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7 Days Family Winter Week on Horseback in Kiruna, Sweden

Ofelas Islandshästar, Puoltsa 1057, 981 99 Kiruna, Sweden

Sweden Horse Riding Holiday for Riders and Non-Riders

Spend an exciting winter week with Ofelas Islandshästar and their Icelandic horses and make a lot of other activities! It is exciting to ride in the snow, in the forest on smaller tracks, in the dark, and during daylight. Other than riding tours, you will have riding classes, a visit to the famous Icehotel, snowmobile, and go reindeer sledding. You'll learn about the Sami culture and have Sami guides with you who are very familiar with the area and culture. You will feel peace and quiet and be much out in nature. Hopefully, you will see northern lights, reindeer, moose, and other animals these days. What you will experience when you visit is both genuine and exciting!

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

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Mats , Kerstin , Jenny , & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • 5 horse riding days
  • Forest and oval track rides
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Northern lights tour on horseback, reindeer sledding, and snowmobile
  • Experience the Sami culture and a moose safari on horseback
  • Various activities for non-riders are available
  • Visit Kiruna and the famous Icehotel
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


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

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Kitchen

During this week, you will stay in a house on Ofelas Islandshästar's small horse farm with double rooms, shared kitchen/living room, and bathroom. The farm is beautifully located close to the Kalix River, west of Kiruna, in a small village. 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.

There is also a sauna at the river bank. You can, on your own, take a walk in the forest and on the river, go skiing, try the “kick” or walk with snowshoes. It is also possible to order meals if you don’t want to cook by yourself. You can rent winter clothes if needed. You can get to Kiruna by bus during the summertime.

Program

Day 1

After your transfer to the farm, start with an introduction in the afternoon to get familiar with the horses. Eat a three-course dinner together after. Outside the window, you will probably see moose and maybe some northern lights.

Day 2

Go up the mountains by snowmobile, two persons are allowed on each snowmobile. You'll learn how to drive a snowmobile this day and have outdoor lunch prepared over an open fire. In the evening, have a riding tour in the dark looking for northern lights and spend the evening in the goahti (Sami hut), around the fire while eating dinner.

Day 3

The next day, have a reindeer sledding tour including lunch where two persons will be sharing a sled; that's the old way of transportation for Sami people in this area. In the afternoon, visit the famous Icehotel, have dinner at the restaurant, and in the evening, come back to the farm.

Day 4

Have a riding class about riding Icelandic horses and for non-riders, you can go on a cross country skiing/snowshoeing tour. In the afternoon, visit the town of Kiruna and the Sami Museum.

Day 5

Ride in the forest, probably seeing moose. Non-riders can go on an arctic wildlife safari tour with a snowmobile. In the afternoon, you will have a sauna, from where you'll have a beautiful view of the river and mountains.

Day 6

Ride in the forest and in the afternoon, have a riding lesson. Non-riders can go by car to the small village of Nikkaluokta, it is a nice scenery to drive to and you will also have chances to photograph. The afternoon is free for you, you can maybe read a book, try kick sledding, or have a walk.

Day 7

On the last day, Ofelas Islandshästar will bring you back to the airport in Kiruna.

Important Information

Most of the activities, you will do from the farm but to some of them, you'll go by car and the activities are probably done in another order than in this program and you always have to respect the winter weather.

Activities

  • Day 1: Arrival and riding lesson
  • Day 2: Snowmobile with outdoor lunch and northern lights tour on horseback
  • Day 3: Reindeer sledding, Sami culture, and Icehotel
  • Day 4: Riders - Forest/road riding and visit Kiruna | Non-Riders - Cross country skiing/snowshoeing tour and visit Kiruna
  • Day 5: Riders - Moose safari on horseback and sauna | Non-Riders - Arctic wildlife safari with snowmobile and sauna
  • Day 6: Riders - Forest and oval track riding | Non-Riders - Visit Nikkaluokta with photo opportunities (with a car) and free afternoon
  • Day 7: Departure

Riding experience

Riding experience is required, you can ride in faster gaits than walk.

Instructors

Mats Blind-Berg

Kerstin Nilsson

Jenny Jansson

Sara Hansson

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

During this trip, daily breakfast, lunch, and two or three-course dinner are included; you will be served with local specialties like game and fish. Reindeer and moose meats are 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 development 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Dog sledding tour with lunch for two people: 2400 SEK
  • Extra riding tours, snowmobile tours, night Icehotel.

What's included

  • Use of a horse with equipment
  • All riding and winter activities in the program
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily full board meals (From dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on Day 7)
  • Engish and Swedish-speaking guide
  • Warm outdoor clothes
  • Helmet use
  • All transfers needed within Kiruna

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Additional activities
  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Alcohol (Sweden has strict rules for buying and serving alcohol so Ofelas Islandshästar can't serve alcohol. You can bring alcohol with you there.)

How to get there

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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.

Ofelas Islandshästar normally picks up at the time of your arrival but if the flights are close to each other, then you maybe have to wait for the next flight. Arrival at the latest is 3 p.m., so you can do the activities on the first day.

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.

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.
7 days / 6 nights
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Pricing information

You can exchange one of the nights on the farm for a night on the Icehotel. For updated prices and reservations, please send Ofelas Islandshästar an inquiry.

Tour information
  • Non-riders are welcome on all arrival dates except on December 28, 2020.
  • The minimum age allowed in order to join this holiday is 12 years.
  • 3 p.m. is the latest arrival time in order for you to do the activities on the first day.
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

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