Russia Expedition: Footsteps of the Reindeer Herders

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Ends Moscow, Russia
  • +3
  • Rub shoulders with the locals as you experience overnight train travel in Russia
  • Meet the local Nenets people, the Siberian Arctic's indigenous reindeer herders
  • Visit a traditional Nenets campsite and see the reindeers up close
  • Try your hand at fishing and then enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Horomdo Lake
The trip Russia Expedition: Footsteps Of The Reindeer Herders starts from Saint Petersburg and ends in Moscow. It is an adventure tour that takes 15 days taking you through Moscow, Salekhard and Saint Petersburg in Russia. Russia Expedition: Footsteps Of The Reindeer Herders is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

There are expeditions and then there are expeditions; this trip, to the far reaches of Russia, definitely falls into the latter category. After a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it stop in St Petersburg, travel by train, bus and Trekol to the Yamal Peninsula; quite literally ‘the end of the world’. Extending far above the Arctic Circle, this isolated region has been home to the Nenets, a tribe of nomadic reindeer herders, for centuries. Now, the Nenets are inviting Intrepid travellers into their community for a first-hand glimpse at their daily existence. Learn about life on the frozen tundra, how they stay warm when the temperature hits -50°C, and how much the nomads rely on their reindeer herds. This is definitely one of our most eye-opening, off-the-beaten-track adventures yet.
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  • Lasse
  • From Denmark
  • On Jul 14 2019
“The trip was well planned and we saw the most amazing nature in Montenegro and Bosnia-i-Herzegovina. We had a night in Pluzine near lake piva where the accomodation could have been better. The guide and driver/mechanic were a great team and both of them did an excellent job”
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  • Caroline
  • From Ireland
  • On Jul 23 2017
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  • Andrew
  • From Australia
  • On Dec 11 2018
  • Day 1: St Petersburg
  • Day 2: Overnight train
  • Day 3: Velikiy Ustyug
  • Day 4: Trans-Polar Railway
  • Day 5: Salekhard
  • Day 6: Langot Yugan Nenets Camp
  • Day 7: Langot Yugan Nenets Camp
  • Day 8: Langot Yugan Nenets Camp
  • Day 9: Langot Yugan Nenets Camp
  • Day 10: Salekhard
  • Day 11: Salekhard
  • Day 12-13: Trans-Polar Railway
  • Day 14: Moscow
  • Day 15: Moscow
WHAT'S INCLUDED Download PDF Brochure
  • Overnight Train (4 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Chum (4 nights)
  • 10 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 4 Dinner
  • Overnight Train , Metro , Private vehicle , Ferry , Trekol (Russian all-terrain vehicle)
Included Activities
  • Velikiy Ustyug - Walking Tour
  • Langot Yugan Nenets Camp - currying deer skin demostration
  • Langot Yugan Nenets Camp - lasso catching demonstration
  • Langot Yugan Nenets Camp - reindeer sledging
  • Langot Yugan Nenets Camp - deer ligaments thread making demostration
  • Langot Yugan Nenets Camp - stroganina making demonstration
  • Salekhard - Shemanovsky Ethnographic Museum
  • Salekhard - City Tour
  • Any international flights to Saint Petersburg and from Moscow are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Russia Expedition: Footsteps of the Reindeer Herders tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Russia Expedition: Footsteps of the Reindeer Herders tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.


A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 04 June 2020 full payment is required.

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Russia Expedition: Footsteps of the Reindeer Herders tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Russia Expedition: Footsteps of the Reindeer Herders tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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