This shorter riding break takes you through the valleys and along scenic trails up into the scenic Kebnekaise Mountain range. This ride is all about having an adventure on your Icelandic horse, enjoying the pure beauty of the nature around you, sitting around the campfire and learning about Sami culture.
Nights either side of the trail are spent in your host's farmhouse, staying in double rooms. Out on the trail nights are spent in a lávvu (Sami tent) with sleeping bags around the fireplace and washing facilities can be found in a nearby mountain creek with its crystal waters. A rustic mountain cabin may also be used, depending on the route taken. This ride is truly about getting away from it all and embracing nature; riders must be prepared to assist with camp chores, look after their horse and carry their belongings with them on their horse. The mountain weather can also dictate the route so riders must be ready for changes and embrace the unexpected!
This ride is suitable for all riders over 12 years old and under 90 kg, comfortable riding in all paces and open spaces.
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This ride is mostly on pathless terrain and on small tracks so you get to know the sure-footed Icelandic horses. You can ride in different directions depending on the terrain. You will ride on the bare mountain, in swamp areas and in the forest. Both nights you will sleep in a Sami tepee (lávvu) where you will sleep in sleeping bags round the fireplace.
During the tour there will be an extra horse carrying the food and equipment and everyone carries her/his own personal things in saddle-bags on their own horse. Some experience of camping would be an advantage for this trail - for washing you will use the clean water in the mountain creeks. The food is cooked over a fire when you are outdoors and features exclusive specialities from the area such as reindeer meat and fish prepared in a traditional way. On the trail everyone helps each other with the horses and with camp chores. Sometimes it will be necessary to lead the horses when the terrain demands it and routes may be changed depending on the weather.
Arrive and transfer from Kiruna to the farmhouse. Settle into your double room with shared facilities and enjoy a welcome meal around the farmhouse table.
Today you'll begin your ride - you start by trying out some of the horses to find a good match and then begin by riding through the forests, over swamps and up onto the mountain. You ride on the south side of the Kalix river and arrive at your overnight place in the afternoon. Here you stay for an outdoor dinner cooked over the open fire and sleep in the tent.
Today after breakfast you will ride west over the bare mountain and get some fantastic views. In the afternoon you ride back to the overnight spot from Day 1.
Date dependent: There is an option to ride west to Ratekjokk where you will overnight in a mountain cabin instead.
After breakfast you will ride over the bare mountain, exploring nature with fantastic views all around. You'll finish in the afternoon at the same place you started the tour and from there we'll drive back to the farm by car.
Enjoy dinner back at the farm.
As the tour ends you will be taken back to Kiruna after breakfast.
Please follow this link for a map of the start point of this itinerary: Lapland Summer Trail
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 about 20 Icelandic horses at the farm, and also two dogs and a cat. There are horses both for beginners and experienced riders. The Icelandic horse is quite small, about 130-145 cm high with four or five gaits walk, trot, canter, tölt and pace. You can have Icelandic horses both for riding tours with beginners and for competing. The paces are at walk, moderate distances in trot (tölt) and short distances in canter.
For this tour it not neccesary to be a good rider, novices can be accommodated on the shorter days. You should be in good physical health and preferably have ridden outdoors before. It is also useful if you have camped before as riders are expected to help with camp chores.
In some places you may need to lead your horse when the terrain demands it, so you should be able to walk beside your horse for up to 20 minutes over rough terrain. Minimum age for this ride is 12 years.
The weight limit for this ride is 198 lb/90 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
The accommodation is simple but comfortable at the farm house with double rooms and shared bathroom. During the ride accommodation is in a Sami tepee (lavvu) where everyone sleeps around the fireplace. Washing is done using the clean water in the mountain creeks. The food is cooked together over a fire when outdoors and there is a full 3 course meal at the farmhouse. The food consists of specialities from the area, for example reindeer meat and fish prepared in a traditional way.
The places where you stay overnight are quite simple. 2 teepees, or 'lávvus', are provided between the group for the camping nights. The house on the base farm has three bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. You should bring your own sleeping bag for the “lávvu” nights. When in the farmhouse sheets and towels can be arranged for an extra cost which is payable on site. There is a sauna at the farmhouse, perfect for the end of a day riding!
