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Sweden Horse Riding Tour

Choosing a tour with an Icelandic horse in the mountains is a perfect way to see the mountains. You get to know the Icelandic horse, have an adventure, be out in nature, sit round a campfire, learn about the Sami culture, and sleep in a Sami tent (lávvu).

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 12.8 - 14.8 hands
  • Tack Type: Icelandic/English tack
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic Horses

Meet the instructors

Mats , Kerstin , & Jenny
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Highlights

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Swedish and English-speaking guide
  • Horse with helmet and equipment
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Transfers to and from Kiruna and the starting point

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Swedish
Group size: 3-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Kiruna Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

On your first night, you will sleep on Ofelas Islandshästar's farm and on both nights during the rides, you will be camping and stay in a Sami tepee (lávvu) where you will sleep in sleeping bags around a fireplace. In the tepee, you can make a fire if you want to.

Program

The main things will be the horse, riding, nature, weather, and food, a long way away from stress. This tour is for you who want to ride up in the mountains with great views, near nature in an area where very few people are. This is also for you who do not mind helping out with camping chores and do not mind being without the luxury of experiencing the natural way of being out in nature. For this tour, you need to have riding experience. Mostly, you ride in pathless terrain and on small tracks so you get to know the sure-footed Icelandic horses.

You can ride in different tempos depending on the terrain. You ride on the bare mountain, in swamp areas, and in the forest. Both nights, you sleep in a Sami tepee (lávvu) where you sleep in sleeping bags around the fireplace. In the teepee, you can make a fire if you want to. During the tour, you have an extra horse carrying the food and other things, but everyone carries her or his own personal things in saddle bags on their own horse. For washing yourself, you use the clean water in the mountain creeks. It is good if you have some experience of camping.

On the tour, you help each other with the horses and with camp chores. Sometimes, you need to lead the horses when the terrain demands it. Because you are riding in a mountain area, you have some time to change the route because of the weather. On the first day, you ride through the forest, over swamps, and up to the bare mountain. You get a horse which suits you. You ride on the south side of the Kalix River and arrive at your overnight place in the afternoon. After breakfast the next day, you ride a day tour over the bare mountain with a fantastic view.

You finish the riding day in the afternoon at the same place as you started the tour and from there back to the farm by car. On some days of the tour, you go west to Ratekjokk where you sleep in a cabin, and day three is a day ride to Ratekjokk. Then you leave the horses there and cross the Kalix River by boat and then by car back to the farm (can also be ridden in the other direction). You ride about 15 to 25 kilometers every day.

The Icelandic horse is a strong horse but not very big so the rider´s max weight is 90 kilograms. The minimum number of persons is two and the maximum number of persons is 10. They lend you a riding helmet. Minimum age is 12 years. A list of equipment you get when you book the tour. The first day you meet in the morning on the farm for shared transportation to the starting point. To the farm, you can come by bus or car.

Riding experience

Multiple years of riding experience is required; you can control a horse in open terrain and have good physical health.

Instructors

Mats Blind-Berg

Kerstin Nilsson

Jenny Jansson

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.

Food

All meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day are included in the price. The food you cook together over a fire when you are outdoors (or in the tepee in bad weather). The food is exclusive specialties from this area, for example, reindeer meat and fish. Reindeer and moose meat is an important ingredient in Sami 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. They provide any special diet if you require that, like no lactose, gluten, or vegetarian (remember to tell 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. Sweden has strict rules for buying and serving alcohol so Ofelas Islandshästar cannot serve alcohol. You can bring alcohol with you there. If you ask, Ofelas Islandshästar can help you buy alcohol in Kiruna but they will not offer to do it.

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

  • 3 whole days of horse riding
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Full board meals
  • Horse with equipment
  • Swedish and English-speaking guide
  • Use of helmet
  • Transport to and from the starting point
  • Transfers from and to Kiruna

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Alcohol

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.

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 included: Kiruna Airport No additional charges. 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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This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Thursday August 8, 2024
(5 days / 4 nights)

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