20 mar
21 mar
Nenets Autonomous Okrug

Buran Day

Snowmobiles have long been the primary mode of transport for explorers of the tundra. Reindeer are still their trusty friends and companions, but it's impossible to live in the North without a snowmobile. Absolutely everyone uses them.

Address: Naryan-Mar, Nenets Okrug

In the 1970s, the Soviet Buran snowmobile was tested for the first time in Nenets Okrug, giving the race its name. Today, participants drive foreign-made snowmobiles—but the venerated old-timer Buran sometimes shows up on the starting line, too.

The race got its name and Russia-wide recognition in 2010, and is included in the annual schedule of the Motorbike Federation of Russia. The name literally means 'the day of the Buran race'.

A 1,000-metre track with hills, sharp turns, and jumps is currently being built near the Pechora river, by the Kachgortinskaya Kurya Gulf. The races are separated into categories: men's, women's, junior, veteran, and the 'free-ride' and 'Buran' classes.

The winners receive snowmobiles, household appliances, or money.

Even visitors who aren't interested in races have something to keep them occupied—there's a concert, an outdoor theatre, reindeer sledge rides, contests, a funfair and, of course, delicious northern cuisine. If you get cold, you can sit in a traditional Nenets 'chum' to warm up.

The exact date of the next festival has not been decided yet, but it has traditionally been held in March.

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