Kemi City Centre in the summer

Kemi is a town in Finnish Lapland, at the northernmost tip of the Gulf of Bothnia.


Kemi is an industrial town dominated by pulp mills. Most of its tourists are drawn by two wintery sights: its world famous Lumilinna Snow Castle & Hotel and the unique chance to Sampo icebreaker. By its character, Kemi is far more like a Finnish town than a Lappish town. The city also boasts an array of shops, restaurants and bars.

Get in

By plane

Kemi-Tornio Airport (IATA: KEM) is 6 km from the city. Finnair has one or two daily flights from Helsinki, flights taking about one hour.

By train

Kemi is the end of the line if heading west, towards Sweden because there are no passenger services across, as the rail gauge is different. Within Finland, trains to Rovaniemi take about 1.5 hours, while a trip all the way to Helsinki, fairly painless if done in a sleeper overnight, is 9 hours.

By bus

Buses head towards the Swedish border at Tornio/Haparanda (30 min) and onward to Luleå (2.5h), where you can reboard a train. Buses on this segment are free with most rail passes.

Get around

Easily by walking.


Kemi Snow Castle


Icebreaker Sampo


Reindeer skin rugs are available year round in speciallity stores from around €60.

The city centre has a number of shops, including supermarkets, clothes, sports and photography shops.


All are located in the city centre of Kemi and are within 5 minutes walk from the Railway station and all hotels.


Kemi has a varied selection of bars, pubs and nightclubs with students often filling them midweek, and locals each weekend.

The most popular bars in Kemi include:

Nightclub choice is reasonably good:


Go next

Routes through Kemi

Tromsø Tornio  W  E  Ii Turku
Vardø Rovaniemi  N  S  Ii Helsinki

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