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Arkhangelsk. Visiting a reindeer herd. Russian North

5 days / 4 nights


Dates in 2017: from February 4 till April 4.

The number of pax: 1-6-8 people who are prepared for long trips, for northern climate and willing to explore the Nenets culture and reindeer herding in the Russian European North.


Day 1:

09:50 Flight from St. Petersburg to Arkhangelsk.

11:15 meeting with an English-speaking guide, transfer to the city centre, the Arkhangelsk city tour (major highlights)

12:30 lunch at a local restaurant (set menu)

13:30 check-in

14:30 Malye Korely wooden architecture museum visit

17:30 arrival at the hotel

19.00 dinner at hotel restaurant (set menu)


Day 2:

Breakfast in the hotel, check-out, meeting with an interpreter and driver, transfer to Karyepolye.

Way to the village Karyepolye.


Days 3-4:

Accommodation in the village of Karyepolye, visits to reindeer herders

You are offered to get to know the lifestyle of indigenous people in North West Russia in winter. This tour is all about exploring the Nenets reindeer-herding traditions and herders' life conditions.


Day 5:

Direct transfer from village to the Arkhangelsk airport.

St. Petersburg flight at 17:50


Detailed Itinerary of the tour itself to Karyepolye:


Day 1:

Archangel – Sovpolye. Departure from a hotel or airport in Archangel at 09:00 by car. 6-7 hour drive stopping at:

Belogorye. A short stop at a local cafй for some rest.

Pinega rise. A short stop before driving up Pinega Upland. Here the road goes uphill.

Pinega, an old settlement. A short stop for having a rest.

Sovpolye, final stop of the driving itinerary. Lunch. Preparing for travelling by snowmobiles. This part of the itinerary includes interesting natural landscapes. The road goes along the River Northern Dvina, then along the River Pinega. The final destination will be the River Kuloy.

Sovpolye – Karyepolye. From here the journey continues by snowmobiles (provided). The distance is 50 km along the picturesque forest and the River Kuloy. In the evening dinner is served and Russian banya  (bath) is available.


Day 2 (snowmobiling):

Kariepolye – the winter camp of reindeer herders. The whole day is spent in the Nenets camp. There you can have a glimpse of Kanin Peninsula reindeer herders’ everyday living, housing, household chores, get acquainted with families. After lunch demonstration of a reindeer-sleigh race will be held. You will also have an opportunity to ride in a reindeer sleigh. Dinner.


Day 3 (snowmobiling):

Kariepolye – a reindeer herd. You will have a one day visit to a reindeer herd. You can get acquainted with traditional reindeer breeding and herding during the winter time, meet the Nenets herders and find more about their winter clothes and riding in reindeer sleighs. Dinner.


Day 4 (snowmobiling, minivan):

Kariepolye – Sovpolye – Archangel. You return to Archangel (the airport or railway station).


Tour Price includes:

  • In Arkhangelsk: One night accommodation in the Pur Navolok Hotel (4*, double rooms),  two excursions in English, meals and transfers according to the programme, museum entrance fee
  • In the tour to Karyepolye: 3 nights at typical village house, Meals- full board,
  • English speaking guide along the whole tour (can be French, Spanish, Italian as well),
  • transfers

Arkhangelsk. Visiting a reindeer herd. Russian North
Arkhangelsk. Visiting a reindeer herd. Russian North
Arkhangelsk. Visiting a reindeer herd. Russian North
Arkhangelsk. Visiting a reindeer herd. Russian North

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