Venture far above the Arctic Circle in the warmth and comfort of a private train and search for the spectacular Northern Lights.

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Arctic Explorer by Private Train

A Russian Train Journey Aboard the Golden Eagle

13 days from $13,995

Venture far above the Arctic Circle in the warmth and comfort of a private train and search for the spectacular Northern Lights.

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Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 9, 2019 Departure
Sharon Hudgins

Sharon Hudgins

Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author and former university professor.  A seasoned traveler with a sense of adventure, she has lived in 10 countries on 3 continents, traveled through more than 50 countries across the globe, and logged nearly 40,000 miles on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. After completing a bachelor's degree in Government (Soviet and East European Studies) at the University of Texas, she earned graduate degrees at the University of Michigan (specializing in U.S.-Soviet strategic relations) and the University of Texas (Communications). For 18 years she taught for the University of Maryland's education programs in Europe and Asia, including Russia. Sharon was a professor and administrator for the first Russian-American program at universities in Vladivostok and Irkutsk. 

She is the author of four non-fiction books, including The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East. As a journalist and independent scholar, she has published more than 900 articles on travel, culture and food in magazines, newspapers, academic journals, and books, including Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture; Russian Life; Sibirica: Journal of Siberian Studies; Anthropology of East Europe Review; and several Oxford encyclopedias. Her paper on the foodways of the Siberian Buriats won an international prize at the Oxford Symposium on Food. Sharon’s current projects include a forthcoming book about legendary railway journeys of the world and a forthcoming book about Siberian foods. Sharon has lectured on numerous tours to Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Alaska.