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Norway, Jotunheimen

- Trail Ride in Jotunheimen -

Jotunheimen is a fantastic high mountain area in southern Norway and contains Scandinavia's highest mountain peak, at 2469 m (8,600 ft) above sea level, and many glaciers and beautiful mountain lakes. Even the somewhat lower mountain top, Glittertind 2452 m (8,300 ft) above sea level, is located in the area. It is a magnificent landscape with numerous glaciers and mountain lakes. Some of Jotunheimen was preserved as national park in 1980. The riding pace is variated with mostly walk but the terrain can be demanding with climbing up and down the hills.

Here Torgeir has been guiding trail rides for more than thirty years. He is a blacksmith by trade, has successfully competed in four-in-hand competitions and is even an instructor. In the winter when it's too cold for long rides, he drives a sledge with horses.

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Program 3-4 days Trail

There is a three- or four day trailr with different accommodation each. For lunch there a few days with "smörgåspakke" and a few days you will cook out and get some hot food. Dinners are eaten where you stay overnight. Each guest is provided with a saddle-bag with space for some extra clothes, camera, and small person items. The rest of the baggage will be transported by car.

3-day trail (from Bygdin) 23/6 and 26/8 – 2021


Meeting day: We meet at 6 p.m. at Bygdin Mountain hotel (12km north of Beitostølen on rv 51) for dinner, instructions of the trail and each guest will be assigned their horse for the trek. 

Day 1:  Day stage approx. 20 km
Start at 09.30 a.m. with tacking-up the horses. The trail mainly follows mountainous areas and takes us up to the top of Bitihorn at 1608 m. We finish the day with a gallop over the sandy beach of the Bygdin lake. This galloping opportunity is possible at the beginning of the summer season, due to the water level rising in the later summer months. Our destination for this day is the Bygdin mountain hotel.

Day 2 and 3: here are several options from Bygdin:
Leirungsdalen: You load the horses in a trailer and drive a short distance and ride in Leirungsdalen which is a high mountain valley with peaks of over 2000m on three edges.
Øvre Heimdalen: You load the horses in a trailer and drive a short distance. Ride in Øvre Heimdalen is a lush mountain valley with an idyllic farmhouse.
Skjervebøttbua. You ride to an old fishing hut at the back of Bitihorn.

Farewell dinner at Bygdin. There is a bus to Oslo at 18.00
 

4-day trail (from Bygdin) 28/6, 11/7, 25/7, 8/8 -2021


Meeting day: We meet at 6 p.m. at Bygdin Mountain hotel (12 km north of  Beitostølen on rv 51) for dinner, instructions of the trail and each guest will be assigned their horse for the trek. 

Day 1:  Day stage approx. 20 km
Start at 09.30 a.m. with tacking-up the horses. The trail mainly follows mountainous areas and takes us up to the top of Bitihorn at 1608 m. We finish the day with a gallop over the sandy beach of the Bygdin lake. This galloping opportunity is possible at the beginning of the summer season, due to the water level rising in the later summer months. Our destination for this day is the Bygdin mountain hotel..

Day 2:  Day stage approx. 30 km
The destination for today is Haugseter Fjellstue at Lake Vinster. We ride in groups of 4-5 riders along Jotunheimveien (a dirt/gravel road), passing Vassklepp in the direction of Haugseter. There are fantastic possibilities for trotting and galloping along this section. Guests have the possibility to do a trail up in the mountains to the north of Haugseter after lunch ( 7-8 km). In the evening we meet up and play a game of “horseshoe throwing”.

Day 3: The goal for the day is Bessheim Fjellstue. You ride up the high mountains and take a break in the beautiful Øvre Heimdalen.

Day 4: You ride a day trip from Bessheim up to Bessevannet and over to Russdalen. A beautiful mountain stage with Jotunheimen as the nearest neighbor. Farewell dinner at Jotnetunet in Beitostøle. There is a bus to Oslo at 18.00

4-day trail (from Bessheim) 4/7, 18/7, 1/8, 15/8 - 2021:


Meeting day: We meet at 6 p.m. at Bessheim fjellstue (30 km north of  Beitostølen on rv 51) for dinner, instructions of the trail. If you need, there is a joint transport from Beitostølen to Bessheim at 17.30.

Day 1:  Day trip from Bessheim up to Bessvatnet and on over to Russdalen.

Day 2:  Up through Brurskaret and over to Øvre Heimdalen where you eat luch. The trip continues to Haugseter mountain lodge.

Day 3: Nice mountain trip north of Vinstervann, up on Urekkollen and to Haugseter where you have lunch. After lunch you ride in groups (4-5 riders) along Jotunheimveien to Bygdin. Here there are great opportunities for trotting and galloping.

Day 4: Start with a gallop on the sandy beach at Bygdin before you ride over Heklefjell and set course for Beitostølen. Farewell dinner at Jotnetunet. There is a bus to Oslo at 18.00

Accommodation and Food

You stay in double rooms and cabins with shared bathrooms. During breakfast, you prepared your “lunchpakke" (sandwiches) according to Norwegian tradition. At lunch, a fire is lit and you can grill your sandwiches. Dinners you eat where you overnight. Bring a towel. 

If you need to book an extra night at the end of the trip, you can book accommodation here: www.beitocamp.no or www.beitostolen.com

Horses

Mainly Norwegian ‘dole’ horses, they are 145-160 cm (57-65 in) at the withers. The breed's origin is from the 1800s when English thoroughbreds were crossed with Norwegian draft horses to get a faster carriage horse. It is a very nice and spirited trail riding horse. Torgeir also has some Danish Frederiksborg horses, a couple of welsh cobs and some Icelandic Horses. The horses have saddle bags.

Climate

Travel Information

Ability description: Level, trail ride 2-3 >> 
Some demanding terrain, you should be in good physical condition.

Included in the price: Accomodation, riding according to program, full board incl water, coffee/tea.

Not included: Flights, bus to Beitostölen, wine/beer, soda, insurance and extras not mentioned.

Travel: Book flight/rental car >>
Fly to Oslo.
Bus from Oslo (Valdresekspressen) to Bygdin fjellhotell, about 4 hours. Return from Beitostölen to Oslo.

Riding: Trails ride where you change accommodation during the week. No tents. Children from the age of 12 accompanied by an adult are welcome. The luggage will be transportet by car to the different accomodations. 

Season: June - August

Group size: The number of participants varies between 20-25 riders. Minimum number of tour participants is 8 riders.

Currency: Norsk krona (NOK).

Credit cards: The riding centre accept credit cards.

Tipping: Is not expected.

Wifi: In some of the accomodations.

Packing list: Riding helmet – mountain shoes/ riding boots – windstopper trousers and jacket – warm underwear and pullovers – gloves, mitten and cap – rainclothes of good quality  –
personal toiletry items and towel – tourcup –  maybe riding breeches and chaps

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Dates and prices

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
23/06/20214Norway, Jotunheimen - 3 days trailEUR 489Book on request
28/06/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
04/07/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
11/07/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
18/07/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
25/07/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
01/08/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
08/08/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
15/08/20215Norway, Jotunheimen - 4 days trailEUR 647Book on request
26/08/20214Norway, Jotunheimen - 3 days trailEUR 489Book on request
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