Russia has launched its first Arctic train service running from St. Petersburg station headed to Norway. The inaugural trial journey of first tourist train will be a 11-day trip with 91 passengers aboard which will be traveling through Russia’s Arctic region and on to Norway.
The tourists came from seven countries including the US, Germany, Norway and Russia.
The train is named ‘Zarengold’,which means The Tsar’s Gold in German.It is complete with two restaurant cars which will travel from Saint Petersburg through Petrozavodsk (historic town of Kem) and Murmansk.
The tourists will get off the train at Murmansk (largest city north of Arctic Circle) and will continue by bus to the Norwegian city of Kirkenes before ending their journey with a boat trip to Oslo (Norway’s capital) or by air to island of Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island of Svalbard archipelago located in northern Norway.
The whole trip will take 11 days in total and allow passengers to discover areas in Arctic region which are difficult to access by other means.
Russia, Canada, the United States, Norway, and China all see the Arctic region as a site for future economic and military development.
The train is expected to run twice by 2020 and four times in 2021. As global warming is breaking up the glaciers in Arctic region, Russia tries to foresee new trading routes and opportunities in it. With this new advancement in connectivity Russia hopes to become top economic and military power in the Arctic Region.