Ice Driving in Sweden

3rd to 16th February 2023

Our 4 day all-inclusive Ice Driving Packages include flights, transfers, hotels, meals, & two full days of driving in the most breath-taking environment on a frozen lake in Sweden. This experience is open to all drivers of all abilities and includes free optional on-demand tuition. 

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Tour Prices

From £2,695.00

Per person based on two sharing lake cars and a twin/double room

From £2,895.00

based on a single room accommodation but sharing lake cars

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Overview

2023 ICE DRIVING DATES:

🟡 Group 1: Friday 3rd February to Monday 6th February

🟡 Group 2: Monday 6th February to Thursday 9th February

🟢 Group 3: Friday 10th February to Monday 13th February 

🟢 Group 4: Monday 13th February to Thursday 16th February (Based on demand)

🔴= FULLY BOOKED
🟡= LIMITED SPACES
🟢= SPACES AVAILABLE 

Introduction

We have been running our Ice Driving package since 2009, ensuring that we have mastered all the elements required to make your trip a memorable one. 2023 WILL BE OUR 12TH YEAR ICE DRIVING!

From the minute you make your decision to book with us, we arrange absolutely everything, including flights, transfers, hotels, cars on the lake and even your meals.

Upon arrival at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, you will be met by our Classic Grand Touring Tour Managers who will then drive you to the Kjølen Hotel and look after you throughout your trip.

The Lake

The lake we drive on is called Södra Lötsjön, situated in the region of Darlana in Sweden and has been used for Ice Driving in the winter months since the 1960s when it was an official testing facility for Volvo. The lake and the access road to it, has been used as a stage of the WRC Rally Sweden several times. The Darlana region is one of the most breathtaking areas of Sweden, and is a short drive away from the ski resort of Salen and about 45 minutes from our hotel which is actually in Norway!

The top layer of snow and ice is brushed and carved daily to produce two large circuits, the outer circuit measuring in excess of 3.5km. There are also slalom and doughnut circuits, giving you a fantastic variety of driving options to master your car control skills, and all set in the most beautiful environment.

The Driving

Ice driving is open to drivers of all abilities. There are no requirements for previous driving experience and staff are on hand at all times to offer support and tuition. You should expect to spin many times and inevitably require digging out (or even being towed out) of snow-banks, but that’s okay, it’s all part of the fun and learning!

Before jumping into the cars, there is a short but informative driver briefing on the first day. The purpose of this briefing is to prepare you for your two days of driving and share some techniques which will enable you to get the most our of thie experience.

You are then handed the keys to an array of cars which you'll get to drive multiple times over the next two days. tehy are a combination of front, rear and all-wheel drive - allowing you to not only experience the difference in handling but master the driving technique for each car.

Driving is split into 30-minute sessions before swapping to the next car, and every 15 minutes you'll swap drivers so everyone has a fair and equal time behind the wheel of each car. You total driving time per day is an average of 4- 5 hours.

We stop for a coffee break mid-morning and a lunch break on both days allowing you to replenish your reserves and also ask the driving instructors for advice or compare notes with your fellow drivers.

You can expect to drive a variety of cars from BMW's 3 Series, Z4, Compact and 1 Series plus Ford Fiesta, VW Golf and a Porsche Cayman.

You will often find that the same models of cars are fitted with varying standards of tyres, from mid-range winter tyres, through to top-of-the-range studded ice and snow tyres granting fantastic levels of grip. Each car will offer different handling characteristics that will naturally teach you about under-steer, over-steer, throttle control and braking.

We can assure you that you will end your experience a better driver with a more comprehensive understanding of car control but above all, you are pretty much guaranteed to go home with a huge smile on your face.

Ice Driving is possibly the most fun you can have on four wheels!

Book and Reserve your place for just £500

The first step is to complete the online enquiry form and we'll call you back to get you signed up.

Once we have discussed your individual options, we will send you a booking form which when completed gives us all the necessary information about you, your co-driver as well as other useful extras such as dietary requirements and special requests that you might have.

As with all Classic Grand Touring trips and events, bookings can be secured with a deposit of £500 per person. The final balance for the trip is not required until around 8 weeks before we travel and can be paid as one lump sum or in instalments ahead of this time if you prefer. If the event you wish to join is within the next 8 weeks, we will require the full payment to be made at the time of your booking.

