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 €)

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In this photo-excursion trip, you will have the opportunity to visit the famous northern festival known as the "Day of the Reindeer-Herders." The Day of Reindeer-Herders is an indigenous cultural celebration of wrestling competition and races on reindeer sleds in the northern part. We will get a chance to photograph the Nenets racing in their traditional costumes, children dressed in beautiful multi-coloured fur coats and the natural beauty cladded in its traditional dresses.

Our stay will be with the local families' in their households, where we will get a chance to capture the life of the local people living in the nomadic reindeer herders. Not many people on earth are fortunate enough to spend their lives in such an old-fashioned manner. We are talking about the indistinguishable lives of people who are still living the lives as their ancestors. We will get a chance to capture their stories live from the inside.

Not to miss, we will also experience the aurora lights shining over the endless tundra.
Day 1
Meeting in Salekhard. The Festival of reindeer herders.

We plan to visit this festival on our 1st day or on the last day of the expedition. The final event date of the event will be communicated in the winter.

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

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

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.