Archipelago cruise in Lapland – Laitakari

6 Hours

Archipelago cruise in Lapland to an incredible industrial archeology site off the coast of Lapland!

We pick you up from your hotel and drive to our office in HaparandaTornio Resecentrum/Matkakeskus. There you are given basic information on the experience and security instructions. We then depart towards the Port of Kemi, Finland (about 30 minutes drive).

After a short introduction of the history of Kemi and a walk around the well-preserved port area, we embark historical ferry M/S Leila (built in 1962) and head on a peaceful archipelago cruise in Lapland towards the island of Laitakari (transfer: approximately 20 minutes).

Once docked, we explore this uninhabited island: its industrial archeological ruins testify to the birth of Kemi as a settlement, as well as the beginning of its development, strongly based on wood processing. Still today, this is the main industry and employment source in the area. We show you how the island used to look like, walk along the rails used to transport wood, inspect the sawmill and the manager’s mansion, as well as the power plant, which gave this island electricity before any other area in Lapland.

By walking the path across the island, we dive into the local history by visiting the remains of the settlement founded in 1862, while enjoying the natural landscape. Spontaneous flowers, trees and animals populate this small natural gem, which shows how quickly nature takes back ownership of formerly humanized places.

We take a break halfway in a traditional laavu (a construction built around an open-air fireplace), where you can have a snack and rest.

After reaching a small beach where you can safely take a swim, we walk back across the whole island to the pier (approx. 15-20 mins) where Leila picks us up for the rest of our archipelago cruise in Lapland. We dock (or get close to) the islands of Syväletto and Selkäsaari, making for a wonderfully scenic 45-60 minute cruise back through the Bothnian Bay.

Once landed at the Port of Kemi, we stop for up to half an hour for a coffee break (not included in the price) after which we drive you back to your hotel in HaparandaTornio (30 minutes). This is the end of your archipelago cruise in Lapland.

Overview

Departure: pickup from your hotel in Tornio, Haparanda, Keminmaa or Kemi.
Group size: min 2 max 8. Larger groups subject to separate quotation and agreement.
Period: 1 July – 13 August 2023.
Weekdays: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Duration: approximately 6h.
Schedule: 10:30-16:30 or 12:30-18:30 (Swedish time).
Transfer: by minibus to the Kemi harbour, by historical ferry Leila to the island.
Languages: English. Other languages upon request and availability.
Price: adults SEK 990, children SEK 690 incl. 25% VAT.
Supplement for 2-person groups: SEK 200 per person incl. 25% VAT.

Itinerary

We pick you up from your hotel and drive to our office in HaparandaTornio Resecentrum/Matkakeskus. There you are given basic information on the experience and security instructions. We then depart towards the Port of Kemi, Finland (about 30 minutes drive).
After a short introduction of the history of Kemi and a walk around the well-preserved port area, we embark historical ferry Leila (built in 1962) and head on a peaceful Bothnian cruise towards the island of Laitakari (transfer: approximately 20 minutes).
Once docked, we explore this uninhabited island: its industrial archeological ruins testify to the birth of Kemi as a settlement, as well as the beginning of its development, strongly based on wood processing. Still today, this is the main industry and employment source in the area. We show you how the island used to look like, walk along the rails used to transport wood, inspect the sawmill and the manager’s mansion, as well as the power plant, which gave this island electricity before any other area in Lapland.
By walking the path across the island, we dive into the local history by visiting the remains of the settlement founded in 1862, while enjoying the natural landscape. Spontaneous flowers, trees and animals populate this small natural gem, which shows how quickly nature takes back ownership of formerly humanized places.
We take a break halfway in a traditional laavu (a construction built around an open-air fireplace), where you can have a snack and rest.
After reaching a small beach where you can safely take a swim, we walk back across the whole island to the pier (approx. 15-20 mins) where Leila picks us up for a cruise in the archipelago. We dock (or get close to) the islands of Syväletto and Selkäsaari, making for a wonderfully scenic 45-60 minute cruise back through the Bothnian Bay.
Once landed at the Port of Kemi, we stop for up to half an hour for a coffee break (not included in the price) after which we drive you back to your hotel in HaparandaTornio (30 minutes).

THE PRICE INCLUDES

  • - Guided service in English throughout the experience
  • - Return transfer by minibus from the hotel to Haparanda and onward to Kemi
  • - Tickets for the cruise
  • - Snack and drink on the island

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • - Sunscreen, repellents
  • - Clothing (bring your own waterproof trousers and raincoat)
  • - Extras (souvenirs, etc.)
  • - Coffee or lunch in Kemi
  • - Everything that is not explicitly mentioned in the tour program
  • Supplement for 2-person groups: SEK 200 per person
  • Min 2 max 8 people - larger groups upon agreement
  • Daily experience. The island is a wilderness area: please bring appropriate clothing (long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, raincoat if required). There are two laavus and two dry toilets. There is no shelter in case of rainy or cold weather. The experience involves two hours stay on the island, which cannot be shortened due to the ferry schedule.
    Cruises may be cancelled in the last-minute once we have already reached the harbour. In the unlikely case this happens, only the cruise ticket will be refunded. The overland part of the tour will take place regardless. In case of unfavorable weather, we reserve the right to shorten or cancel the stay in the island. No refund will be given in this case.
    The tour involves a border crossing, please bring along your passport in case there are checks.
    You are responsible for the adherence to the security instructions that are given to you by our guide and by the crew. Children must be guarded at all times as the presence of water hazards is constant.

GET IN TOUCH

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