8 Day Off-Road Fishing Expedition with Komi Homestay

During the summer months, this part of Siberia turns into a paradise for those who love fishing. Thousands of fish call the crystal clear waters here home, and this off-road expedition takes you to some of the best fishing spots around.

A 4x4 goes offroad through the streams of the polar urals

You’ll get to experience the fun of off-roading through some of the most beautiful scenery in Yamal. We cross rivers and streams on our way to the shores of Lake Estato where we join the indigenous Komi people in their homes.

As well as fishing there’s also wonderful hiking in the area, and we can explore with our off-road vehicles. We’ll also take you to Malibden mine, a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past.

This trip runs in July and August.
Contact us via email or phone if your preferred dates are unavailable.

8 Day Off-Road Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Salekhard

Today, we’ll collect you from your early morning flight from Moscow to Salekhard. You’ll transfer to a nearby hotel and on the way, we’ll discuss your priorities for the coming days. You have the opportunity to take a tour of the city in the afternoon. Otherwise, this is a day to relax after your early morning flight.

Accommodation: Hotel in Salekhard (twin-share)

Meals: D included

Day 2 – Salekhard to Polyarny

After breakfast we will load up our off-road vehicles and start our adventure! First, there is a ferry crossing from Salekhard to Labytnangi, and then 40 km of asphalt before the true off-road fun begins.

A track weaves through green fields and streams into the distance

We ford rivers and streams whilst moving along the mountain valleys through amazing scenery. We’ll have lunch on the way, before reaching the abandoned geological settlement of Polyarny. We’ll stop nearby and set up camp for the night and you’ll have plenty of time to explore.

Accommodation: 2-4 person tent

Meals: B/L/D included

Day 3 – Polyarny to Lake Estato Homestay 

Following breakfast, we pack up our camp and get back in the vehicles for the trip to Lake Estato and the camp of the Komi people. We will aim to arrive there at lunchtime and you can spend the afternoon getting to know our hosts for the next few days. We’ll be spending the night in the chums (tents) of the Komi nomadic people whilst we’re here, sharing their living space.

Lake Estato is a wonderful spot for fishing, and you’ll have plenty of time to seek out all the best areas for yourselves. For those who enjoy hiking, this is a beautiful area to explore.

Accommodation: Komi chum

Meals: B/L/D  included

A young girl walks through the Komi campsite holding a packet of crisps

Day 4-6 – Life with the Komi

Spend time with the Komi people and see what daily life is like in the camp. You can fish in the lake and spend time hiking and walking around the area. With our off-road vehicles we’ll be able to explore the area, visiting interesting canyons and abandoned mines!

Accommodation: Komi chum

Meals: B/L/D included

Day 7 – Lake Estato to Salekhard

Today we say goodbye to the Komi people after breakfast and get back in our vehicle for the return trip to Salkehard. It will take most of the day to return, and then we’ll check into our hotel in the city.

This evening we can arrange for you to enjoy a trip to the banya in Salekhard or you can simply relax in your room before enjoying dinner together as a group.

Accommodation: Salekhard hotel (twin-share)

Meals: B/L/D included

Day 8 – Depart Salekhard

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: B included

A tarpaulin covered tent at the Komi campsite next to Estato Lake

Costs & Services


  • Accommodation: 2 night in Salekhard hotel (twin-share), 1 night camping, 4 night homestay with Komi
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Russian Arctic Travel English-speaking guide
  • Tour of Salekhard if desired
  • All transfers in Salekhard
  • Vehicles and fuel on expedition
  • Arctic safety/security equipment
  • Fishing equipment
  • Tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment for camping
  • Permits and visa invitation letter
  • Return flights from Moscow or St Petersburg to Salekhard

Not included

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Individual clothing, backpack, cold-weather clothing, (contact us for advice)
  • Use of banya/sauna in Salekhard

Note: The final route and activities may vary slightly, as the weather can be unpredictable here in Yamal. Your guide may need to adapt the program depending on the group, prevailing conditions and available options at the time. There is no cook on this trip, but you’re welcome to help the guides prepare meals and learn how to become a fantastic camp chef! During the expedition the cooperation of all participants will be crucial – you‘re always welcome to lend a hand.

Other important information

  • Please be aware that you are visiting this nomadic family in their home and this is a very personal space for them. The guides will inform you of any specific considerations or taboos that you need to be aware of.
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited during the whole stay with the Komi family
  • The Komi might move their camp at any time, so we will only know the exact location of our homestay just before departure
  • Accommodation in the chums is on a sharing base. Depending on the group’s size there might be a chum available for the group only
  • Using drones above the reindeer herds is prohibited

Fitness and dietary requirements

  • A basic level of fitness will certainly help increase the enjoyment of the trip, but no special training is required
  • Dietary requirements should be discussed prior but can usually be catered for

Recommendations for Clothing and Equipment

  • Will be sent at the time of booking

Visa Information

  • Russian Arctic Travel will provide visa invitation documents for you to apply for your Russian visa overseas

Price is based on double occupancy: a single supplement of €200 will apply if you are a single traveller and are not happy to share a twin room.