White Nights Across the Arctic Circle

Join a band of adventurous travelers during the “White Nights” of summer on a luxury rail journey celebrating the Midnight Sun. Beginning in magnificent Moscow, take advantage of the long, sun-filled days as the train heads north beyond the Arctic Circle. The journey culminates in sumptuous St. Petersburg, where fashionable boulevards and serene canals glisten in the oblique rays of the Midnight Sun.

12 Day Trip

  • Rail Journey
    No minimum number of travelers
  • Travels to:
    Russia, Western Russia
  • Rail Journey by Private Train:
    Moscow to St. Petersburg via the Arctic Circle

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MIR Signature Why end mights on this Tour
  • Celebrate the golden hours of the Midnight Sun
    Toast the longest day of the year at a special Summer Solstice cocktail party and gala dinner. ...
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  • Embark on a king crab fishing adventure out on the Barents Sea
    Embark on a king crab fishing adventure out on the Barents Sea, where you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at trapping, preparing and sampling the day's catch...
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  • Walk the bricks of fabled Red Square
    Wander the brick-paved expanse of historic UNESCO-listed Red Square in the shadow of St. Basil’s fanciful onion domes....
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  • Tour the celebrated Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace
    Marvel at the luminous amber panels on the walls of the fully restored Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of travel experience in Russia
  • Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, recommends MIR as the company to talk to about a Trans-Siberian journey
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Moscow

Explore Red Square and the Kremlin, touring the Armory Museum where Russia’s historic treasures are on display.

Highlights

  • Moscow’s 870-year-old Kremlin and Red Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Armory Museum, housing Russia’s national treasures

Day 3: Vladimir • Suzdal

Discover two of Russia’s Golden Ring towns, Vladimir and Suzdal, UNESCO Sites with some of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Russia.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site, “White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal”
  • Vladimir’s 12th century Cathedral of the Assumption with its twelve blue and gold domes
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Day 4: Petrozavodsk • Kizhi Island

Make a stop in Petrozavodsk on Lake Onega. Weather permitting, board a hydrofoil and skim over to Kizhi Island’s UNESCO-listed open-air museum.

Highlights

  • Petrozavodsk, founded by Peter the Great
  • Hydrofoil ride to Kizhi Island open-air museum
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Day 5: Arctic Circle • Murmansk

As the train crosses the Arctic Circle today, celebrate with a special ceremony onboard the train. Arrive in the port city of Murmansk, headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet; the warm waters of the Gulf Stream keep it ice-free for most of the winter. Board the world's first nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Lenin.

Highlights

  • Crossing of the Arctic Circle
  • Arctic port of Murmansk, Soviet “Hero City” in WWII
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Days 6-8: Kirkenes

Enter Norway by bus, arriving in the town of Kirkenes. Take an evening boat ride through the majestic Norwegian fjords in the warm glow of the Midnight Sun. Embark on a king crab fishing adventure out on the Barents Sea, where you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at trapping, preparing and sampling the day's catch. Toast the longest day of the year at a special summer solstice cocktail party and gala dinner.

Highlights

  • Nighttime boat ride to bask under the Midnight Sun
  • King crab fishing excursion out on the Barents Sea
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Day 9: Aboard Train

Spend a relaxing day onboard the private train, chatting with other guests, enjoying the privacy of your stateroom, or watching the landscape from your cabin window as the train heads south to St. Petersburg. Enjoy dinner and the final night on board the train.

Highlights

  • Watch the taiga forest and wild scenery scrolling outside your cabin window en route to St. Petersburg

Days 10-12: St. Petersburg

Get to know Russia’s second city, with visits to the Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, the famed Amber Room, monumental St. Isaac’s Cathedral and cosmopolitan Nevsky Prospekt.

Highlights

  • Historic city center of St. Petersburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose dome is covered with 220 pounds of gold
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Tour Dates & Prices

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Please note

This itinerary is currently only available as a custom or independent program.  For a rail journey by private through this region, you might be interested in Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Accommodation aboard the Golden Eagle private train.
  • Per the itinerary, 6 nights of shared accommodation in well-located hotels.

