Experience snowmobile driving while travelling at night through the magical arctic wilderness. Given extra light by the white snow reflection or the stars and the moon, we follow the snowmobile trails away from city lights and look for a place to admire the sky.

Snowmobile Safari to Search for the Northern Lights

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Overview

Experience snowmobile driving while travelling at night through the magical arctic wilderness. Given extra light by the white snow reflection or the stars and the moon, we follow the snowmobile trails away from city lights and look for a place to admire the sky.

Highlights

✔️ Snowmobiling

✔️ Enjoy the beauty of Lappish nature

✔️ Northern lights hunt

✔️ Use of winter clothes to keep warm

✔️ The tour is family friendly

Availability

01.12 - 01.04

Duration

~3 hours

Departure

19:00 or 20:00

Pickup & Drop off

From our office

Min. age

4 years

Price from

129.00

 EUR

ABOUT THIS TOUR

The guide will light a campfire and we can enjoy a picnic while waiting for the northern lights to appear. Relax around the warmth of the fire as we grill traditional Finnish “makkara” sausages, drink Lappish berry juice and listen to stories of northern lights. For taking good photos in the darkness you can bring your tripod for your camera.

Duration of the program is 3 hours, including preparations.

The riding time on snowmobiles is approximately 1 hour and 30 – 40 minutes.

The average speed during our short tours is limited due to the safety and traffic regulations.

Two adults ride on one snowmobile, single riding supplement for extra charge.

The tour is suitable for families with children; children are traveling in the sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. We recommend having an early dinner in the hotel before the departure.

Please note: Northern lights are a natural occurrence and we are unable to guarantee activity, vibrancy or colour on the evening of the safari.

Please note, starting time might be subject to change, we will confirm the time to you by e-mail!

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Included

✔️ Riding approx 1h40min

✔️ Northern lights (if lucky!)

✔️ Arctic outer clothing

✔️ Safety and driving instructions

✔️ Professional English speaking guide

✔️ Hot drinks and cookies

✔️ Hotel pickup & drop off

What to bring

⚡ Driving License

⚡ Warm layers

Not included

❌ Meals

Please Note

  • Please note, starting time might be subject to change, we will confirm the time to you by e-mail!
  • Snowmobile safaris start and end at Wild Nordic office located in Santa Claus Village. If you wish, you can skip the return transfer and continue your visit to Santa after the safari.
  • All tours listed are for a minimum of 2 person paying a full price. The prices includes transfers from Rovaniemi city center and the use of thermal outdoor clothing during the safari.
  • The prices include all described activities, services and equipment. You will also receive a thermal overall, boots, gloves and woollen socks, unless mentioned otherwise.
  • The driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 15 years old and hold a valid driving license – A1, T, A or B category (please check that it is valid in Finland). For all the activities which involve snowmobiling we ask you to take your driving license with you. Also a copy and photos are suitable.
  • All snowmobiles are insured, liability for damage caused to the snowmobile is 900€. By purchasing an additional self liability waiver for 15€ you can reduce your self liability to 150€.
  • If you have additional questions then please check our FAQ page – it gives you a quick overview about the questions we’re asked most frequently. If you can’t find your answer there, feel free to contact us!
  • The operator reserves the right to make alterations to the programs, price, duration or form of transportation without prior warning. This is also applied to changes in programs due to weather conditions.

Cancellation terms 2020-2021 

(See all terms here)
  • More than 3 days notice – full refund, 20€ cancellation fee will be charged.
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 3 days or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event

Frequently asked questions 

(See all questions and answers here)
Q:

- When is a booking for a tour with Nordic Adventures confirmed?

A:

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

Q:

- How do i pay for a tour with Nordic Adventures?

A:

You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. You will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip. You will always get a voucher by email: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!

Q:

- Can you see the northern lights in Rovaniemi?

A:

If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Rovaniemi. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Rovaniemi.

Q:

- What months can you see the northern lights?

A:

The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

Q:

What are my options if my northern lights tour is cancelled?

A:

When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

Please send us an email (info@nordicadventures.fi) to re-book your tour.

Q:

Will i definitely see northern lights on the tour?

