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. Tour is available on 16 languages via audio guide application and includes 11 min movie in icebreaker cinema about icebreakers all over the world. 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, and Kemi.

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Best price guarantee

7 decks guided tour in 16 languages

"Ice breaking” MICE facilities

Cozy atmosphere on board

Charter cruises

Icebreaker cinema

Shuttle bus from Rovaniemi and Kemi

Swimming in survival suits

Children also can swim


Polar Explorer Facts

Built: 1976, fully rebuilt in 1991

Number of passengers: 199

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



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

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

Fully booked


Departure 18:00 Finnish time / 17:00 Swedish time.

Included extra: fireworks, BBQ meals, New Year party on ice.

Icebreaker Cruise by own transportation


  • 3 h icebreaker cruise
  • hot drink on board
  • 7 decks guided tour
  • audio guide in 18 languages
  • film in Icebreaker theatre
  • swimming in suvival suits
  • Cruise&Swim certificate

* BEST PRICE is available only on certain dates marked in calendar

Icebreaker Cruise by bus from Kemi or Rovaniemi


  • 3 h icebreaker cruise
  • hot drink on board
  • 7 decks guided tour
  • audio guide in 18 languages
  • film in Icebreaker theatre
  • swimming in suvival suits
  • Cruise&Swim certificate
  • Shuttle bus round trip transportation
  • Buffet lunch for tours coming from Rovaniemi and Kemi
  • Hot snack on board for tours coming from Luleå

Cruise 3 h price includes: ice breaking watching, 7 decks icebreaker guided tour, 11 min movie in icebreaker cinema, hot drink, swimming in survival suites, walking on ice, Cruise&Swim certificate. Children 4-12 years old are at 15 % discount. Children under 4 years are free of charge.


the rest is 30 days before the cruise


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 during the cruise?

During the cruise meals are not served, but snacks and beverages can be purchased from cafeteria on board. Icebreaker buffet lunch is offered in restaurant on shore after the morning cruise and before afternoon cruise.

Is it safe to walk on the ice?

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

Do I have to swim if I don’t want to?

No, swimming is voluntary.

Is it cold to swim?

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

Can children also swim?

Survival suits are available at size 125 cm, children at hight over 120 cm can swim.

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

+358 207 437 100

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