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Norway, Lofoten

Lofoten offers a wild and beautiful landscape. Let yourself be seduced by nature, the fjords, picturesque small villages, the breathtaking mountains that plunge straight into the sea and the whole spectacle that is on display. If you want the chance to experience the midnight sun and northern lights in the most fabulous spot, you have found the right place.

The farm is located on Gimsøy on the outer side of Lofoten by a white sandy beach and the sea on one side and the majestic mountain peaks on the other.
Here you are welcomed by Frode and his team of 10 - 15 employees. Frode has grown up on the farm that has been run by his family for several generations over several hundred years.

The farm is one of the oldest places in Lofoten with ancient remains from a long time ago. The site has boat piers, a god farm and graves from the Viking Age. The Viking Tore Hjort is believed to have had his chieftain's seat here over 1,000 years ago. He is mentioned in the Viking saga and was killed by King Olav Tryggvasson during the Christianization of Norway. You will hear stories about Tore Hjort and other Vikings during your stay here.

On the Trail Ride in the Footsteps of the Vikings, you get to ride among mountains with wonderful views, enjoy the white beaches and learn a little about the geology and animal life on the island and see relics from the Viking Age. One day you ride to a farm that runs a diverse farm with its own cheese production, herb garden and various animals. Back at the farm in Gimsøy, you are treated to tasty and local food rooted in the farm's history and food traditions.

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Program - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of Vikings

In May, June and July you can experience the midnight sun. In August the beautiful «eternal» sunsets. In September and October, you have the best opportunity to experience the northern lights and you get to experience the beautiful autumn colors in Lofoten.

5-6 hours riding per day. In March 31st and April 14th 2024 it is 3-4 hours riding per day.

Prelinary day-by-day program. The program can go in different order or direction. 

Day 1: You'll be transferred from the airport to your accommodation and allowed time to settle in. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the restaurant. After dinner, at c. 10pm, you'll set out on a short ride. This is a gentle ride to allow you to become familiar with the horses and your guides. In summer this will be under the midnight sun, whilst in winter you'll be in search of the Northern Lights!

Day 2: Full day tour at Gimsøy
Day trip on Gimsøy. Travel the Vikingvei/Viking Old Road and have lunch in Vinje valley. Lunch included.

Day 3: Vestvågøy and Aalan Cheese Farm
Day trip from Aalan cheese farm. www.aalan.no A 5-6 hour ride including ecological lunch at Aalan farm, where you can taste many of their famous goat cheeses. 

Day 4 : Daytour at Gimsøy
Day trip on Gimsøy. You start in Gjendalen and ride down to the Vinje Beach where you have lunch at the local cafe. 5-6 hour ride. Lunch included.

Day 5:  Unstad 
You continue exploring the neighbour island enjoying the spectacular views on horseback and you’ll have lunch on another local cheese farm – Lofoten Gårdsysteri.

Day 6: Home
Breakfast in the lodges before you´ll be transfered to Svolvær or Leknes airport.

Accommodation & Food

You stay in lodges with a high standard in double or twin rooms with shower/wc ensuite. There are 3 rooms in each lodge. You share the kitchen/living room with other guests.
They are located by the beach and about 500 meters from the farm and 1 km from the golf course Lofoten Golf Links (where Frode is deeply involved). The cottages face north with a beautiful view of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the sea. Towels and sheets are provided. Final cleaning included.

There is a sauna right by the beach that can be rented. The price is for 2 hours and must be booked in advance. Minimum 4 people max 10. Price 2023 NOK 200. Minimum price NOK 800.

Farm café and restaurant
The old barn (Låven) has been tastefully rebuilt and renovated into a farm cafe and restaurant. The ambition is to create an informal, genuine and relaxing place with tasty and local food anchored in the farm's history and food traditions. It also serves very good coffee and good home-baked cookies.

Full board from day 1 in the evening, with sandwich lunch on full-day excursions and 2-course dinner in the restaurant in the evening, the program ends after breakfast on day 6. Drinks are not included in the meals.

The northeast side of the barn has large glass windows with a view of the white Hovstranda, the midnight sun and the northern lights. The neighbour Anne has made the beautiful and very solid tables from hundred-year-old wood from a local house. The lamps in the ceiling are the original milk jugs from the farm. In the project, a lot of time and resources have been invested in managing the construction of the building itself. The fine lighting in the ceiling complements this and creates a unique atmosphere. The high ceiling also gives a special atmosphere. The original building has been preserved, while being modern with insulation, ventilation and a heating system to keep guests warm and happy in all seasons. A large glass fireplace and soft retro furniture create a pleasant atmosphere even during dark winter evenings. Here you can enjoy a good meal, with a beautiful view, or just relax by the fireplace with a good book and beer from Lofoten.


 

Horses

Icelandic Horses, there are about ca 50 horses on the farm .
Weight limit: 95 kg.

Golf

It is possible to come along as a non-rider and, for example, play golf at the Lofoten Golf Links, which is only 1 km from the farm.

Perhaps one of the world´s most beautiful golf courses.

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Travel facts

Ability description: Trail Ride level 2-3

Included in the price: 5 nights, 5 days riding, full board excl. beverages, transfer from airport

Not included: Flights, drinks, travel insurance & other personal expenses.

Season: Specific dates

Travel: 
Fly to Svovlvær (Helle) or Leknes.
Transfer from/to closest airports in Svovlvær (Helle) or Leknes is included.
Bus/train/boat: From Bodö or Narvik you can take a bus or boat to Svovlvær where you will be picked up and driven to the farm. You can see times and prices here: www.reisnordland.com

Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on” Book on request” under Dates & prices. If there is no one to share a room with, a single room supplement will be added.

Group size: Minimum 4 riders max. 8

Age limit: Minimum 14 years

Currency: NOK

Kredit card: Yes

Tipping: Up to the personal happiness of the guest

Wifi: Yes

Electricity jack: EU-standard

Beach: Yes

Misc.: There are helmets, boots, warm overalls and rain gear to borrow.
Special diet: Inform when booking.

Dates and prices

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
31/03/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of VikingsEUR 2,107Book on request
14/04/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of VikingsEUR 2,107Book on request
28/04/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of Vikings
Fully booked
EUR 2,107Book on request
12/05/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of VikingsEUR 2,107Book on request
26/05/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of Vikings
Fully booked
EUR 2,107Book on request
25/08/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of VikingsEUR 2,107Book on request
08/09/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of Vikings
Fully booked
EUR 2,107Book on request
22/09/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of Vikings
Fully booked
EUR 2,107Book on request
06/10/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of VikingsEUR 2,107Book on request
13/10/20246Norway, Lofoten - Trail Ride in the Footsteps of VikingsEUR 2,107Book on request

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