The Taymyr Peninsula is the northernmost part of the Siberian Arctic and the Eurasian landmass. Thousands of kilometres from the nearest road or rail network and closed to all outsiders who do not go through the laborious process of obtaining a temporary permit, this vast wilderness is truly one of travel’s last frontiers. Home to nomadic reindeer herders, mammoth tusk hunters, vast walrus rookeries, the polar bears who hunt on them, the world’s largest reindeer herd (1 million head), colonies of up to 1 million birds, muskox, seals, white beluga whales, snowy owls, lemmings, Arctic fox, spectacularly pristine nature and the remains of the occasional gulag concentration camp, this is the definition of real adventure travel.
The indigenous people here are mostly Dolgans. Some live by fishing, mammoth tusk hunting and hunting the 1-million head wild reindeer herd that migrates through the area. Others are nomadic reindeer herders who build wooden cabins on sledges and cover them with reindeer furs for insulation. When they migrate to new pastures (once every 10 days in winter or once every 2 – 3 days in summer) the reindeer pull the whole home as pictured above. To get out to them, and the best wildlife spotting areas, travellers will need to be prepared to rough it to a certain extent, but will be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.
The northern part of the Taymyr Peninsula is great for indigenous nomadic culture and spotting polar bears, walrus and bird colonies. The southern part, known as the Putorana Plateau, is widely regarded as the most scenically beautiful region in Russia.
We offer three itineraries in this region:
2) Living with the nomadic Dolgan reindeer herders
3) The Putorana Plateau
As well as trips on Taymyr itself, we offer boat journeys here up the Yenisey River from Krasnoyarsk in the south of Siberia.