Question: Which country started the first Arctic Train service recently?
- Russia started the first Arctic Train Service on 5th June, 2019.
- The first tourist train traveling through Russia’s Arctic region and on to Norway set off from St. Petersburg station.
- The train carries 91 passengers aboard for the inaugural trial journey.
- The tourists came from seven countries including the US, Germany, Norway and Russia.
- The train, named Zarengold will take 11 days to complete the whole trip and allow passengers to discover areas difficult to access by other means.
- At Murmansk, by far the largest city north of the Arctic Circle, the tourists will get off the train and continue by bus to Kirkenes in Norway before ending their journey with a boat trip to Oslo or by air to the island of Spitsbergen.
- The train was expected to run twice next year and four times in 2021.
- Russia hopes to become the top economic and military power in the Arctic and so is working for the new trading routes as global warming breaks up the glaciers.