Travel with the northernmost railway in the world
In 2010, the 572 km long Arctic Yamal Railway has opened, starting at the station Obskaya - Arctic Circle Railway. This exclusive rail journey through the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Republic is in comfortable cars of the 2nd class from the station Obskaya to Karskaya km572 and stop station Bovanenkovo 70.th latitude. From Moscow to Obskaya / Labytnangi you travel by train "Polyanaya Strela" or similar train.
The Obskaya–Bovanenkovo Line is a 525-kilometers (326 miles) long railway line in northern Russia, a railway line to the Bovanenkovo gas field in the Yamal Peninsula. This railway is built for transportation goods, workers and locals of the Yamal peninsula, which is also the home of the world largest area of reindeer husbandry.
A total of 1300 workers have been involved in this project, and the world's longest bridge located beyond the Arctic Circle has been commissioned in Yamal. The unique 3,900 metre long structure was built by Gazprom in 349 days' time, it weighs over 30 thousand tons. In order to preserve the spawning area of valuable fish the bridge was erected upon high bearing piles which have been spud down 40 metres deep into the permafrost.
Yamal is a remote, wind-blasted place of permafrost, rivers and dwarf shrubs, which has been home to the reindeer-herding Nenets people for over a thousand years (the word Yamal in their language means "the end (of the world)".
Today more than 10.000 Nenets herd 300.000 domestic reindeer on the pastures of the Arctic tundra. These Nomads of the Siberian arctic depend heavily on their reindeer herds, using them for food, clothing, tools, transportation, and more as they migrate more than a thousand kilometers across the tundra every year.
Obskaya-Bovanenkovo Yamal Arctic Rail Gazprom-Trans
For this trip we have to apply for special permits, because of this, the deadline for reservation trip is 1 month before travelling.
AC=accommodation, B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, P=Picnic/packed lunch
Day 1 Moscow (D)
Flight with Lufthansa, Austrian or another airline from many European airports to Moscow and meeting by an English-speaking guide at the airport. Transfer to a very good mid-range hotel in the center of the capital. Moscow is located on the 55th latitude, as well as Northern Ireland, Sylt, Bornholm and the northern tip of Lake Baikal, your journey will lead you to the far north, northern the 70th latitude. Time for leisurely pursuits, in the evening welcome-dinner "Russian style". AC hotel.
Day 02: Moscow Red Square & Panorama View & (B, L)
After breakfast, trip to the Moscow International Trade Centre "Moscow-City", from here you have in 250 meters height a breath taking panoramic view of Moscow. Moscow panorama view:
Then walk over the Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin to the Alexander Garden with lunch. Early evening your Polar trip starts by train "Polyana Strela". Train travel in 2nd class 4 bed sleeping compartment (1st class 2 bed sleeping compartment or 2nd class compartments for 2 persons are bookable) AC train.
Day 3 Direction North (B, D)
And it goes on your journey north, always north, in the summertime the sun will no longer go down. At each station the travelers speak about some news and quickly some business will be done or food for the journey shopped. AC train
Day 4 Polar Circle & The Urals (B,D)
In the morning you will reach the railway station Chum, here starts the Transcontinental Arctic Circle Railroad. At noon you will cross the border Europe and Asia, the mountains are up to 2000 meters high, after 2280 km train ride you reach Labytnangi on the river Ob in the evening. In the early 19th Century had been developed at this site of today's city nomadic camps of the Khants . "Lapyt Nangk" means "seven larches" and so also is the name of your hotel, located in the city center. The rooms are equipped with bath / shower and toilet. AC hotel.
Day 5 Labytnangi & Salekhard (B,L)
Salekhard with 42,500 inhabitants is located on the banks of the river Ob. Constructed in 1595 as a Cossack fortress, the city bore the name Obdorsk - place on the Ob - until 1933. Salekhard means from the Nenets language "settlement at the Cape."
Today you walk through the restored Cossack fortress and visit the museum of the peoples of the North. You see the Arctic Circle monument and the monument project 501, which commemorates the Stalin track. Lunch in a restaurant with a panoramic view of Salekhard.
