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Driving a Mini Cooper on ice

Driving a Mini Cooper on ice

Don’t try this at home, kids.

ICEHOTEL has teamed up with Mini Cooper to offer guests the ultimate winter driving experience.

For over four hours, drivers get the chance to test the Mini Cooper Countryman All4 on a frozen lake racetrack just a few minutes’ drive from the ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland.

After checking in with a valid driver’s license and getting a few pointers from experienced instructors, drivers first do a series of exercises to test the acceleration and braking powers of the four-wheel drive.

We were told to accelerate to 40, 50 and 60 kilometers per hour before braking at a cone in the distance.

Next we were told to accelerate and swerve around cones. I rolled down my windows, blasted some music and pretended I was in my own car-chase movie.

Once we got a handle of the steering and how to maneuver on snow and ice, we were let loose on a snow-lined racetrack where we were able to test the limits of the Mini Cooper’s all-wheel drive and suspension system.

I’ll save some surprises for travelers eager to try out this extreme adventure, but suffice to say you have never had this much fun behind the wheel, unless you are James Bond or Super Mario.

For a little teaser of the skills we learned thanks to ICEHOTEL, Mini Cooper and the three-meter-deep frozen lake, check out the video below.

I traveled to Swedish Lapland a beautiful destination 200km north of the Arctic Circle to experience ICEHOTEL, a unique art installation and hotel open each year between December and March. You can fly direct from London Heathrow to Kiruna airport by booking with Discover the World.