My first activity during my stay at the Lyngen Lodge in the Arctic Circle, was the snow mobile safari to high frozen lakes in the Lyngen Alps. After getting into our thermal suits and shearling hats and helmets, all provided by the lodge, six of us along with our guide Robert, headed to the nearby village of Rutsund where we were supposed to change to the snow mobiles. It was a clear day and the drive to the village was breathtaking as we drove past snow covered fjords, seas and frozen lakes. After getting on our snowmobiles, we zoomed our way up to the highest peaks of the inland mountains.
I had never seen so much snow in my life and was completely enthralled by the beauty of the snow-covered mountains against the clear blue sky all around me. It really felt like I was on the edge of the planet!
Once on top of the lake, Robert gave us fishing lessons as we drilled holes through the deep ice and fished for Arctic char. By this time my hands were completely frozen and instead of continuing fishing, I preferred to sit by the temporary fire that Robert had built, with a cup of warm Gløgg (pronounced 'glurgg') - a traditional Scandinavian drink made with cloves and cinnamons and served warm. I tried to keep my hands warm by blowing in air in the mittens/gloves and then quickly wearing them. However, for the rest of my trip in the Arctic, I used thermal pouches as hand warmers that can easily slide inside the gloves (and also shoes) and are usually available for sale at the local tourist office or the supermarket.
For lunch we were served salmon soup prepared in a small hut in the snow and sausages roasted over an open fire outside.
The ride back was more adventurous than I thought it would be with my hands and face completely frozen and snow blowing everywhere including my eyes, but I have to say that it was totally worth the experience!
Here is a small video I made of my snow mobile adventure. The video is really shaky as I made it when I was on the snow-mobile.