chooms", of reindeer herders with a family of the Nenets or Comy nomads, usually 3-4 persons in one choom. Dinner. (B/L/D)
Day 4. Shooting real life and lifestyles of nomads. (B/L/D)
Day 5. Shooting deer and everyday life, staged footage inside huts and in the open air as well. (B/L/D)
Day 6. Shooting deer, herdsmen and real life, staged footage inside "chooms" 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 to Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Checking in. Time to rest, our unforgettable trip is over.(//)
Tour Price Includes:
- Pick up at Moscow airport. Pickup at specified time, drop off may vary according to group flight times.
- Double room accommodation for 2 nights in Moscow (the first and the last day) and for 2 nights in Salekhard. (we can not provide double or single accommodation while in a "choom").
- Domestic airfare Moscow-Salekhard-Moscow (economy class, hand luggage 8 kg, luggage 23 kg).
- Professional photography guidance by award-winning landscape photographer with vast experience in Northern Russia.
- Meals according to the program.
- All group transfers according to the itinerary.
- Genre and staged shooting assistance.
Tour 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 $2900 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, 2021 Further final payment of $400 USD is due by May 20, 2021.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the tour is still filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200USD service charge. If you cancel and the tour doesn't fill up, you will be refunded according to the following scheme, based on the full fee of the tour:
>180 days before the starting date of the tour: full refund minus $200 service charge
>90 days: 75% refund
>60 days: 50% refund
<60 days: no refund
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 sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
- An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 14-24;
- 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.
- A camera remote.
- 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:
Daytime: +25C as the highest, to +15C as the lowest.
Night time: +20C as the highest, to +10C as the lowest.
Temperatures in Salekhard:
Daytime: +10C as the highest to +0C as the lowest.
Night time: +5C as the highest to -5C as the 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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