This is a completely unique holiday to Unicorn Trails which we have put together especially for our clients. It is an exciting holiday where no riding is necessary, as you will be riding in the sled as well as experiencing other traditional winter activities.
The UNESCO heritage town of Røros was once the main trading city between the coasts of Scandinavia and the inland countries. In the winter, once the rivers and lakes had frozen over and the farm and fishing work came to an end for the year, hundreds of families and traders’ sleds descended on Røros to trade. This traditional winter sled drive and market is still very much alive in Røros today.
On this ride you head to Røros in a sled. This is a very traditional and quintessentially Scandinavian experience. The trail master has undertaken this journey yearly for more than 40 years. The starting point for this adventure is right on the Norwegian/Swedish border, en-route we stay in a historical sled drivers lodge, then a nice hotel in Røros to soak up the atmosphere.
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Arrival to Roros Airport in the afternoon flight from Oslo Gardermoen Airport (or direct). Share some storytelling on the road to the hotel as you experience the horses and sleighs for the first time. After checking into the hotel you will go by sleigh to Volldalskoja where a 3 course dinner and entertainment awaits.
After a nice breakfast the group pack the sledges and set out on the old winter road. We will make a fire in the woods when it is time for a break, and we'll make fresh coffee and have some “tjukksnipp”. We will arrive at Skottgården in Brekken where we will have lunch and settle in for the night. In the afternoon we will take a ride around the village and go to bua, the old store where they still have items from the 50's and 60's. Then we will make a stop at the forbonde statue, a reminder of all the people that crossed the border and got shelter in Brekken. Then we will go back to Skottgården to finish the evening with a good meal and local, live music.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Skottgården, before preparing and packing the sleds. Our caravan gets going, and it’s time to just take it all in. After a while we stop to make a campfire and enjoy coffee and traditional pastries. Later we have lunch in the manner of the Swedish Forbønder, eating Kølbulle. We lodge at the “journey farm” Billehaugen in Hitterdalen. First the horses are taken care of, and then we are served a traditional Forbonde dinner, with sour cream porridge and fish. There is entertainment and music.
Along the route we pause to make a fire and enjoy coffee and local homemade lefse pancakes. We stable our horses in a farm and more stories are shared about the Forbønder who kept this tradition as a supplement to their livelihood. There is then an opportunity for a shower followed by a traditional lunch at Røros. Transport to train station/airport.
We're avid readers here at Unicorn Trails and have selected several books connected to this ride. If you're interested in reading more about the area before you travel, or want to get into the cultural background, here are some suggestions that may inspire you. Click on the links for more information.
Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson
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.
Traditional Norwegian Dolahest horses are used for the sled driving as well as Swedish Cold Bloods and some Ardenne heavy horses.
No riding ability at all is required as you are driving horses and not riding.
The weight limit for this ride is 264 lb/120 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
The hotel on the border between Norway and Sweden is a motel style hotel with comfortable en suite rooms and plenty of hot water. They are set up for the winter weather with covered areas to take off boots and activity clothing and leave equipment. Meals are often buffet style in the hotel restaurant with traditional Norwegian dishes as well as more common European dishes.
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
The climate for the period of this ride (Feb/March) is cold and dry. Temperatures have dropped as low as -42C although you can expect it to fall no lower than around -12. There will obviously be quite a lot of snow on the ground during these months.
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.
Norway uses the Europlug (Type C & F), which has two round prongs. 220 volts.
This is a 4 day/3 night programme available on set dates in March. Other dates can be arranged for groups of 8 or more between January and the end of March, subject to availability.
2019: 28 Feb; 7 March
Guests can have a private room at no extra cost, subject to availability. No single rooms available on the final night
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