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“Great adventure”
Review of Sampo Icebreaker

Sampo Icebreaker
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Kemi
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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Owner description: 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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Inari, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great adventure”
Reviewed December 23, 2011

Great experience of arctic world. Best restaurant and Salomon meal ever, I love it!

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Norcross, Georgia
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“You have to do it...”
Reviewed March 30, 2009

I had the opportunity to take a last minute "Safari" last weekend where I not only got to enjoy the Sampoo Icebreaker (swimming in the Baltic, eating Reindeer soup, and getting a very informative tour of the ship) but got to the boat after they set sail from port by driving a snowmobile to a desiginated spot. We left our snowmobiles there, boarded the ship, left that spot for a bit of icebreaking, then returned to the spot where we went swimming and then back to our rides. Very cool to actually walk up to the ship and touch the hull.

There were five people in total for this tour (Lapponia Safaris) and I joined at the last minute. I got to meet some very nice people from other countries who were visitng Kemi specifically for the Icebreaker and Ice Castle (I personally was working there for two weeks and had an open weekend). We snowmobiled to a reindeer farm where we saw traditional Finnish tents used for keeping warm, etc., took a short sled ride powered by a reindeer, ate reindeer sandwiches and warmed up sipping Lingonberry juice. From there we headed towards the ship for a once in a lifetime experience seeing how a small Icebreaker works its magic.

The 3 hour time on the ship was filled with a very informative tour of the ship, a short lunch, and then swimming. There were probably about 70 or so people on the ship and almost all went swimming. The Sampoo uses survival suits so you do not feel at all cold when you get into the water and swim with the ice. You float automatically because of the air that's in the suit. You look like a blow up doll or a red Gumby floating in water. When the ship was ready to go back to port, our group left the ship and got back onto our snowmobiles.

The whole adventure was so worth it and would recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!!!

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Amazing but EXPENSIVE!”
Reviewed April 12, 2005

Sailing on this boat is really a once in a life time experience, partly because the cost is prohibative! But if you have made the decision to part with the cash you won't regret it. The trip we made was the basic boat only option but I believe you can combine it with snowmobiling etc. We had a tour of the boat, lunch and a chance to swim in the frozen water! Both weird and exilarating at the same time! I think the biggest impact on me was the huge open expanses of nothingness visable as the ice merged into the sky, it still makes me wax lyrical even now! One piece of advise, if you think you have enough warm clothes with you, sneek that extra jumper into your bag, you'll need it! You really don't want t spend you whole trip in the bar just because you are too cold to go outside. Have fun!

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