The Sob river
© RIA Novosti. Ekaterina Vlasenko

Environmental rafting on the Sob river to be held in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District

On June 12, a two-day eco-rafting excursion on the Sob river will commence in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, the Arctic-Info Agency has reported. About 70 local residents will take part in the rafting trip to remove litter from the tourist stops along the riverbanks.

The Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area's Department of Youth Policy and Tourism and the Yamaltur Company have organized the event.

The first environmental rafting trip down the Sob river involving 60 people was held in June 2013. Last year's rafting trip involved 68 people, who cleaned up 17 tourist stops within two days.

Yamal is actively developing domestic and inbound tourism. The region offers ethnographic tours as well as water and walking tours, social tourism programs and special tourism programs for pupils, university students and war veterans. In 2014, 54,400 tourists, 2,400 of whom were foreigners, visited the arctic region.