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A Golden Eagle search for the Northern Lights

01 Jun 2016

Celebrate New Year and a Russian Christmas in style and experience a truly memorable rail adventure in search of the Northern Lights.

What better way to welcome in 2017 than on board Russia’s premier luxury train, the Golden Eagle, on an all-inclusive adventure to the Arctic Circle?

Spend two magical nights in the beautiful city of St Petersburg, before venturing into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and enjoy traditional Russian Christmas celebrations on your return to Russia’s fascinating capital city, Moscow.

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains is the world’s leading operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, including the flagship Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express.

The itinerary

St Petersburg – Kirkenes (Norway) – Murmansk – Petrozavodsk – Vladimir – Suzdal – Moscow

Tour Preview: Arctic photo diary

For a first-hand insight into this journey of a lifetime, take a look at Golden Eagle’s Arctic Explorer photo diary. It includes great images taken by passengers on this journey and details of some of the tour’s most popular activities. Arctic Explorer photo diary.


Enjoy two nights in Kirkenes in Norway and tour the stunning Snow Hotel. During your stay you can take in the stunning landscapes on a King Crab fishing excursion and marvel at the beautiful skies as you go in search of the Northern Lights.

Festive Celebrations

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style on the Golden Eagle with a Gala Caviar Dinner, musical entertainment and complimentary champagne throughout the evening! And in addition, enjoy traditional Russian Christmas festivities on 6th and 7th January 2017.

What’s included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 5-Star hotel accommodation in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • Private, en-suite accommodation on board the Golden Eagle
  • 2 nights at Thon Hotel, Kirkenes*
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • New Year’s Eve Gala Caviar Dinner
  • Generous drinks allowance, including wine, with lunch and dinner
  • Siberian felt boots, hat and scarf
  • On board guest astronomer
  • 24-hour cabin attendant service
  • Porterage throughout
  • On board doctor and medical facilities
  • All gratuities

*A night upgrade to the Kirkenes Snow Hotel is available on request – space is very limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For further details contact independent luxury travel agent Ultimate Destinations. You can call us on 01923 284148 or send an email to and we will be delighted to help you plan a holiday of a lifetime.

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