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7 Days Taiga Horse Riding Holiday in Svansele, Swedish Lapland

Horses of Taiga, Svansele 436, Boliden, Vasterbotten County, Vasterbotten Province, Sweden

Summer Horse Riding Holiday in Sweden

Here’s a thrilling way for the whole family to discover Lapland surrounded by nature and animals. During this summer programme, Horses of Taiga offers you various activities in order to discover the boreal forest, riding and visit to a reindeer farm, including a night in a wilderness camp. You will also savor local and traditional food at every meal. Come and discover the taiga!

Key information

  • Horse breed: Icelandic
  • Riders’ weight: Max 90 kg
  • Tack type: Icelandic

Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Visit to a genuine reindeer farm
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4-5 hours
  • Long rides in the forest and around beautiful lakes
  • Transfer from and to Skellefteå Airport (SFT)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Transportation to the activities
  • 6 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

You will be accommodated in various accommodations provided by Horses of Taiga. For the fifth night, you will be staying in a wooden cabin in the wilderness while for the rest of your stay, you will be staying in a guest house. Guesthouse is 8 km away from the farm, with 3 double/twin rooms. Singles can share a twin room. The guests share the bathroom. There are a sauna and a Swedish hot tub just outside the house.

Program

Day 1

Please arrive at Skellefteå Airport (SFT) or Jörn Train Station. Horses of Taiga will pick you up and drive you to your accommodation. You will meet them around a nice dinner and they will present you the next six days. The overnight will be in the guest house.

Day 2

You will enjoy breakfast at the guest house. For this first day of activity, you will discover the Nordic horses. Horses of Taiga will introduce the Icelandic and North Swedish horses to you, tell you a bit more about their specificities, and get to know your companions for the next days. In the afternoon, you will go for a short ride in the forest, enjoying the first hoof steps in the boreal forest. Dinner and overnight will be at the guest house.

Day 3

You will have breakfast at the guest house. Now that you got to know your new friends for the week, you will saddle them and prepare them for a whole day in the forest. You will take your lunch with you, which you will eat on your way, during a nice lunch break around a fire. After the ride, you take care of your horses and can then take a rest and enjoy the nice Swedish summer evening. Why not with a swim in the river? Dinner and overnight will be at the guest house.

Day 4

You will enjoy breakfast at the guest house. Theme of the day will be the Sami culture and life in the Great North*. You will drive to a genuine reindeer farm, where you will get to share a moment with a Sami family and will have the chance to learn more about their animals and their lifestyle. On the way there, you will discover the great summer landscapes of Lapland. At the end of the day, you will drive back to the guest house for dinner. The overnight will be in the guest house.

Note: It is possible that the visit to Sami is replaced with a sled dog themed day, including a half-day of cani-hiking.

Day 5

You will have breakfast at the guest house. You will now go for a two days' adventure! After breakfast, you will head up to the stables where you prepare the horses for the tour. When the horses are saddled, the lunch packed, and the riders ready, you can start your long ride in the wilderness, in the forest, and around beautiful lakes. The gentle horses will bring you to various peaceful places. After the ride, you will stop at Bredträsk, a wilderness camp on the shore of a beautiful lake. The cook will be waiting for you there with a hot sauna and a warm dinner. You will spend the night in the little wooden cabin.

Day 6

Another great day of riding in the Taiga! You will leave Bredträsk after breakfast and already take the direction of the farm. On your way, you will open your eyes and hope to see reindeers or even an elk if you are lucky! Once back at the stables, you thank your horses and let them rest after this adventure. You certainly also need a rest yourselves, which you take at the guest house around a filling dinner. The overnight will be at the guest house.

Day 7

After breakfast, Horses of Taiga will drive you to Skellefteå Airport (SFT) or Jörn Train Station so you can take your transportation to Stockholm with lots of beautiful memories!

Note: Basic riding skills and good physical condition are needed.

Included excursions

You will enjoy a visit to a genuine reindeer farm to learn about Sami culture. It is possible to be replaced with a sled dog themed day, including a half-day of cani-hiking

Location

Horses of Taiga's farm, Svanström, is situated in the small village of Svansele, in the Swedish region called Västerbotten. Only a hundred kilometers away from the Arctic Circle, the farm is at the door of Lapland, this wonderful and mystical polar region, the land of snow, ice, berries, reindeers, and elks.

All around, 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 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 reindeers. It is in this mysterious and quiet landscape that Horses of Taiga offers you to ride, just for an hour or for a whole week. Even when not covered in snow, Lapland looks gorgeous. Each season brings its special light and its particular flora. When snow and ice melt, the boreal forest uncovers wonderful unexpected riding tracks.

Food

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, intolerant to lactose, or allergic to gluten, or all at once, Horses of Taiga will be happy to arrange meals that fit you all along the tour, and only with fresh, local and ethical food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

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

What's included

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Visit to a genuine reindeer farm to learn about Sami culture
  • Guiding for the rides and visits
  • Transportation to the activities
  • Possibility to borrow a riding helmet
  • Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
  • Transfer from and to Skellefteå Airport (SFT)
  • 6 nights' accommodation

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.

From Stockholm, you can fly to Skellefteå, approximately 80 kilometers from the farm.

Arrival by train

You can also take a day or night train to Jörn, a small town situated a few kilometers north from Svansele. Horses of Taiga also provides transfers from and to Jörn Train Station.

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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This horse riding holiday is available from 1st of June to 15th of October. Please select an arrival date below.

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