A unique culture of snowmobiling has grown over decades in Greenland's second largest town Sisimiut. Today a community of 5,500 people have more than 700 snowmobiles between them, and the machines serve as everything from a means of everyday transportation and recreational vehicles to platforms for accessing hunting grounds and as tools for skilled extreme athletes.

Winter just above the Arctic Circle lasts from early November till late May, and because Sisimiut has a remarkably accessible backcountry, extending from the coastline all the way to the main airport in Kangerlussuaq and on to the edge of the Ice Cap, the space available for exploring the snowy mountains is, quite frankly, huge.

... the space available for exploring the snowy mountains is, quite frankly, huge.

... caught the attention of many locals, even in a place as used to snowmobiles as Sisimiut.

Just recently Sirius Greenland, a local company, began operating a new service with a snowmobile best described as a bus on tracks, and this is a first for Greenland which has caught the attention of many locals, even in a place as used to snowmobiles as Sisimiut. They now offer to carry up to 12 passengers either on scenic backcountry adventures or as a shuttle to and from the ski area 6 kilometers east of town.

Snowmobiles have long been a pastime mostly accessible for locals with their own equipment, but self-drive rentals and guided tours are finding a foothold in town, so if you find yourself looking for an adrenaline adventure or a leisurely backcountry drive we definitely recommend checking out the options for snowmobiling in Sisimiut.

Snowmobiles have long been a pastime...