Arctic Summer Tour - 10 Days

Nenets man at the summer homestay


Every year, the nomadic Nenets people start their long migration from the remote lands of the Northern Yamal Peninsula to the southern forests. Over the course of several weeks, they drive their vast herds of reindeer across frozen rivers and landscapes until they reach the campsites they’ve used for generations.

Travelling along ancient migration routes, their trip will cover hundreds of kilometres. In one of the most extreme environments on earth, our path runs through valleys and swamps, across streams, rivers and high mountain passes. Join us for a trip of a lifetime in this place where the indigenous people still walk in the footsteps of their ancestors.

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.

Contact us via email or phone if your preferred dates are unavailable.

Full trip details


Day 1
Arrival in Salekhard

· Arrive at Salekhard airport and transfer to the hotel.
· Check-in and arrival briefing about what to expect in the days ahead
· Our local guides will check that your equipment is suitable for the expedition.
· Afternoon tour of Salekhard.
· Group arrival Dinner.

Day 2
Salekhard to Nenets Camp

· Take the ferry across the Ob River to Labytnangi and on to the village of Kharp. · Travel past Jade Valley and Dinosaur Mountain to the Nenets’ camp.
· Meeting the Nenets family and welcome to their chum for dinner.

Day 3
Nenets Camp

· Life with the Nenets.
· Observe the traditional way of life and coping strategies for this harsh environment.
· Photography opportunities.
· Participate in the daily running of the camp.

Day 4
Nenets Camp

· Help chop firewood and learn about Nenets cooking.
· Learn how to make reindeer-skin clothing, wooden sledges, and other essentials for polar life.

Day 5
Nenets Camp

· Life with the Nenets.

Day 6
Nenets Camp to Polyarny

· Breakfast with the Nenets and then hit the road once again.
· Return to Polyarny with lunch on the way.
· Set up camp near Polyarny where we’ll prepare dinner and sleep in our tents.

Day 7
Polyarny to Sob River

· After breakfast, prepare the rafting equipment
· After lunch, launch our rafts and venture downstream.
· Set up camp again on the banks of the river.

Day 8
Sob River

· Continue rafting down the beautiful Sob river.
· Stop for a side trip at Rai-Iz Mountain, hiking up to its beautiful waterfalls.
· After the hike, we’ll have lunch before embarking on another stretch of rafting.
· Set up camp for the night

Day 9
Sob River to Salekhard

· Pack up the camp and start our drive back to Salekhard
· Check-in at the hotel once again.
· Today you’ll have free time to spend relaxing after your adventures of the last week.
· Optional Banya visit in Salekhard
· Group farewell dinner.

Day 10
Depart Salekhard

· Transfer to Salekhard airport after breakfast to catch your flight.

The Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Salekhard hotel (twin-share), 4 nights homestay with the Nenets, 3 nights camping
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local Guide
  • Tour of Salekhard if desired
  • All transfers in Salekhard
  • Vehicles and fuel on expedition
  • Arctic safety/security equipment
  • Rafting equipment including wetsuits and life vests
  • Tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment for camping
  • Permits
  • Return flights from Moscow or St Petersburg to Salekhard

The Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What clothing do I need to bring?

Temperatures at this time of year can range between -10°C and 30°C. You’ll be outside for much of the time, so the right clothes are really important. We recommend that you have either wool or synthetic base layers (not cotton!) with fleece mid-layers. Outer layers should be rated to withstand the temperatures indicated. If you’re having difficulty sourcing suitable outer layers then we recommend that you hire them from us – this will also save space in your luggage!

If you would like to visit the Banya in Salekhard then please ensure that you bring your swimsuit.

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags are included in the cost of your trip, as are tents, camping and fishing equipment where applicable.

Can I add any additional days or activities to the tour?

You can book a trip to the Banya in Salekhard in advance – this is a mixed banya and you should bring swimwear if you book this option.

We’re always happy to discuss any further customisations to trips. Please email or call us with additional queries.

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

When camping we’ll be cooking for ourselves and can cater to any dietary restrictions. Please inform us at the time of booking so that we can ensure we are able to source the required ingredients. Please be aware that meat and fish will be served at mealtimes.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Arctic Summer Tour
From $2,800.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • 4x4 vehicle
  • 2 - 6 people
  • easy
  • hotel, camping, homestay
  • rafting, camping
  • 30 to -10