Kemi is located by the Baltic Sea in the Gulf of Botnia. It is the town of the well known SnowCastle, where most of our activities headed for the sea will begin.
Kemi has a population of 21 758 inhabitants and it has been the centre of trade and services of Sea Lapland since its foundation in 1869 by the Russian Emperor Alexander II, because of its proximity to a deep water harbour. Nowadays big cargo ships leave from that harbour. In the wintertime they're escorted by huge icebreakers opening their way throughout the frozen sea towards the open waters in the South. With no doubt, the sea is the main character of this town, and most of the activities that we arrange will take place around it. The connection to Kemi is comfortable. There are direct flights between Helsinki and Kemi, and there is also a railway connection.
Kemi is a perfect destination to combine with Rovaniemi, whatever your reason for travelling. Their local attractions, such as the Sampo ice-breaker, the SnowCastle and the sea, offer unique experiences and safaris that make Kemi a popular choice for individuals, groups and corporate travel. In the summertime we offer guided activities like paddling and fishing in the Bay of Bothnia. And when the winter comes, we'll speed our snowmobiles across the frozen sea and try our luck with ice-fishing. For those who want to experience something totally different, we offer a ride in the Olokolo sleighs which take us warmly and comfortably over the sea, with a good chance to see animals like sea eagles, elks and more. What about an adventure on one of the islands near Kemi? Or perhaps you would like a guided visit to the SnowCastle?
The Kemi SnowCastle is built every year with a new design using the water of the Baltic Sea and it can be found close to the town centre. There you will find one of the largest SnowRestaurants in the world, with a capacity for over 200 guest, a SnowChapel, where couples around the world come to get married, and of course a SnowHotel.
Sampo is a former icebreaker from the Finnish government, and for years now it has been taking its guests to a cruise in the frozen Gulf of Botnia.
Check below our location in Kemi, our visiting times and the times when we will be happy to help you on the phone even when our doors are closed.
1.11.2020 – 30.11.2021 - The Safari Office is closed
1.12.2020 – 31.3.2021 Mon-Fri at 9-17
- Kemi-Tornio airport: 13 km from the town center
- Rovaniemi: 119 km
- Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi: 126 km
- Railway station: 1 km from hotels in town
- Sampo icebreaker harbour: 10 km
- Helsinki: 713 km to the south
- North Cape, Norway: 809 km to the north