Snowmobiling: get your thrills in our Arctic playground

Snowmobile, snow scooter, Ski-Doo or skimobile, whatever the name, driving this motorised vehicle is so much fun! Go on an adventure in the stunning winter Arctic landscape and enjoy the best views of the mountains during the day or go in the evening to admire the beautiful Northern Lights. We have guided snowmobile tours including return transport from Tromsø.

Snowmobile

What is a snowmobile?

A snowmobile is a small motorized vehicle steered by skis at the front and propelled by a belt of track at the back.

Snowmobiles don’t have any enclosures, except for a windshield. It’s an all-terrain vehicle designed for winter travel on snow and ice and does not require a road or trail, even though most are driven on open terrain or tracks.

Snowmobiles replaced traditional means of transport such as dog or reindeer sleds (or even snowshoeing) and increased the mobility of the populations concerned, making travel faster and easier.

Consequently, snowmobiling has become the preferred mode of transportation in winter in the Arctic. For instance, Sami people in Norway use it on a regular basis, especially for reindeer herding.

Snowmobiling has now also become a leisure activity and snowmobile safaris have developed all over Northern Norway!

Snowmobile

What is a snowmobile?

A snowmobile is a small motorized vehicle steered by skis at the front and propelled by a belt of track at the back.

Snowmobiles don’t have any enclosures, except for a windshield. It’s an all-terrain vehicle designed for winter travel on snow and ice and does not require a road or trail, even though most are driven on open terrain or tracks.

Snowmobiles replaced traditional means of transport such as dog or reindeer sleds (or even snowshoeing) and increased the mobility of the populations concerned, making travel faster and easier.

Consequently, snowmobiling has become the preferred mode of transportation in winter in the Arctic. For instance, Sami people in Norway use it on a regular basis, especially for reindeer herding.

Snowmobiling has now also become a leisure activity and snowmobile safaris have developed all over Northern Norway!

How to drive a snowmobile

Riding a snowmobile is one of the most exciting experiences you can have in the snow!

Driving a snowmobile is not hard and is quite intuitive.

No previous experience is needed but it’s important to follow the safety rules given by your snowmobile guide.

Snowmobile tours with northern lights
Snowmobile tours with northern lights

How to drive a snowmobile

Riding a snowmobile is one of the most exciting experiences you can have in the snow!

Driving a snowmobile is not hard and is quite intuitive.

No previous experience is needed but it’s important to follow the safety rules given by your snowmobile guide.

Here are some tips on how to drive a snowmobile:

  • Make sure you don’t sit too far back or too far forward.
  • Keep your hands on the handlebars and turn them in the direction you want your snow scooter to turn in a similar way as you ride a bike.
  • Don’t be at full throttle when making big turns, or you could slip over.
  • Maintain a steady speed as you hit the throttle and make sure to hit the gas when going uphill.
  • If you want to stop, release the accelerator. You don’t necessarily need to push the brakes.
  • Find your balance and maintain it, especially when turning. You might need to lean a little to use the weight of your body to navigate the sled, just like they do in bobsleigh.

Where to go on a snowmobile tour?

We have snowmobile trips in the Lyngen Alps and Signaldalen areas.

These tours include return transportation from Tromsø, necessary snowmobiling equipment (safety helmet, thermal suits, winter boots, mittens, and balaclava), a hot meal, and hot drinks.

On all the tours, a snowmobile is shared by two people who take turns driving.

Please note that you must be at least 18 and hold a driving license to drive a snowmobile on one of our tours. Children and youths can join as passengers from the age of six.

Snowmobile in Lyngen Alps

The Lyngen Alps

The Lyngen Alps are one of Norway’s most spectacular landscapes, especially in winter when the snow turns them into a winter wonderland and a fun playground!

The jagged mountains tower 1,000m and rise directly from the sea.

This snowmobile tour involves 60 to 90 minutes of snowmobiling (including stops) in the valley. To get there, the transfer includes a scenic ferry ride.

Snowmobiles in Signaldalen

Signaldalen

Signaldalen is a wild valley in the Lyngenfjord region, home to the iconic Otertind mountain!

You can go on the daytime snowmobile tour or choose to go in the evening for a chance to see the Northern Lights.

In any case, you will travel on a 20 km snowmobile track for about two hours. To get there, the transfer includes a scenic bus ride between fjords and mountains.

Snowmobiling was designed for winter travel on snow and ice and now has also become a hobby for many people in Norway. It is quite simple to drive, so during your snowmobile tour, you will quickly get the hang out of it!

Go on an adventure around the stunning winter Arctic landscape and enjoy the best views of the mountains during the day or go at night to admire the beautiful Northern Lights.

We have guided snowmobile trips from Tromsø in the Lyngen Alps and Signaldalen areas.

Snowmobiling was designed for winter travel on snow and ice and now has also become a hobby for many people in Norway. It is quite simple to drive, so during your snowmobile tour, you will quickly get the hang out of it!

Go on an adventure around the stunning winter Arctic landscape and enjoy the best views of the mountains during the day or go at night to admire the beautiful Northern Lights.

We have guided snowmobile trips from Tromsø in the Lyngen Alps and Signaldalen areas.