The Reindeer Festival is held yearly at Salekhard, Russia in March. However, the dates are usually announced very late in the year. It is very difficult to organise a trip to coincide with this festival.
One of the highlights is the reindeer races. The Nenets and Khanty reindeer herders who were staying in this Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug participate in this festival.
This festival is more like a carnival than a festival. It is a day long festival with many events and competitions. There was a open air market that sold daily products, food stalls, children rides, and a pop band.
Presently not many foreign tourists visit this festival. I have only met a few photographers from Hong Kong and China. Photosafari.com.my will be organising another trip to the reindeer herders soon.