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3 Days Saddle and Paddle Horseback Riding Holiday in Lapland, Sweden

Aha Lodge, Aha 106, SE-92494 Sorsele, Lapland, Sweden

Sweden Horseback Riding Holiday

Imagine being on a road trip through Lapland, you have been sitting behind your steering wheel for hours and you just made a break to fill up your petrol tank, go to the toilet, have a coffee to go, and you think: "Wow, cool country!” Stop! Enjoy this cool country and dive into the forest! Fill up your own body with silence, peace, and finally, new energy. Enjoy the real Lapland by riding on a horse, making a canoe trip, and preparing lunch over the open fire. All this is possible for you with Aha Lodge's saddle and paddle program!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Chilean/Gaucho and English
  • Horse Breed: German Full Blood Mix, Argentine Criollo Mix, Swedish Warmblood, North Swedish Cold Blood

Highlights

  • Horseback riding to Aha Lodge
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
  • Outdoor lunch on the open fire including drinks
  • Fully equipped self-catering accommodation
  • Guided canoe tour to the outdoor camp
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


1 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Swedish
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The Aha Lodge is framed by woods and meadows, not far from the Aha Lake, in Swedish Lapland. The sheer endless forests, the mountainous landscapes, and the wild rivers with their big salmon are very reminiscent of Alaska and that's why they like to refer to Lapland as the "Alaska of Europe".

The mountain ranges in the west are the Rockies, the Sami, the last nomads of Europe, their First Nation, the deciduous coloring in September is their Indian Summer, the ore mine Kiruna is their Klondike. Why fly so far away when Europe's Alaska, when Lapland, is right on your doorstep.

Do not forget the Vindelfjäll Nature Reserve which is located to the west of the village, is one of the largest nature reserves in Europe and the Vindelälven river is one of the last uncontaminated rivers on the continent. There is much more to discover here and Aha Lodge will gladly show it to you.

True to Aha Lodge's motto in and to live in harmony with nature, they are mindful of every detail and try to bring you as close to nature as possible. Stay a little longer so you can have time to get used to the silence and the breath of nature. A maximum of four guests allows them to serve you optimally during your stay at the lodge.

Every riding tour is private, only for you and is based on respect for nature and tranquility. When riding, Aha Lodge keeps it as the wild animals do, they just want to leave hoofprints. Aha Lodge looks for fox, reindeer, moose, or brown bear, while the eagle circles above. You do not have to be a passionate rider to join a horseback riding tour or a wildlife biologist to enjoy your stay with the lodge.

Your personal wishes are the key to a perfect holiday in Lapland, at the Aha Lodge, and with nature. They firmly believe that people need to be respectful of nature because here, in the wilds of Lapland, it is clear to all that everyone is part of it.

  • Cabin Squirrel: 2 persons
  • Cabin Reindeer: 2 persons (A third bed is available)
  • Guesthouse Moose: 2 double rooms with 2 beds each and a shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom

A self-catering cabin for two persons have a basic dry eco-toilet, bathroom with a shower, and hot and cold water in the main building. A self-catering double room in the guesthouse equipped with a shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom, shower with hot and cold water, electricity, water, and firewood.

Program

Day 1

Arrive in the afternoon at the beautifully located Aha Lodge in Swedish Lapland, close to the lakeshore and surrounded by forest and small hills. Check-in to your cabin or your little Swedish house and come down to spend your first night.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will walk together to the nearby Aha Lake to start your canoe trip to the outdoor camp. Wearing life vests, you will follow the two Aha Lakes eastwards. You will leave them through an impressive small creek to reach two bigger lakes, which will lead you to the outdoor camp.

After an extended lunch break, the horses will be waiting for you to ride back to the Aha Lodge. With some luck, you can see a moose or reindeers, red fox, or the sea eagle. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Aha Lodge and have time to relax and overnight.

Day 3

After breakfast, it would be time to say goodbye. You can also choose to stay a bit longer if you want to extend.

Location

The Aha Lodge is located almost 300 kilometers (road kilometer) west-northwest of Umeå, in the largely unspoiled northwest of the province of Västerbotten, and belongs to the municipality, Sorsele. A road, the national road 363, a continuously paved road, leads parallel to Vindelälven (natural river) through the hilly hinterland to Sorsele.

The Aha Lodge itself is just 20 kilometers outside of Sorsele, very close to the Aha Lake on the edge of the village of Aha. Nine Swedish citizens and the lodge are the only year-round residents in this place amidst the wonderful nature of Swedish Lapland! Lapland (388,350 kilometers squared) is 10% larger than Germany or about 9.5 times larger than Switzerland. It lies in the extreme north of Europe, directly adjacent to the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

Lapland stretches across the north of the four autonomous states of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Despite the sparse population and largely untouched nature, it offers a surprisingly good transport infrastructure. Aha Lodge is located in Swedish Lapland in the province of Västerbotten.

