Man Sets World Record Traveling 212 km Over Water on Snowmobile

“World record for distance driven on water with a snowmobile. 212km. and 4 hours

Friday 18 September 2015 a Norwegian man named Morten Blien hopped on his Polaris RMK 800 and drove 212 km – down the Tana River in Finnmark, Norway. He was attempting to break the world record for distance driven on water with a snowmobile, previously set by European watercross champion Antti Holmberg (180 kilometers )

Morten Blien did surpass the mark, but he fell short of his goal of 250 km, when his snowmobile inexplicably stopped in the middle of the river after 212 km.

Morten Blien said he wasn’t sure what ultimately caused the snowmobile to quit. An additional throttle lever had been installed on the sled so that if one hand got tired, Blien could use the other to power the sled. It’s possible that a malfunction caused the gas to stop flowing adequately to the engine.

The entire trip lasted four hours. Blien was tired but satisfied after his run, saying that he considered everything after 180 km to be a bonus. He was also surprised at the number of local people who came out in the cold weather to support him.”

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