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Icebreaker Sampo Cruise


The Icebreaker Cruise includes 3,5 hour cruise on the frozen sea, ice floating experience, hot welcome drink, guided tour on the vessel and diploma. All cruise participants get also a free entrance to the SnowExperience365 in the SnowCastle area on the day of the cruise. 

Icebreaker Sampo returns to tourism traffic and next cruise on 18th of January will be on Sampo. 

Sea Lapland is one of the few extraordinary places where the sea completely freezes over in the winter. Enjoy an unforgettable sea, snow and ice adventure on a cruise on the frozen Gulf of Bothnia. Let the magical moments in arctic nature blow you away. Witness the arctic sunrise on a morning cruise or experience the elusive blue moment as the sun starts to set in the evening. Feel the arctic freedom on the deck or relax in the warm indoors sipping hot beverages in Icebreaker Bar. Before returning to the port, the ship will make a one-hour stop to enable each visitor to participate in the ice floating event, comfortably dressed in survival suits. We have also the floating suits for the children from the size 130 cm up. The crew gives a presentation of the ship and provide a guided tour around the vessel all the way from the Captain’s bridge to the engine rooms. Our guides are there to help you and provide detailed information about the ship. You can also wander around the vessel and get to know all the nooks and crannies and there is also an e-guide to provide information in different languages.

Behind the link you will find important information for our clients who have booked the cruise.

Shuttle bus transportation is mandatory for all participants as access to the harbor is restricted from private vehicles for the time being. Check the shuttle bus time table from Rovaniemi and Kemi below.

Timetable 2022-2023

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Morning cruise 8:30-12:00
Afternoon cruise 13:00-16:30
Fully booked
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Shuttle bus transport

We offer shuttle bus transportation from Kemi and Rovaniemi to the harbour.

Due to extensive renovations at the harbour Icebreaker Sampo is accessible only by authorization. Shuttle bus transportation is mandatory for all participants as access to the harbour is restricted from private vehicles for the time being.

Kemi shuttle bus itinerary

Morning Cruise
Pick-up 
07:25 Kemi railway station
07:30 Hotel Merihovi
07:35 Scandic Kemi
07:40 SnowCastle area
07:45 Hostel Villa Kemi

Drop off 
12:30 Hostel Villa Kemi
12:35 SnowCastle area
12:40 Hotels Merihovi & Scandic Kemi
12:45 Kemi Railway Station
Afternoon cruise
Pick-up
11:40 Kemi railway station
11:45 Hotel Merihovi
11:50 Scandic Kemi 
11:50 SnowCastle area
12:10 Hostel Villa Kemi

Drop off
17:00 Hostel Villa Kemi
17:05 SnowCastle area
17:10 Hotels Merihovi & Scandic Kemi
17:15 Kemi Railway Station

Day trip from Rovaniemi

Take a day trip from Rovaniemi to Kemi to experience the arctic magic! Our Rovaniemi shuttle bus takes a stop at the Kemi SnowCastle area for lunch and a visit to the all-year-round SnowExperience365 with real snow & ice.

Rovaniemi shuttle bus itinerary

Morning Cruise
Pick-up from Rovaniemi
05:45 Hotel Arctic Treehouse
05:55 Arctic Circle / Santa Claus Holiday Village
06:05 Santa`s Igloos 

06:15 Pohjanpuistikko 2 bus stop in front of Scandic Pohjanhovi hotel

Icebreaker Sampo Cruise

8:00 Shuttle bus arrival
8:30-12:00 
Icebreaker Sampo Cruise
12:00 Shuttle bus departure from harbour

SnowCastle area
approximately 12:30-14:00 Lunch at the Lumihiutale Seaview Restaurant in SnowCastle365 and time for visiting the SnowExperience365
approximately 14:00 Shuttle bus departure

Drop off in Rovaniemi
16:00 Pohjanpuistikko 2
16:10 Arctic Treehouse Hotel
16:25 Santa Claus Holiday Village
Afternoon cruise
Pick-up from Rovaniemi
08:30 Hotel Arctic Treehouse
08:40 Arctic Circle / Santa Claus Holiday Village
08:50 Santa`s Igloos
09:00 Pohjanpuistikko 2 bust stop in front of Scandic Pohjanhovi hotel

SnowCastle area
approximately 10:45-12:00 Lunch at the Lumihiutale Seaview Restaurant in SnowCastle365 and time for visiting the SnowExperience365
approximately 12:00 Shuttle bus departure

 

Icebreaker Sampo Cruise

12:30 Shuttle bus arrival to harbour
13:00-16:30 Icebreaker Sampo Cruise
16:30 Shuttle bus departure from the harbour

Drop off in Rovaniemi

18:30 Pohjanpuistikko 2
18:40 Arctic Treehouse Hotel
18:55 Santa Claus Holiday Village

The ship

  • Built in 1960 in Helsinki, Finland
  • In icebreaking service for the Finnish government from 1961 to 1987
  • Length 74,68 m
  • Beam 17,4 m
  • Height 31 m
  • Draught 6,8 m
  • Displacement 3540 tonnes
  • Speed 16 knots
  • Power capacity 6000 kW
  • Icebreaking capacity 1A Super (120 cm)
Restaurant

1st floor
92 seats

Icebreaker bar

2nd floor
74 seats

Captains saloon

3rd floor
19 seats