From the horse’s mouth
Wild Lapland in the Summer
- Stay in rustic cabins 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
Day 1 1 : Europe - Kittilä - Levi - No ridingFlight from Europe 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 horse camp, close to the village of Levi - tonight you are staying in Aurora wilderness cabins in a peaceful, remote location. You will meet your guide Päivi and have an introduction of the next day’s programme.
Dinner and overnight with shared facilities.
Day 2 2: Levi - Näkkälä - Wilderness Cabin - 18 km ridingThroughout 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 before being transferred to Näkkälä Village in Enontekiö. After arrival in Näkkälä, you will prepare the horses and saddle them, and the first trail ride is ready to start. You will get to know your horses and routines. On the first day the route goes alongside sandy roads, hillocks and hills in fell forest. The riding distance today is ca. 18 km. At lunchtime, you prepare a picnic lunch by the campfire. In the afternoon you arrive at a wilderness cabin you we have dinner and spend the night.
Overrnight in a wilderness cabin without private facilities, running water and electricity.
Day 3 3 : Wilderness camp - Pöyrisjärvi - 25 km ridingAfter 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. At midday, enjoy a picnic lunch by a campfire. You will ride to Pöyrisjärvi, to the summer place of reindeer herders, where your home for the next two nights will be very a basic wilderness cabin without electricity or running water. After taking care of the horses, you prepare dinner and get ready for a good night's sleep.
Day 4 4 : Pöyrisjärvi. - 25 km ridingAfter 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 5 5 : Pöyrisjärvi - Näkkälä - 25 km ridingAfter breakfast, the group takes care of the horses and start your trail riding back to the village of Näkkälä. After taking care of the horses, you will be transferred back to the first camp, where you can enjoy the sauna and a delicious farewell dinner.
Overnight in the Aurora wilderness cabins.
Day 6 6 : Levi - Kittilä - Europe - No ridingAfter eating a final Finnish breakfast and saying your goodbyes to your hosts and guide, you will be driven back to the airport.
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person, based on riders sharing simple communal accommodation.
- Groups are made up of 2-6 riders plus English-speaking guides
- 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.
- Extra activities (canoe tours, hiking tours) can be arranged, please contact us
- Children aged 12+ are welcome to join the ride depending on their level of fitness and riding abilities.
- Rider weight limit: 110 kg/ 17.3 st / 242 lbs
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.
1 support quad
Price doesn't include
Visas and personal purchase
Extra activities like canoeing tours, hiking tours
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
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!
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
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.
Guide and local team
- 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).
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- 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
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
- 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
- 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
Visa & Health
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.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Finland
The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/finland/entry-requirements
Addresses of consulates
- Paris - Ambassade de Finlande
1, Place de Finlande
Tél. : 01.44.18.19.20
- Ambassade de Finlande
Avenue des Arts 58
Tél. : +32 2 287 12 12
Fax : +32-2-287 1200
- Ambassade de France en Finlande
Itäinen Puistotie 13
Tél. : +358 (0) 9 618 780
Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/finland
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Telephone and jetlag
Did you know?
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.