Snowmobiling is an unmissable experience when visiting the Lappish wilderness on holiday, Europe’s last wilderness. This intensely beautiful landscape of frozen lakes and snow-bound forests feels like it was made for exploring by snowmobile. Developed in the 1930s, snowmobiles have changed people’s lifestyles here, and for the better. Snowmobiling quickly became an important mode of keeping communities connected. Once left isolated for weeks or months on end, smaller communities and reindeer herders can remain connected throughout the harsh winter months.
For visitors to the area, travelling by snowmobiles is a great thrill. Snowmobiles offer the chance to explore deeper into the wilderness. Our Arctic Spirit collection offers introductory trips and multi-day safaris in addition to evening snowmobiling tours - to hopefully catch a glimpse of the beguiling Northern Lights. This Arctic adventure is also included on many of our tours to visit Santa in True Lapland.
So what should you expect from this Arctic adventure? You’ll be partnered up, one driver and one passenger per snowmobile with the chance to swap over during the tour. You’ll travel through what seems like an endless landscape of untouched snow, punctuated by ice-dusted lakes, pine forests and herds of wild reindeer. Be warned, snowmobiles are fast - this is an adrenaline-pumping ride and it will be spine-tinglingly cold. Ensure you wrap up warm.
Of course, snowmobiling isn’t just an activity for the day. Snowmobiling in the evening provides the opportunity to hunt down the Northern Lights as 9pm to 2am is prime viewing time. Tracking the Aurora Borealis by snowmobile means you can travel to new locations rapidly - ideal when you’re chasing unpredictable natural phenomenon. With good fortune, you will see the Northern Lights dancing across the beautiful night sky.
1. Remember your driving licence - All snowmobile drivers must hold a valid driving licence and have adequate insurance coverage. Those over the age of 15 can travel as a passenger. Children under the age of 15 will travel in a sleigh pulled behind the guide.
2. Wrap up warm - Don’t underestimate how cold it will be. It may only record 0°C on the thermometer but with the wind chill it will feel much colder. Tuck your clothes in underneath your thermal suit - that’s shirts into trousers and sleeves into gloves.
3. Listen carefully to your guide - Rules for the road apply to the snow and ice too. All snowmobile tours are led by a knowledgeable guide to ensure that you have a safe and unforgettable time in Lapland. A €980 excess is payable for any damage.
A short break for those who can't get enough of snowmobiling through Lapland
3 or 4 nights from £879 per adult
Search for the spectacular Northern Lights in Lapland and enjoy a host of winter activities
3 or 4 nights from £799 per adult
Search for the fabled Aurora Borealis on this week-long break deep inside the Arctic Circle
7 nights from £799 per adult
Combine nature’s most extraordinary Northern Lights show with the jollity of the festive period
3 or 4 nights from £859 per adult
Visit Santa in his secret log cabin in the forest on this three-night Lapland holiday
3 nights from £1369 per adult
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3 nights from £1049 per adult
A four-night break featuring a husky ride, a reindeer sleigh ride, and snowmobile safari
4 nights from £749 per adult
Welcome in the New Year in style in Lapland - and thank Santa for the presents he brought you!
3 nights from £1109 per adult
On the big day itself, wake up to a white Christmas like you've never seen before!
4 nights from £1379 per adult
A short break for those who can’t get enough of mushing their own team of eager husky dogs
3 or 4 nights from £879 per adult
Search for Santa in his magical homeland on our two-night Lapland holidays
2 nights from £1299 per adult