Pure McLaren ice driving

Drift a supercar around an Arctic ice-driving track

Golden light from the low Arctic sun, beautiful winter forests in northern Scandinavian, AND the burble of a supercar? James Walker, MrJWW heads north to an amazing ice driving escapade. To find out more about James visit the bio page of MrJWW, automobile and adventure Youtuber.


Ice-driving is becoming BIG!

Drifting a supercar at an Ice Driving experience all day, then returning to a log cabin to chat about the day’s exploits in front of the fire—it’s the dream of motorheads the worldwide. Finland, we’re hearing is the destination of choice, but the list of options is long and growing as this new travel phenomenon takes hold. Scandinavia leads the charge, thanks to it’s amazing settings and frozen lakes, but in warmer climes new options are popping up in the winter alpine regions.

We’ve compiled a list of the best Ice Driving experiences in the world. Just pick your car manufacturer and location, then open up your wallet…

Finland:

Pure McLaren Arctic Experience: If you’ve got the cash, go for the pinnacle! With three lakes and over 100km of almost permanently frozen tracks, this the most varied ice driving experience in the world. Throw in the fact that you’ll be behind a McLaren 570S for 2 days and the real petrol heads start salivating. This experience includes, ice karting, husky dog sleighs and accommodation in the prestigious Jávri Lodge, in the Saariselkä area of Finland.

Lapland Ice Driving:  Each winter, Lake Udjaur becomes an enormous 2,965-acre drifting area, with 13 tracks (nearly 30 miles!) Full-scale replicas of legendary Formula 1 tracks: Yas Marina, Paul Ricard, Nürburgring or Silverstone.

Porsche Winter Driving Experience in Levi, Finland, north of the Arctic Circle.  A vast variety of courses are available.

Bentley Power On Ice (Finland) The new $229,000-plus Bentayga joins the all-wheel drive Continental GT and Flying Spur at the lavish event which also features an ice bar and some sauna time.

Juha Kankkunen driving academy, Kuusamo, in Northern Finland

Sweden:

Below Zero Ice Driving, Kall in Sweden. Vintage rally 911s specially prepped for an ice driving course deliver a more visceral thrill than today’s near-autonomous autos. Below Zero lays claim to being the only ice driving operator to exclusively use competition cars.

Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy in Arjeplog in Northern Sweden, Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy on the edge of the Arctic Circle near Arvidsjaur

BMW Snow Drift Training (Polar Circle) Drifting across a frozen lake on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Arjeplog, Sweden, is a far faster-paced venture, and guaranteed to get your adrenalin pumping.

Audi Ice Experience Two and a half days driving in Arvidsjaur, Sweden, 3 Nights stay at Clarion Collection Hotel. A two hour ski do trip included.

Mercedes-Benz’s AMG academy in Arjeplog, Sweden. Supercharged sports cars, or amilitary-derived G-Wagen SUVs.

Norway:

Ice Driver, Geilo Norway

USA:

Lamborghini Winter Accademia Aspen, with two levels of training

Maserati Aspen Winter Drive Experience showing of it’s Q4 “on demand” all-wheel drive system used on its Quattroporte and new Ghibli sedan, in Aspen

Italy:

Porsche Driving Experience Winter (Italy, Finland, China and Canada) At the Alpine ski resorts of Livigno and Alagna, Italy

Lamborghini Winter Accademia driving in cars from the whole fleet including the Huracán Performante, in Livigno Italy for a 3 day event

Canada:

Porsche Driving Experience Winter (Italy, Finland, China and Canada) Porsche has a large skid pad, two circuits and three challenging handling courses. A four or five-day event. Mécaglisse, Québec

Audi Ice Experience, Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, QC

China:

Porsche Driving Experience Winter (Italy, Finland, China and Canada)  Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia, China

Japan (2018):

Aston Martin On Ice. The venues change each year for this but for 2018, it’s taking place in Hokkaido, Japan

New Zealand:

Audi’s ice experience. Two on day course available. Stay at The Rees hotel at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds, Queenstown New Zealand

Austria:

Audi ice experience & Offroad-Parcours, St Anton am Arlberg, Austria

BMW Snow Driving Experience BMW have been offering their winter driving experience in Sölden, Austria for over 27 years

 

When: Winter!

 

Where: Lapland and many winter locations. On the map below is the McLaren Artic Experience…

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