Subject to demand, additional groups may be opened. If you would like to discuss bespoke groups or corporate bookings, please feel free to email us or call us on 01926 675 675 for further information.

All bookings are ATOL and ABTOT protected as standard and in compliance with UK travel law.

Minimum Numbers

We have a minimum number of participants required for all of our events enabling them to be viable for us to run - this is usually 10 cars / 20 people unless stated otherwise. In the event that we don't reach the minimum numbers, the tour may be cancelled at which point your booking deposit will be refunded to you, or if preferred, allocated to another event of your choice.

 

You're Protected

As with all of our tours and events, this tour is protected by our ABTOT bonding and we provide financial security for flight-inclusive tours with our own ATOL membership. For more information on our travel bonding,   https://www.classicgt.co.uk/travel-bonding/ 

Common Questions

We drive on a lake?
Yes, we do. The lake we use is called Södra Lötsjön which is in the region of Darlana in Sweden and has been used for Ice Driving in the winter months since the 1960s when it was an official testing facility for Volvo. The lake has a maximum depth of just 12 metres making it perfect for a consistent frozen surface. No work can take place on the lake until it has frozen to a minimum depth of 3 metres.

Who is Ice Driving for?
Ice driving is open to everyone who wants to try it. There is absolutely no pre-requisite for any advanced driving ability or previous experience to partake. Ice driving is often used as a pre-season activity for racing drivers as it offers the perfect skill sharpening training for car control. Once you’ve mastered driving on ice, you can pretty much master driving on any surface. We can guarantee that regardless of your existing driving ability, you will go home from this experience a better driver.

How cold will it be?
Typically on the lake temperatures are around -10c, however, this can be very changeable. The coldest we’ve experienced is close to -30c and some days we’ve seen temperatures of +3c. We offer plenty of advice on what to pack for the trip well ahead of time, but it is largely the same as if you were going on a skiing trip. It’s worth noting that due to extremely low humidity even at it’s coldest temperatures, the environment is surprisingly pleasant. It is not the same type of cold we experience in the UK.

Can I do this on my own?
Yes, you can. We do welcome single drivers, however, as our trips are priced on the basis of two people sharing a hotel room, there is an additional single supplement if you’re taking a room on your own. On the lake, you will be paired up with another single driver but we’ll do our best to make sure you’re well-matched and we’ll give you a good chance to get to know each other first. 

Itinerary



DAY 1 - Your expedition begins as you board your morning flight to Oslo Gardermoen Airport. Upon arrival in Oslo, you will be greeted by our Classic GT Tour Managers who will be on hand to assist throughout the trip. You will be driven in comfort to the hotel in Trysil, our base for the next three nights. This evening’s dinner will be at the Kjølen hotel where your Tour Managers will brief you on what to expect over the next two days on the lake.



DAY 2 - After breakfast, the Classic GT minibuses will be ready to take you to the lake for your first full day of driving on ice! Upon arrival, you will have a short session on driving techniques before your first laps on the stunning frozen lake. We will be driving all day with a stop for lunch. To round off the day, If the weather and lake surface conditions permit, there may even be the opportunity to drive ice prepared go-karts with studded tyres. After a fantastic first day on the lake, we head back to the hotel in time for dinner.



DAY 3 - Once again, after breakfast, we will depart for the lake for our second full day of Ice Driving. Today we have arranged for you to get behind the wheel of a fully prepared rally car. You will have a sighting lap with an instructor before being let loose on the large outer circuit. In the afternoon we arrange some timed laps for you to compete in against your co-driver and at the end of the day, there will be a prize-giving with prizes not just for the fastest times, before we head back to the hotel for our finale dinner.



DAY 4 – After a final breakfast, The Classic GT minibuses will be warm and ready to take you on one last scenic drive to Oslo Gardermoen in time to catch your flight back to the UK. Your Tour Managers will be with you right up to the point of checking-in to ensure everything runs smoothly before your flight. Want to stay longer? We can certainly help with that too. As with all of our trips, almost everything is able to be customised.

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