There are not too many places in the world where the sea stays frozen for half the year, especially when it’s walking distance from the city centre of Kemi, located in the Lapland of Finland – the world´s only ice diving location for the frozen sea and a fun playground for both locals and travellers alike.
In it, the City of Kemi is proud to present the Seaside Glass Villas, a unique accommodation experience situated on those frozen shows shores. Made mainly out of glass, including the roof – guests can lie comfortably in the bed, observe the starry sky and even the Northern Lights through their crystal-clear glass ceiling.
Furthermore, by the end of 2018, the all-year-round SnowCastle will be opened in the area, where travellers from around the world can experience the adventure of snow and ice, regardless the seasons of winter and summer! The SnowCastle is built solely of snow and ice, a true work of art. The SnowCastle consists of stunning ice sculptures, a huge SnowRestaurant, SnowHotel, and SnowChapel.
In addition to the Kemi SnowCastle, the city has gained great recognition for its Icebreaker Cruises. For over 30 years, the Icebreaker Sampo has provided unforgettable icebreaking cruises for travellers from 60 different countries.
”Customers staying over-night at the Villas visit of course both the SnowCastle and participate on the Sampo Cruises. The unique combination works well and has brought great praise from our customers. We aim to develop our operation benefiting from both the Lappish nature and the seaside location of Kemi year-round,” says Noora Barria of the Kemi Tourism Ltd. productions.
“The villas have had great demand, and even the awards speak for the fact that travellers are looking for over-night stays of a great adventure. The Kemi Seaside Glass Villa area will grow with additional five larger villas this winter”, Barria continues.
The Kemi SnowCastle received multiple recognitions as a unique tourist adventure destination, with its SnowHotel winning last year’s World Luxury Hotel Award as a unique international luxury over-night stay, and its SnowRestaurant winning best continental restaurant experience. The City of Kemi is proud that the Seaside Glass Villas – only a year old – brought yet another award for winning the “Luxury Small Hotels” category.
”The excellent contribution of the whole personnel is rewarded once again,” delights Susanna Koutonen, the Chief Executive of the Kemi Tourism Ltd. ”We have listened carefully to our customers and developed our service products according to their wishes. We offer unique adventures combining the elements of the sea, snow, and ice.”
So what are you waiting for? Find out more about the City of Kemi, and get your accommodations booked for the Seaside Glass Villas here! Check out their overview video below too.
Photos courtesy of Kemi Tourism Ltd.