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The World Luxury Restaurant Awards celebrated a decade of awarding service excellence

The SnowRestaurant in Kemi is a winner in the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017! SnowRestaurant won a prize in Continent category as a Luxury Unique Experience. 

World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ inspires excellence and ignites healthy competition in the Luxury Restaurant Industry. World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ enables restaurants to compete in their chosen category, from a list of 81 categories. The awards will further promote the nominated restaurants based on culinary excellence and memorable experiences from outstanding atmosphere and service. World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ will highlight those categories for which the restaurant should be renowned, further attracting more attention, not only from food experts, journalists and gourmands, but to a host of visitors from around the globe.

Award winning SnowRestaurant is situated within the walls of Kemi SnowCastle 

The SnowCastle is surrouded by pure white snow walls. This gigantic artwork of ice and snow can be found right by the sea near Kemi city centre, from the end of January until beginning of April. The SnowHotel won the Evento Awards 2016 prize for best accommodation in Finland and is the World Luxury Hotel Award 2016 winner. The world's largest SnowRestaurant seats over 200 guests and it is made entirely of snow and ice from the sea water. The SnowCastle is a highly unique venue for visitors offering accommodation, various activities in the weekly programme and fun snow and ice slides for children. Castle receives visitors from more than 50 countries annually.

First SnowCastle was built in the city in 1996 as a present to all the children in the world. During 2018 SnowCastle of Kemi will open the all-year-round SnowCastle with Restaurant, combined with large winter-time SnowCastle area.  Kemi Tourism Ltd. has expanded the operation to highly unique Seaside Glass Villas in the SnowCastle area in the beginning of 2017. The Villas provide a fantastic opportunity to witness the Northern Lights from August to April and Midnight Sun in the summer time. The sea next to the SnowCastle area freezes in the winter time and offers a unique playground for all visitors.  More information on the company web site www.visitkemi.fi.

Seaside Glass Villas in the new SnowCastle area are open for the first time in the summer time on 26th of June. SnowCastle area is in process of developing into a year-round tourist center with amazing attractions and adventurous accommodation. Kemi Tourism Ltd. in co-operation with other companies will also provide unique adventures all-year-round, in addition to the SnowCastle area, in whole Sea Lapland.

Spending the night in the Seaside Glass Villas is a different kind of an arctic experience. Bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in the surrounding nature. Glass roof enables the natural light to fill the room and lets you enjoy the white night magic. Villas are located by the Bothnian Bay short walking distance from the city centre and Inner harbour with cozy summer restaurants and unique attractions. 

Book now with special price in our web shop. 1 night 230 €/villa, 2 nights 430 €/villa...the longer you stay the better the offer gets! Special offer is available for 26.6.-31.8.2017.


The Gemstone Gallery and the SnowCastle Exhibition & Shop, located in beautiful Inner harbour in Kemi, are all-year-round attractions. Kemi Tourism Ltd. sales office is also located in the Gemstone Gallery. Attractions and the sales office are open this summer from Monday to Friday at 10-16, although closed on two Finnish public holidays. On Ascension day on 25.5. and Midsummer eve 23.6. doors are kept closed. 

Santa´s Seaside Office has a great location also in the Inner harbour and will be open again after the spring break from 26.6. until 26.8. We will open still for one day before the official opening on 10th of June, when we celebrate the start of the summer season here in Kemi. Santa´s Seaside Office can also be booked for private events. Old traditional building with terrace and sea view is a unique location for different kind of celebrations. 

New SnowCastle area open also in the summer time

Seaside Glass Villas in the SnowCastle area will be opened after the Midsummer festival. Villas are an excellent choice to experience the Midnight Sun by the sea. During the spring time we will be doing some maintenance work in the area and open with new services this summer. LumiLinna Camping and the Service Point will also open doors on 26.6.