Why Travel To Yamal Peninsula?
With much of Yamal territory above the Arctic Circle, Yamal means ‘edge of the world’ in the language of its indigenous people, the Nenets. The Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District spans from the slopes of the Polar Ural Mountains, north to the Kara Sea. Its administrative centre, the historic town of Salekhard (population 43,000) straddles the Arctic Circle.
Yamal was considered so inhospitable that Stalin built his prison camps here. And yet a rich, colourful and resilient culture and ancient shamanistic religion have managed to survive here. It is the home of the Nenets, custodians of a style of reindeer herding that is considered the last of its kind. Our Yamal tours will expose you a daily way of life of the Nenets and their ways to survive Yamal’s extreme climate, the Nenets migrate with herds of up to 10,000 strong from their winter pastures in the southern taiga, north to their summer grazing lands near the Arctic Ocean.