Snowmobile Safety Tips

Always be alert of potential danger. Your helmet and engine noise can impair your hearing. Visability is also reduced in conditions of snowfall, blowing snow and night driving. Never assume what another snowmobiler will do. Do all that you can to ensure your safety and that of other riders. Expect the unexpected!

Watch out for:

- thin ice and open water

- unforeseen obstacles beneath snow

- unexpected corners, intersections and stops

- road and railway crossings

- snow banks and drifting snow

- trees and branches on the trail                                                 

- other trail users ( skiers, hikers )


 

FOLLOW THE GUIDES ADVICE

Each safari begins with a driving lesson during which the participants are briefed on technique and safety rules. We provide guidance in English.

When your guide shows you a hand signal, - please,  repeat it so that everybody in the line knows what’s going on.

HAND SIGNALS

  • left hand UP and DOWN, it means - LET’S GO!
  • RAISING left hand, it means - PREPARE TO STOP!
  • WAVING left hand, it means - ATTENTION, SLOW DOWN!
  • guides CROSSING their hands, it means - STOP! and STAY! on the snowmobile

NOTICE

  • NO PASSING - ALWAYS DRIVE IN A LINE
  • MINIMUM DISTANCE IS 20 M - BETWEEN SNOWMOBILES
  • KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE FOOTBOARD
  • DON’T DRIVE OFF THE TRAIL
  • NO ALCOHOL - DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

How to drive snowmobile

The driver
- sits on the front seat and has control of the vehicle, relax and try to find a comfortable position.

The passenger
-  sits behind the driver taking a good grip from the sides. Notice - all the time keep your legs inside the foot rail.

The snowmobile is an easy vehicle to handle. The engine is fully automatic and you only need to use the cas and brake to control the speed.

Right side you will find the Gas and left side Brake.
Notice - please do not use the gas and brake at the same time.

The red button on top of the handlebar is stop switch, - press it down - it will stop the engine.

Steering the snowmobile is happening with the handlebar and most important with your body weight
If you are turning to right,
-  you turn the handlebar to right and put your body weight to the inner curve and 
If you are turning to the left
- you turn the handlebar to left and put your body weight to the inner curve and


 

Clothing and Equipment

Each participant is given the necessary clothing and equipment for the duration of the safari. Clothes to be worn under the overalls during the winter season should be light warm and comfortable.

Your clothing:
Underwear: "breathable" material, e.g. thermal underwear
Socks: cotton socks worn under woollen socks
Trousers: loose-fitting, fleece, cotton or similar
Shirt: loose-fitting, high collar, cotton or similar
Sweater: wool, fleece or similar

Insurance

Snowmobiles are insured, as required by the Finnish Traffic Insurance Act. This insurance covers medical care for injuries to the driver and the passenger arising from accidents. Personal injuries and damages to other parties while driving a snowmobile are fully covered according to the Finnish Traffic Insurance Act.

Nordic Safaris is not liable in general for personal injuries or material damage arising from accidents during other games and activities such as, dog or reindeer-sled safaris,  or other excursions. Personal travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.

Self liability

Safari participants are held liable for damages caused to snowmobiles. Self liability is max 1000 EUR ,or repair costs. The self liability is mentioned during the snowmobile driving lesson before safari.

Driving terms

The driver of a snowmobile must be 15 years old with a valid driving licences. Children under 15 year of age will travel in a sledge pulled by guide’s snowmobile.
Driving a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic products is prohibited by Finnish law. As the responsible safari organizers, we reserve the right to change the routing and duration of the excursions if necessary, according to the prevailing weather and snow conditions, or if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and the 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.

 

Nature

Please ensure that you respect our countryside and nature. Pohjolan Safarit - Nordic Safaris has a certified Qualitysystem and Safety and Environmental Managemet System based on the standard SFS-EN ISO 9001:2000.