This autonomous okrug combines unique historical, cultural and natural resources, the most important of which is the way of life of its indigenous peoples. If you visit a nomad camp, you can ride on a deer sleigh, live in a chum tent, learn to harness a deer, ride a sled and taste stroganina (slices of frozen meat) and patanka (thinly sliced frozen fish). In the Sub-Arctic Ural Mountains, it is popular to climb Mount Narodnaya and go fishing. The best souvenir from Yugra is a drop of real oil.
The first lighthouse chapel in Russia floats at the confluence of the Irtysh and Ob Rivers, 20 km from the town of Khanty-Mansiysk. This place is called Russia's magical kingdom.
The Sub-Arctic Ural mountains are a real jewel of Yugra. You can climb Mount Narodnaya (1,895 meters), the highest mountain in the Urals. In fact, the region is perfect for nature lovers; you can go fishing in the northern Yugran rivers and lakes. You can catch crucian carp, burbot, perch, peled, roach, ruffe and huge pike weighing 17 kg and more. The tourist resorts have all the facilities needed for fishing.
The Galaktika resort has one of the largest oceanariums in Russia. It has 29 aquariums, the biggest holds 3.5 million liters of water, with 18 sharks and 3 giant moray eels.The winter festival Khanty-Mansiysk — the New Year Capital is held during the New Year holidays. For several weeks, the town is transformed into a kingdom of ice, snow, colorful lights and fun. You can visit Chumovy Street, a snow labyrinth and open-air swimming pool with hot mineral water.
The Yugorskaya Dolina health resort in Khanty-Mansiysk offers unique Siberian spa courses and programs based on thermal highly-mineralized water, therapeutic mud, pine oil, berries and grasses from the Siberian taiga.
Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug is an oil region. Therefore, industrial tourism has been developed here. There are oil tours with visits to the R-1 gas well, the legendary Samotlor Lake, the Museum of Geology, Oil and Gas, and a training center for mining employees. Visitors are shown how black gold is extracted, are told about Siberia's oil exploration history and are all given a souvenir – a drop of Yugra oil.
The region has a unique park of bronze sculptures of full-scale Stone Age people. You can visit an ancient camp, see primitive buffalo, woolly rhino, cave bears, a cave lion, a herd of ancient horses and, of course, a group of mammoths.
As well as pleasant memories, you can take Yugran delicacies home with you: venison, tugun, sterlet, roach, pine nuts, Kondinskie ceps, lingonberry and cranberry. Local artisans produce souvenirs from leather, wood, birch bark, beads and fur under the Made in Yugra brand.