Start from Hotel Star Arctic on a hunt by snowmobiles for the Northern Lights. You will visit Northern Lights spotting areas but snowmobile and the guide may use multiple locatons to find the best viewing position. Adults can share a snowmobile or drive individually (for a supplement) whilst the children travel in a special sled puled behind the guide's snowmobile.
They were originally intended as a winter utility vehicle to go where other transport couldn’t go and were used by hunters and workers transporting people and materials across the snow covered land. Now they are used more for recreation and getting out in to the wilderness of Lapland. The design has evolved so that most snowmobiles carry two people (driver and pillion passenger) with windshields and leg protectors and even warmers on the handlebars.
Drivers have to be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence, so please remember to bring this with you, helmets are supplied. There are very strong rules with snowmobiles and safety, consumption of alcohol is completely forbidden and there are dedicated snowmobile trails with ‘Give Way’ signs just as on a road.
There is room for one pillion passenger per snowmobile. There is no specific age limit for pillion passengers, but the passenger must be large enough to reach the footrests and support him/herself on them, and strong and sensible enough to hold on properly around the driver’s waist or using the hand-grips. It is the discretion of our safari guides to decide if the passenger can ride pillion.
For smaller children and any adults who prefer not to ride pillion, the safari company provides large sledges towed by a guide’s snowmobile. Seats in the sledges must be requested at the time of booking for adults. One guide will lead the group who follow in order. This by no means suggests that you will be driving in a slow line throughout your experience, there are many opportunities for you to ride at speed but safety is a priority on these safaris especially as many people have not driven them before.