Kvergergsoya Farm
Brakfast table in farm
Norwegian Fjord in harness
Learning to drive
Your hosts Erin and Martin
Small single room
Bedroom
Breakfast
Hay drying
Typical insulation
Out carriage driving
Riding into the farm
Lager carriage
In forest
Picnic en route
Riding with a view on Rondane National Park
small carriage

Kvebergsøya is a beautifully restored traditional 16th century farm with a 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. It is one of the few Heritage listed farms in Norway. Your hosts Martin and Eris are very warm and welcoming. Martin is a true carriage driving enthusiast and highly qualified instructor. The team Norwegian Fjord horses can be driven by all levels with tuition given for beginners. There are also both Fjord and warmbloods horses for riding out into some of the most beautiful high mountain landscapes of Scandinavia including Rondane National Park.

Of course traditional seasonal farming activities such as feeding lambs, making hay the traditional way and fishing are also available on the farmstay which is ideal for families. A very warm welcome and quality regional food make for a lovely Scandinavian experience.

Special Offer: Book 2 places on any of the special dates listed below and the second person only pays half price!

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from AB of Stotfold on 27/08/2017

Ride Summary

What was your overall impression of the holiday
Overall, an amazing experience. Lovely hosts, accomodation and beautiful horses. What more could you want? I'm saving to go again.
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Some bridlework was badly damaged and close to breaking
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Final day- not told it would be difficult for me to be dropped off at station at agreed time. If had been advised of this earlier, a different train could have been booked.
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A little more communication re trains would be nice so appropriate arrangements could be made.
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8
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The terrain was challenging and not for faint hearted but I thoroughly enjoyed it being an experiment rider. Rides are tailored to suit ability though.
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Overall, an amazing experience. Lovely hosts, accomodation and beautiful horses. What more could you want? I'm saving to go again.
Unicorn comments: Thank you for your feedback. Glad you had a great time! We were never told that your late departure was a problem or we would have passed this on. Please remember that you will be entitled to a discount when you return :)
There is no set itinerary and the below is just a suggestion of how you might wish to spend the day. More or less driving/riding can be incorporated as you wish.

Day 1: Sunday
Arrival - getting to know the other guests, the facilities, and the animals on the farm; dinner.

Day 2: Monday
Introduction to the daily care of the animals on the farm, such as horses, and motherless lambs. Introduction to saddling and riding a horse and/or to hitching up and driving a horse and wagon.
Learn the use of horses in farm work - depending on the season - spring work (plowing fields, sowing grass), haying (cutting grass), driving in the dried hay, working in the woods.

Day 3: Tuesday
Daily care of animals and horses in farm work continues. Learn how we use traditional methods for baking bread and churning butter.
Setting out fishing nets from the boat - late afternoon, or after dinnner.

Day 4: Wednesday
Drawing in the fishing nets, cleaning the fish and nets, and preparing the fish for dinner.
½ day outing, either riding horseback or driving horse and wagon. We will rest and cook coffee over a campfire along the way.

Day 5: Thursday
Caring for animals, and washing/oiling the equipment for riding, or for driving the wagon.

Excursion by car to Atndalen, with a hike to the Fall waterfall and to the old bridge over Grimsa, followed by a visit to the Straumbu tourist information center, and enjoying the fabulous view at "Sohlbergplassen."

Alternative 2: Excursion to Folldal, with a visit to the old mine, and to the Rondane National Park Centre. This also includes hiking along the "culture path", and enjoying a view over Rondane.

Day 6: Friday
Full day riding- or wagon excursion, with a picnic, along the nature-and-culture trail, or by the river Grimsa.

Day 7: Saturday
Bidding farwell to the animals. On the way to the station there is an opportunity to shop for souvenirs. There are many more activities available on the farm in in the local area, some incur a small charge. These can be arranged on site and include:
Fishing with rod in rivers and ponds (100 NOK/day)
Hiking on your own
Swimming in the mountain lake Kroktjønna
Cycling (rental 100 NOK/day)
Guided canoe trip on the river Grimsa or Folla (500 NOK/3 hours)
Climbing on the climbing tower with guidance from an instructor (100 NOK/2 hours; equipment is included).

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.

Horses & Riding

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.

Rider requirements

Riders can catch, groom, harness/tack up, feed and groom the horses with supervision and guidance from the instructor, if necessary.

For beginners instruction in the arena will be possible, so you can learn to ride independantly.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 15 st/209 lb/95 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.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

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
E-mail: emb.london@mfa.no

Embassy Opening hours
Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Consular services:
Phone enquiries: +44 (0) 20 70528500
Monday-Friday 10.00-11.00

Climate Summary

Continental climate, rainfall in July–September 80mm/month.
Average temperature in June 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.

Climate Chart

Health

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 (ride specific)

Health precautions required: Tetanus shot.

Electricity

Norway uses the Europlug (Type C & F), which has two round prongs. 220 volts.

Packing List

Thermal underwear
windproof jacket
waterproofs
rubber boots
helmet
gloves
clothes and shoes for wearing while in the stables and on the farm
wollen socks
swimwear
small backpack
toilettries
riding trousers/trousers with no inside seam
riding boots/ankle boots with a heel

Programmes

This is a 7 day/6 night programme, there are set dates however tailor-made dates are also available, please enquire.

Departure Dates

2018: 24 June; 29 July; 19 August (sheep round-up)

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
20187d/6n5double pp with private bathroom1,049
20187d/6n5double pp with shared bathroom949
20187d/6n5single supplement179
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
20187d/6n5double pp with private bathroom1,189
20187d/6n5double pp with shared bathroom1,079
20187d/6n5single supplement205
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
20187d/6n5double pp with private bathroom1,415
20187d/6n5double pp with shared bathroom1,279
20187d/6n5single supplement245
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
20187d/6n5double pp with private bathroom12,475
20187d/6n5double pp with shared bathroom11,285
20187d/6n5single supplement2,139
Wildlife

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.

Other Activities

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,-.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Hjerkinn Train Station, an easy train ride from Oslo (4 hours) or Trondheim
Transfer:
Included from Hjerkinn Train station (45 mins drive)
Flight Guide:
London - Oslo return from £105
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