  • All meals starting with dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on final tour day, including a generous, though not unlimited, allowance of wine or local beer, soft drinks and water with all lunches and dinners.
  • Arrival/departure transfers, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates and in the tour start/end cities.
  • All guided off-train tours per itinerary.
  • The services of an experienced Train Tour Manager, with local guides for scheduled off-train touring.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water round the clock from your car attendant while on board the train.
  • All gratuities.
  • Baggage handling.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information, visa kit.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in St. Petersburg or Moscow before or after your tour. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

This trip is moderately active, and rated moderate to rigorous touring due to the daily walking involved and the overall shortcomings of the tourism infrastructure. To reap the full rewards of this adventure, travelers must be able to walk at least a mile a day, keeping up with fellow travelers. Flexibility, a sense of humor and a willingness to accept local standards of amenities and services are essential components to the enjoyment of this trip.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

The perfect combination of remote destinations and comfortable accommodations, rail journeys by private train open a world of discovery to travelers who enjoy comfort and leisure time as well as exciting new vistas.

The exclusive Golden Eagle private trains furnish the dream of Old World rail travel with modern comforts and amenities that make the journey as pleasant as the destination. The luxurious Golden Eagle is a fully en suite train and a restful and satisfying way to experience legendary rail routes.

Train & Hotel Accommodations

Relax and enjoy the panorama rolling past your private window and disembark for guided off-train touring in fascinating towns and cities along the way.

Each car on the Golden Eagle has its own attendants who provide bed turndown service, plus tea, coffee and mineral water 24 hours a day. Attendants keep an eye on everything while guests are away from the train. L’Occitane body products, as well as premium bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer, are provided in all cabin categories.

Two styles of accommodation are available on trips aboard the Golden Eagle luxury private train: Gold Class and Silver Class. Both Gold and Silver Class cabins are furnished with an upper/lower berth configuration.

  • Silver Class

    Silver Class

    Silver Class cabins are more compact than Gold Class cabins with similar facilities. Silver Class cabins feature the same amenities as Gold Class cabins but in a smaller space and with a smaller, wet-room-style shower area.

    Additional Information

    Silver Class cabin dimensions – 6 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 11 sq ft (5.5 sq m)
    Cabin length – 8′ 8″ (2.6 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Size of bathroom – 4′ 6″ x 3′ (1.25 sq m)
    Bed length (upper & lower) – 6′ 2″ (190 cm)
    Lower bed width – 3′ 6″ (1.1 m)
    Upper bed width – 2′ 9″ (85 cm)


  • Gold Class

    Gold Class

    Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and feature modern en suite amenities including power showers, under floor heating, a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, remote-controlled air-conditioning/heating, recessed lighting and wardrobe and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper and lower berths, and can accommodate double, twin or single occupancy.

    Additional Information

    Gold Class cabin dimensions – 5 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 77 sq ft (7 sq m)
    Cabin length – 11′ 8″ (3.6 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Size of bathroom – 6′ 6″ x 4′  (2.4 sq m)
    Bed length – 6′ 2″ (1.9 m)
    Lower bed width – 4′ 5″ (1.35 m)
    Upper bed width – 2′ 9″ (85 cm)

    Lower bed converts to a sofa for daytime use.

    Note: The 5th compartment is of a slightly different layout (68 sq ft), and will normally be allocated to single guests.


  • Hotel Accommodations

    Hotel Accommodations

    The first and last nights of most tours are spent in well-appointed four and five star hotels. Some tours feature additional hotel nights. Please review the detailed itinerary for specifics pertaining to each tour and departure. Additional nights before and after any tour can be arranged on request.

Life Aboard the Train
Dining Car Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle private train provides everything you need for a pleasurable journey. Join travelers from around the world to enjoy the relaxed and casual environment onboard, with no need to wear formal attire on excursions or while dining.

Train formations are not fixed, as the composition varies to suit the number of passengers on a given departure. Group sizes can be 100 or more passengers from around the world. The exact configuration of the train on any particular journey may not be determined until close to departure.

Please note that a variety of cabins styles are in use aboard the train. Decor and layout of dining, bar and sleeping cars on your journey may differ from the sample images depicted in our brochures/websites.

  • Bar/Lounge Car

    Bar/Lounge Car

    A Bar/Lounge Car is a favorite destination in the train formation and is typically included on most departures. The lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable area where you can enjoy a drink, take language lessons, and gather around the piano with other passengers.

  • Dining Cars

    Dining Cars

    Dining Cars feature local and European cuisine complemented by a selection of local and European wines (except on trips in Iran). Dining cars are multi-purpose, used for on-board lectures and viewing documentaries. One or more dining cars may be included in the train formation of any given departure depending on the number of passengers.

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  • Off-Train Tours

    Off-Train Tours

    Rail journeys feature an extensive selection of educational city tours in the various stops on our routes. Private coaches and local guides whisk you away from your private train for fascinating half- or full-day forays into the principal towns and cities, sometimes including an in-city dining opportunity. Read through this tour’s itinerary for more information (found on the Itinerary & Map tab of this page).