“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” This popular Nordic saying rings oh-so true in the Yamal Peninsula on the northern outskirts of Russia, where the temperature can dive to -40°C (Yamal means ‘edge of the world’).
If you like your holidays authentic, immersive and seriously hardcore, you can live with the region’s indigenous reindeer herders, the Nenets, as they swap their winter digs for the summer pastures of the Arctic Circle. You’ll dress and eat like a local, sleep in a traditional reindeer-hide tent called a chum (pronounced ‘choom’) and travel with these resilient nomads on their epic pilgrimage of up to 1000 kilometres. It’s not for the faint-hearted (and yes, reindeer features on the menu) but it does offer an incredible opportunity to experience the tundra.
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