Sweden, Lapland - Ratekjokk Trail (7 days)
To choose a longer tour with Icelandic horse in the mountains is a perfect way to see the mountains. You get to know the Icelandic horse, have an adventure, be out in the nature, sit round a campfire, learn about the Sami culture and sleep in a Sami tent (lávvu). The main things will be the horse, riding, nature, weather and food, a long way away from stress. This tour is for you who want to ride up in the mountains with great views, near the nature in an area where very few people are. Mostly you ride in pathless terrain or on paths and we adjust the tempo after the terrain. This is also for you who do not mind helping out with camping chores and not mind being without luxury to experience the natural way of being out in the nature. For this tour you need riding experience.
When you arrive to Kiruna you are picked up and driven by car to the horse farm. You will enjoy a welcome dinner together and stay the night in a house at the farm in double rooms. The first day you start in the morning from a place close to the farm where you go by car and ride through the forest up on the bare mountains with a fantastic view. You get a horse which suits you. You ride on the south side of the Kalix river. This night you sleep in a Sami tepee (lávvu) where you sleep in sleeping bags round the fireplace. In the tepee you can make a fire if you want to. The two following nights you sleep in a cabin. During the tour there is an extra horse carrying the food and other things, but everyone carries her/ his own personal things in saddlebags on the own horse. The next morning you pack your things and ride over the bare mountain and come then down to the small sami settlement Ratekjokk where you stay for two nights. In Ratekjokk you can have a sauna in the evening. The fourth day you ride a day tour and come back to Ratekjokk. For the next two days you ride over the mountain with a night in the tepee and come back to the place you started from and then to the horse farm where you stay overnight the last night. Then it will be nice to get a shower and after that there is a last dinner together. The last day you get driven back to Kiruna.
Some of the departures can be a bit different, but you have the same amount of nights in teepee and house in Ratekjokk.
For this tour is good if you have riding experience, are able to control a horse in open terrain and are in good physical health. It is also good if you have been camping before. We ride 15-25 km each day. During the tour you will stay overnight in a Sami teepee (lávvu) and in a cabin. The places where you stay overnight are quite simple, but nice. At the farm there are double rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom.
Included: 6 nights, 5 days riding, guide (sve, eng ), full board (dinner dag 1- breakfast day 7), transfer