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Russia's Northern Region

Russia's Northern Region Holidays


Russia's Northern Region is a place of frozen seas, silvery forests and shimmering lakes and thousands of islands. Reaching into the Arctic Circle, this region of lakes, forests and tundra might be chilly in the winter, but it's a beautiful fairytale landscape during the snowy months, and equally gorgeous to look at all year round.

The landscape here is diverse and thrilling. The coastline of the White Sea is stunning, and the Solovestsky Islands - a White Sea archipelago astounding in natural beauty - is home to both one of Stalin's most feared Gulag camps and a wonderful historic monastery. Karelia, full of lakes and forests is a draw for adventure holidays, with hiking, skiing, off-road tours and the Kola Peninsula is equally enchanting, with its unspoilt coastline and rolling rivers and hills.

The cities and culture of the Northern Region are mesmerising too. The old pagan ritual site of Kizhi is petrified in the past - ornate wooden buildings built in the traditional style cover this island, one of the thousands in Lake Onega. Of particular glory is the Transfiguration Church, built in 1712, a riot of domes and gables and possibly the single most impressive example of Russian wooden architecture, worth the day trip by itself.

For longer stops, the port of Arkhangelsk - Archangel - is historically intriguing. Old wooden houses are still to be found amidst the modern concrete, and the waterfront along the wide Dvina river is charming, as are the inhabitants, said to be the friendliest in the country.

Murmansk, at the mid-point between Moscow and the North Pole, is the largest city north of the Arctic Circle and perfectly placed to enjoy polar nights and the midnight sun. And while Petrozavodsk might literally mean ‘Peter's factory', founded as it was by Peter the Great as an armaments plant, it‘s in fact one of the most attractive Russian cities, set on Lake Onega and dotted with charming squares and parks.

The jewel of all the cities in this vast region, however, is indisputably St Petersburg. Endlessly elegant, European in feel, rich in history, home to the extraordinary museum that is the Hermitage, and the city to party in during the legendary white nights of summertime under the midnight sun.


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Top itineraries in Russia's Northern Region

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Highlights Of St Petersburg

5-day tailor-made city break from £1,065 pp incl. flights

This short break takes in all of the above and includes private guiding throughout, along with 5-star accommodation at the stunning Angleterre Hotel.


Russian Giants: Moscow & St Petersburg

6-day tailor-made city break from £1,830 pp incl. flights

Russia is undoubtedly one of Europe's biggest cultural draws and this five-night tour lifts the lid on its two most celebrated cities: Moscow and St Petersburg.


Russian Explorer

8-day escorted tour from £1,415 pp incl. flights

Explore Russia's urban powerhouses in Moscow and St Petersburg as you uncover everything from imposing neoclassical cathedrals and 18th-century citadels to Stalinist metro stations and museums containing masterpieces by Raphael and Rembrandt.

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Visa-Free Cruise to Russia

6-day tailor-made holiday from £875 pp incl. flights

Travel from Helsinki to St Petersburg by sea without the time-consuming process and expense of applying for a Russian visa. An overnight cruise from the Finnish capital Helsinki arrives in St Petersburg mid morning the following day.

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Top places to stay in Russia's Northern Region

Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, St Petersburg

Solo Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, St Petersburg

Traditional hotel

Located in the historical centre of St Petersburg, Solo Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel offers contemporary rooms, unique dining experiences and world-class facilities with easy access to St Petersburg’s downtown attractions.

Angleterre, St Petersburg

Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg

Contemporary hotel

At this central hotel, chic rooms offer a fine counterpoint to views of historic golden domes that set the tone for St Petersburg’s storied past.

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg

Grand & elegant hotel

Discover the pulse of one of Europe's most culturally rich cities in St Petersburg’s oldest and most venerated hotel. A stay in a place like this is worthy of a souvenir, known as St Petersburg's answer to the Champs-Elysees.

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, St Petersburg

Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, St Petersburg

Contemporary hotel

Located in the very heart of St Petersburg, The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is in a charming and historical area, just opposite the Hermitage Museum and Palace Square the hotel is also just two minutes walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping.

Where to go in Russia's Northern Region

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is the most European of Russian cities, imbued with elegance, glamour, and the lingering romance associated with the Romanovs, Russia's last reigning royal family. The rarefied atmosphere emanates from the neoclassical and baroque Italianate buildings that line the graceful streets an…

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