Snow Castle & Ice Breaker Experience
For a truly unique experience, take our tour to south-west Lapland, and enjoy the thrill of a cruise on a working ice breaker ship, along with ice swimming, and a night at the magnificent Kemi Snow castle in a room of snow and ice.

Day 1: Arrival in Lapland
Arrival by air to Kemi airport (not booked by The Travel Experience). Private transfer to Wanha Pappila cottages. Remainder of day at leisure. Dinner in the Old Vicarage restaurant. Overnight in Wanha Pappila Cottages Wanha Pappila cottages are located by the Bay of Bothnia, in south-west Lapland, close to Kemi. There are 10 high class cabins, situated by the sea, all with fabulous sea views. Salmon fishing has been the tradition in the area since the 17th century and the cabins are designed to resemble the traditional fishermen's storehouses. Next to the cabins is a historic wooden house, The Old Vicarage, which today serves both as the general reception for the cabins, and as an a la carte restaurant serving fine Lappish cuisine.

Accommodation details

Each cabin is 50 square metres, sleeping up to 6 persons.

Direct sea view from each cabin

Wooden interior with warm colours and plenty of textiles

Under floor heating

2 bedrooms: 2 individual beds in each room which can either be joined together or kept separate; extra bed ( sofa for two, in the living room)

Combined living room / kitchen

WC, bathroom, and private sauna


Equipment in each cabin:

Electric stove - microwave oven - dishwasher - refrigerator

Coffee maker - electric kettle - toaster

Kitchen utensils and cutlery for 6 persons

Drying cupboard - iron and ironing board o hair dryer

Satellite TV / pay-tv

Portable phone in each room functioning as a service/ information line to reception

Baby cot, potty and baby high chair can be provided for children

One cabin has facilities for handicapped persons

Day 2: At leisure in Kemi
Full day at leisure in Kemi with possibility to take optional tours including snowmobiling, and husky safaris. Dinner in the Old Vicarage restaurant. Overnight in Wanha Pappila Cottages

Day 3: Ice Breaker Cruise

After breakfast transfer to the working Ice Breaker ship "Sampo", one of Finland's unique traveller experiences. During the 4 hour cruise, crush through the ice on-board the vessel whilst enjoying a hearty salmon soup lunch.

Then the highlight of the day, take a dip in icy Baltic Sea (with survival suits of course!)

Transfer on to the Kemi Snow Castle.

Overnight in Snow Hotel, Kemi Snow Castle, Finnish Lapland No. rooms : 29 doubles, 2 group rooms (for 5 persons each), 1 suite Location : Edge of town centre, snow-bound Finnish countryside

The Snow Hotel of the Kemi Snow Castle offers a unique overnight experience staying in rooms built entirely from snow and ice. The Snow hotel is set in the grounds of Kemi Snow Castle, which also features a Snow Restaurant, an Ice Sculpture Gallery, and a Snow Chapel, popular for weddings. Room temperatures reach around -5 degrees, but the comfort of each guest is ensure in classic thermal sleeping bags on beds of reindeer skins. Rooms are decorated individually with local wall textiles. The Snow Hotel reception, open 24 hours, is designed prominently with Lappish-style wood, and has a bar where guests can take a warm drink before their sleep.

The Ice Restaurant offers an unforgettable experience for its visitors. Tables are made of ice and the seats are covered with reindeer fur. There is also an excellent traditional wooden restaurant next to the castle serving high class Lappish cuisine.

Day 4: Departure
Morning departure transfer from Snow castle to Kemi airport for flight home (or railway station). Note : Ice breaker cruise is not daily so it may be included on day 1-4 depending on the schedule.


2 nights with half board at Wanha Pappila's high level cottages

Private transfer by car from Kemi airport/railway station to Wanha Pappila cottages

Private transfer by car from Wanha Pappila to Ice breaker

4 hour cruise by Ice Breaker Sampo with lunch onboard

Ice Breaker to Snow castle transfer by car

1 night at Snow Castle in double or single rooms with buffet breakfast

Snow Castle-Kemi airport private transfer by car

Optional activities in Kemi:
(prices are valid when a minimum of 2 persons are travelling) These activities can be pre-booked and included in your package, or booked on-the-spot. NOTE tours start from Kemi centre but we can add pick up & drop off from your accommodation for a supplement of 75 EUR per booking (not per person). On request some of the tours can be arranged directly from accommodation if there are more than 2 participants.

Experience the snow-covered nature by snowshoes. Your guide will tell about the natural environment, the forests, and local wildlife. Snacks are served along the route.
Duration: 2 hours

Put on warm safari outfit and head by snowmobiles towards a local reindeer farm situated on a beautiful small island in the Gulf of Bothnia. You will get to try driving a reindeer pulled sleigh. Everyone receives a reindeer driving certificate as a memento of the memorable experience. Delicious sandwiches and coffee are also served.
Duration: 2 ½ hours

Transfer to a local Husky kennels where the dogs will bark a friendly welcome. Learn about the life of the animals and then experience a 3 hour husky ride in the forest in a sledge pulled by a husky dog team. After the ride enjoy coffee and snacks. Duration: 4 hours Thursday-Friday

We experience the arctic night by driving through the snow-covered forest and on the frozen sea. With a little luck, we have a bright sky - the moon and the stars, and maybe even the Aurora Borealis -the northern lights - showing us the way. Sip warm drinks by open fire and learn more about the northern lights and Lapland.
Duration: 2 ½ hours

Enjoy the traditional way of transport in Lapland - kick-sledge. Moving this chair-looking sledge is easy, one leg rests on the foothold while the other one is kicking the ground for speed. Ride on the still, frozen sea to a fishing place. After drilling a hole through the ice, we will try our luck ice-fishing. Hot berry juice is served.
Duration: 2 hours

Head across the frozen sea where the guide will show the best places for catching some fish. After drilling a hole through the ice, we will try our luck ice-fishing. Hot berry juice is served. Return to Kemi by snowmobile.
Duration: 2 ½ hours


Prices include guiding in English and rental of thermal clothing: overalls, boots and socks, balaclavas, gloves and helmets.

Child prices : Children under 12 get 30% off from the above prices.

The driver of the snowmobile should be at least 15 years old.

Snowmobile safaris are subject to change due to weather conditions.

The driver of the snowmobile is held liable for damages caused to the vehicle.

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