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Wild Lapland in the Summer

7 days/ 5 days riding - Price: contact us

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in basic shelter such as a mountain hut/cabin. Usually dormitory beds with shared bathrooms.

 

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FINLAND-Wild Lapland in the Summer

7 days/ 5 days riding - Price: contact us


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A horse riding trail in the wilds of Lapland where you will travel through a captivating and rugged wilderness in the heart of a remote region far from the usual tourist spots. Stay overnight in rustic chalets and Kota, traditional tents. During your horse riding in Finland, experience authentic Finnish cuisine, fresh salmon, herring and reindeer. Meet the Sami people in the heart of the Taiga forest and witness the midnight sun; this far north the summer sun never sets.

Strengths

- Ride through the quiet wilderness of Lapland, far from the usual tourist spots
- Two nights in a rustic cabin in the wilderness, with no water or electricity: into the wild!
- Enjoy the Finnish culture and authentic cuisine of delicious fresh salmon, herring, reindeer meat, - - - - Kainuu cheese, mushrooms and wild berries
- Experience the phenomena of the midnight sun

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - KITTILÄ - PALOJÄRVI - No riding

Flight from London to Kittila via Helsinki. You will be met at the airport and driven through the landscapes of forests and lakes to the region Fell. You are on the edge of the Arctic Circle, in the heart of the Boreal Forest. You will be taken to the villag of Palojärvi where you will stay the night in a cabin with facilities. You will meet your guide Päivi and have an introduction of the next day's programme.

Dinner and overnight with shared facilities.

Day 2: PALOJÄRVI - FELL - 7-8 hours riding

Throughout your time in Lapland, you will be responsible for the care of your own horse. All chores, cooking and cleaning of the wilderness cabins will be done as a group. The horses are sure-footed and docile and are used to being ridden by different people. The transport of your luggage will be done via quad bike as there are no serviceable roads in this area.

After breakfast pack up your bags and your hosts will get the horses ready and fill up the saddle bags, ready to start the trail. On the first day the route takes you along sandy roads, hillocks and up hills into forests. You will stop enroute for a picnic lunch by a campfire. Your camp for the night will be by the shore of river Palojoki.

You will have dinner and stay overnight in a tent/kota or in a wilderness cabin without private facilities, running water and electricity.

Day 3 : FELL - 6-7 hours riding

After breakfast you will pack up camp and prepare the horses and continue your ride. The terrain is mainly treeless sandy hillocks and fells with small, beautiful streams and lakes, bogs and hills. You will ride to a cabin in Näkkälä were dinner and sauna await. It is also possible that accommodation tonight is in tent, depending on availability.

Day 4 : FELL - 5-6 hours riding

Today, the road will take you across the treeless fell tundra, along sandy roads, hillocks and hills. You will have a picnic lunch en route. Your camp is in a Pöyrisjärvi cabin - your home for the next two nights will be a very basic wilderness cabin without electricity or running water.

Day 5 : FELL - 6-7 hours riding

After breakfast, saddle your horse and explore the surroundings and the sand dunes of lake Pöyrisjärvi. The area consists of rolling fell and forests, with an abundance of wildlife. You are getting close to the border with Norway. You might encounter Sami summer villages, still inhabited part of the year. It is an important area for fishing, hunting and reindeer husbandry for the few locals who live there.

Daily routines are as usual. No mobile connection!

Day 6: FELL- PALOJÄRVI - 7-8 hours riding

After breakfast you will take care of the horses and head back to the village Palojärvi. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way by the campfire. In the late afternoon you will return to the field. After taking care of the horses, go back to the cabin to enjoy a sauna and a lovely, hearty dinner.

Day 7 : PALOJÄRVI - KITTILÄ - LONDON - No riding

After eating a final Finnish breakfast and saying your goodbyes to your hosts and guide, you will be driven back to the airport.


Price details

No departure for this destination. Please contact our travel advisers for more information.
- International flights are not included.

- Groups are made up of 4-6 riders plus English-speaking guides

- A group with fewer than four riders may be possible with the addition of a supplementary charge - please contact us and we can let you know

- If you wish to extend your stay and spend longer in Levi then this can be arranged - please contact us for more information

- If you wish to hire a sleeping bag and liner, a price of approx £20/€25 per person for the week can be paid on arrival. Bed sheets and linen are £20/€25 per person for the week.

- Extra activities (canoe tours, hiking tours) can be arranged, please contact us
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 Finnish, English speaking, tour leader

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle
1 support quad

Inland transports

Airport transfers

Accommodation

Accommodation in a lodge or cabins, something with no electricity or running water.

Meals

Full board from first dinner Day 1 to last breakfast Day 7

Additional equipment

Saddle bags

OPTION

Accommodation

Equipment to rent: bed linen: c.£20/€25
Equipment to rent: sleeping bag: c. £20/€25
Extra activities like canoeing tours, hiking tours

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Free lunches on day 1 and 7

Transports

Flights Transport

Extra

Tips to local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.
Visas and personal purchase

TIPS

Tipping is not obligatory, however if you would like to, please give it to one of the local team.

