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Review received from JR of Heage on 26/08/2013
Arrive in Rendalen at Romenstad farm during the afternoon. There you will be shown to your room and you take a shower and relax after your flight.
Once everyone has arrived you will be meet the other participants on the trip. We take a visit to the horses before dinner is served in a delightful Østerdal farm from 1800. Whilst enjoying the locally cooked food, you will be introduced to the farm's interesting history. After dinner you'll hear details of your adventure, and you have the opportunity to discuss these and relax with the other participants.
After a delicious breakfast you will be allocated your horses. Safety is important so you will have a short riding lesson at the home farm to get to know your horse before heading into the mountains.
Today you will discover peace and tranquillity as you ride for 4 hours into the mountain and forest area. Lunch will be taken en route among the soft heather and moss. In the afternoon we arrive at Klett Setra farm where we will spend the next few days. Dinner is served in the evening.
After a leisurely breakfast, today we move east of the mountains via an old road ending up in a meadow where we will be served lunch. There's time to relax a little after lunch before embarking on the homeward journey on the historic mountain tracks. Back at the farm you can relax before enjoying a good home-cooked dinner.
Today we will spend many hours on horseback, riding into the mountains where we have a wonderful view across the border to Sweden. The possibility of sighting wild reindeer herds on this day is high and we if we're lucky, we may have the opportunity to get close to them. These wild reindeer are different to the herds of "tame" reindeer the Sami's herd and live very much alone in the deserted mountain areas. We spend eight hours out on the mountain today so after returning to the farm for dinner, an early night will be very welcome.
Today we ride to a stream where there's a waterfall. Time to take in the surroundings over a cup of coffee before heading to Romenstad mountain farm. Here a traditional lunch is served. You'll be told the history of the farm before setting off on a ride in the heritage park. After the tour we saddles up the horses and go back to Klett Setra.
Today the trip heads back to Romenstad farm, riding over the mountains at 1200 meters above sea level. This area is rich in reindeer so hopefully we'll be lucky enough again to spot them. Back on the farm, the horses graze on pasture while we relax and retell the stories of the trip.
It's time to say goodbye to your fellow participants and horses and departure for the airport. After breakfast you will be transported by car to the railway station.
Please note: This itinerary is given for guidance only and may be changed in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organizing team.
In the mountains accommodation is not luxurious. We offer running cold water, a wilderness shower and an eco toilet. The high altitude, remoteness and scenery will compensate for the traditional mountain farm standard!
There are opportunities for leisure activities for non-riders such as; hiking, fishing, animal sightings, so this trip can be combined with activities and experiences beyond riding. Horses are equipped with saddlebags where you can fit what you need on the trip.
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.
Your hosts own coldblooded Norwegian horses, both Fjord Horse and Norwegian Dølahest. The Fjord horse is small to medium sized and a lovely riding and driving horse. The Norwegian Døls are large, very strong and good tempered. The Dølahorses are rare, even in Norway, but more common in this area of Norway, as this is the region where they originated from and because they are still used for transportation during the Røros winter.
The horses are all well schooled and responsive and ridden in English tack. There are several Fjord horses and many Icelandics, the Fjords are larger (around 155cm) and can carry good weight. They are extrememly sure footed and very good looking horses. The Icelandics are smaller and can all do the ultra comfortable tolt gait. Normally there are two leaders on the ride so the group can be divided meaning experienced riders can ride faster.
Riders should be able to mount and dismount unaided and be comfortable at a walk, trot and canter. Technical expertise is not as important as expereince of outdoor life in general, there are some schoolmaster horses and 2 guides mean less experienced riders can take shorter routes on many days.
The weight limit for this ride is 17 st/242 lb/110 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
Nights 1 and 6 are spent in a house on an historical Norwegian farm. The farm is more like a manor, with a large house, many outbuildings and a smaller house which they live in. This is like a normal house with bedrooms, bathroom, living room and kitchen.
In the mountain farms the accommodation is not luxurious. There is running cold water, a wilderness shower and eco-toilet. The high altitude, remoteness and scenery will compensate for the traditional mountain farm standard. The traditional cabins (which all have grass growing on the roof for insulation) have bedrooms, usually with 2 or more bunk beds, a cosy living room usually with fire or wood burning stove and a small kitchen.
Breakfast is a traditional Norwegian one of cheese, meats and different types of bread. Dinner will be traditional Norwegian food including reindeer on at least one day or more, fish and moose.
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
In the winter months, it is very cold with temperatures averaging around 0 degrees celcius and very often dropping below. There can be as little as just 1 hour of daylight daily. However, in August, when this ride operates, it is much warmer and brighter with an average temperature of 20 degrees.
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.
Mosquitos may be present in this area if there has been recent rain, so bring your repellant.
Norway uses the Europlug (Type C & F), which has two round prongs. 220 volts.
You will be able to charge phones and cameras. There are a few patchy places up in the mountains where a phone or internet signal can be hard to obtain.
The horses are equipped with saddlebags where you can fit what you need on the trip.
Riding helmet, or you can borrow one from the centre.
Breeches / mountain trousers
Boots or other good shoes with heel suitable for walking too (mountainshoes)
Toiletries and towel
Scarves / buff
Slippers, sneakers, rubber boots
Clothing for recreational use (swimsuit if you are brave!)
There are set dates each year, other dates are available on request for groups of 6 or more between July and August.
There are opportunities for leisure activities for non-riders such as; hiking, fishing, animal sightings, so this trip can be combined with activities and experiences beyond riding.
You will see many types of trees - spruce, pine, birch, juniper among others. There are many types of berries including blueberry and cloudberry. You will see many different types of lichen and some of them are very specific to this area. Reindeer moss is ubiquitous.
Guide and company owner Berit Grindfelk was born and raised in Rendalen. She is a qualified riding instructor and has a degree in both Agriculture and Nature and Knowledge Tourism, specialising in guiding and local history. She has extensive knowledge of the local community and its history and speaks excellent English.