Kemi is a town in Finnish Lapland, at the northernmost tip of the Gulf of Bothnia. It is located right in the heart of Finland, very near of the city of Tornio.
Most of its tourists are drawn by two wintery sights: its world famous Lumilinna Snow Castle & Hotel and the unique chance to cruise on the Sampo icebreaker. Sampo cruises run three times a week and takes up to 150 passengers on a four-and-a-half-hour cruise through the crunchy ice of the Gulf of Bothnia, the largest expanse of solid ice in Europe.
Kemi also has a claim to fame as the home of the world’s largest snow castle (reconstructed every year with a different architecture). The snowcastle is usually located at the inner harbour of Kemi.
Things to see and do
* Sampo Icebreaker trip
* Gemstone gallery
* Kemi Church
* City hall
Cruise Season – March – Nov
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – Finnish, Swedish
Land Area – 95.27 sq km’s
Population – 22,605 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 358
Port Location – The port of Kemi is located in Ajos harbour, on the outskirts of the city.
Travel Links – Kemi railway station is an intermediate station on the railway between Lapland and Helsinki. It is operated by VR. The junction of the Kolari and Rovaniemi lines lies to the north of Kemi station.
Finnish national road 4 and European routes E8 and E75 run through the town.
Kemi-Tornio Airport is located 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) north of Kemi city centre.