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 our 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!
See the Russian Arctic by Private RailEnjoying 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 NorwayGo 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 LaplandLearn about Finland's indigenous Sami culture as we visit a reindeer farm, and look for the northern lights from glass-topped Aurora Cabins