In the evening transfer to the train station Obskaya by buses, Obskaya is located exactly on the northern latitude 66.5 degrees - the Arctic Circle and here starts your journey by the Arctic Yamal Railway, rail travel in 2nd class 4 bed compartment, compartment for 2-person occupancy is available, additional charge). AC train
Day 6 Arctic Yamal Railway Gazprom-Trans (B,D)
In the morning, you have passed the station Payuta km188 and you enjoy your trip in the far north with a wonderful view of the countryside: only 4 railway stations are along the about more than 500 km long trip and 70 bridges are to cross. Your guide will report in detail about this rail project. In the afternoon you reach the station Karskaja km572, the world nothernmost point that you can reach with a railway for passengers. Because of this you get the Gazprom-Trans Polar Certificate.
The stay in Karskaya is about 5 hours, so you visit a Yamal-Nenets reindeer herding. Late this evening, your trip starts back to Obskaya by train. AC train.
Day 7 Arctic Yamal Railway (B,D)
The river Yuribey you cross in the morning, the construction of the bridge crossing over the Yuribei River was undertaken in harsh climatic conditions, it is the world's longest bridge located beyond the Arctic Circle, close to the bridge a Nenets tribesman found a Baby Mammoth of 10,000 years.
In the afternoon we reach the station Obskaya and transfer to your hotel in Labytnangi. In the evening short ride to the resort "Ptoik" and barbecue dinner with campfire. AC hotel.
Day 8 return trip (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport Salekhard and return flight via Moscow.
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Minimum participants 2
Maximum participants 7
25.10.2016 - 01.11.2016
15.11.2016 - 22.11.2016
19.12.2016 - 26.12.2016
18.01.2017 - 25.01.2017
23.02.2017 - 02.03.2017
09.03.2017 - 16.03.2017
23.03.2017 - 30.03.2017
27.04.2017 - 04.05.2017
04.05.2017 - 11.05.2017
20.05.2017 - 25.05.2017
01.06.2017 - 08.06.2017
06.07.2017 - 13.07.2017
13.07.2017 - 20.07.2017
03.08.2017 - 10.08.2017
31.08.2017 - 07.09.2017
20.09.2017 - 27.09.2017
25.10.2017 - 01.11.2017
15.11.2017 - 22.11.2017
19.12.2017 - 26.12.2017
The tour price includes
Flights with Lufthansa, Austrian, Aeroflot, Yamal or another airline from many European airports to Moscow and back from Salekhard via Moscow in economy class
All airport taxes
Train travel in 2nd class 4 bed sleeping compartment (1st class 2 bed sleeping compartment or 2nd class compartments for 2 persons are bookable)
Railway routes: Moscow – Labytnangi, Obskaya – Karskaya – Obskaya
Trip to a Yamal-Nenets reindeer herding
All overnight stays in good middle class hotels, rooms with shower or bath / toilet.
Meals: half board
All city tours and excursions as described, according to the program including entrance fees
English-speaking guide from / to Moscow airport, partly additionally local guide
(not during flight Salekhard - Moscow)
All costs for special permits
Visa support / invitation for applying Russian visa
Services not included
Meals and beverages at meals, except mentioned, tips, expenses of personal needs, personal travel insurance, visa fees
Prices in Euro / person
3-bed room 2.690. -
double room 3.190. -
single room 3.490. -
train rides 1st class / 2 person compartment 250.- (Moscow – Labytnangi)
train rides 2nd class / 4 person compartment 1.250.- (with 2 person occupancy, Moscow – Labytnangi, Obskaya – Karskaya – Obskaya)
Example compartment 2nd class Arctic Yamal Rail
Entry Requirements / participation in travel
trip, a passport is required, valid 6 months longer than the end of the trip. For the
Russian visa a free double page in the passport is needed. Please note: to
apply Russian visa a travel insurance is needed. All information and documents
for visa applications you receive from us, including invitation (visa support).
All necessary permits for this trip will be obtained by Nord Rail. Health
notes: There are no vaccinations or prophylactic measures for this journey
necessary. Closing date for tour reservation 1 months prior to departure due to apply for special permits.