Snowmobiling in The Arctic
An all-terrain vehicle perfectly adapted for the snow and ice of The Arctic, snowmobiling offers unfettered opportunities for ‘off piste’ adventures inside the Arctic Circle.
Capable of speeds of over 60 miles (95 km) per hour, for sheer exhilaration nothing beats skimming across a pristine snow covered wilderness, particularly with the prospect of a hearty meal and roaring fire at the end of a day’s exploration.
My highlight was standing on the bow of the ship looking down to see pieces of ice, two metres thick, exploding and crashing together as they were pushed upwards. Then, looking behind at the vast frozen sea, watching that ice close back up as we sailed through. I felt so small and fortunate to be there.
Loli Figueroa Polar Specialist
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No, snowmobiles are reasonably straightforward machines to handle, however an internationally recognised driving licence is mandatory.
As travelling by snowmobile is a largely passive mode of transport you don’t need to be very fit at all.
Snowmobiles are used as transportation, as well as adventure, throughout The Arctic. Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic in particular offer outstanding opportunities for snowmobiling.
March - May during The Arctic spring when the snow and ice are still crisp and the hours of daylight lengthening.
Yes, they are quite large and there is room for a second person to ride pillion. However, due to the rider in front the passengers view is more obscured and without the handlebars to hold on to, it can involve more than being just a passive passenger.
Over and above the actual machine and plenty of warm clothing, no further specialist equipment which you won’t be provided with is required.