Polar Explorer icebreaker


Join us for a once in a life time experience

Polar Explorer tourist Icebreaker offers 3 hours cruise in the frozen water of Bothnian sea in Lapland. During 3 hours you will be a witness of a massive ice breaking power of the vessel, have a guided tour all the way down to the engine rooms and all way up to Captain’s bridge. Your is available on 16 languages via audio guide application. You can relax in the cozy saloon, enjoying warm juice or go for walk on the frozen sea ice during the stop. The icebreaker makes a pool free of ice and every visitor can take a swim in the dark icy water in flotation survival suit. The captain will present Cruise & Swim Certificate to everyone as a memorable gift. Icebreaker shuttle bus provides transportation from Rovaniemi, Kemi and Levi.

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7 decks guided tour in 16 languages

"Ice breaking” MICE facilities

Cozy atmosphere on board

Charter cruises

Icebreaker cinema

Shuttle bus from Rovaniemi, Kemi and Levi

Swimming in floatation suits

Children from 7 years old can swim


Polar Explorer Facts

Built: 1976, fully rebuilt in 1991

Number of passengers: 160

Length: 78 m

Width: 14 m

Draught: 5.22 m

Gross weight: gross 1976 mt, net 593 mt

Engine: 2 X MAK 8M551AK, 9460 hp

Class: 1A



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You can find preliminary timetable and prices for season 2018-2019 here

Icebreaker Cruise 3h.

Departure 10:00 Finnish time / 09:00 Swedish time

220 € basic price

270 € last places

fully booked

Icebreaker Cruise 3h with BBQ lunch.

Departure 14:00 Finnish time / 13:00 Swedish time

260 € basic price

310 € last places

fully booked

Choose following options to include shuttle bus and lunch

  • Day trip to Sweden from Rovaniemi with Icebreaker Cruise and lunch 335€ / 385€ (last places)
  • Day trip to Sweden from Kemi with Icebreaker Cruise and lunch 295€/ 345€ (last places)

Lunch is included into the day trip package with shuttle bus and served in Swedish fishermen village Kukkolaforsen on the way back to hotels after the cruise.

Choose following options to include shuttle bus

  • Icebreaker Cruise and BBQ lunch by shuttle bus from Rovaniemi 375€/ 425€ (last places)
  • Icebreaker Cruise and BBQ lunch  by shuttle bus from Kemi 335€/ 385€ (last places)
  • Icebreaker Cruise and BBQ lunch by shuttle bus from Levi 445€ (only on Fridays)

Lunch is served on board during the cruise for all passengers.

Children 4-12 years old are at 15 % discount. Children under 4 years are free of charge on places with basic price / 50 € on last places.


The Polar Explorer Icebreaker Cruise’s departure terminal is located in Swedish Lapland, only 40 km away from the Finnish border. It is easy to reach from any place in Finnish and Swedish Lapland.



from Finland                  from Sweden
Kemi 73 km                    Kalix 23 km
Rovaniemi 168 km        Luleå 98 km
Ivalo 450 km                  Kiruna 330 km

You can make your way Axelsvik port in Båtskärsnäs in your own car or bus and park it in the port, free of charge during the cruise.

Check your driving route HERE


We offer to and from shuttle bus transportation for the cruise from Rovaniemi, Kemi and Levi.

You will be able to chose shuttle bus pick-up and drop off location during your cruise reservation process.

If you are looking for transportation from other destinations, please CONTACT US

Frequently asked questions

Can I make my way to the cruise in own car?

Yes, you can make your way with your own car and park free of charge at the port of departure.

Is the cruise suitable for small children?

There is no age limit for participating in cruise, children of all ages are welcome on board!

Can I have lunch on board?

During morning cruise hot meals are not served, but snacks and beverages are available at the bar.

During afternoon cruise BBQ buffet lunch is served on the main deck.

Is it safe to walk on the ice?

Yes, it is absolutely safe. Even a car can drive on ice over 20 cm thick.

Can children also swim?

Floatation suits are available at size 125 cm, children at age from 7 years old can swim.

Do I have to swim if I don’t want to?

No, swimming is voluntary.

Is it cold to swim?

No, double layer floating suite keep you insulated form cold water. You put on suite over your normal indoor clothes.

If you have any questions or reservations, please fill out the form and we will get back to you

+358 207 437 100

Koskikatu 14-16

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