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Sampo Icebreaker, Kemi

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Although Sampo Icebreaker began its career as a tourism vessel in the 1980s, it continues to carry out its practical purpose. While the ship transports you along the coast, it breaks up ice in the water so other transport and trade vessels can pass. The ship's main port is Kemi, where it resides during the summer months, but in winter it is mostly on the water giving tours of the Gulf of Bothnia. The tour includes a guided walkthrough of the ship with the chance to explore the vessel's engineering. You'll have the opportunity to take a dip in the freezing water after your guide gives you a rescue suit that will protect you from the cold. Book tickets ahead of time on the attraction's website or purchase cruise tickets from the home port in Kemi. Tour options include a day, brunch, or afternoon tour, each of which takes a few hours.  Plan to visit Sampo Icebreaker and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kemi attractions using our Kemi trip planning app .
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  • Incredible experience. They are those things that you have to do. And entering the ice with special costume also must be done very recommended this tour.
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  • We had meetings with the boat in the middle of nothing, we arrived on a snow bike and the arrival of the boat was a highlight. But the pic of the day was that swimming in cold water
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  • It was a good experience, and the staff were generally nice and helpful. However, there were some organizational issues resulting in groups being restricted to areas with not enough seating spaces. They also wouldn't allow drinking or eating anything that wasn't purchased from the overpriced kiosk on board. We had fun but these minor inconveniences seemed completely unnecessary.
  • The visit at the old icebreaker is a "must-have". After a great soup 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"...five of five stars
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