Immerse yourself in the nomad way of life and be amazed by reach culture of Nenet people: friends meet and visit each other, families show others new children born this year, men look for wives, or for husbands for their daughters.
The main spectacle is the incredible variety of reindeer races, including the trot, sledding races and even reindeer skiing. There are also competitions for national sports, such as sled jumping, lasso throwing, axe throwing and tug of war. Amid the vibrant atmosphere of the festival, you’ll find stalls selling handicrafts made of bones, fur and beads, as well as favourite regional dishes made of reindeer meat and frozen steak.
Based on the cultural and spiritual traditions of the northern indigenous peoples, all the activities that take place at the Reindeer Herders Festival are aimed at their support and preservation.
After lunch in the city, we’ll enjoy a short tour of Salekhard, a town founded by Russian settlers in 1595 after the conquest of Siberia. We will visit the Shemanovskiy museum, which focuses on Yamal’s regional culture and natural history, including a fascinating exhibition on mammoth remains discovered in the region and the 16th century fortress of Obdursk, the first Russian settlement built in the area.