FHM's 100 Great Adventures 2009

Posted by , 01 July 2009

Go ice driving

Forget Father Christmas. And Rudolph. At the Mercedes AMG driving academy, just 100km from the Arctic Circle, the guests eat reindeer. The lodge – a luxurious compound of leather sofas and open fires – is where AMG owners (or prospective owners) come to master the ability to drive really fast cars on ice. Just because.

It’s dawn and the group is standing on a heavily frozen lake, gawping at the fleet of 25 glistening Mercedes AMGs (all specially equipped with data recording equipment and spiked tyres). We’re told to “just grab one”. It’s a surreal moment. Do they know I’ve got three points on my licence? What if we hit a moose?

But, with world-class instruction from the likes of Bernd Mayländer (the current Formula One safety car driver), spending six hours a day in a car has never been such a treat. And it’s easy: just nod lots when the instructors talk about “ample transverse dynamics” and “optimal learning success”, then revert to making screeching noises and pretending you’re in a getaway the moment you’re driving solo.

It’s a bit like going joyriding, but with better scenery. And it doesn’t matter if you spin uncontrollably off the track, because there’s nothing to crash into, just shallow snow. Mercedes AMG has taken the most exhilarating and satisfying feeling achievable in a car – the perfectly executed power slide – and put it on a plate. A beautiful, shimmering, tree-lined Arctic plate.

Do it: £3,540 per person for three nights; mercedes-amg.com

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