Kemi, Finland

Introduction to Kemi, Finland

A truly Finnish experience.

Kemi is an industrial town and important deepwater harbour in the North of Finland. It is home to two of Finland’s incredible winter attractions: the authentic Arctic icebreaker ship, Sampo, and the Lumilinna (Snow Castle), complete with ice hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

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CITIES, HISTORY & NATURE

  • Discover the picturesque Lappish towns of Kemi, Tornio and Haparanda
  • Appreciate the medieval Church of St Michael
  • Admire the power of the mighty Tornio River
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Travel through beautiful Lapland and visit three towns in two countries - Kemi and Tornio in Finland and Haparanda in Sweden. You will also be acquainted with two large rivers of great significance to the local way of life, both in the past and present. 

Often called the Gateway to Lapland, discover the residential and commercial districts of this peaceful seaside town, as you head towards the River Kemi – the longest river in Finland. Enjoy a stop by Isohaara hydroelectric power plant where a fish ladder allows salmon to swim up to the upper parts of the river, in order to breed. The Kemijoki River was once the most important Salmon River in Europe, as well as a trading route, and today it is an important source of electric power.

Continuing, a stop will be made at the Church of St Michael. This stone built church dates back to 1521 and is a typical example of medieval Finnish architecture. In the apse of the church lies the mummified remains of Vicar Nicolaus Rungius – who died in 1629.

From the church you head to Northern Europe’s longest untamed river, the Tornio River, which forms the border between Sweden and Finland. Kukkolankoski rapids run wild and allow you to watch local people fishing, using a method which is 400 years old and is still in everyday use.

Continue your journey with a short panoramic drive through the twin cities of Tornio and Haparanda. These two neighbouring cities have a long history and are still jointly planning the future of the area. There are many forms of co-operation across the border - in fact the towns are growing together and they have forgotten the meaning of the word ‘border’.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven terrain and steps will be encountered, however guests may remain on the coach during the stops if they prefer. It may not be possible to enter St Michael’s Church if religious services are in progress. Appropriate dress should be worn for the church visit. We would like to point out that as we are visiting Lapland in June, it is very unlikely that there will be any snow. The order of sights visited may vary.


RANUA WILDLIFE PARK

  • Admire Nordic and Arctic animals in a natural environment
  • Have your cameras at the ready for those all important wildlife shots
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox. 6 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

A visit to Ranua Wildlife Park will allow you to discover Nordic and Arctic animal species in the most natural environment possible. The setting is in a natural forest with large enclosures. Wooden walkways and viewing points have been built for the best possible sightings – a great way to experience wildlife from this part of the world!

A coach journey will see you travelling through the northern Finnish countryside to reach the park which was established in 1983 and is today home to almost sixty different Arctic species.

Arriving at the park you will be greeted by your local guide who, after a brief introduction, will lead you through this special environment. The park plays an important role as an animal hospital and rehabilitation centre for injured animals and you will hear more about this as well.

Throughout, you should see a large variety of animal species – ranging from owls to brown bears and from lynx to elk. You will also meet the polar bears. On occasion the park guide will also feed some of the animals to afford you an even better view.

After your guided tour you will enjoy a buffet lunch, followed by some time at leisure to explore the park further.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The tour of Ranua Park is more than two kilometres long, in the forest, and lasts one and a half to two hours. Walking is mainly on wooden walkways – some uneven terrain, steps and stairs will be encountered. We do not recommend this tour for wheelchair users and guests with limited mobility. It can not be guaranteed that all animals mentioned will be seen. Please note that the journey will be approximately 90 minutes each way and the coach used will be the best available, but may not be to a high standard and may not have air-conditioning.


SAMPO - THE ARCTIC ICE BREAKER

  • Discover this magnificent vessel that operates in the most extreme weather conditions!
  • Learn about the history of Sampo
  • Find our more about the vessel’s latest captivating task – to serve as a base for ice adventurers!
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 1.5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included

Finland’s ports and surrounding seas freeze each winter - during the coldest periods of normal winters the temperatures can drop below -30° Celsius! Discover how the Sampo Ice Breaker ensures the country’s international trade remains regular and reliable.

Enjoy a guided tour around the arctic icebreaker, which served in active icebreaking duty from 1961 – 1987 and learn about ice as an element, the history of icebreakers and wintertime cruising.

Time at leisure, following your guided tour, will allow you to peruse the souvenir shop onboard.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour will involve approximately 90 minutes of standing and walking. Guests must negotiate some very steep steps and stairs and therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility.


SECRETS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

  • Cross the magical Arctic Circle
  • Admire the animals at the Reindeer Farm
  • Meet Lapland’s most famous resident – Santa Claus
Price£200.00 +
DurationApprox. 9 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Located in the Province of Lapland, Kemi is the gateway to Finnish Lapland and the Arctic Circle. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and discover the many secrets of the Arctic Circle!

Your journey takes you to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, where you join a traditional riverboat and travel along the Kemijoki River, before sailing along the tributary named Ounasjoki – where the route is sometimes only a few metres wide.

Next visit a Reindeer Farm and discover more about reindeer husbandry and how these semi wild animals roam free in the woods. Your host will inform you about the reindeer at the farm, which are trained for sledge pulling and for reindeer racing. As the Reindeer Farm is located right on the Arctic Circle, you will naturally participate in the special ceremony of crossing the imaginary line – for which you receive your own certificate. This ceremony is followed by a typical Lappish reindeer herder’s lunch. During lunch a local folk dance group will perform traditional dances and music for you – and will even show you a step or two!

A visit will then be made to Lapland’s most famous inhabitant – Santa Claus – where you can have your photo taken and enjoy time souvenir shopping. Why not send your greetings back home from Santa Claus post office.

Before starting the journey back towards Kemi, the final secret of your tour is Arktikum. This science centre, museum and unique architectural sight will show you interesting exhibitions of the interaction between man and nature in the northern areas and mythology relating to nature and animals. It has displays representing the Lappish wilderness, and the cultural heritage moulded by it.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: The traditional boats used are open to the elements and have no facilities. Guests will be provided with life-vests and, if the weather requires, jackets will also be provided. You are advised to dress in layers, as the weather can be changeable. Guests will step into the boat, and take their seat for the journey. This tour includes walking of approximately 1 ¾ hours – including wooden planks from the boat to the Reindeer Farm, grass, gravel, steps and stairs. Lunch will, typically, include sautéed meat with potatoes, a pastry and tea or coffee. A bottle of water or other soft drink will be available on the outward and return coach journeys – the journey time is approximately 90 minutes each way. There may be flying insects so insect repellent is advisable. We would like to point out that as we are visiting Lapland in June, it is very unlikely that there will be any snow. The order of sights visited may vary.


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