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5 Days Horseback Riding Holiday Along the Free River of Vindelälven in Ammarnäs, Sweden

Hedebo Farm, Nolsivägen 100, Ammarnäs, Sweden

Sweden Horseback Riding Holiday

Join Ammarnäsfjällens Islandshästar for this fantastic horseback riding adventure including a tour along the national river, Vindelälven (or the river Vindel´n), one of the last free rivers in Sweden. Spend a night in an old pioneer's place "Aitelnas Viste", a jewel amongst jewels! The day after, if the water level allows, wade across the river on horseback, an exciting experience that many appreciate, at least afterward!

Key Information

  • Horse Breed: Icelandic Horse
  • Max weight of rider: 95 kg

Meet the instructors

Helena
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Highlights

  • 3 horse riding days
  • 1 bath in a wood-fired hot tub
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3-5 hours
  • Horse with packing equipment and lending of helmets
  • Service of an English-speaking guide
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor shower

Hedebo Farm offers you three different types of cottages. One single cottage, one double or pair cottage, and one family or triple cottage. The cottages are simple but fresh, clean, and lovely. The best part is the view and no words can describe it perfectly. The cottages offer magnificent views over the mountains, rivers, and Ammarnäs culture-marked meadows which in Ammarnäs is called "raning".

In close proximity to the cottages is an outhouse (dry) toilet and running cold water tap (only frost-free period). Inside the cottages, there are water containers for refilling. A simple outhouse kitchen is available in conjunction with the sauna. Coldwater (only frost-free period), kettle, 2-plate hob, coffee machine, and different kitchenware are available.

When the water in the outdoor kitchen has been closed, water is collected in the saddle chamber in the stall. A large barbecue area is down by the lake. In the storage by the outdoor kitchen, there are pans, pots, and other things that are needed for outdoor cooking. During the summer months, you can take a dip in Nolavan, a small lake formed in Vindelälven's suburbs, at their own beach.

The temperature in June to August varies from approximately 15 to 22 degrees Celsius. Down at Nolavan, there is also a wood-burning hot tub in addition to the wood-burning sauna.

Ribovardo

This single cottage is a simple building of approximately seven square meters with one room. It has a small simple kitchen corner with a fridge and kettle.

Lill-Aigert

This pair/double cottage is a 15-square meter building of a local type, "Sorselestugan", and consists of one room. There is room for two people in the cottage.

Äivesåive

This family/triple cottage is a 15-square meter building of a local type, "Sorselestugan", and consists of two rooms, one of which is a bedroom. There is room for a maximum of three adults or two adults with one to two children in the cottage, in a family bed (2 down and 1 up) and 1 bed in a kitchen sofa.

Program

From the top of the mountain Ammar you can see the infinite space in all directions. If you are lucky, you can see a buzzard or a golden eagle soaring in the sky and maybe, you could hear the laughter of the ptarmigan. Arrive back to Ammarnas at about 5 p.m. and enjoy a waiting hot tub on the Hedebo Farm, where you will spend the first, second, and last night.

Day 1: Wednesday

Arrive at the village, Ammarnäs, in the afternoon/evening; you will spend the night at Hedebo Farm, meals are not included on this day.

Day 2: Thursday (14 to 15 kilometers / 3.5 hours in the saddle)

Have breakfast in the cottage and at 9:30 a.m., travel to the village for a visit to the Ammarnäs Visitor Centre, where you will be guided around the exhibition between 10 to 11 a.m. After the visit, start with a ride, an extended half-day riding-tour, riding along a creek up to an old settler's place; hay meadows with its barns have been restored and cantering along these meadows is a delightful experience!

On the way back, wade across the creek (if the water level allows) and conclude with riding horses home to Hedebo Farm. You will spend the night at Hedebo Farm in an assigned cottage. Today's breakfast (prepared on your own) and lunch are included in the basic price.

Day 3: Friday (17 kilometers / 3.5 hours in the saddle)

Have your breakfast in the cottage and pack your personal equipment. At 9:30 a.m., start with the horses and the riding tour against the old pioneer place; Aitelnas Viste, a very old cabin from the 1880s. Aitelnas Viste lies in the mountain valley, very beautiful under the steep slope of the mountain hillside and along the shore of the river Vindel´n. The fine sandy beaches welcome you to try a dip in the crystal clear, shimmering green but cold mountain water. Today's breakfast (prepared on your own), lunch, and dinner are included in the basic price.

Day 4: Saturday (25 kilometers / 5 to 5.5 hours in the saddle)

Start early in the morning; the day includes wading on horseback across the river Vindel´n, an exciting experience that, perhaps, makes it tickle your stomach! Climb up to Stuore Jåppen and maybe, have one or two canters across the expanses. After the ride, it would feel good to have a warm bath at the hot tub in Hedebo Farm and a last dinner meal. Spend the night at Hedebo Farm; today's breakfast (prepared on your own), lunch, and dinner are included in the basic price.

Day 5: Sunday

Clean the accommodation and get ready for your departure. Check-out is no later than 12 p.m. Today's breakfast (prepared on your own) is included in the basic price.

Included excursions

  • Vindelälven (River of Vindel´n), one of the last free rivers of Sweden.
  • Experience Vindelfjällens Nature Reserve on Icelandic Horses.
  • Sapmi Land, get the chance to see reindeers.
  • "Aitelnas", an old pioneer's place with magnificent surroundings.

Instructors

Helena Ifrig

Location

Welcome to Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve and the mountain village Ammarnäs in Swedish Lapland; a magnificent and exciting part of Scandinavia! Visit a mountain landscape sculptured by ice sheets. Here lie glaciers, snow-clad peaks and mountain heaths where reindeer, Arctic fox, and gyrfalcon can be seen. To the east are vast spruce and pine forests; the Taiga’s western outpost. Man arrived here shortly after the ice sheets retreated, the oldest archaeological remains are over 8000 years old! With its 560,000 hectares of diverse scenery, Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve is one of Europe’s largest protected areas.

Food

Every day, you will have simple breakfasts prepared by you, the guests, themselves, in the cabin (Sandwich, cheese, cereal and milk, porridge, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.). Lunch is usually homemade soup and dinner by the fire is usually reindeer (local) and some vegetables and herbs from Ammarnäsfjällens Islandshästar's own garden or the area.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Activities depending on the season

  • Berry or mushroom picking
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain running, personal guide with own layout
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking

What's included

  • 3 horse riding days
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 1 bath in a wood-fired hot tub
  • Horse with packing equipment
  • English-speaking riding guide
  • Lending of helmets
  • Full board meals during activities (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals on arrival day
  • Cleaning of the cabin during the stay
  • Dinner on Thursday

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Umeå Airport (UME) and change to a bus or rent a car for the last 360 kilometers. You can also arrive at Arvidsjaur Airport (AJR) and rent a car for the last 180 kilometers. The third option is to arrive at Lycksele Airport (LYC) and rent a car for the last 230 kilometers

Arrival by train

Go by night-train from Stockholm via Umeå and change to a bus towards Lycksele and then a new bus towards Sorsele/Ammarnäs.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 2 days before arrival.
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