THE DOLGANS – NOMADS OF
THE HIGH ARCTIC

December - April
DESCRIPTION:
The nomadic, Asiatic Dolgan people, numbering just over 7000, migrate in the tundra of the Taymyr Peninsula and Anabar District of Yakutia, almost a thousand kilometres beyond the Arctic Circle in Siberia's most northerly regions. They dress in home-sewn reindeer fur clothing, travel on home-made, wooden, reindeer-drawn sledges and live in log cabins insulated with reindeer fur and built on sledge runners that allow them to be pulled by reindeer during migrations.

We organise trips that give travellers the chance to stay at an encampment of Dolgan nomads and experience their ancient way of life.
The area is so far north that it is also one of the world's best places for seeing the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights. They are often extremely bright green and purple here, sometimes filling almost the entire sky. If you come around the new moon in February you may well see them every night of your trip.
Day 1
Take evening flight from Moscow to Yakutsk (7 hour flight, 6 hour time difference with Moscow)
Day 2
Arrive in Yakutsk early in the morning. Fly 3.5 hours north to Saskylakh in Anabarskiy District of Arctic Yakutia. Drive 100km along an ice road on the frozen surface of a river to Yuryung-Khaya, one of the most northern settlements in Russia. Overnight in a local wooden home.
Day 3
Travel on a wooden sledge attached to the back of a snowmobile to Dolgan nomads' camp (50 – 100km)
Day 4
Live with the nomads. There will be no fixed itinerary. Guests will merely observe and partake in the daily life of the reindeer herders.
Day 5
Live with the nomads. There will be no fixed itinerary. Guests will merely observe and partake in the daily life of the reindeer herders.
Day 6
Live with the nomads. There will be no fixed itinerary. Guests will merely observe and partake in the daily life of the reindeer herders.
Day 7
Live with the nomads. There will be no fixed itinerary. Guests will merely observe and partake in the daily life of the reindeer herders.
Day 8
Live with the nomads. There will be no fixed itinerary. Guests will merely observe and partake in the daily life of the reindeer herders.
Day 9
Return to Yuryung-Khaya. Overnight in local home.
Day 10
Fly to Yakutsk. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11
Spare days in case bad weather delays the flight from Saskylakh to Yakutsk. If the flight is not delayed and these two days are to be spent in Yakutsk, trips can be arranged at extra expense to the Lena Pillars UNESCO World Heritage Site, to indigenous Yakut horse herders and to rock paintings on the Lena River cliffs.
Day 12
Spare days in case bad weather delays the flight from Saskylakh to Yakutsk. If the flight is not delayed and these two days are to be spent in Yakutsk, trips can be arranged at extra expense to the Lena Pillars UNESCO World Heritage Site, to indigenous Yakut horse herders and to rock paintings on the Lena River cliffs.
Day 13
Fly back to Moscow. Arrive around midday.
Nomadic Dolgan reindeer herder, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia
Nomadic Dolgan reindeer herders migrating near the border between Yakutia’s Anabar District and the Taymyr Peninsula
Travelling by sledge from an encampment of nomadic Dolgan reindeer herders to Yuryung-Khaya village, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia
Nomadic Dolgan reindeer herder, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia
Horse herder travelling by sledge in the forest near Sinsk, Yakutia
Reindeer of the Dolgan nomads, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • All flights and transport as per the above itinerary
  • All accommodation as per the above itinerary
  • English-speaking interpreter
  • Food while with the reindeer herders and in Yuryung-Khaya
  • Letter of invitation for Russian visa
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • International flights
  • Accommodation, transport or food in Moscow
  • Insurance
  • Clothing, equipment or a medical kit
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