Ride Overview - Viking Trails Ride
A memorable 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. Bathed by the light of the midnight sun, and rising out of the Norwegian Sea like a fortress wall, the 4,000-foot granite peaks of Lofoten will mesmerize you with their craggy summits, lovely jade meadows, and unforgettable views of Norway’s sparkling fjords. This is a ride for your senses; the sight of the rugged mountains rising from the morning fog, the salty smell of the ocean, wet rocks and red kelp; and the sound of silence from the rolling ocean waves. 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. Non-riding activities include visits to the fishing village of Reine and Sørvågen, the Viking Museum at Borg, organic and cheese producing farms. 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 find lots of peace, quiet, fresh air and fantastic views!
Ride Itinerary - Viking Trails Ride
You will be transferred from either the Leknes or Svolvaer Airport to your comfortable lodge. You will meet your fellow riders and guide during dinner. At sunset, you will ride for two hours around the stable.
After breakfast, you will ride along an old Viking road to Gimsøy. This village is located on the northeastern shore of the island of Gimsøya. Lunch will be served in the traditional Sami Lavvo in Vinje Valley. 5-6-hour ride. A boathouse will be the venue for dinner.
You will ride to the Viking Museum atBorg and the Aalan cheese farm. An ecological lunch at the Åland farm will allow you to taste many of their famous goat cheeses. Dinner will be served in the clubhouse.
This is a non-riding day. In the morning, you can try golfing at the driving range or putting green. After lunch, you will be driven to the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær. Here you can visit the many small arts and crafts shops, and galleries (modern and traditional art). You will also take part in the RIB nature, eagle and orca safari with Lofoten Opplevelser – a great experience. Dinner will be enjoyed at one of the famous fish restaurants in Henningsvær.
After breakfast, you will ride along an old farm road to medieval Austvagøy and Sunlandsfjorden. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
Today, your ascending trail will take you from the Viking Museum at Borg to lunch at the Lofoten Gårdsysteri (organic farm). The views along the way will be stunning.
A short ride is planned before lunch. Afterward, you will be driven to Reine to spend the day sightseeing in this beautiful western part of Lofoten islands. You will visit small fishing villages offering arts and crafts shops. Dinner will be served in one of the fish restaurants at Reine or Sørvågen.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to either the Svolvær or Leknes airport.
Ride Details - Viking Trails Ride
Dates: May 13th- 20th, June 10th-17th, October 7th-14th
Airport: Svolvaer (SVY) or Leknes (LKN)
Riding Days: 6
Daily Riding Hours: 2 to 6
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE able to trot and canter in open spaces. Capable of riding up and down mountain trails.
Restrictions: maximum weight 205 lbs./95 kg
Group Size: 4-6
Non-riding Activities: golf, kayaking, climbing, hiking
Accommodations: 4**** Lofoten Links Lodge, private cabins with 2 beds and private bathroom
Price: $2,800.00 per person, double occupancy, $330.00 single supplement
*Prices will fluctuate with the USD/NOK exchange rate and be fixed at your final payment.
Included: lodging, all meals, horse, guide, tack, transfer to and from the airport, tickets to the museum
Not Included: airfare
How to get there:
Hov Hestegård is located in the small district Hov on Gimsøy central on the Lofoten Islands, less than 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/)
TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL:
June –August promise long days and the fabled midnight sun ideal for riding – but no guarantee of heat, even if it won’t be cold! May and September offer mild temperatures, fewer crowds and gorgeous natural colors.
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