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Yamalia is the northernmost region in Russia's Urals Region and is home to Russia's most important natural gas deposits as well as large West Siberian oilfields. Located in the middle of Russia's Arctic Ocean coast, Yamalia is about as remote a destination as one could possibly choose and is rarely visited by anyone except those on oil and gas business.



  • Novy Urengoy - the largest town in the region and the last stop on the Tyumen-Novy Urengoy railway
  • Noyabrsk - few good reasons to visit this oilfield town, unless you are there on oil business
  • Salekhard - the administrative center and the only town in the world located directly on the Polar circle
  • Tarko-Sale - for those looking to vacation in the exact middle of nowhere, this small town boasts a modest museum of local lore

Other destinations

  • Gydansky Nature Reserve - you will be confronted with neither long lines nor touts at this wilderness preserve located in the Arctic tundra of Yamalia's northeastern most bay on the Kara Sea. The nearest inhabited place is Gyda.


Despite looking much like an ahistorical barren land of interest only for its natural gas and oil reserves, Yamalia was the site of some of the most interesting conflict of Russia's Siberian expansion. Prior to conquest by Yermak Timofeyich, Yamalia was known as the Khanate of Sibir, led by the energetic Tatar Khan Kumuch, who mounted fierce resistance Russian expansion and attempted without to convert his diverse people of Siberian Tatars, Khanti, Mansi, Nenets, Yamals, and Selkups to Islam. In the wake of Yermak's conquest, colonists established the first Russian settlement of the region, Salekhard.


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The bigger gas and oil towns have significant drug-related crime and visitors should be wary.

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