Horseback riders enjoying a trail ride in Gimsøy in the Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands of Norway

An equestrian stay in Norway, in the very heart of the Lofoten Islands. On horseback, uncover the wild and isolated nature of the island of Gimsøy and follow the old Viking routes to discover magnificent Norwegian landscapes. Depending on the season, you will experience the spectacle of the midnight sun, or the colourful northern lights, all from the comfort of your lodge, located a stone’s throw away from the beach. This riding holiday in Lofoten is an unforgettable experience that will have you immersed in the culture of the Vikings who shaped the history of this special country.
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Centre based holidays
6 days (5 days riding)
From £1,445
Family holidays
from 12 y.o
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    Ride Icelandic horses on this riding holiday in Norway
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  • Riders riding in the Lofoten islands with a beautiful mountainous scenery
    Discover Gimsøy in the Lofoten Island on this horseback riding holiday
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    Experience the beauty of the Lofoten islands in the summer
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    Trail riding in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
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  • Riding out at sunset on Gimsøy island
    Enjoy beautiful sunset rides in the Lofoten Islands

Itinerary

Highlights

- Idyllic accommodation within walking distance from the beach, offering an ideal location for viewing of the Northern Lights or the Midnight sun.
- Ride energetic and comfortable Icelandic horses.
- Uncover the hidden secrets of the Lofoten islands, in particular the rugged island of Gimsøy.
- Enjoy a visit to the Borg Museum where you can immerse yourself in the culture of the Vikings and a visit to a local goat cheese farm.
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - LEKNES or SVOLVAER – EQUESTRIAN FARM - 2 hours riding

    Lofoten Lodges
    Flight from Europe to Leknes or Svolvær. Flights are not included but we can help book them for you on request. Depending on where you will be flying from, it is likely that your flight plan will require you to depart a day early and spend the night in Oslo. We can help with those arrangements too. Depending on the season there are non-stop flights between Oslo and Leknes or Svolvær, or you might need to connect via Bodø airport.

    Your guide will be there to welcome you on arrival and transfer you to the farm (approx. 1 hour drive). Dinner at the farm restaurant before meeting the horses and embarking on a night time ride. You will have the chance to admire the strange beauty of the midnight sun or the Northern Lights (dependant on the season). Overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 2 2 : GIMSOY – VINJE VALLEY - 5 to 6 hours riding

    Lofoten Lodges
    Today, your trail ride will allow you to discover the impressive, yet completely wild landscape of the small island of Gimsoy, located in the very heart of the Lofoten archipelago. Cross the old roads that the Vikings once crossed before you before stopping for lunch in a traditional Lavvo tent situated in the Vinje valley. Return to the farm at the end of the day for a hearty dinner and peaceful night's rest.
  • Day 3 3 : VIKING MUSEUM – AALAN FARM - 5-6 hours riding

    Lofoten Lodges
    On today’s ride, you will pass by the famous Viking museum in Borg, where you will see a fantastic reconstruction of a large Viking residence. Here, you will learn about the different techniques used by the Vikings such as weaving and woodwork. After a morning spent in the era of the Vikings, you will continue your ride towards the Aalan farm where you can enjoy an organic meal made from fresh farm produce. After lunch, continue your ride along a new trail before heading back to the farm.
  • Day 4 4 : JENN DALEN – VINJE BEACH - 5-6 hours riding

    Lofoten Lodges
    This morning, you will saddle up your horses and set off for a day of horseback discovery on the island of Gimsoy. Start in the small town of Jenndalen before descending down to the white beach of Vinje where you will enjoy some lunch and relaxation at a local cafe. Here, your guide will take you to the most beautiful corners of the island where you can take in the magnificent views of the wild landscapes. Let the horses stretch their legs as you gallop along the sandy beaches before returning back to the farm in the afternoon.
  • Day 5 5 : UNSTAD - 7 hours riding

    Lofoten Lodges
    Depending on the weather, today you will either ride over the mountain to Unstad or to the nature reserve of Eggum. You will stop for lunch that will either be prepared by the local community or a local cheese farm.
  • Day 6 6 : LEKNES or SVOLVAER – EUROPE - No riding

    One final group breakfast, before catching your flight home. Again, it is possible your flight plan requires you to spend a night in Oslo and arrive home the following day.

Dates & prices

Price details

- International and domestic flights are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during the ride.

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 1 riders and a maximum of 8 international riders, plus guides.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a room with another guest of the same sex. To guarantee your own room there is a single supplement of €280/£260 in 2021.

- Transfers from and to Leknes or Svolvaer airport are included in the price.

- Children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome from 12 years old - provided they have the required equestrian level.

- The weight limit for this ride is 85 kg / 187 lbs / 13st3. Please contact us if you are over this limit and would like to join the ride.

- One of the lodges has an outdoor jacuzzi that can be booked upon request and payable locally (NOK 1000 per use, c. €95/£90).
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 English-speaking horse guide

Logistics

1 support vehicle
1 vehicle and driver
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider

Inland transport

Airport transfers

Accommodation

Double room - lodge (5 nights)

Meals

Full board from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverages and personal extras

Transport

International and domestic flights

Extras

Tips to the local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement
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Equestrian info

Horses

The team is made up of 52 horses. All the horses live out all year round.

They are Icelandic horses carried by the history of the Vikings and the sagas, each with four comfortable paces. Most of them can tölt, a fast but comfortable step. Every horse has their own character, which you will become acquainted to after your week’s stay.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

You must be comfortable at riding in all three paces, over a long period of time. You will be spending up to 7 hours in the saddle so you must be riding fit.

