Arctic ice swimming in Lapland

Swimming in ice? Really? Probably first time you heard about that it sounded like a joke, something impossible or at least crazy… but that is exactly what we do in our cruises.

After the first hour breaking the ice, our captain chooses a spot in the sea to stop the icebreaker. Then, we dress our brave passengers in our lovely and gracious survival suits which will allow them not to be cold and float effortlessly. Some are a bit nervous in the beginning, after all they will be jumping into the water surrounded by ice in the middle of the arctic winter. No doubt it is cold! Some others are excited and can’t wait to jump as soon as they get closer to the platform that will lead them to the natural swimming pool made by the ship’s propellers.

And once they are in the water magic happens because smiles and joy fill the cold air, which for some moment feels even a bit warmer. Children and elderly play and laugh like if there were no difference among them while our photographer tries to capture every smile. After the ice-swimming experience, we pumper the brave swimmers with hot glögggløgg or glögi, a traditional Nordic drink, very popular during the cold months of the year.

To be floating surrounded by ice is a unique experience that for sure they will keep for long. The quietness and solitude that these lands provide, are an unforgettable experience for those coming from faraway places and big cities. Life in the north is different, the long and cold winters invite to a different kind of state, there is no place for stress or hurry. Just being there, in the middle of the Baltic Sea floating, can give a sense of peace, it is cold, there is ice everywhere and yet you are not cold.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, you can choose your pick up and drop of location during the booking process. Price will be calculated accordingly. Your luggage will be stored in the bus during the tour. 

Yes, when you are coming by our shuttle bus you can store your luggage in the bus during entire trip. No special reservation for luggage is required.

Yes, you can make your way with your own car and park free of charge at the cruise terminal. There is no actual border between Finland and Sweden, you can drive non-stop via the border.

There is no age limit for participating in a cruise, children of all ages are welcome on board!
Survival suits are available at size 125 cm so if your child height is over 120 cm they can swim.

No, a double layer survival suit, which you will put over your normal clothes, will keep you insulated from cold water.
Swimming is voluntary – so if you don’t feel like it you don’t have to do it.

Walking on sea ice is allowed only when ice is solid and at least 20 cm thick. Early winter cruises may not allow walking on ice activity.
Captain makes a decision when it is safe to walk on ice on each cruise.

The ship is not wheelchair accessible due to high thresholds around the ship required for water holding in case of flood.

During the cruise meals are not served, but snacks and beverages can be purchased from the cafeteria on board.
Icebreaker buffet lunch is offered at extra charge in restaurant on shore after the morning cruise and before afternoon cruise.
Gluten and lactose intolerance is considered in all meals. Vegetarian meals are offered.

On the border, you might need to present a certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of recovery from COVID-19 less than six months ago.
Please also have valid ID with you.
No other requirements apply.

In case the border of Finland or Sweden is closed due to emergency lock down, all cruises will be cancelled and your payment is fully refunded. 
In case the country where you were travelling from closes down and travelling outside of the country is prohibited for leisure reasons, standard cancellation policy will apply.
We recommend buying travel insurance covering costs caused by cancellations due to COVID, health conditions or any other circumstances preventing travelling.

No cancellation fees are charged if you cancel your booking 31 or more days before cruise departure.
25€ booking fees per person are non-refundable. 
If you cancel 30 days before cruise departure or later, 100% cancellation fees are charged.
In case of “no show”, being late for cruise departure or shuttle bus pick up resulting in missing the departure, 100% cancellation fees apply.
Cancellation fees are charged If cancelled for any reason, including restrictions due to COVID-19 and medical reasons.
We recommend buying travel insurance covering costs caused by cancellations due to health conditions or any other circumstances preventing travelling.

In case our icebreaker cruise is cancelled due to weather conditions or lack of passengers, you will be offered an alternative cruise date or time.
If none of the alternative options fit you, you will get a full refund.

We do not practice discount coupons. From time to time we have flash sales in our social media channels so follow us on our instagram (@polar.explorer.icebreaker) and on facebook (polarexplorericebreaker) to keep an eye on them.