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Sweden Horseback Riding Holiday

You think Lapland is the coolest part of Sweden? Right! You like to fill up your body with silence, peace, and finally new energy? Yeah! Enjoy the real Lapland with Aha Lodge by riding on a horse, making a canoe trip, and preparing your lunch over the open fire. They make this possible for you with this saddle'n'paddle program. Come - try - enjoy!

Key Information

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

Highlights

  • 2 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2.5 and 6 hours
  • 1.5 hours of guided meet and greet with the horses
  • Full-day canoe rental with equipments
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Tasty meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Swedish
Group size: 1-3 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

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 is 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, and 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 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 at the lodge. Your 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 Ekorre: two people (A third bed is available)
  • Cabin Ren: two people (A third bed is available)

The self-catering cabins Ekorre and Ren are equipped with all the necessary belongings to prepare your food. Water (in tanks), firewood, electricity, and gas are included. The cabins for two or three people have a basic dry eco-toilet. A bathroom with WC and shower with hot and cold water is located in the main building.

Program

Day 1 - Sunday: Arrival

Arrival in the afternoon at the beautiful Aha Lodge in Swedish Lapland, close to the lake shore and surrounded by forest and small hills. Have a welcome drink, check in to your cabin, and come down. Overnight.

Day 2 - Monday: Meet and greet the horses

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and the horses; your companions for the next days. In the afternoon, you will have your first experience on the horse. You make a guided horseback tour in the surroundings of Aha. The rest of the day is free for your adventures.

Day 3 - Tuesday: On the water with a canoe, relaxing at the beach, or more self-guided adventures

After your breakfast, you walk together to the nearby Ahalake. Here, you will find your canoes for your boat. Spend your day on the water and take a rest on the big Aha Beach. Take some food with you, grill it on the open fire, and walk in the nearby forest to pick some berries for the desert (depending on the season). With some luck, you can watch moose or reindeer on the shore or an eagle in the sky.

Day 4 - Wednesday: On horseback through the wild

Today, you start a guided FD horseback tour. You leave Aha along the Ahalake shore to the Aha Mountains. After some hours in the wilderness, you will reach your outdoor camp and have an extended lunch break. After lunch, you start riding back to the Aha Lodge. With some luck, you can see a moose or reindeer, red fox, or sea eagle. In the late afternoon, you arrive at the Aha Lodge and have time to relax. Overnight.

Day 5 - Thursday: Departure

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. End of an unforgettable experience in the heart of Swedish Lapland.

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.

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

A nonalcoholic welcome drink and lunch on day 4 incl. nonalcoholic beverages are included in the price.

What's included

  • Guided horseback riding tour
  • Meet and greet the horses (1.5 hours)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Outdoor lunches on the open fire
  • Alcohol-free or low-alcoholic beer during the lunches
  • Full-day canoe rental with life vests, paddle, bag, and map
  • Welcome drink

What's not included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions 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.

Driving directions 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 three and a half hours.

Arrival by bus

Public buses run daily between Umeå and Sorsele. In Umeå, there are connections to long-distance buses, trains, planes, and a ferry to Finland.

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.

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% 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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