Starting from Kvebergsøya, a beautifully restored traditional 16th century farm in the high mountain area of Norway learn to harness and drive horses before setting out on an adventurous 3 day trail.
Your host and driving instructor Martin is a true expert with high level instructing qualifications and competition experience. His warmth, patience and obvious love for the horses and country shine through making this an wonderful expereince for everyone. There are 6-8 Fjord horses and a variety of carriages for driving single, pairs or four in hand depending on the expertise of the guests. Training is given from complete beginner onwards.
On the trail we drive thorugh mostly forest paths along the foothills of the Blue Mountains with superb views to Rondane National Park. En route we stay in small farms or hotels. Traditional Norwegian dishes are enjoyed and the atmosphere is full of fun. The comfortable carriages and reasonable pace (covering about 40km/day) mean you have time to enjoy the rich details of plant and animal life along the way.
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Review received from JS of Smallhythe on 20/07/2018
Arrival with the Dovre-train to Hjerkinn train station from Oslo Airport/Gardermoen or from Værnes Airport/Trondheim. Dovre-train is an unique and beautiful railway. With elevation at 1024 m.a.s., it is the second highest train-line in Norway. As the train goes from Oslo to Trondheim, you can use this train both arrival and departure regardless of choice of airport. You will be picked up at Hjerkinn train station and after a short car ride we arrive at the base farm, a comfortable and authentic Norwegian-style farm built in 1700 and lovingly renovated during the last 10 years. Here we stay for a total of 3 nights. We take some time to get to know the horses and the other guests. In the evening we enjoy a traditional three-course-meal based on products from the farm.
After a generous breakfast we will start the practical training, including treatment of horses, harnessing, a first ride on our yard and on paths of the surrounding area. We will stop for lunch on the way. In the afternoon we will return to the farm where horses will be fed and groomed. Later on you can go for a walk, watching wild animals and birds or simply enjoying the silence. Dinner will be also a three-course-menu with specialities from forest and meadow.
After a hearty breakfast, we will exercise our practical skills in harnessing, handling and driving the horses. This fun time will be followed by lunch at the long table in Olastuggu and afternoon preparation for our 3-day-trip.
Today we follow the old road along the idyllic river Grimsa, and Grimsmoen nature reserve - an area showing clear traces from the last ice age. Along the way we have lunch, where the horses are also fed and watered, getting a well-deserved break.
We then proceed via Sætri to the Fallet farm in the foothills of the Rondane mountains. Here we enjoy dinner, served in the cottage, which is built like an old storehouse on the farm, and spend the night. In the evening there are good possibilities for a hike to the waterfall. 4 hour trip - 25km.
From Fallet we drive over the old wooden bridge over Grimsa, and further follow the old Atendalen road through Blæsterdalen to Stodsbuøyi. Here we take National Scenic Road to “Dørålseter” which runs through sparse mountain birch forests with panoramic views to Rondane with peaks over 2000 m. We take a brake by “Langtjønna” (the little lake), feed and water the horses while we enjoy an unforgettable meal. Those who wish can take a dip in the lake or just lie in the heather and enjoy the views over the National Park. Then, with a view towards Rondeslottet and Høgronden - two of the highest mountains in Rondane - we drive the old Atndal road to “Dørålseter” (mountain farm) in the heart of Rondane. Berg farm. Here we enjoy dinner and lodging for the night. 5 hour trip - 25km
We start the day with a real farmer's breakfast. Afterwards we harness the horses and drive via Blæsterdalen through Frekmyr Nature Reserve. This is a wetland area with rich bird and plant life. Then we turn off towards Sætri before returning back to Kvebergsøya.
Along the way we enjoy a "travel meal" with coffee boiled over an open campfire. In the afternoon we arrive back at our original farm, where a 3-course dinner, with natural ingredients and flavour from the farm awaits us. 6-7 hour trip - 35km
It is time to say goodbye. Before leaving you take part in cleaning the equipment you and the horses have used during the carriage ride. After lunch you will depart by train to Oslo or Trondheim, using the Dovre-train again.
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Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.
There are 8-10 horses, 5-6 fjord horses available for riding/driving. 145 cm +/- Tuition offered in driving, Driving instructor kl. 2; coach license B-driving FEI. Between 4–8 hours daily on the carriage, distance approx. 20–40 km/day, walk and trot, some walking for the passenger/s in the carriage during uphill driving. Short rest breaks of about 10 minutes every hour and a lunch break of around an hour. 1 guide is allocated for 2 carriages/4 persons.
Riders can catch, groom, harness/tack up, feed and groom the horses with supervision and guidance from the instructor, if necessary.
The weight limit for this ride is 17 st/242 lb/110 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
You will be staying in traditional inns and cottages on the farms. Each has 1-2 bedrooms with shared bathroom/shower. Some of the nights you'll have a living area with open fire. And at the main farm there is internet access.
All meals are provided. Breakfast: coffee, tea, juice, milk, boiled egg, jams, butter, cheesees, cold meats, bread, cereals, fruits. Lunch: mostly cold food as sandwiches and in addition grilled sausages, baked potatoes, egg and bacon, coffee, tea, juice, milk. Traditional pastry. Dinner: always 3-course menu with soup as starter, main course with meat from lamb/mutton, elk/moose, pork or fish (trout) vegetables or salad, potatoes, sauce and dessert.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
A valid passport is required for travel to Norway but no visa for European Citizens.
Royal Norwegian Embassy in London
25 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QD
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7591 5500
Embassy Opening hours
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Phone enquiries: +44 (0) 20 70528500
Continental climate, rainfall in July to September 80mm/month.
Average temperature in June is 10-11 degrees Celsius, July 13-14, August 14-15,
September 8-10. These are average temperatures during the day.
Best time to visit: Between 1st July – 15th September.
In Norway, all public hospitals are funded from the national budget and run by four Regional Health Authorities owned by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. In addition to the public hospitals, a few privately owned health clinics are operating.
Health precautions required: Tetanus shot.
Norway uses the Europlug (Type C & F), which has two round prongs. 220 volts.
Cameras and phones can be charged at the farm, and on each evening during the trail.
rubber boots / waterproof short boots
helmet (available to borrow)
clothes and shoes for wearing while in the stables and on the farm
This is a 7 day/6 night programme driving horses in harness. It is available on set dates.
2019; 7, 21 July; 4, 18 August; 1 September
Other dates in July and August available on request
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|2019||7d/6n||5||supplement for 1 rider||395|
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Other activities offered at extra cost, prices correct in 2013:
Fishing in the lake NOK 100,-/day
Fly fishing NOK 250,-/day
Bicycle trips ( hire NOK 100,-/day)
Guided canoe trip on the river, 3 hours NOK 500,-
Test your climbing skills on a climbing tower (ca. 4 km from the farm), equipment and instruction included, 2 hours NOK 100,-.
Kvebergsøya is a traditional farm of the 16th century with an unique atmosphere, where you can feel the soul and peace of times past in the old buildings surrounded by pine and birch forests, small lakes and streams, and meadows.
Grimsmoen Natural reserve (landscape of the Quaternary period). Rondane National park with mountain tops over 2000 meters above sea level, moss-covered hills and mire landscapes. This area of countryside is known as one of the most beautiful high mountain landscapes of Scandinavia.