In this workshop we will photograph wild Arctic musk oxen, live in a family of reindeer-nomads in their hut made of reindeer skins. We will have a good chance to see the aurora above the endless tundra.
Our trip will begin right on the Arctic Circle in the city of Salekhard. Arriving on the morning flight, we will board a Trekol and take a trip to the inaccessible Gornokhadatinsky section of the Polar-Uralsky natural park. The road there will take 7-10 hours depending on the weather.
We will spend six days with a family of locals: Nenets reindeer herders. We will live with them in their hut, photograph their daily life, live amidst a herd of half-wild reindeer in the tundra. Together with our hosts, we will eat traditional dishes, predominantly venison, fish and taiga berries. Of course, there will be more familiar menus available as well. We will rest in sleeping bags, inside a traditional dwelling, and, at night, our hosts will run a generator to recharge our batteries.
We will learn how to harness the reindeer and ride them. At night we will watch the polar sky in the hope of photographing the northern lights, and every day (if weather permits) we will ride a snowmobile with attached sleds to the habitats of the musk oxen and photograph them.
There are not many places in Russia where you can see and photograph these majestic animals in the wild. Musk oxen were brought to the Yamal in 1997 where they were kept in an enclosure. Some of them have been released into the wild, but they still prefer to live near their relatives.
Morning of the seventh day, the same Trekol will pick us up, and by the evening we will be in Salekhard. After spending the night in a hotel, we will fly from Salekhard back home the following morning, getting lots of impressions and thousands of pictures with us.
Price: 3290 USD (Deposit payment: USD $1600)
Price: please inquire sending mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via form below the page
Included in the price:
* Transport all along the route
* Accommodation and meals in the hut in the family of reindeer breeders
* Guide services and assistance in photography
* Registration of permits for entry to the border zone
Not included in the price:
* Tickets to Salekhard and back
* Accomodation and meals in Saleckhard
* Health insurance
* Alcoholic beverages
What to bring
– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release, its better to use spikes for your tripod
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm
– Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperatures down to -20, but average is -5 C for March)
– Waterproof pants
– Warm down-jacket and thermal pants
– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches and photography workshops
– Knee protection (skateboard equipment, for example)