Join me on an adventure of a lifetime to the remote Yamal Peninsula in Siberia to document the life of the indigenous Nenet people.
These reindeer herders have been living in the SIberian Arctic for thousands of years, completely isolated from the outside world.
A unique opportunity to learn more about this beautiful culture and to expand your knowledge about photography.
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March 8 - 17, 2020.
An adventure of a lifetime to the remote Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, Russia. For 9 days we will live the life of the indigenous Nenet people, follow their daily rhythm, and document their century-old customs. While doing so, I will teach you all I know about visual story-telling & portrait photography. A unique opportunity to learn more about this beautiful culture and to expand your knowledge about photography.
Yamal Peninsula, Siberia. Yamal in the language of the indigenous Nenets means the end of the world; it is a remote, windblasted place of permafrost, serpentine rivers and dwarf shrubs, and has been home to the reindeer herding Nenets people for over a thousand years. The Nenets people of the Siberian arctic are the guardians of a style of reindeer herding that is the last of its kind. Through a yearly migration of over a thousand kilometers, these people move gigantic herds of reindeer from summer pastures in the north to winter pastures just south of the Arctic Circle. No-one knows for certain whether it is the reindeer that lead the people or vice versa. With temperatures often plummeting below -50°C and fierce winds these Arctic nomads live in one of the world’s most challenging environments. A strong work ethic and a robust and vibrant culture is what unites these reindeer herders. One of the last in its kind.
The price of the workshop is € 4200,- per person . There is room for 4-8 participants. Trip starts and ends in Moscow.
Cost includes: All the accommodation and meals as mention in the expeditions program (BLD), around the clock photography guidance by Pie Aerts, local English speaking guide, airport transfer and ground transportation, local fly to/from Salekhard-Moscow.
Price is based on double occupancy: a single supplements of 230 euro will apply*
*Note: We will make every effort to connect you with a roommate should you like to share a room, however, if unable to make a match, the single supplements will be apply. During the stay in the Yamal peninsula will not be possible to have single room, all will be sleeping in the traditional tents
A deposit of € 1000,- is required to hold your spot, balance is due 60 day prior to departure.
Day 1 – 8st March: Fly into Moscow Domodedovo. Check in at the 4* Airhotel. 5 minute walking distance from Airport, Meeting with the Photographer Pie Aerts
Day 2 – 9nd March: Morning flight to Salekhard-free shuttle-bus from Hotel. At the airport, we will be met by the local English speaking guide. Upload to the cars and go to the Salekhard, where the group can have some snack and coffee (tea). The guides check guest’s equipment. Then we will drive to the Kharp village approx 65 km. Nenets will meet us up there. Upload on the sleds and moving by the snowmobile 30- 80 km to the Nenets camp. Meet with Nenet family. Stay at Chum. (L,D)
Day 3-7 / 10-11-12-13-14 March: Live with the nomads, eating and sleeping in their chums (reindeer fur teepees). There will be no fixed itinerary for these days. Guests will merely observe and take part in the daily lives, hunting for the Northern lights. Daily life could include herding reindeer (up to 700 in one herd), lassoing reindeer with reindeer rawhide lassoes. Cutting trees for firewood, collecting ice or snow for water, help with making new sleds, cleaning reindeer skins (fur), sewing fur clothing and such. We can also do short hikes by the snowshoes in the Polar Ural mountains. Try ice fishing and hunting depends on the time of year, location(s) and weather conditions. (L,B,D)
Day 8 – 15th March: After a shared breakfast with the family we will go by snowmobile to the Kharp village, where we will be picked up by car(s) and transport to Salekhard. Accommodate in the hotel, personal time. Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)
Day 9 – 16th March: Free day in Salekhard in case of bad weather delaying our return. On this day we can visit the museum, visit the 16th century fortress of Obdursk, the first Russian settlement built on this site, visit the market square where nomads sell meat, fish and furs.
Another option goes to ice fishing. We can go to the special place on the Sob river. We will drive over 40 km to the South from Salekhard along a “zimnik”. Zimniks are temporary winter roads which do not exist in summer. They are built of compacted snow, or on the surface of frozen rivers. And over than 20 km without any roads, only destination. You will know the Siberian tricks for catching white fish, taste the fish soup with will cook right on the field. (L,D)
After return from the fishing we’ll go to the Russian banya (sauna)
In the past few years, Dutch photographer Pie Aerts has traveled to some of the most remote corners of our planet. From the deep jungles of West Papua to the high plains of Bolivia and from the tiniest Himalayan mountain villages to the beating heart of the Okavango Delta, always on a quest to connect with people through photography and to capture the unfiltered reality of everyday life.
I am proudly partnering with RemotExpeditions for this trip, one of the leading companies in hosting photographic adventures to some of the most remote areas around the world.
Remotexpeditions was founded by adventurer photographers with the passion for remote populations, their lifestyle and the desire to understand different culture on a deeper level. During the last ten years they have been travelling in the most remote and neglected countryside areas. Remotexpeditions was born of the desire to share photographic adventures and experiences with fellow photographers—whether amateur or professional, beginner or expert.
They strongly believe that the human race and its diversity is the greatest thing we can experience. When you travel with them on an expedition, you’ll enjoy boundless opportunities to be surrounded by natural wonders and exotic wildlife, to explore remote lifestyle, to learn about different cultures and share local traditions.