The monster snowmobile in Sisimiut

Monster Snowmobiling in Sisimiut

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Are you visiting Sisimiut during the Winter? Do you want to explore its gorgeous backcountry in relative (warm) comfort? Then the monster snowmobile adventure is for you!

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for this tour. I only knew snowmobiles to be those noisy contraptions that look like jetskis for snow. So imagine my surprise when I first laid eyes on our beast of a machine!

The monster snowmobile in Sisimiut
Our guide and his machine. The tracks can be removed and replaced by regular tires for the Summer

Not quite what you were expecting, right? Me either!

There were 3 of us on the tour but the monster snowmobile comfortably seats 4 plus the driver. It is heated inside (luxury when it is -20 degrees Celsius outside!) but also quite noisy – so each person has a set of earmuffs to wear.

Note the earmuffs

Monster snowmobiling into the backcountry

Our destination for the tour was the viewpoint over Sisimiut at the top of the ski field. Unfortunately, the day was overcast and the light very flat. Skiers know this makes it extremely difficult to see the terrain and, on this occasion, the graded snowmobile tracks we were to follow had all but disappeared.

View from inside the monster snowmobile in Sisimiut
What can you see out there?

We made our way to the ski centre with our guide pointing out the insane slopes that local snowmobiling experts enjoy plummetting down.

Steep snow-covered mountains near Sisimiut
See that shoot of snow coming down diagonally? Yes – they snowmobile down that!

Meanwhile, we attempted to find the track up the slope in the difficult lighting conditions. Unfortunately, it was not clear where we were to go, so we opted to play it safe and visit the ski centre instead.

The Sisimiut Ski Center

There we hung out with the locals and enjoyed a chocolate and a cup of hot Ribena juice as a snack.

Sisimiut ski center
Sisimiut ski centre
Hot ribena drink to take the chill off
Hot Ribena – suprisingly good!

The ski centre was one week away from opening its ski runs, but that didn’t stop enterprising kids from hitching a lift up the slopes.

They all grabbed onto a rope that was tied behind a regular snowmobile and held on tight as they were dragged at full speed to the top of the slope. There they expertly let go and glided back down to base camp. Not a single one of them fell while we were watching!

Kids getting towed behind a snowmobile at Siismiut ski center
How much fun does this look?!

On our way back to Sisimiut, we came across a dogsled team that was also heading home. Snowmobiles and dogsleds share the tracks, with snowmobile drivers giving respectful right of way to the more traditional form of Arctic Winter transportation.

Doglsed going to home to Sisimiut
A more traditional way of traveling in the Arctic during Winter

Plan your trip to Sisimiut

Thanks to the Hotel Sisimiut and Tours, the Monster snowmobile trip is a relatively short excursion that allows you to see the Sisimiut backcountry in comfort. Our trip was very unusual in not actually reaching the viewpoint – normally there is no problem in getting there.

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