Icebreaker Sampo

20% off selected dates

Icebreaker Sampo

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

-Drone & DLSR, Icebreaker Sampo review

Icebreaker Sampo

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

-Drone & DLSR, Icebreaker Sampo review

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.



3 hour cruise

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

– 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.

– 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


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

Facts about Icebreaker Sampo


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


Place: Helsinki, Finland
Date: 1960
Manufacturer: Wärtsilä


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



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

Home harbor: Ajos, Kemi, Finland




Souvenir shop

Free WiFi

Guided tour

Icebreaker cruise

Availability: December to April


Meet the captain at the Captain’s bridge




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


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 out of 5
145 reviews
January 2019

Sampo Icebreaker Review #2

I’ve been on Sampo in December 1998. 21 years and I still remember everything, swimming in the ice and even the sound of breaking ice! AMAZING experience!


Chatzieleftheriou Maria
January 2019

Sampo Icebreaker Review #1

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.


Elena Urban
March 2018


4.5 out of 5
223 reviews
January 2019

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!


Aditiya S
March 2018


4.5 out of 5
192 reviews
January 2019

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.


Frank Perzi
January 2018


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