Yamal muskoxen of the Polar Urals

Muskoxen of the Polar Urals, Siberia

March 2019
Start: March 9, 2019, Salekhard, Russia
End: March 15, 2019, Salekhard, Russia

The tour ended
Guide: Dmitry Arkhipov

Group size: 6 persons
In this photo tour, you will be photographing the wild Arctic musk oxen, will live with reindeer-nomads in their family hut made of reindeer skins. There is also a good chance to observe the aurora lights above the endless tundra.
Day 1
Meeting in Salekhard

Our trip will begin right on the Arctic Circle in the city of Salekhard. Arriving on the morning flight, we will board a 6WD Trekol and take a trip to the Gornokhadatinsky section of the Polar-Urals natural park. The road there will take 7-10 hours depending on the weather.
Days 2-5
Yamal, Nothern Urals

We will spend five days with a family of locals: Nenets reindeer herders. We will live with them in their hut, photograph their daily life, live amidst a herd of half-wild reindeer in the tundra. 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 dwelling, and, at night, our hosts will run a generator to recharge our batteries.

We will learn how to harness the reindeer and ride them. At night we will watch the polar sky in the hope of photographing the northern lights, and every day (if weather permits) we will ride a snowmobile with attached sleds to the habitats of the musk oxen and photograph them.

There are not many places in the world where you can see and photograph these majestic animals in the wild. Musk oxen were brought to the Yamal in 1997 where they were kept in an enclosure. Some of them have been released into the wild, but they still prefer to live near their relatives. Here, musk ox are not very shy, and we can approach them close enough for a good photo.
Day 6
The way back

After breakfast we will go through the tundra on our way back to Salekhard by the Trekol. In the evening we will stay at the hotel near the aiport of Salekhard (double occupancy).
Day 7
Flight home

In the morning we will fly home through Moscow.
Nenets reindeer herder
Yamal reindeer herder in the fishing
Aurora on Yamal
Nothern lights above the camp of reindeer herders in Yamal
musk oxen of the Polar Urals
Photo expedition, photographing of arctic musk oxen in Yamal
Photo expedition to Yamal
during our photo expedition to the cam of reindeer herders of Yamal
Local people reindeer herders of Yamal
Yamal, Russia, Polar Urals. Reindeer herders on a rest
The camp of reindeer herders, chum
In the camp of reindeer herders in the Polar Urals during photo-expedition for musk oxen
Nenets woman
The local people of Yamal
During photo expedition for musk oxen
Photographing of musk oxen in Yamal
In the reindeer sled
Reindeer riding
Inside the nenets chum
Visiting reindeer herders of Yamal
An offer of marriage, Yamal
the participant of the photo expedition makes an offer of marriage to his girlfriend
The group of the photographers in Yamal
Group photo of the Yamal photo expedition
The family of nenets reindeer herders, Yamal
In the hut of nenets reindeer herders, the local family
the nenets girl
The girl from the nenets family in the camp of reindeer herders of Yamal
Riding in the sled In the tundra
The nenets reindeer herder is riding in the sled in the Yamal tundra

* Transport all along the route
* Accomodation and meals in the hut in the family of reindeer breeders
* One night in the hotel in Salekhard after the trip
* Guide services and assistance in photography
* Registration of permits for entry to the border zone and national park

* Tickets to Salekhard and back
* Meals and excursions in Saleckhard
* Health insurance
* Alcoholic beverages