White Nights by Steam - Arctic Circle Luxury Train Journey
From Moscow To Roslavl, Pskov, Novgorod, St Petersburg, Petrozavavodsk, Kizhi Island, Murmansk, Nikel Murmansk, Kem, Solovetsky Island, Archangel, Vologda, Yaroslavl, - 14 Nights

Departing from:
Roslavl, Pskov, Novgorod, St Petersburg, Petrozavavodsk, Kizhi Island, Murmansk, Nikel Murmansk, Kem, Solovetsky Island, Archangel, Vologda, Yaroslavl,
14 Nights
Steam departure for June 2022. Celebrate the White Nights season on this spectacular rail journey deep into the Arctic Circle
Travel Dates:
15/06/22 to 29/06/22
Tour Operator:
Golden Eagle Train Journeys
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Join us on an incredible rail journey during the celebratory White Nights season as we cross deep into the Arctic Circle by private train. Incomparable cities, remote communities, serene forests and stories recounting a turbulent history awaits you on this adventure of a lifetime. A tour that will be a photographer’s dream, what better way is there to experience the land of the midnight sun than by private train?

Hauled throughout by 22 Soviet-era steam locomotives
Experience the Midnight Sun in the cities within the Russian Arctic Circle
Tour the exquisite Amber Room at Catherine’s Summer Palace in Pushkin
Visit the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum ship in Murmansk
Explore Kizhi Island’s famous wooden architecture on Lake Onega



Flight arrivals into Moscow, where you will be met and transferred to the Hilton Leningradskaya Moscow Hotel (or similar) located in one of the city’s iconic Seven Sisters skyscrapers for two nights. This evening you are invited to a champagne drinks reception with the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers before our exclusive Welcome Dinner. Specially selected international wines are included with dinner, as with all meals during the tour.

At the start of your adventure why not extend your stay in Moscow with pre-tour nights to explore more of the city at your leisure?


Today in Moscow we are transported back to the early 20th century as we make an extended visit to the Podmoskovnaya Train Station and steam locomotive museum. During our visit we have exclusive access to the locomotive repair workshop and the beautifully preserved station buildings.


We transfer this morning to Moscow’s Kazanski station to join Russia’s premier train, the Golden Eagle, our home for the next 12 days. There will be a welcome reception and introduction to the train staff in the Bar Lounge Car, followed by lunch, as we depart. There will not be many hours of darkness in the next two weeks as this is the time of year the Russians call ‘White Nights’.This evening we make a short stop in the town of Roslavl.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class


Today we relax on board as our steam engines haul us through the Russian countryside. If you wish, join one of our expert-led talks in the Restaurant Car or perhaps try your hand at learning Russian in our on board language lessons.

Steam Locomotives: L class and Er class


This morning we make a visit to Pskov with its ancient and well restored centre situated on the Latvian border and in whose station Tsar Nicholas II abdicated on 15th March 1915.

We return to the train for lunch and travel onto Novgorod for a short city tour, billed as the birthplace of Russia. Within Novgorod Kremlin’s red-brick fortress walls is the 5-domed, 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral.

Steam Locomotives: Er class


After breakfast we visit Catherine’s Summer Palace in Pushkin, including a visit to the exquisite Amber Room. Lunch follows at the renowned Podvorye Restaurant, a typical Russian log house, serving traditional Russian delicacies.

Before we return to the train for dinner, there is an afternoon tour of the city of St Petersburg incorporating a visit to the Imperial Waiting Room at Vitebski Station and an optional visit to the Railway Museum.

Steam Locomotives: LV class, P36 class and Ov class


Petrozavodsk stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of the North-West of Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

This afternoon, we enjoy a private folk performance before we take a city tour and a hovercraft transfer to visit Kizhi Island on Lake Onega to explore its open-air museum of wooden architecture. Marvel at wooden churches built without the use of a single nail which have survived the challenges of Russian winters and revolution.

Steam Locomotives: Ov class


We will continue to Murmansk, a city halfway between Moscow and the North Pole, and 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. As the main city of the Kola Peninsula, it started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. In 1916, under pressure from the British to establish a support port, Murmansk was founded.

Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round. Here we learn about the perilous missions of the many Arctic convoys, hunted continually by the German Navy, which sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland and North America to Murmansk in World War Two to deliver essential supplies to the Soviet Union. As Murmansk is homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreaker, we make a scheduled visit to the Nuclear Icebreaker Museum Ship.

Steam Locomotives: Su class


Early morning we will arrive at Nikel, on the border with Norway. The station is close to the Nikel smelting plant which in part has caused the devastation to the surrounding countryside that will have been evident for the 20 miles before our arrival. An eerie place but has been one of the highlights of our previous tours.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class


After arriving early morning into Kem we transfer to a small boat bound for Solovetsky Monastery on Solovetsky Island in the White Sea. The Island is also infamous for its ‘Special Purpose Camp’ set up by Stalin and is the location used as the basis for Solzhenitzyn’s Gulag Archipelago.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class


We spend the morning touring Archangel, a town located on the banks of the White Sea that was the chief seaport of medieval Russia. On our city tour we will have the opportunity to visit the British and American Arctic Convoy War Graves and the Wooden Architecture Museum.

We re-join our train for a scenic lunch as the Golden Eagle is hauled by two SO class locomotives along the branch line to Karpogory

Steam Locomotives: SO class


Today we relax on board as our train follows the Northern Dvina River to the city of Severodvinsk, hauled by two P36 locomotives. Enjoy the remote landscapes unfold from your window or you may like to attend one of our absorbing lectures in the Bar Lounge Car.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class


This morning we arrive in Vologda which is particularly known for its beautiful Kremlin, whose landmark buildings include the 16th-century St. Sophia Cathedral and its gilded bell tower.

We return to the train for lunch whilst our P36 steam locomotives haul us to the next location Yaroslavl for a short city tour. Yaroslavl is the largest and oldest (founded 1010) city on the Golden Ring, a fact underscored by its place of honour on the Russian 1000-rouble note (including the 15-domed church of John the Baptist on the back). Embraced by two rivers, the mighty Volga and the smaller Kotorosl, Yaroslavl’s centre is dotted with onion domes like no other place in Russia.

This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner on board.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class


This morning we return to Moscow where we will spend one night at the stylish Four Seasons Hotel Moscow.

Today we visit Red Square, an iconic symbol of Russia’s former military and political might with its eclectic mix of fascinating architecture, such as the ornate St Basil’s Cathedral’s magnificent onion-domed spires, the beautiful façade of the world famous GUM Department store constructed in Tsarist times, and the sombre and evocative site of Lenin’s tomb.

We’ll also take a tour of the opulent and unique stations of the Moscow metro – showpieces of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

Steam Locomotives: P36 class


Breakfast in the hotel brings the tour to a close and airport transfers are provided for departing flights.



  • Five-star pre and post tour accommodation
  • Private en-suite accommodation on the Golden Eagle train


  • Freshly prepared meals on board, using the finest local ingredients
  • Authentic dining experiences in local restaurants
  • Generous drinks allowance, including international wines with lunch and dinner
  • Golden Eagle Gala Caviar dinner
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners


  • Expertly guided off-train excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Freedom of Choice touring options


  • 24-hour cabin attendant service
  • Experienced Tour Management team
  • Services of a UK-registered Doctor and medical facilities on board
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All gratuities – on and off the train
  • Luggage porterage throughout the journey

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