Lapland

Finland

❤️ Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland. Contrasts are a key factor in the allure of Lapland where 24-hour sunlight in the summer replaces the dark winter days. The hustle and bustle of towns and ski resorts is just minutes away from the peace and quiet of the wild wilderness.

The vastness of Lapland makes a person feel small. Getting to roam large wilderness areas on your own is ideal for soul searching and finding your place in life. Being able to wander in the wildernesses with nothing but your thoughts is a key part of Lapland’s attraction. A feeling of being one with nature is still among one of the most empowering feelings humans can experience. Like all spiritual experiences, Lapland needs to be seen and felt.

❤️ A majestic vessel, Arctic Icebreaker Sampo takes you on a truly unique cruise; the thundering sound of more than 3 500 tons of steel crushing the thick ice of the Gulf of Bothnia leaves even the most seasoned seafarers awestruck.

THE MIGHTY ICEBREAKER SAMPO

❤️ You’ll get a guided tour of the ship complete with visits to the engine room and the captain’s bridge, but THE thing to do is to swim in the frozen sea. Yes, you read right, but don’t worry; it’s not obligatory and if you decide to take that leap of faith, you’ll be geared up with a survival suit. With expert guides helping you through the process, getting into the waterproof suit is pretty simple and hey presto – you’re ready for a refreshing bath! I admit that the idea of floating between blocks of ice in a frozen sea does seem quite frightening, but you can’t deny it also looks like fun!

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