Arctic Explorer: Midnight Sun or Northern Lights

  • Cross the Arctic Circle in search of the aurora borealis or towards the midnight sun aboard the Golden Eagle
  • Tour St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Suzdal, and Moscow
  • In winter, opt to overnight in the Snowhotel in Kirkenes, Norway; In summer, celeberate the White Nights in the glow of the Midnight Sun
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 or mid-February 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.

The trip also runs in June, when you can explore the same remote and enchanting parts of Russia and Norway in the magical glow of the Midnight Sun and experience the full glory of St. Petersburg during the White Nights celebrations.

You begin with a couple days around St. Petersburg spent wandering lively streets and taking in splendid sights, including the Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace and possibly a ballet if you wish. Later, board the elegantly appointed Golden Eagle, settle in, and head for the Arctic Circle. Cross into Norway and get to know the fjord-side town of Kirkenes (ask about the optional stay at the festive Snowhotel), all the while keeping your eyes out for colorful flourishes in the sky. Those lucky enough to see the northern lights don't soon forget it. Back in Russia en route to  Moscow, visit Murmansk (homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers), 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 Museum, Catherine Palace
  • Day 3: St. Petersburg morning tour, board the Golden Eagle
  • Day 4: across the Arctic Circle
  • Day 5: cross border into Norway, arrive in Kirkenes
  • Day 6: explore Kirkenes
  • Day 7: return to Russia
  • Day 8: visit Murmansk
  • Day 9: visit Petrozavodsk
  • Day 10: explore Vladimir and Suzdal
  • Day 11: Moscow touring
  • Day 12: depart.

  • Note:
    In summer the trip starts in Moscow and ends in St. Petersburg. There is no option to stay at the Snow Hotel.