Forget Rudolph – it’s the Russian Reindeer Herder Expedition!
If your only experience with reindeer is watching Rudolph prance around in the classic stop-motion film every Christmas, then you probably need to get out more. Seriously, that movie is so 1964.
Something steeped in as much reindeer and tradition as that film (although inherently much cooler) is the Russian Reindeer Herder Expedition – an adventure that takes you way, way off the beaten track.
Whether you have a deep passion for adventure, a deep passion for reindeer, or a deep passion for the edges of Russia (a niche passion we’ll admit), this expedition will be right up your street. Or in your wilderness, perhaps.
What’s so special about this adventure?
With the Russian reindeer herder expedition, you’ll be travelling by bus, train and Trekol (a cool, rugged Russian all-terrain vehicle) to the Yamal Peninsula – also known as ‘the end of the world’ (we’re sure it’s not as grim as it sounds... probably).
There, you’ll have the chance to visit the Nenets – the indigenous reindeer herders – stay at a traditional Nenets campsite, and, most importantly, see some reindeers up close. Oops. That's reindeer (Rudolph, please apologise to Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder and Blixem)
To some people, this is the definition of ‘roughing it’. You won’t be sleeping outside, but you’ll be sharing your chum (i.e. traditional tent) with your chums (i.e. the new mates you’ll make during this expedition).
Pack comfortable shoes for hiking around the picturesque Lake Horomdo region, as well as plenty of thermal gear – even though it is Russian summer, temperatures can reach freezing because… well, because it’s Russia.
- A way-off-the-beaten track adventure
- Spend quality time in a relatively unexplored area of Russia
- Make new friends! (Humans)
- Make new friends! (Reindeers)