Reindeer Herders’ Festival in Yamal

Stay with nomads and immerse yourself in their way of life

March is the best time of year for the travellers to visit Yamal and to witness the Reindeer Herder's festival.

It's a one-day holiday, celebrated annually in Salekhard and Aksarka, Yamal-Nenets region in the Russian Arctic. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders festival Day is a major event, which offers a chance to meet with friends, to compete in contests of physical skill and a variety of other competitions, as well as to share their unique culture with the world, which has remained unchanged through the centuries until the present day. On this tour you not only will witness the Reindeer Herders' Festival in Yamal but also will stay with Nenet family far away from the city to fully immerse in the nomadic way of life.

The Yamal peninsula is home to 15,000 reindeer herders. Unlike many nomadic tribes in Russia and the world-over, the Nenets are have largely retained their traditional way of life, and are famed for having longest nomadic migration routes in the world. They wear clothing made of reindeer fur, sewn using reindeer sinew as thread, and live in conical tents made of reindeer fur and known as “chums”. Across a single year, the Nenets may migrate up to 2,000km, transporting their chums and all their possessions on home-made, wooden sledges, accompanied by herds of reindeer up to 10,000 strong.







3* hotels, homestay


Action rating

Group size

7 days / 6 nights


2 - 6 people


Day 1:Moscow

Arrive in Moscow and transfer to the hotel, where we’ll spend a restful night.

Day 2:Salekhard

Depart to Salekhard, the capital of Yamal, by a 3 hour flight from Moscow. Meet a guide during the welcoming dinner. He will check your equipment and give you a brief on upcoming adventure.

Day 3:Transfer to the Nenets camp

After breakfast at the hotel, we will jump in the off road cars a for a long drive to the Nenets camp. Depending on their location we may also use snowmobiles. Upon arrival to the camp, meet your hosts and share our first dinner, learning about Nenets culture and way of life.

Day 4-5:Days with Nenets

Immerse yourself in the nomad way of life and be amazed by reach culture of Nenet people. For the next 2 days, you’ll be living with the nomads, eating and sleeping in their chums. There will be no fixed itinerary for these days. Instead, this is a uniquely immersive experience, where guests observe and take part in the daily lives of the nomads. You will return to Salekhard in the evening of day 5.

Day 6:Reindeer Herders' Day

The main spectacle of the Reindeer Herder's Festival is the incredible variety of reindeer races, including the trot, sledding races and even reindeer skiing. The full day you will spend outside enjoying endless shows and activities.

Day 7:Salekhard

It's time to say goodbye to Russian Arctic. After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on the comprehensive tour of Salekhard. After lunch you will be transferred to the airport for a flight back to Moscow.



3* hotel accommodation in Salekhard and Moscow

Homestay with Nenets (teepees)


Breakfasts in the hotel

All meals during stay with Nenets


Airport transfers

All transportation on tour (car, 4wd cars, snowmobiles)


Professional local English-speaking tour leader

experienced drivers, local hosts

Activities and sights

Activities and experiences according to the tour program


Internal flights

Arctic safety equipment

All permits required for the region

Russian visa support document (invitation letter)

*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.

Not included

International flights, Russian tourist visa, travel insurance, tips.

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup. 
26 Mar - 1 Apr 2018
Private Tour
Available US $3,850 N/A Reserve
2 Apr - 8 Apr 2018
Private Tour
Available US $3,850 N/A Reserve

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