The Yamal Peninsula in Arctic Siberia is home to nomadic Nenets reindeer herders who have retained an extraordinarily traditional and exotic culture and way of life. It is probably the most famous of all Nenets areas, as it has been featured on several Western TV documentaries, most of which were made using our help.

Nomadic Nenets reindeer herders migrating on the Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia

Nomadic Nenets reindeer herders migrating on the Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia


The Nenets here are also famous throughout Arctic Russia as being the best reindeer herders with the biggest herds, the longest migration routes and the most well-preserved culture, religious beliefs and language. A trip here is, simply put, like stepping into another world, a world characterised by constant movement, extremely harsh conditions, mind-blowing hospitality and spirits and gods that effect every action in everyone’s daily lives.

We have organised over 50 trips to this region for dozens of journalists, photographers and film crews, academics and scientific teams, dozens of foreign tour operators and plenty of individual travellers too.

We offer four types of trips to Yamal. Please click on the blue links for itineraries and pricing:

1. Trips to live at a nomadic encampment on the Yamal Peninsula in winter and join the Nenets on their epic migration.

2. Trips to live at a nomadic encampment in summer and join them on their migration. These trips are in the Polar Ural Mountains in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, but not on the Yamal Peninsula itself.

3. Summer trekking through nomad country in the Polar Urals.

4. Overland from Karelia through Arkhangelskaya Oblast into Yamal

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Nenets children on the Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia

Nenets children on the Yamal Peninsula, Arctic Siberia

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Nenets chums (tepees) in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, Arctic Siberia

Nenets chums (tepees) in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region, Arctic Siberia