The boy and the dog in Yamal

Ethnographic photo expedition to Yamal

Start: March 23, 2019, Salekhard, Russia
End: March 31, 2019, Salekhard, Russia

Guide: Dmitry Arkhipov
Price: 3090 € (deposit 1500 €)
Early birds (before October 1, 2019) 2790 €

Group size: 6 persons
In this photo-expedition, you will visit the famous northern festival "Day of the Reindeer-Herders," an indigenous Nenets people celebration with wrestling competitions and races on reindeer sleds races. During this event, we will be photographing Nenets racing in traditional costumes, northern beauties in national dresses, carefree kids in bright multi-colored fur coats.

We will be staying in local families households, taking amazing pictures of the life of people who are still living the life of nomadic reindeer herders. Not many people on earth are dwelling in such an old-fashioned way, almost indistinguishable from their ancestor's life. We will live with them and capture their daily life from the inside.

We have an excellent chance to see the aurora lights shining above the endless tundra.
Day 1
Meeting in Salekhard. The Festival of reindeer herders.

Our route will begin right on the Arctic Circle in the city of Salekhard on Yamal. Arriving on the morning flight, we will go to the village of Aksarka, 60 km East of Salekhard, where the largest reindeer herding festival takes place in Yamal. This amazing event takes place once a year on the ancient Nenets land.

After visiting the festival, we will go to the camp of nomadic reindeer herders (another 60-80 km) on a 6-wheeled all-terrain vehicle, where we will settle in the chums.

Days 2-7
Reindeer herders of Yamal

These days we will spend in three different camps of Nenets reindeer herders, 2 days in each family. 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 reindeer meat, 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.
Day 8
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 9
Flight home

In the morning we will fly home frough Moscow.
The nenets girl in the reindeer herders camp in Yamal, Siberia
The girl from the family of reindeer herders with the herd of reindeer
Aurora over Yamal, Siberia
Nothern lights over the camp of reindeer herders in the Polar Urals
6 wheel ATV Trekol
All Terrain Vehicle for driving in tundra
Participants of the Yamal Photo Expedition
The photographers from Singapore near the traditional nenets hut
Nenets reindeer herders at hte rest
Locals of Yamal on the rest in the tundra
Chum - traditional nenets hut
Chum in the camp of reindeer herders of Yamal
Nenets woman in Yamal
Yamal woman in the camp of nomads
The reindeer herder
Nenets reindeer herder with his reindeer
Reindeer sled
Reindeer riding in Yamal phototour
In the chum of reindeer herders of Yamal
The traditional house of the family of reindeer herders
The nothern princess
The girl from the family of reindeer herders of Yamal in national dress
The catching of reindeer
The reindeer herder catches the reindeer in the tundra of Yamal
The nenets family in Yamal
The famaly of nenets in their chum in the camp
The nenets boy dressed in the national costume
Rhe biy in the reindeer sguba, Yamal
Reindeer rider in the Tundra
the tundra of Yamal, reindeer herder drives the reindeer

* Transport all along the route
* Accomodation and meals in the hut in the family of reindeer breeders
* 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

Registration Form
To register for the tour please fill the form below. We will notify you about availability and payment options. If there are no available spots, your registration will be automatically placed to the waiting list.