Czar Alexander II founded Kemi in 1869 and the town had a census of 38 in 1875. In the 1880's there were only three steam-powered sawmills in all of Finland, one of them near Kemi in an area called Karihaara, an area soon incorporated into the city as Kemi grew. The city has also become something of a service and education center since the 1980's. It's hard to top a cruise on an Icebreaker for novelty and excitement, after all the Sampo is the only ship of its kind in the world and can break ice up to 25 feet thick. If the cruise hasn't quite sated your need for thrills, you can don a cold-water survival suit and float among the ice chunks in the channel the ship cut. Snowmobile trips are available, as are dog sled trips. What could be more Lapish than to see the Northern Lights from a dog sled? Questions about driving in Kemi? Our driving information page should provide answers.
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