HORSES

A herd of hardy, cold blooded horses that have for centuries met all the equestrian needs of the harsh lands of Lapland. They were used for agricultural work and are a robust yet sturdy lightweight breed. They are docile yet forward going and are suitable for all levels of riders. They are ridden in English tack.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

This trip is suitable for both intermediate and experienced riders.

Children aged 12+ are welcome to join the ride depending on their level of fitness and riding abilities.

PACE

The pace of the ride is dictated by the terrain, there will be opportunities for long trots and canters when the terrain allows.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be asked to groom, saddle and unsaddle your own horse. You will be responsible for the care of your own horse. All chores, cooking and cleaning of the wilderness cabins will be done as a group.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You must be in good physical condition as you will spend long days in the saddle. This is a demanding trail and you should be riding fit, and be prepared for this.

It is essential that you approach this trip understanding that the accommodation will be basic and you will be living rustically, out in the open, with rudimentary facilities. You will spend several nights in communal dormitories, which will include sharing toilet facilities.

No previous trail ride experience is necessary, though a love of wildlife and the great outdoors is essential!

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Saddlebags are provided.
Horses are ridden in English saddles.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit

COMFORT

Your first and last night will be spent in the hosts' home.

At the equestrian centre, a converted former school, a warm welcome awaits you; the centre's accommodation is basic but comfortable, consisting of dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms.

Whilst out riding the trails, you will sleep overnight in either kota (traditional tents) or in rustic log cabins with no running water or electricity.

CLIMATE

Lapland's summer temperatures can reach 27°C and the days are often mild, between 15 and 20°C. However, it's important to bring warm clothes with you for the evenings and the colder days. Don't forget that during this period you will be able to experience the midnight sun - consider bringing an eye mask to help you sleep through the night!

Meals

Meals consist of Lapland's specialties like sauteed reindeer, salmon, white fish, forest mushrooms and berries, etc.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Päivi is a horse riding instructor and owner of a herd of Finnish horses. her husband Pasi is a musher, who drives a team of 40 huskies and takes tourists on 2 day long-distance treks in the winter. Together they own an agency in Lapland that offers riders and amateur Nordic sports enthusiasts a chance to get the best out of the region. In the summer months, Päivi leads groups of riders through the wilds of Lapland, sometimes with Pasi by her side.

Packing list

Head
- Equus Journeys STRONGLY recommends wearing a helmet. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong and light and comfortable. Alternatively, under hat protective wear is available (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) as well as western helmets (Troxel).
- Sunhat
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
- Swimming costume - for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots/hiking boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers/Crocs or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Sleeping bag - one with a protection factor down to - 5 celsius, but we strongly recommend one with at least - 8 or 10 celsius
- Sleeping bag liner - silk, cotton or fleece - to add an extra layer of warmth
- Inflatable mattress or sleeping mat - strongly recommended
- Pyjamas, tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Other useful items
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Swiss army knife
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with after use
- Small plastic bags for your rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
- A soothing cream will be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Mosquito spray/bite soothing cream, and, possibly, mosquito net. Mosquitoes are everywhere in the summertime!

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)
- Even if foam mattresses are provided, you may pack your inflatable mattress for comfort sake.
- Any liquids in your hold luggage, such as shampoo, moisturiser, over 100ml should be decanted into small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- In your hand luggage take any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc. back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- You may wish to bring with you photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts. If you wish, you can also bring some crayons, colouring books etc. for their children
- If you prefer travelling light, please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid to do you laundry once in the country

ENTRY FORMALITIES

UK TRAVELLERS ONLY (please check for other nationalities)

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don't need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. You don't need a visa to enter Finland. As a British national, you can stay as a visitor for 3 months. After that, you should contact the Finnish immigration service to register your right to live in Finland.

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/finland/entry-requirements for up to date information.


BREXIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport's expiry date. These extra months will not count.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit


Addresses of consulates

  • Paris - Ambassade de Finlande
    1, Place de Finlande
    75007 Paris
    Tél. : 01.44.18.19.20
    Fax :
    sanomat.par@formin.fi
  • Ambassade de Finlande
    Avenue des Arts 58
    B-1000 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 2 287 12 12
    Fax : +32-2-287 1200
    sanomat.bry@formin.fi
  • Ambassade de France en Finlande
    Itäinen Puistotie 13
    00140 Helsinki
    Tél. : +358 (0) 9 618 780
    Fax :
    ambassade.france@welho.com

HEALTH

Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended in the UK. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine.

Please visit https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/80/finland for up-to-date information.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

Phone code: 00+358+number.

BUDGET AND MONEY

Euro is the local currency. All major international credit cards are accepted in Finland.

VOLTAGE

In Finland the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

A horse riding trail in the wilds of Lapland where you will travel through a captivating and rugged wilderness in the heart of a remote region far from the usual tourist spots. Stay overnight in rustic chalets and Kota, traditional tents. During your horse riding in Finland, experience authentic Finnish cuisine, fresh salmon, herring and reindeer. Meet the Sami people in the heart of the Taiga forest and witness the midnight sun; this far north the summer sun never sets.

