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Sweden Mountain Horse Riding Holiday

Give yourself a short vacation on horseback in the mountains. You ride Icelandic horses two days out on the basis of Nikkaluokta and the farm in Puoltsa in the valley and up in the mountains with a breathtaking view of Kebnekaise.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic Horses
  • Height: 12.8 to 14.8
  • Tack: English

Highlights

  • 2 full days of horse riding
  • Swedish and English-speaking guide
  • Icelandic horses
  • Helmets and equipment
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Swedish
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kiruna Airport (US$ 38 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Kitchen

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 up to six people). They also have another house to rent at the farm for up to four people 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 ride both on paths, small roads, and in pathless terrain so you can vary the tempo of the riding. You stop during the tour to cook lunch over an open fire. You stay in a house on the horse farm in Puoltsa and eat local specialties. You arrive at the farm in Puoltsa in the morning on the first day and then Ofelas Islandshästar will prepare the horses and take you on a day trip where you stop to eat lunch out.

You ride up on the bare mountain where you have a fantastic view over the river and the mountains. When you come back, you have a dinner of local specialties. The night is spent in a double room in a house on your farm. The next day after breakfast, you go to Nikkaluokta by car for another great day of riding. Also, this day you eat lunch out, but come back a little earlier so you have time for the trip home.

Maybe you do the tour in the opposite order. The Icelandic horse is certainly a strong horse, but not so large, so the maximum weight of the rider is 90 kilograms and the minimum age is 12. You can come to Nikkaluokta or Puoltsa by bus or car. Sometimes, you have this tour in Ratekjokk, a place you have in a roadless area and they take you there by car and boat.

Riding experience

This tour is suitable for both experienced and less experienced riders.

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 has been 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 the high season.

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

All meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day are included in the price. 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 it, 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 Sami cuisine. Coffee cheese was made from reindeer milk and, later, also from goat and cow milk. Lots of new exciting things are happening with the development of Sami cooking today.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • 2 riding days
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Full board meals
  • Horse with equipment
  • Swedish and English-speaking guide
  • Helmet

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra accommodation
  • Extra meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kiruna Airport (KRN). 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

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.

Alternatives

Kiruna Airport (KRN) is going to be closed two weeks during summer, from July 15-28, 2024. If you plan to travel then, contact OFELAS for information about alternatives.

Airport: Kiruna Airport Airport transfer available: Kiruna Airport (US$ 38 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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Aside from the dates shown below, you may also arrange other arrival dates by agreement. Please send Ofelas Islandshästar an inquiry for more information.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday July 21, 2024
(2 days / 1 night)

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