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Exciting Horse Riding Holiday Norway

Do you want to experience one of the most memorable holidays in Norway? Then, this horse riding holiday is for you. Hjerkinn Fjellstue & Fjellridning offers an amazing horse riding holiday in the mountainous region of Norway where you can come closer to nature and at the same time experience extraordinary riding through mountains, rivers, hills, etc. There will be professional guides that will help and escort you during this holiday so please do not worry about your safety. Come explore Norway from the other side!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 95 kilograms.
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic horses

Meet the instructors

Martin & Kirsti
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Highlights

  • 6 days' horse riding sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours
  • Various well-trained Icelandic horses for riding
  • Breathtaking trails and natural beauty surrounding
  • Ground transportation to and from Hjerkinn Station
  • Tasty breakfasts, packed lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in Norwegian
Spoken languages: English, Norwegian
The maximum participants in the group is 25
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Accommodation

Hjerkinn Fjellstue & Fjellridning / Hjerkinn Mountain Lodge and Farm at Dovre is Norway’s oldest family business. It’s now the 12th, 13th and 14th generation that will welcome you to the lodge and farm. The accommodation is 1000 meters above sea level and has a relaxed atmosphere. The lodge has apartments, hotel rooms, and a pilgrim hut. There is a dining room for 70 guests, a meeting room for 35 guests and a lounge with a fireplace and a small bar. It also has a campsite for caravans and tents, an outdoor hot tub, and a sauna. Moreover, the rooms have private bathroom, TV, refrigerator, and kettle. Bedlinen and towels are also included.

Program

You will ride across fields, in the mountains, and across rivers, following beautiful trails through the Birch forests. Each day, the riders will be divided into smaller groups according to experience, each with its own pace, letting riders get the most out of their riding trip. You’ll try ambling and cantering. On Saturdays, you will ride into the muskoxen’s domain, on the lookout for muskox, wild reindeer, and horses grazing in the Mountain Pastures. The age limit is 12 years, or 10 years if parents will be attending the ride too.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will be picked up at Hjerkinn train station and transported to the mountain hotel where your dinner will be served at 19:00. Then, at 21:00, there will be an information meeting with one of the guides. Here, the talk will be about the week to come and get information on everybody's riding experience.

Day 2

Breakfast will start at 07:00 and then you will have to pack a lunch bag. The team will meet you in the stable at 09:30 where a short introduction course will be held. You will get a horse and you will groom and saddle it yourself with a help from the guides. At approximately 10:30, you will ride out in one big group. After 20 to 30 minutes’ riding, you will stop a while, check the equipment, and be divided into smaller groups based on riding experience. Then, you will ride all day and eat lunch outside. You will be back at the stable around 16:00. Dinner will be served from 19:00 to 20:00.

Day 3

The team will meet you in the stable at 09:30 and get the horses. You will be able to keep your horse if you would like or change to another horse since the team has 50 horses and many to choose from. Today, you will also ride all day. If the weather is good, you will ride on mountain tops and if the weather is not so good, you will ride in the forests. You will be back at the stable at around 16:00.

Day 4

The team will meet you at the stable at 09:30 and saddle the horses. If the weather is good, perhaps, you will ride to an art gallery in the middle of the mountains for lunch, where they have the best home-made ice-cream. You will be back at around 16:00.

Day 5

Today will be another full day of riding in the mountains. Today, you might ride to the neighbor farm (still far away) and get served traditional Norwegian "vafler" with jam and brown cheese.

Day 6

Today, you will ride into the kingdom of the musk ox, where you will look for musk ox, reindeer, and horses in the free. The beautiful mountain of "Snøhetta" will overlook you while you will eat lunch in the nature, or in the award-winning lookout-point "Snøhetta Viewpoint".

Day 7

This day the trip will be somewhat shorter, but you will ride in an amazing moraine landscape with white crisp moss all around. If the weather is good, you will be able to go swimming with the horses in a river nearby (only for the toughest riders). You will be back in the stable at 15:00 in which there will be possible time to change clothes and take a shower before you will be dropped off at the station where the train leaves at 17:30.

Instructors

Martin Hjerkind
Martin is 13th generation of the Hjerkind-family living on Hjerkinn Fjellstue. He is an educated horse trainer and stable manager and have been managing the stable and riding holiday for 25 years.
Kirsti Hjerkind
Kirsti is married to Martin and have been working as a guide and riding instructor in these mountains for 15 years. She has previously worked as a guide on Spitsbergen.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Northern Norway.

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Mountain walking
  • Sauna

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner will be provided daily during this horse riding holiday. Hjerkinn Fjellstue & Fjellridning will serve traditional Norwegian cuisine. Breakfast will be served from 07:30 to 09:30. Unfortunately, you will not be served lunch but you can make yourself a packed lunch at breakfast. Furthermore, dinner will be served at 19:00 and it will be a buffet-style meal with two or three hot dishes, salad, cheese, deserts, and coffee / tea.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Canoeing or boating
  • Cycling
  • Guided Muskox safari
  • Mountain hiking
  • Pilgrim-hikes along various beautiful trails

What's included

  • 6 days' horse riding sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Ground transport to and from Hjerkinn train station

What's not included

  • Transport from Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL) to Hjerkinn train station
  • Drinks

How to get there

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Arrival by train

If you will take a train, please arrive at Hjerkinn Station where the team will pick you up and drive you to your accommodation.

Cancellation Policy

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