Group travels north down the river towards Tsvetkova Point. Our boat has two cabins, one with 8 beds and one with 4. Two Russian guides can also sleep in the kitchen. This gives us space for 10 group members, plus one English-speaking guide, two Russian guides / motor boat drivers and one cook.
High chance of seeing large muskox herds on the way. Pass isolated indigenous villages such as Novorybnaya and Syndassko (the northernmost permanently inhabited village in Eurasia). Stop to visit them if desired.
This journey will take roughly 24 hours if no ice has been blown down onto the river. If ice has been blown down it may take longer. In the unlikely situation that large quantities of ice have blown down onto the river, the boat may temporarily have to stop and wait at Syndassko village or around the mouth of the River Novaya. The chances of this happening are around 5% at most.
The migration of Arctic char takes place around the River Novaya mouth, and often the polar bear migration, so there will be good chances of seeing both of these, as well as reindeer and muskox of course. If the boat has to stop and wait for the ice to disappear, we will do treks into the tundra, and motorboat trips down the River Novaya.
Hopefully this will not happen, and the itinerary will continue as detailed below. The captain of this boat has done 8 trips to Tsvetkova Point for scientists on a similar time frame as ours. He said every time they made it there and back without problems. But passengers must be prepared for the theoretical possibility that the boat will not make it to Tsvetkova point at all, because of ice. It's extremely unlikely, but it's possible, and clients need to be warned of it and prepared for it. In this case we would of course do trips in different areas, such as the River Novaya and the region around Syndassko.