Icebreaker Sampo Cruise

 

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 over 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. Take it easy and enjoy the ride through the icy waters. 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. The crew gives a presentation of the ship, you can wander around the vessel and get to know all the nooks and crannies 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. There is an e-guide to provide information in different languages. 

All cruise participants get free entrance to the Kemi SnowCastle on the day of the cruise.

 

Timetable 2021-2022

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Morning cruise 8:30-12:00
Afternoon cruise 13:00-16:30
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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 Hotel Scandic Kemi
07:40 SnowCastle Resort
07:45 Hostel Villa Kemi

Drop off 
12:30 Hostel Villa Kemi
12:35 SnowCastle Resort
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 Hotel Scandic Kemi 
11:50 SnowCastle Resort
12:10 Hostel Villa Kemi

Drop off
17:00 Hostel Villa Kemi
17:05 SnowCastle Resort
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 Resort for lunch and a visit to the legendary SnowCastle built completely out of snow and 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 City centre

Icebreaker Sampo Cruise

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

SnowCastle Resort
12:30-14:30 Lunch and time for visiting the SnowCastle
14:30 Shuttle bus departure

Drop off in Rovaniemi
16:00 Aallonkatu 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 City centre

SnowCastle Resort
10:30-12:00 Lunch and time for visiting the SnowCastle
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 Aallonkatu 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