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In Brief

  • 2 Nights Kemi
  • 1 Night Snow Castle


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | History & culture | Natural world | Short break | Winter

This four-day winter break not only includes both of these unique experiences, but also gives you the chance to try your hand at snowmobiling, snowshoeing and, for the really adventurous, to take a refreshing dip in the chilly arctic waters of the Gulf of Bothnia.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Kemi via Helsinki. Transfer by taxi to either Hotel Cumulus or Hotel Merihovi, both situated in the heart of Kemi.

Tonight, after dinner at the hotel, you have an option to join in for a snowshoe tour or snowmobile excursion.

Stay: Hotel Cumulus or Hotel Merihovi

Meals: B D

Day 2
The Sampo Icebreaker

After breakfast, depart your hotel with your guide for a full day filled with Arctic adventures! Begin with an exciting snowmobile transfer to the port where you'll board Blue Moment Cruise, the world's only icebreaker to run excursions for tourists. Once on board you'll have a tour of the ship, including the bridge and engine rooms, before heading out through the ice of the frozen Gulf of Bothnia. Along the way you'll have the opportunity, if you're brave, to take a dip in the freezing waters with the aid of a buoyancy survival suit. In the afternoon, continue by snowmobile to a Lapp tepee where you'll be served refreshments. In the evening you can join in for optional activity to try out ice fishing.

Stay: Hotel Cumulus or Hotel Merihovi

Meals: B L

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading off on a husky safari through the beautiful Finnish countryside, driving in pairs with the option to swap mushers half way. Returning to the husky farm after a two hour adventure, you'll enjoy a cup of coffee and snacks served by an open fire while your guide tells you about the life and training of eager dogs. Lunch is enjoyed in the city centre before an Olokolo ice safari, where pods are pulled by snowmobile across the frozen sea. Then, to Kemi SnowCastle for a guided tour of this unique hotel made entirely of snow and ice, followed by a three-course dinner. You'll also have a chance to enjoy Gemstone exhibition and try your skills on a kick sledge. After dinner, retire to your room, carved out of ice and snow with beds covered in lambskin for extra warmth. A thermal sleeping bag will ensure a great night sleep. Alternatively, you can try out the new accommodation 'pods' called Olokolo nests. Sleeping up to two people, each Olokolo is equipped with warm sleeping bags and soft lamb skins while skylights let in views of Northern Lights dancing overhead.

Stay: SnowCastle or Olokolo

Meals: B D

Day 4

Breakfast is served in the SnowCastle's warm and cozy Castle Lounge before you transfer to a local hotel where a morning shower and sauna awaits. After check out, transfer to the airport for your flight home via Helsinki.


Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

4-day itinerary from £1,805

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