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Sampo Icebreaker

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Address: Sampotie 137, Kemi 94900, Finland
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+358 16 258878
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sampo, the former icebreaker for the Finnish government, offers a unique...

Sampo, the former icebreaker for the Finnish government, offers a unique cruise experience on the Gulf of Bothnia. The union of the majestic steel, ice and the sea will be unlike anything else you've ever experienced.

Four hour cruises yearly from December to April. Cafe, tours and souvenir shop open also on the summer time.

Come and experience the Sampo in the midst of vast open arctic sea-scenery!

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Ice-ice-ice - so nice! Fun trip with Sampo

We visited the Sampo Icebreaker in December 2016 and had the time of our lives. Our trip was very well organised, we were lucky with the weather also. Had a 3-course meal on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Szilvia D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Sampo Icebreaker in December 2016 and had the time of our lives. Our trip was very well organised, we were lucky with the weather also. Had a 3-course meal on the boat, which was lovely, as well as the whole team. Our guide was Klarissa, and we couldn't have asked for a nicer and more helpful person.... More 

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Old Tappan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

It was a wonderful and thrilling experience to go through the ice on the icebreaker. We were in the gulf of Bothnia, baltic ocean where the salinity is low and the sea actually freezes. On the excursion we went ice swimming as well. This was an unbelievable adventure for both young and not so young!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

We went to ride the Ice Breaker Sampo in March and it was an amazing trip. The thrill of smashing through the thick ice of the Gulf of Botnia is unmatched. The ship is in beautiful condition and the crew give a great tour and answer all your questions. The highlight for me was to dawn a survival suite and... More 

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

The sidetrip from Rovaniemi's Santa Claus Village was quite worthwhile. The tour of the icebreaker was quite interesting. The standard lunch was unexpectedly quite good. The personal float in the pool in the ice created by the icebreaker was fun. This was not a cheap sidetrip, but I highly recommend it during the winter season, and until late March.

Thank James G
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

This is once in a life time experienced!! I really enjoy 4 hour long of journey into the ice of Gulf of Bothnia. It is so exciting when you hear the noise of ice breaking and if you are lucky, you may see the wild life such as a seal. On top of every thing, I like the idea of... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

We joined its afternoon tour in late March, we enjoyed it very much. A guide explained to us the history of this ice breaker and points to note for nice ice-breaking views etc. We had some food on the cruise and the salmon soup was tasty. It was amazing to witness so closely the ice crushing by this ice breaker.... More 

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Hadera, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

Seeing the ice breaking under you is a marvelous sight. So much power in this that it is unbelievable. The ice water swim was also a great experience. The suites isolate so good you are not a bit cold. The food on the ship is also excellent

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Bat Yam, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

The icebreaker trip is great opportunity to experience the icebreaker live. The crew was fantastic and help with every issue, they also have some lanch on board.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

A must-go if you're planning to drop by Kemi and have money to spare. Highlight is definitely the ice swimming. Food is decent, tried the salmon soup, reindeer soup (a first for me; reindeer meat tastes like beef to me) and carrot coconut soup (reminds me of soupy curry).

Thank Nadia_Mal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Feeling the power, the speed and the amazing view makes it quite amazing and unforgettable visit. Adding to that the unique swimming in the ice water makes it a perfect place to be for half a day. We enjoyed it so much. Hope you too. Don't miss it.

1 Thank Micky G

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