Rider weight limit: 85 kg / 187 lbs / 13st3

Pace

All paces will be experienced. The tölt is usually a fast but comfortable pace that riders will adapt to quickly (not all horses can tölt). In more difficult terrain the horses will walk or trot.

Tacking ability and participation

Everyone's help is required for grooming, tacking and untacking. You can also help with the distribution of food and water.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

You must be riding fit and be prepared for long days in the saddle and different climates. You may be required to dismount and lead your horse on foot over some more difficult mountainous paths. Previous experience in trail riding would be an advantage but is not essential.

Equestrian equipment

The horses are fitted with Icelandic tack (similar to English tack), adapted to them in order to provide comfort for both horse and rider.
Saddle bags are provided.

Riding helmets are mandatory and you should take your own to ensure the correct fit.

Travel info

Comfort

5 nights in beautiful farm lodges, situated in an ideal location to view the Northern lights. The lodges are in walking distance from the beach and are in an idyllic spot for relaxation. All rooms are en-suite and the lodges have a fully equipped kitchen with wood stove, living room with TV and an outdoor terrace. Wifi available.

An outdoor Jacuzzi is available at an additional cost.

Meals

Buffet breakfasts.
Picnic or restaurant lunches – picnic lunches are brought to you by a support vehicle.
Two-course dinners at Laven Restaurant near the lodges.

Alcohol and extra drinks are not included but can be purchased locally as the restaurant is fully licensed.

Climate

Gimsoy experiences a maritime climate. The annual temperature is 7 ° C.
The highest average temperature in Gimsoy is 13 ° C in July and the lowest is 2 ° C in January. The weather and climate of Gimsoy are suitable for winter sports. Snow can fall from September to May.
The weather can change very quickly and there can be real temperature variations in a very short period of time. In the summer season between May and July it is possible to experience the midnight sun.

Depending on the time of year, you could ride under the Northern lights (September to mid April - all sightings are weather dependent) or the midnight sun from late May to mid July.

Guide and local team

Frode and Lisa will be your guides. Frode grew up on a farm and has great knowledge and expertise. He loves his horses, and knows each of their individual characters. He speaks Norwegian, English and German.
A like to Frode, Lisa is an enthusiastic rider with extensive knowledge the local terrain. She has been passionate about horses since a young age and will be happy to welcome you in Norway. She speaks Norwegian and English.

Tips

Tips are not mandatory but very welcome if you are pleased with the service provided.

Packing list

Please adapt this list to your departure date and let us know if you have any doubts.

Head
- A riding helmet is mandatory. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat: cap for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper Body
- Thermals in case of cold weather (long or short-sleeved T-shirts)
- Short or long-sleeved cotton shirts (to provide protection from the sun) or T-shirt in a quick-drying material
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm Goretex-style jacket (water-proof and breathable)

Legs
- 2 pairs of jodhpurs or long leather trousers
- 1 change of trousers (riding trousers or jeans)
- 1 pair of waterproof over trousers
- A swim suit may be useful
- Cotton or synthetic underwear (non-irritant)

Hands and feet
- 1 pair Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps or long boots.
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Other useful items
- Small bumbag to be worn whilst riding
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not to be worn whilst riding. Everything should be kept either in pockets or in a bumbag : lip balm, sun screen, small camera, glasses, rope etc.
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs (necessary in winter to walk to the restaurant)
- Toiletries
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Waterproof bags for your camera and phone

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent - mosquito spray is essential in the summer
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Painkillers
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry 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!

Visa & Health

Formalities

British citizens - other nationalities, please contact us.

Visas
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Norway.
The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

Visas from 1 January 2021
The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:
- you will be able to travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
- if you are travelling to Norway and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel would count towards the 90-day limit
- The 90-day limit for visa-free travel will begin on 1 January 2021. Any days you stay in Norway or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.

At border control for Norway, you may need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay, and
- use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing
- Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months beyond your intended period of stay. Further details on entering Norway can be found on the UDI website.

Passport validity from 1 January 2021
From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

See: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/norway/entry-requirements for up-to-date information

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade à l'étranger
    Drammensveien 69
    0244 Oslo
    Tél. : +47 (23) 28 46 00
    Fax : +47 (23) 28 46 7
  • Consulat de Norvège
    28, rue Bayard
    75008 Paris
    Tél. : 01 53 67 04 00
    Fax : 01 53 67 04 40
    emb.paris@mfa.no
  • Ambassade de Norvège
    Bubenbergplatz 10
    Postfach 5264
    3011 Bern
    Tél. : +41 31 310 55 55
    Fax : +41 31 310 55 50
    emb.bern@mfa.no
  • Ambassade de Norvège
    Rue Archimède 17
    B-1000 Bruxelles
    Tél. : + 32 (0) 2 238 73 00
    Fax : + 32 (0) 2 238 73 90
    emb.brussels@mfa.no

Health

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.


Healthcare
The rules on access to healthcare will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

You should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. After 31 December 2020, your UK-issued EHIC might not be valid.

The EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Norwegian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate.

It’s important to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes cover for emergency medical treatment and associated costs. The existing EHIC arrangements are not an alternative to travel insurance, as some health-related costs, including for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment, are not covered. Read more about what your travel insurance should cover.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 113 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.


See: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/norway/health

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.

Our recommendation :
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.

Voltage

You need a power plug adapter in Norway, when living in the United Kingdom. In Norway the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Budget and money

The Norwegian currency is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK). 1 NOK is divided into 100 øre (cents). Coins are circulated in the following denominations: 1 krone, 5 kroner, 10 kroner and 20 kroner.

Telephone and jetlag

Dialing code: +47