Icebreaker Cruises

Icebreaker cruise, Sampo, Finland / photo: Visit Finland

If you want to take a trip in winter up to the town of Kemi — that’s where western Finland meets Sweden on the Baltic — you can take a tour on an icebreaker. For five months a year the icebreaker Sampo takes travelers out into the frozen mass of sea ice in the Gulf of Bothnia.

On the four-hour afternoon cruise you can also don a thermal survival suit and take a dip in the frigid waters. When you’ve head your fill of the ice and glaring sun, you can just hang out with the officers on the bridge, or retreat to the Captain’s Saloon, Icebreaker Bar or Artic Restaurant to sample the traditional food, including reindeer, of the local indigenous Sami people.

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