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The Zarengold Is Russia’s Real-Life Polar Express

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by Eben Diskin Jun 18, 2019

The Trans-Siberian Railway might be Russia’s best-known train route, but soon it might take a backseat to this epic 900-mile rail ride to Norway. The Moscow to Oslo trip aboard the Zarengold (meaning “Tsars’ Gold”) made its debut last week, and it’s the only route through the Russian Arctic via private train.

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The journey begins with a tour of Moscow, then continues by express train to St. Petersburg for a few days of sightseeing. Then, you’ll board the Zarengold to the city of Petrozavodsk and Kizhi Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to two impressive wooden churches and an octagonal clock tower. Passengers will then head to Murmansk, the largest Arctic city in the world. From Murmansk, you will continue on to Kiekenes over the border of Norway, and then fly to Oslo the following day.

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The Zarengold is not your average commuter — you’ll be treated to gourmet feasts, vodka testing, and comfy compartments to see the Land of the Midnight Sun in style.

Two trains are scheduled to make the journey in May and June 2020 — one from Moscow to Norway, and one the other way around. The tour lasts a total of eleven days and costs about $4,000 per person, including accommodation, internal flights, meals, excursions, and, of course, train tickets.

More information about the train, and booking, can be found on the Lernidee Trains & Cruises website.

H/T: Lonely Planet

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