Arctic weekend in a Nenets tipi

This tour is not available and is archived.
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
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.
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
4 Days
  • Acquaintance with culture of the Nenets
  • Travelling beyond the Arctic Circle
  • Chance to see Aurora
  • Just 2 hours from Moscow to Naryan-Mar
  • Tasting Nenets national cuisine
  • Participation in ice fishing
Tour Overview

What do you usually do on your weekends? Do you meet your friends or family? Do you prefer to stay at home or to walk in a shopping center? Are you afraid to switch from a habitual course of life, because the change can be unpredictable? Days turning to years – all alike in their routine until you are ready to change them. Take a look at what we can offer you today - an extraordinary journey which will break the trivial round of life! Take a part in this trip which will take away fussy nervousness from your mind and make you be stunned by the beauty of nature and its landscapes!Do you want to be beyond the Arctic Circle, in the realm of fluffy white snow and Aurora? Don’t you afraid to feed the deer and to taste freshly caught fish?Do you want to learn the culture, way of life and the traditions of Nenets people? Besides, the Nenets celebrate their own New Year the day when the sun comes out for the first time after the polar night.And you can plunge in this unusual world in just two and a half hours after departure from Moscow. So don’t hesitate and finish your weekend unusually!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Acquantance with Narian-Mar
  • Day 2
    The biggest lake of the region
    Narian-Mar — Golodnaya bay
  • Day 3
    Daily life of the local reindeer herders.
    Golodnaya bay — Naryan-Mar
  • Day 4
    Nenets culture and traditions
  • 12:30
    Meeting in the airport and transfer to the restaurant
  • 13:00
    Our journey to the Arctic begins from a lunch in the restaurant-museum “Timan”. Its interior has been created with an inherent to northern people ethnic subjects. Walls decorated with local artists’ paintings, true household items and clothings, books, animal skins (deer, fox, polar fox). Its ambiance is saturated with the spirit of northern culture, its every little thing owns a history abundant of moods and colorings. A hand-brewed beer is an extra pleasantness. One of the saloon has been designed in a special form resembling a chum. Instead of typical chairs – sledge-seats! A cozy corner in its large hall performed as a reflection of a fishing boat!
  • 14:00
    Acquantance with NARIAN-MAR
    After lunch city-tour around Naryan-Mar. An introduction to main significant sites of the city in an informal and casual manner. We will open for us the view of the city as it is seen by its residents, tell about its history, amazing features. Visit to a Nenets museum of local history. The contemporary museum shows its visitors three expositions: the first one tells about how humans developed these lands from the VII century BC to present days. The second exposition is dedicated to the ethnography of the district, presenting currently living there peoples. Its central part is devoted to the culture and everyday life of the Nenets. There are less than 50.000 Nenets people left worldwide and almost one of five of them lives in the Nenets Autonomous District. The third exposition reveals the diversity of local flora and fauna.
  • 16:00
    Check-in at the hotel
    Check-in at the hotel.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 20:00
    Coordination and distribution of the outfit
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
  • 08:00
    In the hotel's cafe
  • 08:40
    Transfer to the departure place
  • 09:30
    Departure by snowmobile to Nelmin-Nose
    Snowmobiles are driven by experienced drivers. The tourists will be seated behind the driver or in passenger sleigh. Most of our way will go through the great northern Pechora River’s bed. Pechora, from time immemorial, has been a nursing water source for lots of local villages. Even to this day people take drinking water directly from the river. On the road we will make a couple of stops.
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the Nelmin-Nos village
    Our program includes: a walking tour around the settlement; a visit to the museum, the ethnocultural center; listening to the story about past and today’s life of the settlement. You will learn how the settlements appeared in tundra, how the Soviet Union authorities forced the nomadic people to settle and the subsequent problems this measure caused. You will hear about the perspectives in the development of the national settlement.
  • 12:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 13:00
    The snowmodiles driving
    Departure by snowmobiles to the traditional Nenets nomads encampment (at a distance of about 40-50 km depending on the month). The transition will take more time, because the route will pass through the Malozemelskaya tundra with numerous streams and slopes of hills. You will feel its impressive vastness, its deafening silence and stark beauty.
  • 17:00
    Arrival and accommodation
    The settlement is located nearby the Golodnaya (Hungry) bay – one of the biggest lakes in the area. In spite of its superficiality (average depth is about 2 meters), its area size is larger than a sum of European states of Liechtenstein together with Monaco and Vatican. The Nenets Autonomous Area is known to be a habitat of the tasty whitefishes, nelma and other valuable fish species.
  • 19:00
    Dinner and educational programs in the settlement: an acquaintance with northern reindeers, culture and way of life of Nenets reindeer herders, taking a taste of traditional cuisine, taking photos. It will be possible to try traditional northern dishes – stroganin (raw frozen grated fish or venison), pancakes made of deer blood, deer meat broth, northern berries. Introduction to the chum construction and traditional means of transportation for reindeer breeders – sledge. Stars and polar lights observation. You will hear stories about the beliefs of the indigenous people inhabiting the russian far north. Watching of the film named "The White Moss".
  • 20:00
    Stars and polar lights observation.
    Stars and polar lights observation. You will hear stories about the beliefs of the indigenous people inhabiting the russian far north. Watching of the film named "The White Moss".
  • Overnight in a guest yourt
Photo of the day
Narian-Mar — Golodnaya bay

snowmobiles  (75km)

  • 08:00
  • 09:30
    A tour to a reindeer camp
    A tour to a reindeer camp. You will have an opportunity to feed and caress the beautiful and free reindeers that wander on paths trodden over the centuries. Moreover, it will be possible to take a ride on reindeer sleds (under the supervision of our experienced instructors) and take photos while dressed in traditional reindeer skin clothing of the Nenets people - the malitsa. You will as well have a chance to get acquainted with the daily life of the local reindeer herders.
  • 13:00
  • 14:30
    Departure for Naryan-Mar.
    Departure for Naryan-Mar. During your way back you will watch the colorful play of the mysterious Northern Lights in the dark arctic sky.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Golodnaya bay — Naryan-Mar
  • 10:00
    Late breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the ethnocultural center
    Visit of the ethnocultural center, interactive introduction to the Nenets culture and traditions. Master-class on making a Nenets talisman. You will learn how practical and meaningful is every little household detail in the life of northern people. We will also find some time to visit the center of crafts and souvenir shops.
  • 12:00
    Lunch in the “Timan” restaurant
  • 12:40
    Transfer to the airport
    Farewells and flight back home
Photo of the day
Detailed description
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Price includes
  • Lunches
  • Russian-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Medical insurance
  • 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
  • Breakfasts
Price does not include
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Administrative registration
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Optional activities
  • Banya
  • Dinners
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.

Russian border zone entrance permission - 1500 RUR per person Single supplement – 1 500 RUR / pers. Banya - apx. 5 500 RUR Ice fishing - apx. 1 500 RUR / pers. Trip to the herd of reindeers - apx. 1 500 RUR / pers. We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure. As the Nenets Autonomous Okrug is a border zone there is a border entrance permission to get 90 days before the tour starts.

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