24.03.2014 -20 °C
Yamal-Nenets Republic in Russia's Northern Central Siberia is Gazprom territory with lots of oil and gas exploration. The region is reachable by air with Yamal Airlines and by car on an asphalted road from Surgut to Novy Urengoy (770 km) or Nadym (1.000km).
Here is a road map:
The excellent 4*-Hotel Yamburg in Novy Urengoy is operated at a high standard by Gazprom.
Beware: Novy Urengoy is formally a closed town, so you require a "propusk", an FSB-permit to stay overnight at any of the hotels in town. However, entrance or transit through town are not a problem.
(Great cigar lounge !)
The best hotel in Nadym - not a closed town - is also operated by Gazprom. The 3*-Hotel Iceberg is shaped like a pyramid.
Nadym is the starting point for the 350km "Zimnik" (winter road / ice road) to Salekhard,
also known as Stalin's "Dead Road" or "Dead Trassa" on the "Transpolarnaya Railway".
A highly recommended "extreme" tourism experience.