  • Explore Finland on horseback this summer
    Lapland summer riding trail
  • A horseback trail in Finland's northernmost region
    Horseback trail ride in summer in Lapland
  • The beautiful lakes of Lapland, refreshingly cool in the summer
    Summer horseback trail in Finland
  • Rustic barbecue - fresh salmon for dinner
    cooking salmon on fire in Finland
  • Getting close to wild reindeers in summer
    Riding with reindeers in Finland
  • Fjord horse in Finland
    Finland and fjord horse
  • The Boreal Forest is waiting to be explored
    Horseriding holiday in Lapland in summer
  • Watch your step! Courageous and sure-footed horses
    Horse and forest in finland in summer
  • Riding in summer in Finland
    Finland summer riding trail on horseback
  • Wild Lapland trail riding
    Rustic riding holiday in Lapland
  • A rustic cabin - camp is simple and away from it all.
    Finland on horseback in summer

STRENGTHS

- Ride through the quiet wilderness of Lapland, far from the usual tourist spots
- Two nights in a rustic cabin in the wilderness, with no water or electricity: into the wild!
- Enjoy the Finnish culture and authentic cuisine of delicious fresh salmon, herring, reindeer meat, - - - - Kainuu cheese, mushrooms and wild berries
- Experience the phenomena of the midnight sun

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - KITTILÄ - PALOJÄRVI - No riding

Flight from London to Kittila via Helsinki. You will be met at the airport and driven through the landscapes of forests and lakes to the region Fell. You are on the edge of the Arctic Circle, in the heart of the Boreal Forest. You will be taken to the villag of Palojärvi where you will stay the night in a cabin with facilities. You will meet your guide Päivi and have an introduction of the next day's programme.

Dinner and overnight with shared facilities.

Day 2: PALOJÄRVI - FELL - 7-8 hours riding

Throughout your time in Lapland, you will be responsible for the care of your own horse. All chores, cooking and cleaning of the wilderness cabins will be done as a group. The horses are sure-footed and docile and are used to being ridden by different people. The transport of your luggage will be done via quad bike as there are no serviceable roads in this area.

After breakfast pack up your bags and your hosts will get the horses ready and fill up the saddle bags, ready to start the trail. On the first day the route takes you along sandy roads, hillocks and up hills into forests. You will stop enroute for a picnic lunch by a campfire. Your camp for the night will be by the shore of river Palojoki.

You will have dinner and stay overnight in a tent/kota or in a wilderness cabin without private facilities, running water and electricity.

Day 3 : FELL - 6-7 hours riding

After breakfast you will pack up camp and prepare the horses and continue your ride. The terrain is mainly treeless sandy hillocks and fells with small, beautiful streams and lakes, bogs and hills. You will ride to a cabin in Näkkälä were dinner and sauna await. It is also possible that accommodation tonight is in tent, depending on availability.

Day 4 : FELL - 5-6 hours riding

Today, the road will take you across the treeless fell tundra, along sandy roads, hillocks and hills. You will have a picnic lunch en route. Your camp is in a Pöyrisjärvi cabin - your home for the next two nights will be a very basic wilderness cabin without electricity or running water.

Day 5 : FELL - 6-7 hours riding

After breakfast, saddle your horse and explore the surroundings and the sand dunes of lake Pöyrisjärvi. The area consists of rolling fell and forests, with an abundance of wildlife. You are getting close to the border with Norway. You might encounter Sami summer villages, still inhabited part of the year. It is an important area for fishing, hunting and reindeer husbandry for the few locals who live there.

Daily routines are as usual. No mobile connection!

Day 6: FELL- PALOJÄRVI - 7-8 hours riding

After breakfast you will take care of the horses and head back to the village Palojärvi. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way by the campfire. In the late afternoon you will return to the field. After taking care of the horses, go back to the cabin to enjoy a sauna and a lovely, hearty dinner.

Day 7 : PALOJÄRVI - KITTILÄ - LONDON - No riding

After eating a final Finnish breakfast and saying your goodbyes to your hosts and guide, you will be driven back to the airport.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know ?

The Finnish horse 

The only native horse breed in Finland, the Finnish horse is well suited to the needs of his country, being as equally suitable for farm work and trotting races.  It is claimed to be among the fastest and most versatile "coldblood" breeds in the world.

Its exact origins are not currently known: although it originates from domesticated horses, there are many theories about its origins. One refers to the north-European horses imported by the Vikings, another to Mongolian horses imported by other tribes.  

From the 1500s, they are bred with lighter breeds or half-blood breeds, resulting in larger and more suitable horses. The numbers decreased, due to the mechanisation of agriculture and the dismantling of the Finnish horse cavalry over the second half of the 1900s.

The Finnish horse is powerful, versatile, characterized by a chestnut coat that usually comes with a flaxen mane and tail and white markings. 

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