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Riding in the snow is exhilarating both on forest tracks and on ice. However this holiday is as much about trying other winter outdoor activities as well as riding. It is also an opportunity to learn about the Sami culture, including reindeer herding. Sami guides, who are at home in this extreme environment, will take you on an exciting adventure.
The Icelandic horse is the perfect mount for exploring in the snow. Despite their small size they are hardy and have great stamina. If you have not ridden Icelandics before, this trip is a great introduction to the breed.
You are likely to see reindeer and moose on the rides and hopefully the northern lights. When not flying around the country on sleds or snowmobiles, there is the wonderful peace and calm of being in the wilderness covered in a blanket of snow.
This is a perfect holiday for accompanying non-riders, who have alternative activities whilst the riders are out on the longer rides.
The pace is not fast and is dictated by the terrain, but there are opportunities to tölt and canter. The Icelandic horses are small, up to 13.2hh, but are strong and fun to ride.
For this ride you should be happy at walk, trot and canter.
The riding style is English.
There is a rider weight limit of 90kg.
Hard hats are mandatory.
Five nights are spent in simple and warm accommodation at the horse farm, located next to the river Kalix. There are two houses, each with a bathroom, kitchen and living area. Of the five rooms, four are twin/double rooms and one has two bunks. One night is spent at the Ice Hotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi.
It is possible to pay a supplement for a single room at the farm and the Ice Hotel (subject to availability).
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||17 Dec 2023 - 23 Dec 2023||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||31 Dec 2023 - 6 Jan 2024||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||14 Jan 2024 - 20 Jan 2024||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||28 Jan 2024 - 3 Feb 2024||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||11 Feb 2024 - 17 Feb 2024||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||25 Feb 2024 - 2 Mar 2024||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||10 Mar 2024 - 16 Mar 2024||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
|Explore Winter and Ice Hotel||24 Mar 2024 - 30 Mar 2024||6 nights 6 ngts||$2,457.66||Book|
INCLUDES Shared accommodation at the farm; one night at the Ice Hotel; meals (from dinner on day one to breakfast on day of departure); riding; other activities as per the itinerary (reindeer-sledding, snowmobiling); optional dog-sledding (payable in advance $271.40); specialist outer clothing and footwear; transfers from Kiruna.
Upgrades to Art Suites in the Ice Hotel are available - please ask us for rates.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $572.95 to guarantee a single room throughout, subject to availability. There is no single supplement at the farm if you are willing to share but a supplement of $271.40 is payable if you are in a single room at the Ice Hotel (refunded if we find you a sharer).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Kiruna.
TRANSFERS Included from Kiruna.
Transfers are included from Kiruna. Flights can arrive and depart at any time, but you should aim to arrive early afternoon before 15:00. If your flight arrives after 15:00, or later in the evening, then you will miss the introductory ride in the afternoon and the rest of the group may already have had dinner. Transfers may be shared and so could mean a short wait at the airport.
If you prefer to arrive the evening before, we can arrange extra nights at the farm for you and please ask us for details.
It is 30 minutes' drive from the farm to the airport. Please note that lunch is not included on the first day unless booked in advance.
This trip explores the Swedish part of Lapland in the far north of the country, 150km inside of the Arctic Circle.
Winter arrives in northern Sweden around mid October, with a deep blanket of snow that lasts until mid May. The period that the sun doesn't rise lasts from early December to early January and at this time of the year, a few hours of twilight is the only daylight available.
OMG, cantering on snowy tracks in the forest. Awesome. Ticked off my bucket list. Not just the riding, but all the other experiences were fabulous. For me the reindeer sledding and night at the ice hotel were top hi-lights.
Tracy ,LancashireOverall rating: 5/5
You will be provided with specialist outerwear but bring silk or merino thermal underwear; the best thing for keeping warm in these extreme temperatures. Sunglasses are essential.
In The Saddle says
One of life's great experiences; tölting on Icelandic Horses along frozen tracks in the depths of winter.