Explore Yamal. Russia
PHOTO TOUR

Explore Yamal
Russia

Dates: 3-9 March 2019

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.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arriving to Moscow. Checking in. Time to rest. Evening tour the city Meeting at dinner is a good reason to discuss what awaits us ahead.(/D)
Day 2
Arriving to Salekhard. Transfer to hotel, accommodation. Communicating organizational information, time to rest, tour the city, visit the local Museum. (B/)
Day 3
Early transfer to Labytnangi where we are transplanted to the all-terrain vehicle. After 4 hours or so, the group will be heated by the stove in the Chum of reindeer herders of the Nenets or Komy nomads. Evening and night shots of Northern lights. For the next 2 days, you’ll be living with the nomads, eating and sleeping in their Chums (tepees). There will be no fixed itinerary for these days. Instead, this is a uniquely immersive experience, where guests observe and take part in the daily lives of the nomads. Assisted by the expert Nenets, your tasks could include herding reindeer and lassoing the animals using rawhide lassoes. As one of the few sources of available food, reindeer are butchered at the camp as needed. The meat is divided up and eaten (usually raw) and the Nenets are also partial to drinking reindeer blood (partaking in this practice is optional!) You’ll also have the chance to involve yourself in the preparations for making a new campsite, sledding into the forest to cut trees for firewood, collecting ice or snow for water, helping to build new sledges, sewing fur clothing and other activities essential for survival. It’s not all work though. There will be plenty of time for relaxation and be socialising with your hosts and other members of the community. (B//D)
Day 4,5
Shooting life, lifestyle of nomads. Visiting herd. Nights in the camp. Catching the Northern lights. (B/L/D)
Day 6
Shooting in the camp, the deer herd. Transfer to Labytnangi (3H) Hotel accommodation in Salekhard. (B//)
Day 7
Group transfer to the airport, the group returns to Moscow. (B//)

Included in the price:

- Domestic flights to/from Moscow
- Accommodation in Salekhard (double rooms) (B)
- Meals as specified in the program
- Transports as specified in the program
- Homestay with local nomads family (B/L/D)
- Local English speaking Guide
- Activities according to the program
- Arctic safety/security equipment
- Telephone SAT (in case of emergency)

Not included in the price:

- International ticket to/from Moscow
- Visa fee
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc
- Travel Insurance
- Overweight baggage fee
- Individual clothing/equipment, backpack, cold-weather clothing, etc (contact us for advice); All services not specified in "Included in the price".
- Single accomodation (not provided while staying in the nomad’scamp) 360 USD
Group limit: 8 guests maximum
Dates: 3-9 March 2019
Price: 2500 USD

What to bring

Gear:

 – DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release, its better to use spikes for your tripod

– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography

– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm

– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm or 100-400mm
Wear:

 – Waterproof and windproof down jacket (consider the average temperatures is -15-25C
– Waterproof pants

– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches
– Sleeping bag (for temperature -10-15C)

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, 35AWARDS International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards 2017.
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