On the trail, all personal equipment you carry with you in saddlebags. It can be windy and cold up in the mountains, so take warm clothes with you. There´s not very much room in the saddlebags so you have to think about what you really need to take with you. The ride provide sleeping bags and reindeer skins/sleeping mattresses at the overnight places, so you just need to take a travel sheet to put into the sleeping bag. There is usually no toilet and shower on the mountain tours. Other luggage they can keep for you during the tour.
Riders are expected to help out with camp chores and help each other out with the horses, there is a team atmosphere on this ride! The food is cooked together over a fire when outdoors.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.
British citizens and EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Sweden but British citizens must be in possession of a valid passport. The British embassy is located in Stockholm, the British Consulate-General Address: Skarpögatan 6-8,
115 93 Stockholm. Switchboard telephone number (0046) (8) 671 3000, phone number (0046) (8) 671 3000. If you are a British citizen and find yourself in an emergency situation when the Embassy is closed, please telephone +46(0)8 671 3000 for instructions.
For sunshine visit Sweden between late May and late July, leaving before the August rains. The average temperature in the northernmost mountains in July is about 11°C (52°F), but you should be prepared for occasional sub-zero temperatures and snowfalls, even in summer. The northwest and far north: This is mostly a plateau of moderate to high elevation. Temperatures are largely controlled by altitude and at the higher levels snow cover persists throughout the year. In sheltered valleys precipitation may be much less than on the surrounding hills. Here, during fine weather, winter temperatures sink very low while summer temperatures may rise surprisingly high. The greater part of the area, however, has a severe winter climate with short, changeable summers. Sweden's northern latitude means that it never gets really dark from mid-May to late July, with the trade-off being a pervasive December dimness.
Some nights will be spent sleeping on sleeping mattresses and reindeer skins so if you have an allergy to animal fur please let us know beforehand. Riders should be fit enough to be able to walk alongside their horse up hills and where it is difficult to ride.
Please take along plenty of batteries and film with you before you travel. Camera batteries can be re-charged at the farm but not whilst out in the wilderness. Mobile phone coverage is poor whilst out on the trail.
***Ofelas ask that guests do not to check in directly through to Kiruna even if they say at the airport that it is going to work. A lot of luggage gets stuck in Stockholm - please ask at check-in to be able to pick up and re-check your luggage.***
Raincoat/long raincoat and rain trousers - but these are also provided by the ride if you prefer
Rubber boots/waterproof boots (long legs, comfortable to walk in) with thick socks
Robust, comfortable, windproof jacket and trousers. Riding trousers are best, but not necessary
Warm sweater/sweaters. It can be cold and windy
Cap, gloves, scarf
2 pair of gloves - thin and thick
Long underpants - wool is the warmest
Extra t-shirt, underwear, socks
Sandals /other light shoes
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, small towel, toilet paper etc.)
Plastic bags to pack into/waterproof bags
Small water bottle
Sunglasses and sun cream
Torch - in August
All personal equipment will be packed on your own horse in saddlebags during the tour. It can be windy and cold up in the mountains, so take warm clothes with you. There is not much room in the saddlebags so you will have to think about what you really need to take with you - your hosts will help you pack before you leave for the trail. You will need to pack for two days in the saddlebags, the remaining items can be sent to the cabin in Ratekjokk (where you can have some extra clothes to change into).
There will be sleeping bags and reindeer skins/sleeping mattresses in the tepee, so you need to take a travel sheet to put into the sleeping bag. Long-sleeved underwear, long underpants and socks are good to sleep in, in the tepee, wool is the warmest material. If you don't have wool or silk, then synthetic is better than cotton.
This is a 5 day 4 night programme with 3 days riding. Departure dates are available from 2 riders onwards in July and August. Please see the itinerary below for details.
2020: 5, 19 Jul; 16, 30 Aug
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To learn more about the Sami people have a look at www.samer.se and about Kiruna www.kommun.kiruna.se/Om-kommunen/English/