UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN THE LAND OF THE NENETS

Siberia
CROSSING IN THE URAL POLAR MOUNTAINS
departure: 17 March 2021
Duration: 12 days

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3.598

It is so far that most of this territory is beyond the Arctic Circle and to get there you have to cross half the world. It is so inhospitable that Stalin built his prison camps here. No one doubts the great natural beauty of Yamalia or its unusual fauna. The planet is getting smaller, and if you want to go further … few places as distant as Yamalia will find. If you like to go on an adventure, this discovery trip could interest you and introduce you to one of the most ancient and traditional cultures that remain on this planet.

During the trip you will see some of the least explored and most remote regions on Earth. This experience will give you a stunning combination of the incredible arctic environment of the region along with the landscapes of the Polar Urals, as well as an exclusive immersion in the ancient ways of life in the tundra and of today’s Nenets nomads. This expedition is an opportunity to get back to basics and to enjoy the tundra and the mountains of the Polar Urals (the natural border between the continents of Europe and Asia). In the first part of the trip we will cross the arctic tundra and the Urals mountains with snowshoes and / or skis and we will sleep in arctic tents until we reach a Nenet nomadic camp. There we will live with a Nenet family with their reindeer and we will stay in a chum tent where we will share daily tasks with this indigenous group.

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MARCH - APRIL
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TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1. FLIGHT TO MOSCOW
Arrival at Moscow Domodedovo airport and transfer to Airhotel Domodedovo.

Hotel accommodation, Domodedovo.

DAY 2. FLIGHT TO SALEKHARD. CITY TOUR
In the morning transfer to Domodedovo airport. We will take a flight to Salekhard (3:15 pm). Arrival at 8:00 a.m. and transfer to the hotel. Salekhard, a population of 42,500, is located on the banks of the Ob River, one of the longest in the world. The city was built in 1595 as a Cossack fortress, and had the name of Obdorsk – place on the Ob – until 1933. In the Nenets language, Salekhard means “settlement on the cape” and is the only city in the world which the Arctic Circle bisects (66º 33´N).

Hotel accommodation, Salekhard.

DAY 3: SALEKHARD – KHARP – URAL POLAR MOUNTAINS
Breakfast; lunch, dinner.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer (1 hour and a half) to the town of Kharp, located north of Salekhard and at the foot of the Ural Polar Mountains. Just to the north of the town we will begin our journey crossing the mountains whose location (66-68º N., 63-67º E.) extends from the northeast to the southwest. Before joining the coastal plain, the Ural Mountains extend again through the Sob River Valley and following its course alongside a northern Trans-Ural railway line connecting Seida and Labytnangi. We will start our arctic challenge following the trail of the northern Sob river, with fantastic views of the Ray-Iz mountain and the river valley, with a typical arctic forest (12 km route).

Accommodation in tents, Ural Mountains.

DAYS 4 TO 10: CROSSING THE URAL POLAR MOUNTAINS
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

For a week we will explore the Ural Polar mountains, finally arriving at a Nenet family camp where we will spend the next few days living with this ancient ethnic group. We will live with the Nenet family, who will show us their traditional way of life, which has hardly changed in the last century. We will stay with the indigenous peoples of the north and we will learn about their lifestyle, cooking national dishes and helping them to set up their tents and perform their ancestral rites. We can immerse ourselves in the real life of the nomads, stay in their tents and learn more about their unique culture and ancient traditions. You will be able to participate in daily tasks such as cutting wood, making a fire, preparing food, collecting water and helping with reindeer.

Accommodation in tents, Ural Mountains.

DAY 11: CAMP NENET – SALEKHARD
Breakfast.

After sharing breakfast with the family, we will go on a snowmobile to the pick-up point, where we will take a transport that will take us back to the city of Salekhard. In the afternoon we will have the option of taking a banya (Russian sauna).

Hotel accommodation, Salekhard.

DAY 12: FLIGHT TO MOSCOW
Breakfast.

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to the airport at 7:30h a.m. Departure of the flight at 9:10 a.m and arrival at Domodedovo airport at 10:10 a.m. End of the program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the pandemic situation by COVID-19, this trip will be subject to possible restrictions and / or prohibitions on entering the country.

INCLUDED
  • 3 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 8 nights of accommodation in tents
  • Diet according to program
  • Local English-speaking X-plore guide
  • Moscow-Salekhard / Salekhard-Moscow flight
  • Transfers as specified in the program
  • Stay with local family
  • Activities as indicated in the program
  • Arctic safety equipment
  • SAT phone, locator, solar charger
  • Stores, kitchen tools, first aid kit
  • Snowshoes / skis
NOT INCLUDED
  • Flights from / to Moscow
  • Invitation letter (Russian visa)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess luggage
  • Individual clothing and equipment, sleeping mat, backpack, warm clothing, winter boots (contact us for advice on and / or to rent polar clothing/equipment)
  • Any service in Moscow
  • Satellite phone calls (€ 2 / minute)
  • Anything not specified in the “INCLUDED” section.
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