Lippi Ice Driving
This is an activity for those who want to try driving on ice, but aren’t bothered about driving the latest models. Here you’ll experience the thrill of driving in cars outfitted like an ice-racing car, with spiked tyres and all the necessary safety equipment, such as roll cages and four-point belts.
Helmets are of course required and the cars available for rent are Volvos and BMW 3-series.
Along the two ice tracks – 1,600 and 1,300 metres long – you’ll be able to try your hand at driving really fast, drifting through the curvier parts of the track. If you’d like you can also run a couple of racing heats.
You’ll be able practise and get some tips on how to become a better driver as well, since the owner of the tracks, Stefan Hallnor, has many years’ worth of experience from the automotive and motorsports industry.
Lippi Ice Driving is located along the Silver Road, Route 95, six kilometres west of Arjeplog.
Fasten the four-point belt, put the helmet on and then just put the pedal to the metal!
This, I think, is the best fun you can have with your clothes on in the world. I don’t think I could enjoy it more, says Ian Jarvis, journalist at Cotswold Life magazine.
Ice driving is an extraordinary experience
The roars are powerful and deafening and the snow jets in the air when the cars drive past the curve where we stand. A roar which quickly disappears when they pass, on the way to the next curve along the lake track. We are in Lippi to meet the car enthusiast Stefan Hallnor, that each winter keeps ice tracks on the lake next to his house. Tracks both for fun and for business.
– Well, to be honest, mostly for fun, he laughs.
Stefan offers an extraordinary driving experience, the thrill of driving cars on ice – equipped like a regular racing car. With heavy studded tires and safety equipment, such as roll cage and four-point seatbelt. He hasn´t the latest models of BMW and Volvo, but that’s the finesse, and we promise you, its great fun renting these cars and a memorable experience.
-Just remember the one rule! Check your temp gauge. I can bash out the dents and straighten suspension, but a cooked engine will send the car to car-heaven, Stefan says with a big laugh.
When I turn up to this particular drive experience, there’s delightfully little formality. Rather than a tedious hour of intense safety talks and detailed demos, owner Stefan Hallnor simply hands over the keys. “There’s just one rule,” he says, in his excellent English. “Whenever you pass me, check your temperature gauge. I can bash out the dents and straighten suspension, but a cooked engine will send the car straight to the scrapheap.”
He’s a constant presence, of course, watching from the pits with his four-by-four at the ready, so that the minute you miscalculate – ending up in deep snow – he can haul you back on track. The beauty of it, though, is that there’s nothing to crash into. The cars have rollcages; you’re given helmets, but the trees (of which there are many) are too distant and the reindeer too canny (presumably traffic-aware thanks to their annual round-the-world Christ mas-eve forays).
Stefan’s business is a bonus to the community in more ways than one: he gets the kids from town involved in tinkering with the engines, teaching them the rudiments of motor mechanics. “It keeps them out of mischief,” he says. (I’m assuming that, for locals, there’s not a huge amount to do that’s not moose-based in Arjeplog.)
For more information or booking:
phone +46 (0)70 690 43 01