The Sampo Arctic Icebreaker Cruise – Our Most Popular Tour in Kemi!

Sampo Icebreaker Cruise in Sea Lapland is one of Finland’s most popular travel attractions

The Icebreaker Sampo Cruise is a four hour cruise on the frozen sea in Kemi. The cruise includes ice floating experience, walking on ice, guided tour around the vessel, diploma, welcome drink, lunch or brunch buffet on board and entrance to the  Join us for a once in a lifetime experience!

Sampo Arctic Icebreaker Cruise 4h

The 4-hours Sampo Arctic Icebreaker cruise is ideal for those seeking an arctic icebreaking adventure amid the beauty of a Finnish winter in Lapland. Our staff will give you a complete presentation of the Sampo Arctic Icebreaker. Admire the beauty of vast open ice fields as the huge vessel breaks the thick ice. Try Arctic Ice floating amid the ice of the freezing sea and not even feel the cold! You’ll be warm and safe inside a special survival suit that the staff will provide you with on the ship for your swim. Cruise guests also get free entrance to the Kemi Snow Experience365 exibition. 

What’s included?

  • Presentation of the Sampo Arctic Icebreaker
  • Sampo Icebreaker Diploma
  • Free entrance to the SnowExperience365 
  • Icefloating experience
  • Walking on ice
  • Lunch or brunch buffet on board

Available extras:

Please note

SnowExperience365 is open all-year-round, the annual SnowCastle opens mid-January.

The Rovaniemi shuttle bus takes a stop at the SnowCastle resort after a morning cruise or before an afternoon cruise for lunch with time to visit the SnowCastle. Lunch in Seaview Restaurant Lumihiutale is included in the price for the Rovaniemi shuttle bus.

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.




338 € / adult /3,5h cruise with transfer.

205 € / child 3-11years old

Book online

Duration: 4-4,5h cruise with transfer from SeaLapland Hotels

Extra services:

Lunch buffet at Seaview restaurant LumiHiutale

26 € / adult, 16 € / child 3-11years old


Time: According to timetable of cruises

Day:  According cruise calender                               

Minimum: 1 person (paying a full price)

Season: December – April

Location: Kemi

Price includes transfer to/from the harbor to your hotel in Kemi.


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.


Requirements for swimming/floating, height  minimum 145 cm.


About the Icebreaker Sampo 

The Icebreaker Sampo used to be in the service of the State of Finland until the year 1987. During the guided tour you will hear plenty of interesting details of the Icebreaker, about ice and breaking the ice etc. You get to experience the Icebreaker Sampo in the midst of vast open arctic sea-scenery!

3,5h cruises starts from the Port of Ajos which is located about 11 km south from the city centre of Kemi. The passenger capacity on board the Icebreaker Sampo is 180 persons.


  • Due to the safety reasons only about 15 clients are allowed to go floating at the same time. Your personal floating time is noted in the tailored cruise timetable you will receive upon arrival.
  • Swimming/floating event is voluntary but we highly recommend it for it is an utterly unique experience.
  • Please note that for swimming/floating minimum height is 145 cm.
  • The staff will help each client to get dressed to the impermeable survival suit.
  • Please remember: in the middle of the icy sea you will only be able to float, but not to swim! The staff will be close to you at all times.


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. Sampo activity is very popular and many dates fully booked 1year before departure.


0-2 year olds, free of charge.
Child discount on Sampo Icebreaker is applicable for children 3-11 years old.


Excursion will be guided in English/Finnish, other languages upon request.

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:

More than 91 days prior to arrival – 10% reservation fee to be charged.
90-31 days prior the arrival: 50% from the total amount to be charged.
Less than 30 days prior the arrival: 100% from the total amount to be charged.
All cancelations / changes must be made in writing and dated, within the office hours in Finland (8-16, +2GMT).

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