9-Nights Aurora Quest: To the European Arctic by Luxury Train

As dusk wraps the snowy landscape in dreamy blue shadows, the Golden Eagle train streams north, bound for the Arctic Circle and beyond. Boreal forest and frozen lakes fade into the twilight. Inside the warm carriage, sip a vodka aperitif as the polar night descends, glittering with stars. On a private rail journey from St. Petersburg, storied capital of Imperial Russia, we cover nearly a thousand miles, disembarking near the top of Scandinavia. Continuing to Kirkenes, Norway at 70° north, a host of Nordic adventures awaits. Tour the famous Snowhotel, and spend an optional night in a room carved from ice. Go snowshoeing, ride in a dog sled and search for the northern lights. Crossing into Finland, discover traditional Sami culture on a wilderness adventure in Inari. You won’t find a more distinctive winter encounter with European nature!

9 nights from $18795 per person

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Featured Destinations

St. Petersburg

Founded by Peter I in 1703, this beautiful city became the designated capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1914. St. Petersburg was a gateway to the West and a distinctly European metropolis with Baroque and neo-classical mansions. The second-largest city in Russia and the country’s principal seaport, St. Petersburg boasts some of the world’s finest art museums, opulent palaces and one of the world’s most talented ballet companies. Many monuments and palaces in and around St. Petersburg are being carefully restored; they represent an important facet of the country’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Some of the world’s most magnificent art treasures are housed in the famous Hermitage; several other museums boast fine collections by Russian and international artists. Strolling down Nevsky Prospect, you will realize the pride of St. Petersburg’s stoic citizens as the former glamour and opulence of its stately buildings begin to emerge once again.

Murmansk, Russia

Life isn't easy in Murmansk. It's surrounded by tundra, pitch black for most of the winter, home to Russia's nuclear-powered ice-breakers and surrounded by municipal housing blocks. Little wonder that the town goes wild every March for the Festival of the North, which features reindeer races and a ski marathon.


Petrozavodsk is situated on Lake Onega, one of Europe’s largest lakes. Founded by Peter the Great in the early 1700’s, Petrozavodsk name is taken from “Petr” for Peter and “zavod” meaning ‘works’. Rich in iron ore, the area was developed for factories creating cannons and guns. Celebrating the cities 300th anniversary, a Sculpture Park was created along the river banks. Many of the sculptures were given to the city by its sister cities from around the world.


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Sitting between Helsinki and Moscow, Kirkenes is a multicultural town, with residents speaking Norwegian, Finnish, Sami and Russian. Though a mining town, Kirkenes offers so much more, including dog sledding, snowscooter safaris, viewing the arctic scenery and Northern lights and fishing for king crab, halibut, or salmon in the Arctic.


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  • See the Russian Arctic by Private Rail: Enjoying fine food and drink, travel in en suite cabins aboard a chartered luxury train from St. Petersburg over the Arctic Circle to Norway
  • Embrace Adventure in North Norway: Go dog sledding, snowshoe over Arctic landscapes in the Pasvik Valley, and spend an optional night at the famous Snowhotel in Kirkenes, built of ice!
  • Experience Sami Culture in Lapland: Learn about Finland's indigenous Sami culture as we visit a reindeer farm, and look for the northern lights from glass-topped Aurora Cabins

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Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered. Single Supplements and Deposit Fee applies. Routes and itineraries vary by expedition. Prices will also vary by expedition. Internal and International flights are additional. Group size limit: 30 travelers. Physical Rating: Easy to Moderate. Rates vary by date of travel; please inquire for the best prices for your preferred travel dates. Terms and conditions apply. 
Not included: Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
Itinerary Note: There are two separate itineraries starting on the same dates—one starts in Russia and ends in Finland, while the other runs in reverse. The itinerary shown shows the northbound departure from Russia, which spends two nights in St. Petersburg and two nights in Inari, Finland. The southbound departure from Finland spends three nights in Inari and one night in St. Petersburg, except for the Jan 25 southbound departure which spends three nights in Muotka, Finland instead of Inari.
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