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Life of the nenets reindeer herders

Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
4 Days
December
Highlights
  • Visit of the Nenets nomad camp
  • Overnight in a traditional Nenets tipi with a local family
  • Possibility to watch northern lights
  • Acquaintance with the Nenets culture
  • Tasting of the Nenets cuisine
  • Snowmobiling through the snowy tundra
Tour Overview

When you reach the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, you find yourself in the lost world of the endless tundra. At all times this territory was inhabited by the aboriginal people – the Nenets. Over the years the Nenets people created an original culture that is adapted for the peculiarities of the life in the Arctic region.

During this tour you will visit the chum (reindeer skin tent) and even will stay there for a night, get acquaintance with the traditions, legends and myths of the Nenets. You will snowmobile to the Nenets nomad camp where you will feed the reindeers. Moreover, you will visit the ethnographic museum and the capital of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug – Naryan-Mar city.

This tour is a good possibility to escape the noisy city, to have a refreshing rest and following the example of the indigenous people to live in harmony with yourself!

This trip takes place completely beyond the Arctic Circle, so there is a very good chance that our evenings will be animated by a magical spectacle of the Northern Lights!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to the Nenets Autonomous Okrug
    Naryan-Mar
  • Day 2
    Day in the reindeer herders life
    Naryan-Mar — The reindeer herders camp
  • Day 3
    Return to Naryan-Mar
    The reindeer herders camp — Naryan-Mar
  • Day 4
    Souvenirs and end of the programme
    Naryan-Mar
  • 12:40
    Meeting in the airport and transfer to the hotel
    * The indicated time is approximate and can be easily changed according to your flight.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    The lunch will be served in the unique restaurant-museum where you will taste the dishes of the local cuisine.
  • 14:00
    Check into the hotel and rest
  • 15:00
    Ethnographic programm in the village of Krasnoye
    You will get acquaintance with the Nenets culture: Nenets' traditions and customs, the creation of national Nenets clothes, shoes and utensils from reindeer skins.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    Feel like a real Nenets eating the local dishes in a traditional dwelling of the Northern people.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Naryan-Mar
Accommodation
Accommodation in Naryan-Mar city
Twin room
Note

transfer  (7km)

  • 08:00
    Early breakfast
  • 09:00
    Departure to the reindeer herders camp
    Briefing, equipment and starting of the snowmobiling. On route, we will make stops for taking photos.
  • 11:00
    Arrival and acquaintance with the nomads
    You will immerse yourself into the life of the nomad Nenets. Feed the animals and do reindeer sledding. visit the chum - tepee-like tents covered in reindeer skin. There, the hostess will lead you to the peculiarities of the nomad life in Arctic and the ancient traditions that are alive till today.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    You will taste the traditional dishes of the Nenets nomads.
  • 14:00
    Day in the nenets chum
    After the lunch, you will get acquaintance with the work of the Nenets women - keeping the chum, handycrafting and preparing firewood. Take a walk to the lake to do ice cutting that you can prepare dinner in the evening.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the chum
Photo of the day
Route
Naryan-Mar — The reindeer herders camp
Note

2 h snowmobiles  (10km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Discovery of the Nenets culture
    Today, the hostess of the chum present you the national clothes of nenets herders for winter and summer. Don't miss the chance to put on and take a photo.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the chum
  • 14:00
    Transfer to Naryan-Mar and ice fishing
    On the way to Naryan-Mar we have a stop on the lake and go fishing. If the fortune smiles on you, you can catch pike or even burbot.
  • 17:00
    Arrival in Narian-Mar.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
The reindeer herders camp — Naryan-Mar
Note

transfer  (20km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to airport. End of the program
    Chek-out. Visit of souvenir shops and transfer to the airport.
Photo of the day
Route
Naryan-Mar
Note

transfer  (30km)

Detailed description
Departures
December, 11 2020
Start
-
December, 14 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
705 $
Basic price per person
December, 18 2020
Start
-
December, 21 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
705 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Letter of invitation
  • Snowmobile and equipment rental
  • Meals according to the program
  • English-speaking guide services
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Airline tickets
  • Medical insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The indicated price is for the group of 4 persons. For the smaller group, the price per person will be recalculated.

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Séjour inoubliable! Un grand merci à Irina pour l organisation et à Maria notre guide pour la qualité de l’accompagnement et des informations sur les lieux. Nous aimerions vraiment revenir en hiver si possible
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This was a very good organised trip over the lake. I worked very well with Olga. It was a nice cooperation. some remarks: - The homestay in Ust-Barguzin could have been better. If I knew that there were two families and how the beds were divided, then I could have prepared the group and it would be less chaotic. - Some of the group were disappointed that we didn't walk all the way. On the first day
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Thank you for your feedback! We would like to give you some comments about the tour. - Large groups always have to be divided into several houses, since it is not a hotel, it's a house of a local. Such number of places can’t be provided by one homestay. Please, feel free to ask us a better hotel, we are always ready to follow your requests. -Perhaps the drivers misunderstood you because of the lang
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