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Sampo Icebreaker

Sampotie 137, Kemi 94900, Finland
+358 16 258878
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Great Experience despite not sailing

When we arrived in Kemi we were informed that the Sampo would not sail due to a lack of ice. As an... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
United States
A Must Try Activity

The Sampo Icebreaker is worth trying once in a life time. Upon boarding the icebreaker, you could... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Hong Kong, China
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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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  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Sampotie 137, Kemi 94900, Finland
+358 16 258878
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

When we arrived in Kemi we were informed that the Sampo would not sail due to a lack of ice. As an Icebreaker, you need ice to sail without tipping side to side given the shape of the hull. We opted to go to the...More

1  Thank SuzJim2014
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The Sampo Icebreaker is worth trying once in a life time. Upon boarding the icebreaker, you could have a light buffet breakfast followed by a tour on the icebreaker. Highlight of it was ice swimming whereby you had to wear their floating suit which everyone...More

Thank AliceChui
Reviewed 4 May 2017

we booked a snowmoble excursion with visit and trip with the sampo icebreaker ; excellent experience and value worthed .The staff was friendly and helpfull ; meal on board of the icebreaker was ' light' . Strong recommendation to do this day excursion , even...More

Thank kristienvandaele
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Booking: I have made reservation around 6 months ago with Kemi tourism. They only offer overnight package which included one night hotel and other tourist attractions. I have choose the package with the husky safari. Time: Bunch, afternoon and blue Moment cruise. For me, I...More

2  Thank Souffle L
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

It is worth to have a lifetime experience with Sampo Icebreaker. When on board the cruise, we will have a cruise tour with tour guide to understand more how the Icebreaker operates and history of the ship. After the tour, we will have lunch at...More

2  Thank Robert K
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

The tour is well organized, everything seems perfect. The only not so good part is the food, but not coming for food anyway.

Thank UgurYal
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is not cheap but its worth the money and we are glad we did not miss this. Watch the ship break the ice as it moves along the Baltic Sea all covered with Ice ! We got a good tour on board and delicious...More

Thank _teojulie88
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

A trip on the Icebreaker is expensive but worth it, there little chance to get to experience this kind of thing in your life. The actually ice breaking experience was more interesting than I expected and the short tour around the boat. The highlight is...More

Thank HKSmithers
Reviewed 19 March 2017

To travel on an ice-breaker into the iced-over Baltic Sea, as it rammed its way through thick ice, was amazing to begin with. But then to alight onto the frozen sea, swim safely in the icy water (suitably attired) and wander around the boat was...More

Thank Ian1238
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We arrived to the icebreaker with snowmobiles(with the amazing Lapland safaries), we embarked on the ship and were soon welcomed by the crew and guide and were provided with the schedule. The guide was very informative, patient and helpful. The soups that were served in...More

Thank Eran L
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Alice C
11 February 2017|
Response from pollicino2 | Reviewed this property |
It's a day trip, not a normal cruise, good only to see how the icebreakers works.
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10 October 2016|
Response from gyoergykalmans | Reviewed this property |
The price on their website is 440 Euros for adults and 220 Euros for children aged 3 to 12 years of age. This includes Transfers, entrance fee, a cruise and excursion on the icebreaker, swimming in survival suit, lunch, and... More
12 September 2016|
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Response from gyoergykalmans | Reviewed this property |
If the weather cooperates then late December is OK to go on Sampo. Usually it is good but ultimately it depends on the year and how cold it has been. Late December should be OK for Sampo.