The Polar Explorer Icebreaker Cruise – Our most popular tours!

We will have a day tour to Sweden, which border is in only 30 km away. Our Polar Explorer Cruise is a 3 h Icebreaker cruise, that will give you a unique Arctic experience on the Gulf of Bothnia. The union of the majestic steel, ice and the sea will be unlike anything else you’ve ever expected. We will also pass small Swedish villages and towns and have a lunch in one of them.

Extraordinary experience! Imagine white frozen sea which never storms. The sea water is covered with solid ice. Not to mention the view, which consists of endless whiteness as far as you can see. The sound of crackling ice, broken ice slices rise from the icebreaker bottom letting and dark water splashing out.

During our Polar Explorer Cruise you will have a tour all the way down to the engine rooms and up to the Captain’s bridge. During the 3 hour cruise time you will also have time to  relax in cozy saloon enjoying warm drinks. Bar is also available for beverages and snacks. Before returning to the harbor we will make a stop. Icebreaker makes a pool free from ice in the sea and every guest may have a swim in dark icy water in floating survival suit. Before leaving the ship the captain will present the Cruise and Swim certificate to everyone as a memorable gift. The tour includes transfer from Kemi and Tornio. The Polar Explorer Cruise is an adventure you will never forget!

Guaranteed cruises at any ice conditions
Polar Explorer is modern multifunctional icebreaker and is able to sail
not only in ice conditions, but also in open waters. That is why all
cruises are gu aranteed and do not depend on ice.

Platform for swimming at any ice conditions
Unique platform, attached to the main deck of icebreaker, allows to
keep swimming activities all year around. In early winter when the ice is
not strong enough to step on, swimming in floating survival suits is
arranged from the platform.

Spacious dressing room
Dressing room with panorama windows can accommodate up
comfortable at once 30 passengers to dress up for swimming activity.
Location on the main deck just beside the swimming platform and exit
to the ice allows to make swimming rotation smooth and swimming
time longer.

Survival floating suites for children
Children also can swim! Smallest survival floating suite
is 125 cm size.

Business Class lounge for 15 people
Private lounge with panorama window facing the main deck can
accommodate group up to 15 pax. Complimentary drinks and snacks.

Guided audio tour on 18 languages
Passengers can use free application in order to listen guided tour on
own language. Application is translated into 18 languages and available
for download at any time free of charge from Apple Store and Google

Icebreaker cinema
Unique icebreaker cinema for up to 80 seats is located on 1st and 2nd
decks. 12 min film is running non-stop during the entire cruise,
passengers can watch it at any time. Film is a visualisation of how
icebreaker works and explains the difference between icebreaker and
other ships.

Meeting and conference facilities
Icebreaker cinema offers meeting facilities for groups up to 80 pax in
theatre style. The room is equipped with microphone, speakers,
multimedia projector and screen.

Polar Explorer icebreaker cruise guarantees best price in the market.
No hidden costs, no obligatory services. Effective operation and
modern technologies allow to offer best value for money.

Photographer on board
Our professional photographer is taking photos of passengers during
the swimming activity. This is most challenging time to take a photo of
yourself, that is why photographer is very essential. Printed photos and photo links are available for purchase from
icebreaker shop on board after the swimming activity.

Facts about Polar Explorer:

Built: 1976

Number of passengers: 160

Length: 78 m

Width: 14 m

Draught: 5.22 m

Gross weight: gross 1976 mt, net 593 mt

Engine: 2 X MAK 8M551AK, 9460 hp

Class: 1A




Price: 385 €/adult 328 €/child 4-12years old 

(please check the current prices and availability by )

or book online

Duration: 7-8 hours

The price includes:

  • 3 h icebreaker cruise
  • hot drink on board
  • 7 decks guided tour
  • audio guide in 18 languages
  • film in Icebreaker theatre
  • swimming in survival suits
  • Cruise&Swim certificate
  • Shuttle bus round trip transportation from Kemi and Tornio
  • Buffet lunch for tours coming from Kemi and Tornio.

You can take shuttle bus from one destination and return to another. You can also store your luggage on the bus for the whole duration of the program.


Early Season cruise 11:00-14:00 Finnish time

Morning 10:00 – 13:00 (Finnish time) 

Afternoon 14:00 – 17:00 (Finnish time)

Day:  According to cruise calender                               

Minimum: 1person (paying a full price)

Season: 4.December 2023 – 14 April 2024

Location: Kemi

Price includes transfer to/from the harbor to your hotel by car.


The  cruise reservations must be made in advance. When making your reservations, please provide us the following information of each participant: Gender, forename, surname, nationality  and  date of  the birth.


Survival suits are available at size 125 cm, children at height over 120 cm can swim.



To prepare for the arctic winter time and activities, we highly recommend you to dress in warm layered underwear and thick outdoor clothing as in addition of enjoying the inside of the Icebreaker you will also be able to go outside on the deck to see and feel the arctic scenery around, as well as watch how the icebreaker in fact breaks the ice! If during the cruise ice and weather conditions are appropriate, clients will be allowed in conjunction of the swimming/floating event to also walk on the ice. A warm hat, wool socks, good mittens and a fleece- or wool jacket are part of proper winter clothing.

Terms and conditions


The reservations should be made in advance preferably 90 days before cruise. Activity is very popular and many dates fully booked 1year before departure.


There is no age limit for participating in cruise, children of all ages are welcome on board! 

Thermal clothing:

During the cruise is recommended to dress up the warm multilayered outerwear.


All prices are quoted in Euro (€) and include Finland’s Value Added Tax.


When the reservation is confirmed, 100% proforma invoice will be charged. Reservation is confirmed when the payment is made.
In case the deposit is not received in due date, we have the right to cancel the reservation.

Cancellation rules:

Different price category available (Best, Value, Flexible)