A:

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

Q:

- What kind of clothing? Snowmobiles

A:

If you wish, you can wear your own clothing and boots during our snowmobile tours but we strongly recommend using our special equipment.

- Thermal overall

- Balaclava mask (on snowmobile tours)

- Woolen socks

- Winter boots

- Scarf (if needed)

- Mittens

- Helmet (on snowmobile tours)

If the day tour you’re joining includes the use of thermal clothing, you’re welcome to arrive dressed in your normal clothes. However, especially on tours lasting more than two hours we would recommend considering the following clothing of your own:

- Long thermal underwear

- Sport or ski socks worn under woolen socks

- Trousers: loose-fitting, fleece, softshell or similar

- Sweater: wool, fleece or similar warm material

- Neck warmer instead of scarf if you want

- Warm hat

- Your own jacket to be worn under the overall if the temperatures are close to -15 °C or lower

If the outdoor tour you are joining does not include the use of winter clothing, please make sure to bring your own winter boots, weatherproof jacket, trousers and gloves, in addition to the equipment listed above.

Q:

- What happens if i have an accident with the snowmobile during the tour?

A:

Safety is very important on our guided tours. Even if everything is well considered, accidents are possible, because of human error. The snowmobile is always covered with traffic insurance, as demanded by the law. This insurance covers all the possible costs that come to the rider, passenger or possible third party persons (transportation, medical treatment, hospital, doctor, surgery) or third party vehicle (damages, broken parts, repair costs). However, this insurance DOES NOT cover the costs that occur to your own snowmobile, if you are the guilty party for the accident. Because of this, participants will sign a document, where they agree that they are responsible for riding the snowmobile (steering, accelerating, using breaks, following the laws, regulations and instructions), they have a valid driving license and they are not under the influence of alcohol or any drugs.

If an accident happens, the guide will be in charge of the situation and he/she will focus first on people’s safety and first aid. After that part is clear, he/she will monitor the vehicles and make the decision on continuing or aborting the tour.

Self-liability in the case of damages is 900€. A participant can buy an additional self-liability waiver (15€ per driver) before the safari starts and reduce his/her self-liability to 150€.

Outside of the snowmobiling, we recommend a travel insurance that will cover other activities.

Q:

- How fast are we driving on snowmobile tours?

A:

Snowmobile trails have official speed limits, controlled by local police officers. Speed limits are shown with traffic signs but if there is an area without the traffic signs, the following limits will remain; maximum 60 km/h on the trail, maximum 80 km/h on ice covered water areas and maximum 40 km/h with a snowmobile pulling a sledge.

On guided snowmobile tours the speed is related to the maximum speed limit of the area BUT our first priority is the safety and the skill level of the group. The guide will monitor how the people in the group are riding and the speed is always related to that. Another important thing is the condition of the trail and weather conditions in general. The target on guided tours is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all the participants, also for the ones with no experience at all.

Q:

- I would like to join snowmobile tour with my small children. Is it possible?

A:

It is definitely possible. Most of our tours are suitable for children of all ages (please see specifications under each tour).

During the tour, children (and parents if they wish) are sitting in a sledge on reindeer hides and are covered by blankets so they stay warm and comfortable.

The sledge is pulled by the guide’s snowmobile – it takes some experience to do it safely and that is the reason why only the guide is allowed to pull the sledge.

If the child is at least 140 cm tall, he/she can also sit on the snowmobile behind the adult. In this case he/she has to pay the price of an adult.

Q:

- Can i drink alcohol before or during tours?

A:

Before and during activities on the multi-day and/or snowmobile tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Please note that Finnish law prohibits driving a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic product. As responsible tour operators, we reserve the right to change the route and duration of the tour if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and comfort of the participants. We also reserve the right to discontinue the tour if a participant is seen as a potential danger to him/herself or to others, or is in poor health.

Q:

- Do i need special skills to drive a snowmobile?

A:

Riding a snowmobile is easy but you should consider your experience and skills when selecting a tour. Start with easy and short ones (skill levels are pointed out on program description) to get more experience, after which you can choose the longer and more sporty ones if  you wish. The main limits for snowmobiling come from the law: you need to be minimum 15 years old and hold a valid driving license – A1, T, A or B category (please check that it is valid in Finland!). For longer tours, you need to be at least 18 years old or travel together with a family member who is willing to take full responsibility of you during the tour.