The main town of Umeå (84,000 inhabitants) has an international airport and the whole province (210,000 inhabitants) is crisscrossed by a network of well-developed roads. Inland Swedish air connections to Umeå exist all year round from Stockholm and Gothenburg. After Arvidsjaur, there are all year round Monday to Friday and Sunday scheduled flights from Stockholm with Nextjet, in winter, there are direct flights with FlyCar from the German airports Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt (Hahn), and Hanover.

In the summer of 2018, there will be additional charter flights from Holland to Skellefteå for the first time. By land, three well-developed roads lead from the south to Lapland; the well-known Europastrasse 4 from Stockholm along the Baltic Sea coast and the Gulf of Bothnia to Haparanda, the Europastrasse 6 in Norway through spectacular landscapes past the North Cape to Kirkenes, and the famous Inlandsvägen, which comes from Sicily in Gothenburg Sweden and leads through impressive forest landscapes to the Finnish Karesuvanto; your alternative on the way to Aha Lodge, as it is only 12 kilometers away.

Another option is to travel by train from Stockholm to Umeå and then by bus to Sorsele or in summer, from Stockholm to Östersund and onwards with the inland train parallel to Europastraße 45 to Sorsele. In addition, the country is crisscrossed with a dense network of public bus routes that allow you to reach almost the most remote corners of Lapland with some patience.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Terrace
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Horseback riding to Aha Lodge
  • Guided canoe tour to the outdoor camp
  • Outdoor lunch on the open fire
  • Alcohol-free or low alcoholic beer during the lunch

What's not included

  • Personal expenses
  • All meals and drinks not mentioned in the program

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Arvidsjaur Airport (AJR). This is the nearest airport, approximately 100 kilometers east of the Aha Lodge (There are two daily flights from the capital, Stockholm, except on Saturdays). There is a public bus transfer to the bus station of Sorsele (17 kilometers from the Aha Lodge), where you can be picked up for free. Recently, the costs of transfer from the airport to Sorsele per person is 200 SEK (payable in the bus, no commission, and subject to change).

Arrival by car/camper

The drive to Aha Lodge is part of the experience and can be well integrated into a Lapland tour. You will get to know the vastness and fascination of the north in an impressive way. There are several routes to get to Aha Lodge:

  • From the South: On the Inlandsvägen (E 45) from Gothenburg, always go north for about 17 hours for about 1130 kilometers. You are recommended to get an overnight stay on the way. Alternatively, via Stockholm, it is about 15 hours for 1250 kilometers, as there are some sections with a highway.
  • From the North: Here, it is also the Inlandsvägen (E 45), which leads to Sorsele. From the Arctic Circle at Jokkmokk, there are about 230 kilometers via Arvidsjaur for which you should calculate 3.5 hours.
  • The most beautiful variant of the southeast: On the National Road 363, always along the natural, undeveloped, and partly declared Biosphere Reserve river, Vindelälven, to the village of Gargnäs (about 220 kilometers and 3.5 hours), and from there on a dirt road directly to the Aha Lodge (about 25 kilometers 30 minutes)

Information on the current road conditions can be obtained in all tourist offices or online at www.trafikverket.se. If required, Aha Lodge can arrange a rental car from Umeå or Sorsele, they will be happy to advise you in this regard.

Arrival by bus

Public buses run daily between Umeå and Sorsele. (www.tabussen.nu) In Umeå, there are connections to long-distance buses (www.resrobot.se), train (www.sj.se), plane (www.swedavia.se/umea), and a ferry to Finland. From neighboring Storuman, there is a public bus (www.lapplandspilen.se) which connects Lapland with the capital, Stockholm.

In the direction of south travel, the bus departs from Storuman in the evening and arrives in Stockholm in the morning. In the direction north, the bus departs from Stockholm in the morning and reaches Storuman in the evening. (Price for adults is 680 SEK, there is a discount for pupils, students, and children). In 2018, this is the schedule:

  • Storuman - Stockholm: Sunday, Thursday (19:15 - 07:00)
  • Stockholm - Storuman: Monday, Friday (09:00 - 21:00)

Arrival by train

Several times a day, between Stockholm and Umeå, trains run by Swedish railways and sleeping car trains leave Stockholm and Umeå late in the evening and arrive at their destination early in the morning. (www.sj.se) From Umeå, there are public buses to Sorsele.

Arrival by shuttle

If you do not want to drive yourself, Aha Lodge will gladly organize a transfer to the venue. This service is possible every day; the prices depend on the number of people and the route. Please contact Aha Lodge if you would like to be picked up from the train station, bus station, or airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

The prices below only include an outdoor lunch with drinks on the second day. If you would like to purchase half-board meals (1 breakfast, 2 two-course dinners with table water) the price would be 750 SEK per person.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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