Your complete guide to icebreaker cruises

Icebreaker cruise ship on icy ocean

Hop on from Sweden with Polar Explorer and from Finland with Sampo

Join us on this cool adventure as the two legendary icebreakers await to transport you into a world of ice and snow. From December to March, you can hop on board for a three-hour ride through the icy sea. Experience how the icebreaker vessel plows through the frozen sea, breaking through thick layers of ice with ease, passengers are treated to a mesmerizing display of nature’s power and beauty.

Stunning views and warm treats

The Polar Explorer starts its journey from Axelsvik, showing passengers Sweden’s beautiful coastline. Meanwhile, the Sampo Icebreaker begins its trip from Kemi, heading into the icy waters of the Gulf of Bothnia from the Finnish side. Each cruise offers a different view of this icy wilderness, giving you the chance to see tall ice formations, playful seals, and elegant seabirds.

Once on board, warm up with hot cocoa and enjoy Finnish and Swedish treats while you take in the stunning views. Knowledgeable guides are there to share cool facts about the region’s history and wildlife.

Swim in icy water and walk on ice

During your Arctic trip, halfway through, you can have a super exciting experience. If you’re feeling brave, you can jump into the icy water and swim among the floating ice. Don special outfits that keep you dry and afloat. You can also walk on the ice if you prefer, stepping onto the frozen sea to admire the huge stretch of ice around you.

Keeping warm while creating memories

Ensuring a comfortable and safe journey, we recommend that all passengers dress warmly in multiple layers, including thermal underwear, fleece or wool sweaters, insulated pants, and waterproof outerwear. Don’t forget to protect your extremities with gloves, hats, scarves, and sturdy winter boots, as temperatures can drop significantly on the open sea.

As the sun sets low, casting a golden glow on the icy scenery, passengers on the Polar Explorer and the Sampo Icebreaker feel the incredible beauty of the Arctic winter. It’s not just about seeing things; it’s about feeling a strong connection to nature and holding onto a sense of wonder even after the cruise is over.

Holiday packages and day tours

If you want the full Arctic experience, check out our winter Lapland holiday package. With our holiday package you can experience the icebreaker cruise on the Gulf of Bothnia plus you have a chance to dive into Lapland’s amazing scenery with snowy forests, frozen lakes, and see the mesmerizing Northern Lights. We will create memories that will stay with you forever.

In addition to our holiday packages, the Polar Explorer and Sampo Icebreaker also welcome guests for daily cruises, making it convenient for travelers to experience the Arctic wonders at their leisure.

For those seeking convenience, we offer shuttle services, ensuring easy access from surrounding towns and cities.

Bundle up and get ready as your Arctic journey awaits

Whether you’re starting from Kemi or Axelsvik, get ready for an unforgettable Arctic journey. Get in touch with us, and we’ll turn your dream cruise into a reality!

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