Please note that Finnish law prohibits driving a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic product. As responsible tour operators, we reserve the right to change the route and duration of the tour if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and comfort of the participants. We also reserve the right to discontinue the tour if a participant is seen as a potential danger to him/herself or to others, or is in poor health.

Q:

- Which driving licenses are valid in Finland and on your snowmobile tours?

A:

Valid driving license classes for driving a snowmobile

A1 – a light motorcycle

A2 – a medium-sized motorcycle

T – a tractor

A – any larger motorcycles

B – a car or van

Driving licenses issued in EU or EEA Member States

A driving license issued in EU or EEA Member State is valid in Finland for all driving categories marked on your license within the period of its validity regardless of whether you are visiting Finland as a tourist or living here permanently.

Driving licenses issued in Contracting States

A driving license issued in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan or a country that has ratified the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention (hereinafter “Contracting States”) is valid in Finland when visiting as a tourist until the license expires.

The information on the Contracting States driving license must be written in Latin alphabet or accompanied by a translation into Finnish or Swedish, by a reliable source or an international driving license.

Driving licenses issued in other nations recognized by Finland

Driving licenses issued in other nations recognized by Finland, for example China, are valid for driving categories A1, A2, A or B when visiting Finland as a tourist unless the license has expired.

The information on the foreign driving license must be written in a Latin alphabet or accompanied by a translation into Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, German or French by a reliable source. The driver must also fulfill the current age and health requirements in Finland.

Q:

- How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Nordic Adventures?

A:

This is a nice question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated in the voucher. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide. Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

Q:

- How to dress right and feel comfortable in Winter?

A:

1. Start with thermal underwear and warm socks.

2. If it’s really cold, –20 or below, wear an additional fleece layer on top of your thermals. Another pair of socks, preferably woolly or thermal, will keep your feet warm.

3. Wear pants with thermal lining. Don’t underestimate the importance of a neck warmer or a scarf. Slip into your winter boots and do them up well.

4. Almost done! Throw on your winter jacket, put on a warm hat and thermal gloves. Don’t forget to tuck your gloves into your sleeves and zip your jacket ALL the way up

Nordic Adventures is also happy to rent out the winter clothing for 25 €/person/day.

Q:

- It says you need a minimum of 2 people

A:

You can join an already scheduled safari where we have other participants. This way you only pay for yourself.

Please let us know (info@nordicadventures.fi) the dates when you would like to join the activities and we will be happy to make it happen.

Q:

- Do you provide transportation to your adventures?

A:

Most of our tours (please see specifications under each tour) include transfers from accommodation in Rovaniemi city area. It is included in the adventure price. Transfers from accommodation places located further out from the city (for example Arctic Snow Hotel, Apukka Resort, Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge Resort) can be arranged at an additional cost.  

The pick up is usually 5-20 min before the start of the safari (time in your voucher). Transportation back is immediately after the end of the safari.

We try to provide exact pickup time one day before the start of the tour by email or text message/whats-app, which is why it is important that you provide your valid email and phone number when booking a tour.

Q:

- How do the children travel on snowmobile safaris?

A:

All children will sit in a sleigh pulled by the guide for safety reasons. Children taller than 140cm can sit behind their parents on a snowmobile when paying an adult price. We do not recommend long snowmobile safaris for small children.‍

Q:

- Can i drive a snowmobile?

A:

Riding a snowmobile is easy but you should consider your experience and skills when selecting a safari. Start with easy and short ones (skill levels are pointed out on program description) to get more experience, after which you can choose the longer and more sporty ones if you wish.

The main limits for snowmobiling come from the law: you need to be minimum 15 years old and hold a valid driving license – A1, T, A or B category (please check that it is valid in Finland!). For longer safaris, you need to be at least 18 years old or travel together with a family member who is willing to take full responsibility of you during the tour.

Please note that Finnish law prohibits driving a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic product. As responsible safari organizers, we reserve the right to change the route and duration of the safari if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and comfort of the participants. We also reserve the right to discontinue the safari if a participant is seen as a potential danger to him/herself or to others, or is in poor health.

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