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2 Days Summer Horse Riding Holiday in the Mountains of Kebnekaise, Sweden

Ofelas Islandshästar, Puoltsa 1057, 981 99 Kiruna, Sweden

Sweden Mountain Horse Riding Holiday

Give yourself a short vacation on horseback in the mountains. Ride Icelandic horses for two days out on the base of Nikkaluokta and the farm in Puoltsa, in the valley, and up in the mountains with a breathtaking view of Kebnekaise. Ride both on paths, small roads, and in pathless terrain so the tempo of the riding can be varied. Stop during the tours to cook lunch over an open fire and stay in a house at the horse farm in Puoltsa and eat local specialties!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic Horses

Highlights

  • 2 full-day horse rides
  • Swedish and English-speaking guide
  • Icelandic horses with equipment are included
  • Daily full board meals will be served
  • Helmets will be provided
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Swedish
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kiruna Airport (US$44 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Kitchen

The packages are all for a shared room. If you want to live close to nature, have animals, like moose, outside your window and experience the silence, this is the place for you.

Ofelas has two houses for rent at the horse farm, one with three bedrooms, a common kitchen and two bathrooms (for 1 to 6 persons). They also have another house to rent at the farm for 1 to 4 persons with one shared bathroom.

There is also a sauna at the river bank. You can, on your own, take a walk in the forest. You can get to Kiruna by bus from Kiruna during the summertime.

Program

You will arrive at the farm in Puoltsa in the morning on the first day and then prepare the horses and go out on a day trip where you will stop for lunch outside. Ride up on the bare mountain where you will have a fantastic view over the river and the mountains. When you come back, have a dinner consisting of local specialties. The night is spent in a double room in a house on the farm.

Next day after breakfast, go to Nikkaluokta by car for another great day of riding. This day, you will also eat lunch outside but come back a bit earlier so you will have time for the trip home. Sometimes, Ofelas Islandshästar does the tours in the opposite order. This tour is suitable for both experienced and less experienced riders.

You can come to Nikkaluokta/Puoltsa via a bus or a car. Sometimes, Ofelas Islandshästar has this tour in Ratekjokk, a place they have in a roadless area and they will take you there via a car and a boat.

Riding Experience

Prior riding experience is not necessary but you must be in good physical health. This ride is suitable both for you with riding experience and for you who have never been riding before

Animals

Right now, Ofelas Islandshästar has about 25 Icelandic horses at the farm, a few are privately owned. The stable cat, Lunar, also lives there, as well as two goats and dogs. During the winter, Ofelas Islandshästar also gets quite a lot of moose there.

The Ofelas Islandshästar Team

The company is run by Kerstin Nilsson and Mats Blind-Berg, since 1997. Jenny Jansson and Sara Hansson work at the farm, they have both moved up there from south of Sweden. Usually, Ofelas Islandshästar has some extra employees during high season.

Minimum age: 12 years

Location

Ofelas Islandshästar is located 25 kilometers west of Kiruna in the direction of Nikkaluokta with a fantastic view of the mountains and Kalix river. In wintertime, they have the northern lights and during summer, the midnight sun.

Puoltsa

The farm is located in a small village called Puoltsa (Buolža in Sami). It is between Kiruna and Nikkaluokta, next to the riverbank of the Kalix river. Ofelas Islandshästar has had the business since 1997.

Distances

  • Kiruna, 25 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Sauna

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Kitchen

Food

Reindeer and moose meat is an important ingredient in Sámi cuisine, usually smoked to last longer when you are out in the mountains for many weeks. Other local specialties in this area are fish from the river or mountain lakes. Berries and herbs are also important ingredients, like cloudberries, blueberries, lingonberries, Angelica, meadowsweet, etc. Ofelas Islandshästar provides any special diet if you require, like no lactose, gluten-free, or vegetarian, just remember to inform them in advance.

Traditional food in Sámi is meat and fish supplemented with herbs and berries. Salt and flour were bought so you could bake bread. Fish and meat were eaten either fresh, salted, smoked, dried, or conserved in a different way. The Sami cuisine still looks the same but with new dishes and outside influences.

Reindeer and moose meat, Arctic char, Whitefish, cloudberries, blueberries, lingonberries, Angelica, and Mountain Sorrel are common in the Sami cuisine. Coffee cheese was made from reindeer milk, later, also from goat and cow milk. Lots of new exciting things are happening with the developing of Sami cooking today.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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

What's included

  • Daily horse rides
  • Services of a Swedish and English-speaking guide
  • Daily full board meals (From Day 1 lunch to Day 2 lunch)
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Use of a horse with equipment
  • Helmet use

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Extra accommodation
  • Extra meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Kiruna Airport (KRN). From Stockholm, there are direct flights to Kiruna, they take approximately 90 minutes and are run by SAS and Norwegian. From the airport, there is a shuttle bus to Kiruna city center. You can also arrange a transfer service with Ofelas Islandshästar at an additional cost of 400 SEK per person.

Arrival by bus

You can get to Ofelas Islandshästar by bus from Kiruna during summertime. It usually departs twice a day during high season. For more information, please send Ofelas Islandshästar an inquiry.

Arrival by train

At SJ’s website, you can book train tickets to Kiruna. Between Stockholm and Kiruna, there is a night train without change. From the train station, there are free shuttles to the city center.

Arrival by taxi

If you would like to arrive through a taxi service, please send Ofelas Islandshästar an inquiry for more information.

Airport: Kiruna Airport Airport transfer available: Kiruna Airport (US$44 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Availability

Aside from the dates shown below, you may also arrange other arrival dates by agreement from June to the beginning of October. Please send Ofelas Islandshästar an inquiry for more information.

Pricing information

Meals and/or accommodation before and/or after the tour is available at the following additional costs:

  • Accommodation – 400 SEK
  • Breakfast – 100 SEK
  • Lunch – 200 SEK
  • Dinner – 400 SEK

For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday June 13, 2021
(2 days / 1 night)

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