Arctic Explorer in Search of the Northern Lights

  • Cross the Arctic Circle in search of the Aurora Borealis aboard the Golden Eagle
  • Tour St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Suzdal and Moscow, Murmansk and stay at the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes, Norway (optional)
  • Travel through the enchanted Winter Fairy Tale that is Northern Russia in January & February
Arctic Exploration with GeoEx
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 12 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Trains
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Russia in winter? “Absolutely,” says our Urs Hofmann, champion of this celebratory rail journey to the Arctic Circle. “This trip is for travelers in search of the extraordinary. You’ll ride a comfortable, en-suite train into the planet’s far northerly reaches to ring in the new year with an aurora borealis light show.” Along the way, there’s time to explore the beguiling cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as charming villages, all decorated in nature’s own wintery adornments.

You begin with a couple days in St. Petersburg spent wandering lively streets and taking in splendid museums and palaces, including of course the Hermitage and Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin and possibly a ballet (optional). Later, board the elegantly appointed Golden Eagle and embark on your journey across the Arctic Circle in search of the Aurora Borealis (no guarantees of course!) Cross the border into Norway and spend a couple of days in Kirkenes (optional stay at the Snow Hotel) all the while keeping your eyes out for colorful flourishes in the sky. On your way back south, before arriving in Moscow, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site-town of Vladimir and captivating Suzdal, a wonderland of onion-domed churches.


Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in St. Petersburg
  • Day 2: Hermitage & Catherine’s Palace
  • Day 3: Petersburg city tour, board the Golden Eagle in the afternoon
  • Day 4: cross the Arctic Circle Lights
  • Day 5: cross the border to Norway and arrive in Kirkenes
  • Day 6: explore Kirkenes
  • Day 7: return to Russia
  • Day 8: Murmansk, homeport of Russia’s nuclear powered icebreakers
  • Day 9: Petrozavodsk
  • Day 10: Vladimir & Suzdal
  • Day 11: Moscow
  • Day 12: return home.