Icebreaker Sampo

“One of the more thrilling, and exhilarating experiences!”

-Drone & DLSR, Icebreaker Sampo review

Icebreaker Sampo

“One of those the once-in-a-lifetime experiences”

-Mike Shubic, Sampo Icebreaker cruise

Icebreaker Sampo offers the most exciting, memorable moments in the Arctic nature and an incredible icebreaking adventure with the unique experience of swimming amongst the ice. Sampo is like a moving museum retaining its original form from the 1960’s as closely as possible. Everyone on board will surely feel the by-gone glory of the vessel even today. The atmospheric restaurants are the heart of the steel giant. Make your experience even more unique with our luxury cruise package. Get a private room and guide and a taste of our finest arctic delicacies. You can also experience Arctic Freedom at its fullest with a snowmobile-icebreaker safari. Journey over the frozen sea towards Sampo which is waiting for you in the middle of the Gulf of Bothnia. Combine with Seaside Glass Villas and join the safari from the villas or hop on the bus that takes you to Sampo in 10 minutes.

 

Pricing

3 hour cruise

Get straight into the action with a 3-hour burst onto the frozen sea.

INCLUDES:
– Presentation of the icebreaker
– Ice floating event
– Icebreaker Sampo diploma
– Entrance to the SnowCastle

*Lunch onshore in the Seaview Restaurant for an additional price

205 €

Children 4-11 years old get a 40% discount, under 4 year-olds free of charge.

4 hour cruise

The complete luxury icebreaker experience.

INCLUDES:
– Guided tour of the ship
– Ice floating event
– Icebreaker Sampo diploma
– 3-course buffet in the on board restaurant

*Snowmobile safari from the SnowCastle to the icebreaker for an additional price

367€

Children 4-11 years old get a 40% discount, under 4 year-olds free of charge.

Schedule

The Icerbeaker Sampo cruise season is between November – April.
Outside the Icebreaker cruise season through May – December Sampo provides chartered restaurant services as well as the most spectacular surroundings for conferences and meetings.

Date Cruise Departure Duration
22.12. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
24.12. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
26.12. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
27.12. Arctic Sunrise 8:00 4h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
28.12. Arctic Sunrise 8:00 4h
29.12. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
30.12. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
31.12. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
Date Cruise Departure Duration
01.01. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
02.01. SOLD OUT 9:00 3h
SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
04.01. Blue Moment 13:00 3h
05.01. CANCELLED 9:00 3h
07.01 Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
09.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
11.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
12.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
14.01. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
16.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
18.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
19.01. Blue Moment 13:00 3h
21.01. Arctic Sunrise 8:00 4h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
23.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
25.01. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
26.01. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
29.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
30.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
31.01. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
Date Cruise Departure Duration
01.02. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
Blue Moment 13:00 3h
02.02. Arctic Sunrise 8:00 4h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
04.02. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
05.02. Arctic Sunrise 8:00 4h
06.02. Arctic Sunrise 8:00 4h
SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
07.02. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
08.02. SOLD OUT 8:00 4h
SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
09.02. Arctic Sunrise 8:00 4h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
10.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
11.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
12.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
13.02. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
14.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
15.02. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
16.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
19.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
20.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
21.02. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
22.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
23.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
25.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
26.02. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
27.02. Arctic Sunrise 08:00 4h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
28.02. Blue Moment 13:00 3h
Date Cruise Departure Duration
01.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
02.03. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
04.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
05.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
06.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
07.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
08.03. Arctic Sunrise 9:00 3h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
09.03. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
12.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
13.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
14.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
15.03. Arctic Sunrise 08:00 4h
Blue Moment 13:00 4h
16.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
18.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
19.03. Blue Moment 13:00 3h
20.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
21.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
22.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
23.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
26.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
29.03. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
30.03. Blue Moment 13:00 3h
31.03. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
Date Cruise Departure Duration
03.04. Blue Moment 13:00 3h
06.04. SOLD OUT 13:00 4h
12.04. Blue Moment 13:00 4h
13.04. Blue Moment 13:00 4h

This schedule was last updated on 07.12.2018
The lates availability information is always available on the product page of each cruise.

Transfers

Icebreaker Sampo departs from the Port of Ajos 10 kilometres south from the Kemi city centre. There are no regular public transportation routes to the harbour. We offer shuttle bus transportation for every cruise date.

Kemi Shuttle Bus

The Kemi shuttle bus will take you from the city centre to the harbour and back.

