It was already freezing when I landed in Moscow and hailed a cab to the railway station. I expected nothing less from the Russian capital, but the thermostat would only continue to plunge over the next 44 hours as I made my way to Labytnangi, my train’s final stop on the edge of the Arctic Circle.
After arriving and spending the night in an ominous, pink-hued Soviet hotel, my travel partner – the incredibly talented journalist Sophy Roberts – and I spent the morning gathering supplies before setting off on an 11-hour drive into the depths of Siberia. That night we reached the ‘Land of Hope Reindeer Camp’, a remote refuge in an otherwise frost-bitten desert. It was also our home for the next five days.
I’d come all this way to meet the isolated Nenet tribe, Russia’s last nomadic reindeer herders, as part of a new expedition experience created by Intrepid Travel. Armed with camera and a notepad, Sophy and I set out to share the stories of Russia’s indigenous people, and how Intrepid’s expeditions were helping to preserve their culture.
The following photos give a quick glance into the lives of Russia’s inspiring Nenet people, who live a challenging existence on the edge of the Yamal Peninsula.
One final sunrise before we embark on another 11-hour drive. We’re left humbled and inspired by the beautiful Nenet people.
Join us on the adventure of a lifetime to Siberia’s remote Yamal Peninsula on our 15-day Russian reindeer expedition.
All photographs taken by Sophy Roberts and Mikey Sadowski.