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, Kemi and Tornio towns in Finland, also from Haparanda and Luleå in Sweden.

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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 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




10:00 Finnish time / 09:00 Swedish time

14:00 Finnish time / 13:00 Swedish time

Price includes: 3 h icebreaker cruise, swimming in survival suites, walking on sea ice (weather permit), “7 decks” audio guide app on 16 languages, film in icebreaker cinema, hot drink on board, Cruise&Swim certificate, friendly multilingual guides and crew on board, great memories.

BEST - 199 €

Rate conditions

  • Full payment at the moment of reservation
  • No changes allowed
  • No refund if cancelled at any time    

VALUE - 215 €

Rate conditions

  • Full payment at the moment of reservation
  • Date and time can be changed
  • No refund if cancelled at any time    

FLEXIBLE - 235 €

Rate conditions

  • 20% deposit at the moment of reservation. Final payment is 30 days before cruise. 
  • Date and time can be changed
  • Paid deposits are non-refundable in case of cancellation



Coming from Rovaniemi, Kemi or Tornio? Enhance your adventure and have day tour to Sweden. Icebreaker shuttle bus from Finland will have a stop in Swedish fisherman village for lunch. Check bus itinerary and calculate your price.


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 to 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 to the cruise from Rovaniemi, Kemi Tornio in Finland, also from Luleå and Haparanda in Sweden.

You will be able to choose 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

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 children also swim?

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

Is it cold to swim?

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

Do I have to swim if I don’t want to?

No, swimming is voluntary.

Can I take shuttle bus from one location and go to another location after the tour?

Yes, pick up and drop off location can be different. You will have possibility to choose drop of in Finland locations during the booking process.

Can I bring my luggage with me?

Yes, when you are coming by our shuttle bus you can store your luggage in the bus during entire trip.

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. There is no actual border between Finland and Sweden, you can drive non-stop via the border.

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 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 at extra charge in restaurant on shore after the morning cruise and before afternoon cruise.

Do you provide discount coupons?

We do not practice discount coupons. For lower price look for special price cruises in timetable.

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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