Snowmobile Adventure - 9 Days

snowmobile expedition


In Russia’s far north you’ll find a snow-covered wonderland, perfect for winter adventures. On this expedition, we head out into the Siberian wilderness on snowmobiles. We’ll be in search of the Northern Lights and the indigenous Nenets people with their reindeer herds.

We start by heading into the mountains to spend the night under a starry polar sky in an abandoned Soviet weather station, before camping with the Nenets. Finally, you’ll get to experience the fun of ice fishing and camping in the Arctic.

Join us on this unique trip, where you’ll get to speed through the frozen tundra on your own snowmobile, and have an unforgettable adventure.

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 gear is suitable for the expedition.
· Afternoon tour of Salekhard.
· Group arrival Dinner

Day 2
Salekhard to Mount Rai-Iz

· After breakfast we take the ice road to the village of Kharp.
· Load up the snowmobiles and sledges.
· Our destination for the night is an abandoned weather station on Mount Rai-Iz.
· Snowmobile distance 20-30km

Day 3
Mount Rai-Iz to Nenets Camp

· After breakfast, transfer to the Nenets’ camp in the remote tundra.
· Stop at any time to photograph the beautiful winter landscapes.
· Meeting the Nenets family and welcome to their chum for dinner.
· Snowmobile distance 40-65km

Day 4
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 5
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 6
Nenets Camp to Sob River

· After breakfast with the Nenet family, we’ll be on our way.
· Today’s destination is a campsite on the banks of the Sob river.
· Snowmobile distance 40-65km

Day 7
Sob River

· Rest day around the camp
· Today we try our luck at ice fishing

Day 8
Sob River to Salekhard

· Break camp and ride back to Salekhard – our last long trip through the stunning arctic landscape.
· On arrival in the city, we’ll check in at our hotel.
· Optional Banya visit in Salekhard
· Group farewell dinner.

Day 9
Depart Salekhard

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

The Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Salekhard hotel (twin-share), 3 nights homestay with the Nenets, 3 nights camping
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local Guide
  • Tour in Salekhard if desired
  • All transfers in Salekhard
  • Snowmobiles and fuel
  • Arctic safety/security equipment
  • 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 - rental is available)
  • Use of banya/sauna in Salekhard

Frequently Asked Questions

What clothing do I need to bring?

Temperatures here can reach -64°C and you’ll be outside on snowmobiles 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 polar temperatures, and you’ll need bib-style pants so that the wind doesn’t get under your jacket on the snowmobile. If you’re having difficulty sourcing 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.

Is prior snowmobiling experience needed?

If you already know how to drive a snowmobile then you’ll be at an advantage, but it isn’t required! We build in time to this trip to make sure that everyone is confident in handling the equipment before we set out. Part of the fun of this tour is learning a new skill after all!

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Snowmobile Adventure
From $2,800.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • snowmobile
  • 2 - 6 people
  • easy
  • hotel, camping, homestay
  • snowmobile riding, ice fishing, camping
  • -10°C to -50°C