Snowmobiling with Wild Nordic
Fortunately, there are plenty of activities you can undertake in this arctic place. One of them is to rent a snowmobile.
With a drivers license you can drive this motorcycle-like vehicle for a few hours. On average you pay €150 to €200 for a tour of three hours, where in total you can speed for about three hours through the beautiful winter landscapes of Rovaniemi.
I was firmly pampered by Wild Nordic (the business that rents out snow scooters in Santa Claus village).
After a short briefing, all of the participants could hoist themselves in the lovely warm suits, thick woolen socks and covering heads, head and neck with some extra warm winter clothes.
The warm clothes were definitely necessary because outside it was already -13°C (8.6°F), and since it was already evening the temperatures would drop even more. This was literally and figuratively a cool experience.
What I really liked about Wild Nordic was that they opted for small groups. With only three other people in my group we all had enough freedom to experiment with the gas pedal a little more or ask some questions to our very knowledgable guide, Miika.
It is not complicated to drive a snowmobile at all. However…It still is a vehicle and thus you need to be careful at all times!
The five of us slipped through the snow and ice and on the way we saw flashes of the beautiful arctic landscapes beyond. Along the way we met one other snowmobile and shortly after our snow vehicles rolled on one of the frozen lakes of Rovaniemi.
Because there were not so many bumps in the surface, the guide showed us how to drive drive a little faster.
And let’s be honest, doesn’t everyone want to speed over a white snow carpet once in a while? One of my fellow travellers couldn’t resist the urge, it seemed. Before Miika even said anything, the guy sped off leaving his trails in the virgin snow.
After we crossed the lake it was time to turn around and enjoy the quiet, beautiful nature of Lapland.
Although it was pitch dark here, our eyes were already adjusted and so we could observe the vast environment around us.
Miika made a small bonfire on the thick ice (the ice didn’t even melt for more than half of an inch when we left!) And with little sticks we heated the delicious sausages as we held them over the fire.
The Finns love berries, and so we drank some hot berry juice as well. I never thought I loved berry juice that much!
After our pleasant picnic in the frozen tundra we climbed back on our speed machines and for one last time we went full throttle until we arrived back at the magical Santa Claus park.
Lapland… I already look forward to tomorrow!
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