Bus tours in the Sea Lapland area have a touch of the two countries and a glimpse for the times under the Swedish and Russian rule. In your mind you can travel back to for example beginning of the 1900s when the soldiers marched frequently in the city centres.
When the industrial growth gave wealth to the people living on the countryside, they got a chance to earn more and show off their gold pocket clocks. The border has throughout history given a chance to trade in a legal or illegal way. The smuggling has made people come up with many inspirational ways to transport goods over the border.
Book an expert Sea Lapland travel guide for your bus trip! Choose from ready-made trip plans or tailor-made just for you. Places to visit and stops can be, for example:
Short bus tour around Kemi and Kemi’s river area tells stories how the city has got its start from ancient times to today. How Kemi city started in 1869 and how wood factories changed the way of living in Kemi and Finland’s Lapland. During a drive, we will see city services in the centre area, monuments & attractions and river area landscape.
Duration 2 hours.
Price: 120 € (guiding)
On a bus tour, we will find out history how wood factories have changed life in Finland’s Lapland. We will also learn the history of how lumber has been transferred to Kemi’s wood factories before railways and trucks. A short visit will be done in Vallitunsaari where a coffee break is possible with stories of islands stories. On a return trip, we will visit old Kemi Oy main office where can be now days found Kemi Oy’s heritage exhibition.
Tour duration is about 3 hours.
Price: 170 € (guiding)
In Kemi and Sea-Lapland district in the summertime, the archipelago of Bothnian Bay is enjoyable on sailing tours. Bus tours in Sea-Lapland take you to three towns and three rural districts, depending on the duration of the tour. The cultural variation, changing landscapes and different attractions are to be seen on these tours.
At Sea Lapland district there are three rivers famous for their big catches of fish: rivers Simojoki, Kemijoki and Tornionjoki. Their history and stories are worth hearing! Simojoki and Tornionjoki are famous for fly fishing.
Kukkola rapids at Tornionjoki make a refreshing stop on your trip, where you can see the old fishing tradition: catching whitefish with a long-shafted net specially made for the purpose. Finlands longest river Kemijoki, today harnessed by hydro power plants, has a long history of timber floating and enormous catches of fish.
Bus tour duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: from 170€
During the guided walking tours you will get closer to the details of history. Different time eras are very visible in the churches of Sea Lapland area and they have also influenced the local way of building houses.
There are many stories about the people who have climbed to the towers of churches, such as the ones measuring the shape of the earth. Here you can sense the stories of the cities by the sea. Once a passenger ship came to port and local tradesmen decided to enjoy a few drinks onboard.
During the evening the tradesmen drank quite a few drinks and the boat was turned to face the other direction. The tradesmen didn’t notice that the boat had turned and their evening ended with a dip in the sea.
Thanks to its eventful history, the Sea-Lapland region has opportunities for many interesting theme tours! In the past, for example, we have organized a pilgrimage of St. Bridget in Tornio, which can be done on foot or by bicycle.
In the Inner Harbor of Kemi, the children have been involved in a treasure hunt with the pirates, where the pirates have also told about the life of the locals and the history of the area.
You can also get to know the stages of the history of the ice cream movement 100 years ago with the guidance of a ice cream parlor on your way to Kemi, Germany.
The first “HUI Horror” ghost walking tours were held in Kemi on October 31, 2017 (Halloween) and November 4, 2017 (Saints ’Day). The events were really popular and gathered a record number of over 200 people!
Now this popular walking tour about ghost stories can be booked as a theme guide!
Our authorized tour leaders can provide tailored guided tours for groups. In case you would like to take your group to Ranua, Rovaniemi, Tornio River Valley or further, please contact us!
Sea Lapland Tourist Guides
Tour leader and special tour leader rates 2020 – 2022
1 – 6 hours 300,00 €
6 – 12 hour 600,00 €
Language extra +15 % when guiding with other language than Finnish.
Prices are in euros and valid until further notice. Guiding fees of Tour leader include guiding services, Sunday and holidays tariffs, booking fee and VAT (0%). Fees do not include possible entrance fees or transport.
The Finnish Guide Association’s recommendation on guiding fees is applied to the tariffs with the exception of the actual fee. Right for price changes is reserved.
Multi-language tours: 15 % increase for every additional language when the guide works simultaneously in more than one language.
Confirmed orders can be cancelled free of charge min. 20 business days before the start of the guiding. The minimum fee will be charged as a cancellation fee if the ordered service is cancelled less than 19 but at least 7 business day before guiding. If the cancellation is done after 7 days or the same day or has not been done at all (no show) full fees will be charged.
It is also possible to book guided tours in Museums or other attractions from Sea Lapland Tourist Guides. You can inquire about reservations for, for example, the Kemi Company’s Tradition Exhibition and the Kemi Marttala Workers’ Home Museum. It is possible to book an hour’s visit for attractions which includes a 30-45 min tour for € 80 max. For 20 people. Prices for guided tours lasting more than an hour go according to the price list.
Our guides can also be booked for other attractions, such as the Kemi Historical Museum, Kemi Snow Castle or the Arctic Gems & Comics. Please note that the entrance fees and space rentals must be made through the service provider.
Sea Lapland Tourist Guides is a guide association belonging to the Northern Finland region of the Finnish Guide Union.
Members of our association are authorized by the Finnish Guide Union and all our travel guides have completed a screen guide to the Sea-Lapland tourist area. Currently, our association has 20 active members.
The languages of instruction are Finnish, English, Swedish, German, French and Greek.
Our guided area is the Sea-Lapland tourist area, Kemi, Simo, Keminmaa, Tervola and Tornio/Haparanda. We implement several different types of guided tours and we are happy to tailor the guided tours according to the needs of our customers.
Guided tours include walking tours, tours, destination and theme tours. Children’s events, horse tours, nature tours, cycling tours, kayaking tours and various trips to the Bay of Bothnia.
Some of our guides have also completed tour guide training and you can also book tour guide services through us.
Welcome to Sea Lapland!