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Amazing Horse Riding Holiday Sweden

If you dream of discovering the Great North, this horse riding holiday is for you. Here is a magical way to discover Lapland surrounded by nature and animals.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13 - 14 hands
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic

Highlights

  • 3 horse rides
  • Ride through snowy paths, forests, and frozen lakes
  • Exciting dog sledding and snowshoeing with sled dog
  • Guided tour of a wilderness exhibition
  • Encountering with Sami people and their reindeers
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
Airport transfer included: Skellefteå Airport
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Accommodation

During the whole stay, you will be staying at the lovely campsite Rännudden, on the shore of the lake Norsjön, approximately 25 minutes away from Horses of Taiga's farm. You will share a two-person stuga, the typical Swedish cabin. Each stuga has its toilet and shower. If you are a group of three people, you can even decide to all stay in the same cabin as there is one single bed and a double bed-sofa.

Program

During this winter adventure, Horses of Taiga offers you a real adventure in the wilderness, three rides on Icelandic horses, dogsledding, encounters with reindeer, as well as local and traditional food at every meal. The whole experience is certified by Nature's Best Sweden, the Swedish label for ecotourism.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Skellefteå airport in the afternoon. Horses of Taiga will pick you up and drive you to your accommodation, the lovely campsite of Rännudden. You settle into your cabin for the week and have a relaxing first evening. Dinner is served in a small restaurant.

Day 2: Wilderness exhibition and first ride in the snow

Breakfast at the camp. They pick you up in the morning for a whole day in the beautiful village of Svansele. You will start with a guided tour of the biggest wildlife exhibition in Sweden. Your guide’s tales accompany you along the twelve thematic rooms. You will know everything before you get to see it for real during the activities. After the tour, you will enjoy a nice lunch around the fire, cooked from the most local products.

You then head to the farm where you meet fluffy Icelandic horses, prepare them for the tour, and get to know a little more about their specificities. When everyone is ready, you take directly the direction of the forest for a two-hour ride. Tölting in the snow is a unique feeling. After the ride and a warm drink, they drive you back to the camp where you will enjoy a nice dinner.

Day 3: Full-day ride

Breakfast at the camp. Today, you spend the whole day with the horses. You drive to the farm, pick the horses, pack your lunch in the saddle bags, and get everything ready for the ride. You ride through snowy landscapes, between frozen lakes and hopefully spotting a few animals. Reindeers, mooses, and foxes - you never know who you can meet on the way. You stop by a lake for lunch and make a warming fire. Then you take the road again with fluffy companions. Dinner and night at the camp.

Day 4: Dog sledding and meet the reindeer

Breakfast at the camp. In the morning, you drive to the kennel, in Åmliden. There you will meet Lena and her sled dogs. She will first give you all the instructions for the adventure. Then you will go for an exciting experience: driving your own dog team. You share a sled with another participant, so everyone gets to try driving as well as sitting in the sled. After this exciting adventure, you drive to the friend Börje, a reindeer herder.

He will serve you a nice warm lunch around the fire and tell you about the life and ancestral customs of his people, the Sami, who were once nomadic, traveling according to the movements of the herd. In the afternoon, you get the chance to observe the reindeer up close. Dinner and night at the camp.

Day 5: Snowshoe hike with a sleddog, moonlight ride

After breakfast, you drive to Jenny and Basti’s farm for your next adventure: a snowshoe hike accompanied by sled dogs. They will introduce you to their friendly dogs and show you how to enjoy the hike at its most. It can be a bit challenging, but the pace will always be adapted to the participants and the weather. A nice homemade lunch will take place in the forest or at the farm, according to temperature.

Later in the afternoon, you head back to the farm for a moonlight ride. There is no feeling like riding in the dark, letting your horse guide you through the night. The moonlight, pitch dark, or sometimes even northern lights - every weather condition makes this experience unique. After the ride, you warm up with a nice woodfire sauna and a warm dinner around the fire at the farm. You then drive you back to the camp for the night.

Day 6: Departure

Already the last day. After breakfast, they drive you back to Skellefteå where you can catch your transport towards home or your next adventure.

Riding information

  • Level: Comfortable in all gaits and good physical condition needed

Important information

Winter in Lapland is quite demanding for the body. Thus make sure you are in a good physical condition when you come there. Walking, riding, playing outside in temperatures that can be from minus 10 to minus 30 Celsius degrees, and with heavy clothes on: your heart needs to be prepared. Children must be well dressed and they might not always be able to stay the whole day outside if the temperatures are low.

Location

The holiday will take place in Norsjö, Västerbotten, Sweden. Not far away from the Arctic Circle, at the door of Lapland, is this wonderful and mystical polar region, the land of snow, ice, berries, reindeer, and mooses. All around the place, you can enjoy the peace and the wild feeling of the Taiga, also known as boreal forest or snow forest. In Sweden, the Taiga consists of wide forests of pines, spruce, and birch and is inhabited by thousands of wild animals such as elks, foxes, lynx, and even bears. When in the forest, you can also meet the Sami people with their herd of reindeer.

Food

All meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on day six are included in the price. All the meals noted “at the camp” will be served in the small restaurant. Dinners consist of two courses and are homemade from local products. The restaurant has its own bar where you can enjoy a drink in the evening.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Guiding for the rides and other activities
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation to the activities
  • Possibility to borrow a riding helmet, riding mittens, and a warm riding overall

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Single supplement fee (500 SEK per night)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Skellefteå Airport (SFT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Horses of Taiga will pick you up from the airport. The transfers are planned for an arrival at 2:10 p.m. in Skellefteå on day one (departure from Stockholm at 1:00 p.m.) and a departure at 10:10 a.m. from Skellefteå on day six (arrival in Stockholm at 11:20 a.m.)

Arrival by train

You can take a train to Bastuträsk. Let Horses of Taiga know if you choose this option.

Airport: Skellefteå Airport Airport transfer included: Skellefteå Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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 30 days before arrival.

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