The Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District government is placing its stakes on environmental and ethnographic tourism development.
“We have wonderful Polar Ural that is very popular with tourists. Fishing is great here, and people are very hospitable. We will continue developing environmental and ethnographic tourism. We are only 2.5 hours away from Moscow. That is a very short flight to an exotic place. We are not becoming a 2nd Finland, but we will still be able to secure our position in the tourism industry”, said Dmitriy Kobilkin, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District governor, in an interview at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
There are 36 tourist routes accredited by tourism operators at Yamal. Geographical diversity of possible Yamal tourist routes is impressive and spreads from Siberian taiga to the Arctic Tundra. There are ethnographic and mixed water-hiking routes, as well as social tourism and special pupils, students, and retirees’ programs in the District.
There are a total of 1233 tourism industry enterprises and 89 hotels registered in Yamal. 50.000 tourists have been visiting the Arctic region annually in the recent years, and the number of potential visitors has only been growing year by year. That is no surprise, specialists say. There are Polar Ural mountains in the District, where one can float down crystal-clear rivers and mountaineer the ridge peaks. The District also offers an insight into the indigenous ethnic northern culture, as well as watching Polar light, and fishing and hunting for those wishing to defy the nature.