Best Hotels in Lapland to Stay in When You Go on an Icebreaker Cruise

The Icebreaker cruise has become a  “must do” activity in recent years, and an important part of the tour to Lapland for thousands of visitors.

The Polar Explorer Icebreaker is cruising the Northern part of the Bothnian Sea, not far from the border of Finland and Sweden.

 

ROVANIEMI – 168 km from Icebreaker (2 h 10 min drive)

The capital of Finnish Lapland – Rovaniemi – is world famous as the home of Santa Clause. Many other activities are available in winter in the city center or in the surrounding area. The busiest times are Christmas and New Year, though February and March also require early bookings to guarantee your tour.

 

Accommodation on Arctic Circle

in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus. Pick up location by Santa Claus Holiday Village:

Apukka resort – 9 min drive

Nova Skyland hotel – 100 m

Santa Claus Holiday Village – 0 m

Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle – 800 m

Snowman World – 200 m

 

Accommodation in Rovaniemi city center

in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus. Pick up location by Santa Claus Hotel:

Aakenus hotel – 800 m

Arctic City hotel – 250 m

Arctic Light hotel – 200 m

Arctic Snow Hotel and igloos – 23 min drive

Guesthouse Outa – 700 m

Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets –  3100 m (6 min drive)

Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Sky – 3200 m (8 min drive)

Santa Claus hotel – 0 m

Santa’s hotel Rudolf – 750 m

Santasport resort and hostel – 2000 m (5 min drive)

Scandic Polar hotel – 170 m

Scandic Pohjanhovi hotel – 250 m

Scandic Rovaniemi hotel – 280 m

Sokos Vaakuna Rovaniemi hotel – 190 m

Vartiosaari the Aurora Island hotel – 12 min drive

Accommodation in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus.

Pick up location by Rovaniemi train station:

Guesthouse Borealis – 300 m

 

Accommodation in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus.

Pick up location by Arctic Tree House:

Arctic Tree House – 0 m

Hostel Ibedcity – 900 m

 

KEMI – 73 km from Icebreaker (1 h drive)

Kemi is a Southern town and airport in Finnish Lapland located on the shore of the Bothnian sea, only 30 km from the Swedish border. Many winter activities are available in the area from January to March.

 

Accommodation in Kemi city center in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus

Accommodation in city center in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus. Pick up location Scandic Kemi hotel:

Scandic Kemi

 

Accommodation in city center in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus. Pick up location Merihovi hotel:

Merihovi hotel – 0 m

Palomestari hotel – 190 m

 

Accommodation in city center in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus. Pick up location Kemi Snow Castle:

Seaside Villas – 0 m

Snow Castle

 

Accommodation in city center in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus. Pick up location Kemi train station:

Putiikkihotelli Kemi 1932 – 0 m

Villa Kemi hostel – 650 m

Yöpuu hotel – 10 min drive

TORNIO / HAPARANDA – 45 km from Icebreaker (40 min drive)

Tornio (Finland) and Haparanda (Sweden) are twin cities located on the Finnish-Swedish border. Despite a border splitting the two adjacent cities,  there is still a 1 h time difference on each side, two currencies (Euro and Swedish Krona), two languages (Finnish and Swedish) and two different administration systems for each country.  Of course, IKEA is located only on the Swedish-Hapanada side! Winter activities are available from December until April around the city.

 

Accommodation in Tornio / Haparanda city center in walking distance to icebreaker shuttle bus.

Pick up location Tornio/Haparanda bus station:

Park Inn hotel Tornio – 850 m

Mustaparta hotel Tornio – 450 m

Olof hotel Tornio – 700 m

River motel Haparanda – 1100 m

Svefi hostel Haparanda – 1200 m

Stadshotell Haparanda – 1300 m

Kukkolaforsen Village – 15 min drive

 

KALIX – 23 km from Icebreaker (25 min drive)

Kalix is a well-known town on the Northern shore of the Bothnian sea, with a reputation for culinary speciality. Only in Kalix can you try caviar called Kalixlöjrom with its special flavor. There is no Icebreaker shuttle bus pick up from Kalix, but car transport is cheap, around 350 Swedish Krona (35 €) one way per car.

Valhall hotel – 25 min drive

Lilla Grand hotel – 25 min drive

STF Kalix hostel – 21 min drive

The Mansion of Filipsborg – 25 min drive (transportation available also by snowmobiles)

 

FREVISÖREN – 4 km from Icebreaker (5 min drive)

The Frevisören wilderness camp offers accommodations and experiences for those who are seeking an adventure in Lapland. It features cozy high standard cabins, restaurant with local cuisine, safari departure from the door, wild Arctic nature and frozen endless sea. The Icebreaker is only a 5 min drive. Snowmobiles are also available as a means of transport for the once in a lifetime icebreaker cruise.

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.

There is no border control between Finland and Sweden, driving is non-stop. Though occasional check may happen. Please also have valid ID with you.
If you hold Schengen visa, same visa is valid for both countries and single entry visa also valid to cross brothers within Schengen area multiple times. 

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.