If you have never been to the north, you will be astounded by Nenets Okrug; during blizzards, visibility drops to the length of your stretched-out hand, the snow-covered tundra seems to go on for ever and it feels as if you're close to the edge of the world. Actually, in some ways, this is the edge of the world – it's a huge area beyond the Arctic Circle inhabited by nomads.
The last snow melts in Nenets Okrug in late July and winter lasts on average 220-240 days. During the polar night, you occasionally see the Northern Lights, while fr om late May to the middle of July, the sun doesn't set over the horizon at all. During the white nights, you can see the moon and the sun at the same time.
Naryan-Mar is the only town in the region. The houses in this town have their own names. Local residents show visitors wh ere they can find the Titanic, Little Red Riding Hood, the Sandwich, the Gingerbread House and the Tsar's Stables. If you take a taxi, just ask the driver to take you to the Sandwich and you'll get to the right address.
The deer is the heart of life for the Nenets. This wonderful creature provides food, clothing, housing and transport. There are 168,000 deer in the region, more than there are people. The Nenets lead a nomadic lifestyle, moving around the region. As soon as the deer have exhausted a pasture, the camp moves on. The most important thing for these people is to feed their animals.
Pustozyorsk settlement is a nationally important archaeological monument. Pustozyorsk was the first Russian town above the Arctic Circle, and as soon as it was built, it became the center for the whole lower and upper Pechora. It was the most populated place in the Far North, the administrative, trade, cultural and religious center of Pechora region and a military stronghold.
Visitors to Nenets Autonomous Okrug find themselves deep in a cold, lost world. Visitors are impressed by the Timan Ridge with its mineral and rock formations; Vaygach Island, a Holy Nenets site; and the beautiful landscape with its rocky cliffs, wide swamps, clear rivers, lakes, and waterfalls.