Originally Posted by craig.iedema
What about the St Peter Line Ferry from Tallinn to St Petersburg and then direct to Helsinki or Stockholm? I took this a couple of of months ago and found it quite good.
I think you mean " Tallinn OR St P "
Ferries can be useful short cuts where there is no road network, but they move slowly and with the waiting time it is often quicker to ride quite big road detours.
The OP is tight for time and distances fairly big.
For example I have several times ridden (and driven) Calais to St P in just under 3 very full riding days of 600 miles each, using all the direct autobahn route and your intended route through the Baltics. That alone, with his trip from 'oop t'north' will eat 8 days of his quota at the very least if going straight there and back the same way. Then there is Russia.
From St P going north I would expect progress to be slower unless possibly going through Finland, but that is a big detour.
Regarding trains in Russia -
- passenger trains are quite slow and mostly a bike will be quicker on roads away from built up areas.
- freight trains are even slower, making detours and stops for loading/unloading all the time.
The only real advantage timewise is trains often keep moving through the nights - which will be very short or non-existent in the main moto riding season for those regions.
Murmansk is connected by rail with St P.
Rail freighting across RUS is possible and regularly done for motos, snow-scooters etc depending on seasons, but I've not heard of anyone doing it to/from Murmansk.
Generally such items are sent ahead on dedicated freight trains that take far longer than the passenger trains the rider/driver has to use.