Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

The lands north of the Arctic Circle are a remarkable study in contrasts. Winters this far north bring long nights, yet offer plenty of festive, frosty cheer. Summertime answers with 24 hours of luminous daylight, luring exuberant throngs of people outdoors.


Regardless of when you visit, the changes in seasons allow travelers to see these lands at their most beautiful, whether under a blanket of fresh snowfall, or in full color during the few brief weeks of “White Nights.” They’re also among the few places where you can witness two of the earth’s most photogenic phenomena: the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer.

Now travelers can rendezvous with these celestial sights and more on two luxury rail journeys by private train or one exciting expedition by icebreaker:


Whether you’re a polar explorer or a sun-worshipper, a craver of culture or an adventurer, you’re bound to experience something decidedly different as you make your way beyond the Arctic Circle.

 

Arctic Explorer: Quest for the Northern Lights
Viewing the Northern Lights on a visit to the Snow Hotel. Photo credit: Kirkenes Snow Hotel / Nevra Pictures

The magical Northern Lights on a visit to the Snow Hotel
Photo credit: Kirkenes Snow Hotel / Nevra Pictures

This festive winter excursion from St. Petersburg ventures above the Arctic Circle on a winter hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights. Heading north from beautiful St. Petersburg to the frosty twilight of the polar region, travelers will chase the aurora borealis as they relax in comfort aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle.

Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Hermitage and the beautifully crafted Amber Room of Catherine’s Palace, as you:

  • Celebrate a festive New Year’s Eve with champagne and a gala caviar dinner aboard the Golden Eagle luxury train.
  • Visit the Snow Hotel, its guest rooms built of snow and adorned with snow carvings and ice sculptures.
  • Search out the Northern Lights across the aurora borealis zone on two consecutive evenings, in the comfort of a cozy coach. 

  • Embark on a dogsled ride behind a team of eight dogs running over the frozen lakes and across the
northern tundra.

  • Take an exhilarating traditional sleigh ride in old Suzdal.

 

Why end might the Northern Lights in Winter

Visit this tour’s webpage for more details about this epic winter journey, including accommodations, life aboard the train and how to download a detailed itinerary.

Departures: 

  • February 1-12, 2019
  • December 29, 2019-January 9, 2020
  • February 1-12, 2020

Price: From $12,595 (per person, twin share)

More info & photos     Contact us

 

Land of the Midnight Sun by Private Train
A view of the promenade and the Hermitage Theater from the Neva River. Photo credit: James Beers

A view of the promenade and the Hermitage Theater from the Neva River
Photo credit: James Beers

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, serene canals and the city’s beautiful 300-year-old buildings glisten in the perpetual sunset hours of twilight.

Along the way, travelers will:

  • Board the world’s first nuclear-powered ice-breaker, the Lenin, now a museum ship.
  • 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.
  • Toast the longest day of the year at a special summer solstice cocktail party and gala dinner.
  • Marvel at the luminous amber panels on the walls of the fully restored Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace.

 

Revel in the Midnight Sun in Summer

Visit this tour’s webpage for more details about this summertime adventure, including accommodations, life aboard the train and how to download a detailed itinerary.

Departure: June 17-28, 2019
Price: From $12,595 (per person, twin share)

More Info & Photos     Contact Us

 

NEW for 2020! North Pole: Top of the World
North Pole. Photo: Lauren Farmer

A sign marks the exact spot at 90°N — the North Pole
Photo credit: Lauren Farmer

Join MIR on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the very top of the earth, experiencing life at its most remote and mysterious at the North Pole. Retrace the path of early polar explorers as you cruise aboard the world’s largest icebreaker, keeping a lookout for the astonishing array of wildlife in the Arctic and enjoying fantastic views of an endless, frozen icescape.

Along the way, travelers will:

  • Enjoy a rare opportunity to travel aboard the largest, most powerful nuclear icebreaker in the world, the I/B 50 Years of Victory, en route to the North Pole.
  • Witness the surreal beauty of the Arctic on a helicopter flightseeing tour, observing the expedition ship crush through thick layers of sea ice from an incredible vantage point.
  • Look for walrus, polar bears, whales, and seals under the 24-hour daylight of the Midnight Sun.
  • Why end might the thrill of standing on top of the world at 90°N, the geographic North Pole, celebrating with a champagne toast and a barbecue on the frozen ice.
  • Walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites in Franz Josef Land.

 

Journey to the North Pole in Summer

Visit this tour’s webpage for more details about this summertime adventure, including accommodations, life aboard the expedition ship, and how to download a detailed itinerary.

Departure: Mid-June, 2020 (exact departure dates TBA)
Price: From $29,995 (per person, twin share)

More Info & Photos     Contact Us

 

Travel to Russia & the Arctic Circle with MIR
The I/B 50 Years of Victory sailing to the North Pole. Photo: Dietmar Denger

The I/B 50 Years of Victory slices through sea ice en route to the North Pole
Photo credit: Dietmar Denger

MIR has over 30 years of travel experience to Russia, with affiliate offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Siberia offering on-the-ground support and tour managers that clients rave about. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

If you’re looking for a ready-made tour of Russia, MIR offers a variety of scheduled departures to Western Russia, Siberia, and along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Our small group journeys can also take you to Central Asia, Iran, and beyond.

MIR has specialized in personalized, private journeys for over 30 years, and we would love to take your ideas and weave them into a trip tailored especially for you. Travel wherever, however, and with whomever you like, relying on our expert assistance. Contact us to find out more about our custom and private travel expertise – each trip handcrafted to your interests, dates, and pace.

Contact MIR today at [email protected] or 1-111-111-1111.

(Top Photo: Choose your Arctic Circle adventure to coincide with the “White Nights” of summer or the Northern Lights of winter. Photo credit: Kirkenes Snow Hotel / Nevra Pictures.)

PUBLISHED: April 26, 2016

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