Bus Stop
Kemi railway station 06:50 07:50 11:50
Hotels Merihovi & Scandic 06:55 07:55 11:55
SnowCastle Resort 07:00 08:00 12:00
Hostel Villa Kemi 07:10 08:10 12:10
Icebreaker Sampo 07:30 08:30 12:20

There are a limited amount of seats, please book your transfer in advance before the cruise date. We cannot guarantee availability on-the-spot.

Rovaniemi Shuttle Bus

The Rovaniemi shuttle bus will take you from the Arctic Circle to the Icebreaker Sampo and back. Visitors taking the Rovaniemi bus are granted free entrance to the Kemi SnowCastle. The bus will take a  1-2 hour stop at the SnowCastle, giving you the chance to enjoy the best snow & ice experience in Lapland. On 3 hour cruise dates the stop will be long enough for you to enjoy a satisfying meal in the SnowRestaurant or the new Seaview Restaurant in the SnowCastle main building.

Bus Stop Arrival Departure
Arctic Circle 06:20
Hotel Arctic Treehouse 06:30
Aallonkatu 06:45
Icebreaker Sampo 08:15 12:15
SnowCastle 12:30 14:30
Rovaniemi 16:00

If there is an afternoon cruise on the same date as your morning cruise, you may choose depart with a later bus.

Bus Stop Arrival Departure
SnowCastle Resort 17:30
Rovaniemi 19:00
Bus Stop Arrival Departure
Arctic Circle 05:20
Hotel Arctic Treehouse 05:30
Aallonkatu 05:45
Icebreaker Sampo 07:15 12:15
SnowCastle Resort 12:30 14:30
Rovaniemi 16:00

If there is an afternoon cruise on the same date as your morning cruise, you may choose to depart with a later bus.

Bus Stop Arrival Departure
SnowCastle Resort 17:30
Rovaniemi 19:00
Bus Stop Arrival Departure
Arctic Circle 08:00
Hotel Arctic Treehouse 08:10
Aallonkatu 08:25
SnowCastle Resort 10:00 12:00
Icebreaker Sampo 12:15 16:15
Rovaniemi 18:00
Bus Stop Arrival Departure
Arctic Circle 09:05
Hotel Arctic Treehouse 09:15
Aallonkatu 09:30
SnowCastle Resort 11:00 12:00
Icebreaker Sampo 12:15 17:15
Rovaniemi 19:00

There are a limited amount of seats, please book your transfer in advance before the cruise date. We cannot guarantee availability on-the-spot.

Facts about Icebreaker Sampo

Capacity

Passangers capacity: 180
Largest room: 92 seats
Decks: 7

Manufacture

Place: Helsinki, Finland
Date: 1960
Manufacturer: Wärtsilä

Power

Ice class: 1A Super
Ice breaking capacity: 120 cm
Engines:  4 engines, 8800 hp
Top speed: 16 knots

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Size

Lenght: 74,68 m
Width: 17,4 m
Draught: 6,8 m
Gross weight: 3540 tonns

Home harbor: Ajos, Kemi, Finland

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Services

Souvenir shop

Free WiFi

Guided tour

Icebreaker cruise

Availability: December to April

Icefloating

Meet the captain at the Captain’s bridge

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Departure times: 3 h cruise 9-12, 4 h cruise: 8-12, 13-17, 18-22

Reviews

We have been creating once-in-a-lifetime adventures  for over 30 years with hundreds of thousands of guests. Check out what our happy clients have to say!

4.8

4.8 out of 5
112 reviews
November 2018

Perfectly organized and very welcoming. Seeing and feeling the thickest ice plates being broken just under the hull you’re standing on and swimming between the ice pieces makes you feel as if you were somewhere in the parallel universe! A rich buffet and an inspiring tour inside the ship (inclusive of the captain’s bridge and the machinery room) add a lot indeed to your lifetime memories.

5/5

Elena Urban
March 2018

4.5

4.5 out of 5
220 reviews
November 2018

Experience of waking up early and going for Sampo from Rovaniemi was a memorable trip for us. … Seeing the big ship parked in the middle of the frozen sea was breath taking. What an experience seeing the ice breaking by your eyes and then experiencing a dip in ice chilling water. …
Special thanks to Mr Oscar, he helped us a lot by clicking out some memorable photos.
I must suggest everyone to go for this activity. It’s a must go!

5/5

Aditiya S
March 2018

4.4

4.5 out of 5
172 reviews
November 2018

A visit to the old icebreaker is a must-have. After a great meal, you will get a guided tour through the ship. You will see everything from the bridge to the engine room and much more. The very friendly guides will answer all your questions very professionally. The highlight of the tour is that you can, if you wish, make an ice-water float in a dry-suit. I recommend to do this, this is an unforgettable memory.

5/5

Frank Perzi
January 2018

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