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2 Days Looking for Northern Lights and Moose Safari on Horseback in Kiruna, Sweden

Ofelas Islandshästar, Puoltsa 1057, 981 99 Kiruna, Sweden

Fantastic Winter Horse Riding Holiday in Sweden

If hunting northern lights have been in your bucket list for a long time, it is time to make the dream come true! Ofelas Islandshästar would like to offer you a truly unique tour where they will guide you to look for the northern lights on horseback of calm and obedient Icelandic horses. This is really a treat for animals and nature lovers. In this perfect mini-vacation, imagine yourself riding under the northern lights and moose safari on horseback and stay overnight on a horse farm with the animals in the forest around the corner. It is an experience like no other!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kilograms / 198 pounds
  • Horse height range: 130 to 150 centimeters / 12.8 to 14.8 hands
  • Horse breed: Icelandic horses

Meet the guides

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Mats , Kerstin , Jenny , & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • Two hours moose safari riding
  • English and Swedish speaking guides
  • One hour riding looking for the northern lights
  • Helmet and warm outdoor clothes provided
  • Complimentary transfers from Kiruna
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Swedish
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Kiruna Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Kitchen

If you want to live close to nature, have animals like moose outside your window and experience the silence, this is the place for you. There are two houses for rent at the horse farm, one with three bedrooms, a common kitchen, and two bathrooms. There is also another house to rent at the farm for a maximum of four persons with one shared bathroom.

Program

Ofelas Islandshästar will pick you up in Kiruna the first day in the afternoon and go by car to the horse farm westwards. Together, you will prepare the horses for riding and in the winter evening, you will go for a shorter gentle riding tour through many hundred-year-old forests nestled against the mountain range. Hopefully, you can see the beautiful northern lights.

When you come back, you will be served dinner consisting of local specialties like game or fish. The guide tells you about the Sami culture while sitting round the fire in the goahti (Sami hut). After a night on the farm, you have breakfast. Then you prepare the horse for a riding tour in the forest looking for moose. You have lunch after the tour and be brought back to Kiruna.

Please note that times for the rides can vary depending on the day/conditions. Sometimes the rides can be longer or shorter, especially when looking for the moose.

Riding experience

This tour is suitable both for you with riding experience and for you who have never been riding before.

The Icelandic horse

Characteristic of the breed are individuals who are brave, strong, persistent, intelligent, curious and calm. Today, you use the horses very widely in everything from tour riding in light or difficult terrain, to take part in gait competition or more speedy events. Several individuals can develop a good jumping technique and can be educated in classical dressage. But most common is to have the horse as a family member and a riding horse for the whole family.

Most Icelandic horses can adapt to the rider and therefore the youngest person in a family can have equally fun with one horse as an adult. You often hear that a horse with lots of will and strong character can be complicated for the most experienced rider but still calm and obedient with a child on its back.

What makes the Icelandic horse extra interesting is the four or five gaits. Apart from walk, trot, and canter, most individuals have tölt and some pace. You separate the horses in four-gaited or five-gaited horses consider if they have the pace or not. The gait tölt is the Icelandic horse’s specialty. It is a soft and smooth gait which most riders prefer. It’s possible to ride the tölt in different speed, from slowly collected tölt to a speed where they can keep up with canter. A good tölt horse has an even beat, is smooth with high front legs movement, and can carry itself with proud radiance.

The individuals who have the pace and are five-gaited have “the fifth gear”, a two beated gait with a flying moment where the same side front and hind legs move simultaneously. Flying pace is very fast and speed-pass is used as a race on shorter stretches of 100-250m. You can also compete in showpace.

Since the breed has its origin on Iceland, it has had to adapt to living outdoors in a cold climate and with the limitation of feeding much of the year. It is somewhat more resistant to weather than other breeds. Even the thick coat helps to isolate the body from chilly winds and rain. In Sweden, the Icelandic horses live both outdoors all the time and in stables, the way that suits every individual and its owner.

The official breeding goal for Icelandic horses is to breed a healthy, fertile and durable riding horse, who is sturdy but still elegant. A multi-purpose horse with five gaits. The size of the Icelandic horse can vary. A wrong belief is that the horses are much smaller than they actually are. The average size of the horses that are shown is around 140 centimeters, and a height between 130 -150 centimeters is most common. The colors of the breed are the most varied in the world with 40 colors and up to 100 varieties. The most common colors are chestnut and black and the rarest color is true roan.

Minimum age allowed for participation: 12

Guides

Mats Blind-Berg

Kerstin Nilsson

Jenny Jansson

Sara Hansson

Location

Ofelas Islandshästar is located 25 kilometers west of Kiruna in the direction of Nikkaluokta with a fantastic view of the mountains and Kalix river. In wintertime, they have the northern lights and during summer, the midnight sun.

Puoltsa

The farm is located in a small village called Puoltsa (Buolža in Sami). It is between Kiruna and Nikkaluokta, next to the riverbank of the Kalix river. Ofelas Islandshästar has had the business since 1997.

Distances

  • Kiruna, 25 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Mountain walking
  • Sauna
  • Skiing

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

Reindeer and moose meat is an important ingredient in Sami cuisine, usually smoked to last longer when you are out in the mountains for many weeks. Other local specialties in this area are fish from the river or mountain lakes. Berries and herbs are also important ingredients, like cloudberries, blueberries, lingonberries, Angelica, meadowsweet, etc. Ofelas Islandshästar provides any special diet if you require that, like no lactose, gluten or vegetarian (remember to tell them in advance).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There is a sauna on the river bank that you can book at an additional cost. You can also take a walk in the forest and on the river on your own, go skiing, try the “kick” or walk with snowshoes.

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation
  • All activities in the program
  • Full board meals (dinner on the first day to lunch on the second day)
  • Service of Swedish and English speaking guides
  • Transfers from and to Kiruna
  • Use of helmet and warm outdoor clothes

What's not included

  • Other meals
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kiruna Airport (KRN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ofelas Islandshästar will pick you up from the airport.

From Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), there are direct flights to Kiruna. They take approximately 90 minutes and are run by SAS and Norwegian.

Arrival by train

At SJ’s website, you can book train tickets to Kiruna. Between Stockholm and Kiruna, there is a night train without change. From the train station, there are free shuttles to the city center.

Arrival by bus

By bus, you go from Kiruna bus station, train station or the airport towards Nikkaluokta fjällstation, it usually departs twice a day during high season.

Airport: Kiruna Airport Airport transfer included: Kiruna Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Availability

This tour is available from December to April every year. Please select your arrival date below.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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