Visa-Free St.Petersburg Express for ESN Trondheim

Go to Russia VISA FREE and experience St Petersburg, one of the must see cities of Europe! With optional extras ranging from traditional dinner and folk show to visiting world famous palaces, you know you’re in for a good time. We travel with big overnight ferries between the cities, so while traveling you have a cabin, can go out for a drink in the bar, go to the sauna or show your moves on the dance floor!
Departure dates: 20-26 November 2017
Departure/arrival cities: Trondheim, Östersund, Sundsvall
Booking opens: 22-nd September at 14:00
Price:  345 Eur
You can choose the suitable departure and arrival cities when making the booking
NB! Kindly note that we can organize bus stransport from Trondheim and back only if we get at least 40 passengers;  otherwise the trip would start and finish in Stockholm. In this case money for bus transportation will be refunded. 

! Please note that this is a student tour, non-students can also join it, but need to pay extra 25 Eur. Contact us to get more info.

! Important information - to join this trip you need to have travel Passport valid for at least 6 months. ID-card is not valid for this travel! Kindly read the Visa-Free Travel Info below before making the booking.


  • Bus transport to Stokcholm and back
  • All ferry tickets (Stockholm-Helsinki-St.Petersburg-Helsinki-Stockholm)
  • Russia entrance fee for visa-free travellers 
  • 5  nights’ accommodation in shared rooms/cabins, bedlinen included (4  nights in B- or C-class cabins without window on overnight ferries; 1 night in the hostel).
  • Transport to and from the ferry terminal in St Petersburg
  • Guided bus tour in St Petersburg (museum fees not included, entrance is optional)
  • Guided tour in the Hermitage Museum (free for students)
  • Guided city walk in Helsinki
  • Service from a Scanbalt tour manager and local guides


  • Visit St Petersburg - one of the world’s top destinations!
  • Spend 4 crazy nights on the Baltic ferries
  • Visit Helsinki


  • Meals
  • Optional activities


Watch how fun the tour is ;)


We stay 1 night in a centrally located hostel (4-10 beds in room) and 4 (2) nights in cabins on overnight ferries (4 beds, B- or C-class cabin without window). The hostel has kitchen facilities, free wifi, and 24h reception. Ferries have tax free shops, bars, restaurants and disco.  Bed linen and towel is included both in the hostel and on the ferries.


We use local bus to get to Stockholm. Later we travel with overnight cruise ferries and use local buses in St.Petersburg and Helsinki. Note that there is no free wifi on the St.PeterLine ferry going to St.Petersburg and back.


Tour Program

Day 1.  Departure 
We depart in the afternoon. On the bus we get to know our travel mates, play games and watch some movies. We spend the night driving to Stockholm.

Day 2.  Stockholm  
We arrive in Stockholm in the morning. We have some free time in the city, and the afternoon we meet again at ferry terminal. We board the cruise ferry and start our journey. The cruise boat has shops, restaurants, bars and a night club.  So tonight we party and enjoy the night on the boat!

Day 3. Helsinki
In the morning we arrive at our first destination - Helsinki, the capital of Finland. We start the day with a guided walk around city centre, and later have some free time to explore on your own. In the afternoon we catch the boat and head to St.Petersburg!

Day 4. St Petersburg  
In the morning we arrive in St Petersburg. After going through the passport control, we are finally in Russia! We get on the bus and get ready to explore the city! Our local guide will give the overview of the city and we will make photo stops in most interesting and beautiful places.
We check-in to our hostel in the afternoon. We live close to Nevsky prospekt, which is the main avenue of the city, and there are plenty restaurants, cafes and shop in walking distance. In the evening, everyone is invited to enjoy the traditional Russian dinner (optional activity) and see the folk show performed by group of dancers and musicians. We also play some games that Russian people used to play ages ago, and of course taste the local vodka.  After the dinner, everyone is welcome to join the late-night limousine ride (optional activity). We drive around the city making photo stops. It looks so much different at night, especially if spiced up with some local sparkling wine! After limo, we continue with party in one of the clubs.

Day 5. St Petersburg-Helsinki 
Today we get the chance to visit the world-famous Hermitage museum (included for all). Our local guide will make a tour around the museum telling interesting stories and pointing our best exhibits. After the tour, you have a few hours of free time in the city, and in the afternoon we depart to the harbour and catch the ferry back to Helsinki.
Day 6. Helsinki-Stockholm   
We arrive early in the morning. Today is a free day for you in Helsinki! If there’s good weather we would recommend a visit to one of the islands, the nearby fortress island Suomenlinna, where Swedes and Russians once fought or Zoo park in Korkeasaari. You can take a nice ferry ride from the central harbour. In late afternoon we get on the boat for Stockholm. Last night of the tour -  enjoy disco, karaoke and bars on the ship!
Day 7. Stockholm 
We arrive in Stockholm in the morning and get on the bus to start driving back home. We arrive in Trondheim late evening.


Optional Activities

Optional activities are open for booking online. If there are free places left, it's also possible to book on the spot!
NB! Note that if you have signed up for an optional activity, you have to take part of that activity or pay for it without participation. If just not showing up, you will have to pay afterwards. 
Traditional Russian Evening
This is definitely the best way to experience Russian culture – taste local cuisine and meanwhile watch professional artists perform traditional songs and dances! 
Duration: ~2h
Price: 30 Eur
Price includes: folk performance, dinner with Russian specialties - starter, main course, dessert, and of course, a vodka shot.
Limousine tour - St.Petersburg by night
Glamorous and fun limousine ride, that takes you along the night streets of the city, regular stops are made by main city sights.
Duration:  ~2h
Price: 15 Eur
Price includes: Limousine tour with stops, included local sparkling wine.

Visa-Free Travel Info

To join this tour you don't need a VISA but you need to have travel Passport allowing crossing borders between non-Schengen countries and valid for at least 6 months after the tour finishes.

Please note, that ID card is not enough to travel to Russia

We highly recommend you to make travel insurance valid in Russia for this trip

If you are not citizen of EU, Norway or Switzerland, please pay special attention to info below:

  • If you require a Schengen visa to stay in EU, kindly make sure it's a multiple-entry visa. Single-entry Schengen visa is not valid for this trip!
  • If you have already stayed in European Union (for example, in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, etc.) for more than 90 days - you need to have a valid residence permit in the country you currently reside (temporary one is also suitable). Those who will not be able to present their valid residence permit card when checking-in to the ferry to St.Petersburg, will not be allowed into Russia, and can be sent directly to their home country!

Note that the passenger him or herself is responsible for arranging the necessary travel documents and making sure they are valid as requested.

Before making the booking, please be sure you have all the required documents for this trip (Passport, residence permit, if needed) and will be able to present them and the departure point.