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Jan 5, 2019 - Golden Eagle Train

Saturday 5th: The bus was ready to go at 7.45 this morning after an early breakfast. We had to negotiate our way back across the border to Russia which involved presenting our passports at four separate places, carrying all our belongings in to the Russian border control and standing around for two hours while everyone was processed - more or less the opposite of the way over. In the process we had to set watches forward two hours so it was 1.30pm when we reached the train at Nikel. The journey south began straight away and so did lunch...

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Jan 2, 2019 - Murmansk

Wednesday 2nd: Our train continued on to Murmansk, a city halfway between Moscow and the North Pole, and 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is now the main city of the Kola Peninsula but started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round. It is also the homeport of Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers which maintain passageways for all Arctic cargo vessels. Our guide collected us from the train at 2pm from Kola and we drove straight to Murmansk to visit...

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