Ride Overview - Northern Lights and Midnight Sun Ride
A stunning horseback riding vacation in Norway! Experience the landscape, culture and history of Lofoten from horseback. Located in the Nordland County of Norway, the region is known for a distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. An original Viking horse will carry you along old Viking trails to these incredibly diverse landscapes. These horses are the ancestors of the Icelandic horse and during your days in the saddle, you will get to experience the special gaits of the Icelandic horse. The highlight of this equestrian vacation is riding under either the magical dance of the green and pink Northern Lights or the brilliance of the Midnight Sun! In addition, visits to the Viking Lofotr Museum and organic goat farms are planned. Golfers will enjoy playing golf at the neighboring 18 hole golf course, Lofoten Links, under the midnight sun. Your accommodation is a high standard lodge in Gimsøy. You will return from this ride with incredible memories!
“The setting is stunning, and the guide knows his horses really well and is able to make sure experienced riders and novices have a great experience. Frode explains some of the history of the area as you ride past Viking remains, but he also allows you time to just take it all in by yourself and just enjoy being on an Icelandic horse in the middle of nowhere in the Arctic. Hov means “a special place” and in this case it’s certainly true. Experiencing it on horseback somehow makes it even more special.” D. C. 2016
Ride Itinerary - Northern Lights and Midnight Sun Ride
In the afternoon, you will be transferred from either the Leknes or Svolvaer Airport to your comfortable lodge. You will meet your guide and fellow riders at dinner. At 10:00 P.M., you will experience either the Midnight Sun or Northern Lights (weather permitting). This is an easy 2-hour ride across the stable fields. Your group will stop for a break at Hovshula where you will be served a warm drink and get a chance to take pictures or just enjoy the nature and the company of the horses.
Your group will ride along the Vikingvei/Viking Old Road to Gimsøy. Along the way, you will have lunch at the traditional Sami Lavvo in Vinje Valley. Medium demanding tour. 5-6 hour ride.
Today, you will enjoy a 5-6 hour ride from the Viking Museum at Borg (www.lofotr) to the famous Aalan goat cheese farm. www.aalan.no. At the farm, you will be served an ecological lunch and goat cheese tasting. Medium demanding tour, where entrance to the museum are included.
The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
Your trail begins at Gjendalen and ends down at the Vinje Beach. Lunch will be served at a traditional café. Medium demanding tour. 4-5 hour ride.
This is a day long ride to the Lofoten Gårdsysteri (Organic Farm) from the Viking Museum at Borg. Demanding trip with a lot of climbing and stunning view. About 5-6 hour ride including lunch at Lofoten Gårdsysteri. http://lofoten-gardsysteri.no/
After breakfast in the lodge, you will be transferred to the Svolvær or Leknes Airport.
Ride Details - Northern Lights and Midnight Sun Ride
Dates: NORTHERN LIGHTS VIEWINGS ONLY IN AUTUMN AND WINTER RIDES: April 19th – 24th, April 26th – May 1st, May 10th – 15th, May 17th – 22nd, September 27th – October 2nd, October 4th – 9th, October 11th – 16th
Airport: Svolvaer (SVY) or Leknes (LKN)
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 2 to 6
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE able to trot and canter in open spaces. Comfortable in riding up and down mountain trails.
Restrictions: maximum weight 205 lbs./95 kg
Group Size: 4-10
Non-riding Activities: golf, kayaking, climbing, hiking
Accommodations: 4**** Lofoten Links Lodge, private cabins with 2 beds and private bathroom
Price: $2,260.00 per person, double occupancy , $355.00 single package supplement
*Prices will fluctuate with the USD/NOK exchange rate and be fixed at your final payment.
Included: 4 nights lodging, most meals, horse, guide, tack, transfer to and from the airport, tickets to museum
Not Included: airfare, dinners
How to get there:
Hov Hestegård is located in the small district Hov on Gimsøy central on the Lofoten Islands, less then an hour drive from most of the main hotels and tourist attractions. Hov is about 45 km South-West of Svolvær and about 50 km North-East of Leknes. From either direction, follow the main road E10 and turn North by the bridge Sundklakkbrua on Gimsøy, following signs saying “Hov”. About 1 kilometer past the local golf course Lofoten Links you find the horse farm on the left hand side of the road.
From Oslo Gardermoen Airport it is a 90 minute flight to Bodø (BOO). From Bodø you can fly either to Svolvær (SVJ) or Leknes (LKN), both of which are 20 minute flights. Widerøe operates flights across the Vestfjorden 6 times a day. Flights all the way to Svolvær or Leknes may be booked here: www.sas.no or www.wideroe.no.
From April 2017 there will also be possible to fly non stop to Svolvær or Leknes from Oslo Gardermoen 4 times per week and 6 times per week during the summer season. You can find your tickets here: www.wideroe.no.
Due to Lofoten’s mainland road link, it is also possible to fly from Oslo Gardermoen to Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes. There you can hire a car or catch the bus to Svolvær or Sundklakk (https://www.177nordland.no/index.php?ac_id=280&ac_parent=280) with the possibility to get a pick up from either of those locations.
Generally we recommend our guests to rent a car in Lofoten, since it is a bit challenging to get around by bus and you get a better chance to see more of Lofoten with a car.
There are many different rental car companies in Lofoten and at the Harstad/Narvik airport, for example Budget, Hertz, Sixt Bilutleie and Rent A Car Lofoten (http://www.rentacar-lofoten.com/index.php/NO/)
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Northern Lights and Midnight Sun Ride