Children travel in a sleigh which is pulled by a separate snowmobile and adults can drive their own snowmobile (if booked with a single driver supplement). The convoy then starts, driving along recognised snowmobile tracks out in to the beautiful, snowy and natural environment of Lapland.
The wonder of a snowmobile safari is that you can go out in to the wilderness and find areas untouched by roads and habitation. There are thousands of miles of snowmobile tracks in Lapland giving you the opportunity to find the best views, the amazing shapes of snow frozen on the trees and the beautiful pale colours of the open skies. It is an Arctic Adventure of a lifetime to find the unspoilt, sunning scenery for which Lapland is justifiably well known. A snowmobile is a machine designed to be driven on snow or ice without the use of a road. Designs vary as some models are more suitable for deep snow and forests but most are used on open terrain including frozen lakes and paths or trails.
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.
View Family Snowmobile Safari dates and times here.