Danish Island Trails riding holiday in Denmark - Far and Ride
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Danish Island Trails, Denmark




Programmes


• Weekend Programme

• Farm Stay

• Beginner Week

• Three Islands Tour

 

Reviews



Excellent! Fantastic fast riding, food was fab. Tolt was tricky to begin with but improved. (Favourite memory?) The half day beach ride.

Pat & Bethan H.
I am so glad I picked this holiday to meet up with my sister. We loved Denmark and fell in love with the Icelandic horses. They are fantastic and give you everything. The memories will stay with me for a long time. The food is OUTSTANDING. (Favourite memory?) 5 hour picnic ride with Tom and Lina. Despite being wet and very cold, galloping across wind-swept beaches and cantering through plantation - fantastic.

Gabriella H.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Icelandic

Nature of horses:

Tough, sweet natured and above all fun!

Height of horses:

Average 13.2hh

Weight limit:

95 kg

Tack type:

Icelandic saddles which are reminiscent of dressage ones with relatively flat seats. Stirrups are generally worn very long and bridles have snaffle bits and detachable nosebands.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This hotel, located on one of Denmark's larger island archipelagos, has been in the Thøgersen family for over 40 years. Today it is a friendly and welcoming destination in a wonderfully novel location and has been combined with the family's second love - the Icelandic horses.

The Thøgersen family made their dream a reality when they began breeding and riding their own Icelandic horses using animals imported from Iceland. Now they are pleased to boast of being the largest Icelandic horse centre in Denmark and - possibly - outside of Iceland itself! Owner and horsewoman, Therese, has always made it her goal to ensure that her little horses are happy and healthy and can perform to the best of their ability. In this respect, she has taken time to research and think about the way she keeps her horses, enabling them to live as close to their natural and wild conditions, with plenty of fresh air, readily available food and - most importantly - companionship.

The riding centre has recently been renovated and updated to include two large central barns for the horses to come in and eat during the winter, as well as automated feeders which respond to microchips in the horses - allowing each horses diet to be carefully monitored and measured. The large indoor school means that lessons and riding can occur even during the short, dark winter days and in any weather - although a bit of rain has never stopped them going out for a nice long ride on the beach before! The centre also features a large tack room where all the individual saddles and bridles are stored - every horse has their own saddle and bridle which fits them specifically - and a large education centre were riders meet to receive their Icelandic horse theory lessons, learning more about the Icelandic horses, as well as how to ride and care for them. During the summer and through most of the winter, the horses live out in large social herds with plenty of space to forage and climb - Icelandic horses really love to climb up and down small hills!

The riding trails will take you all over the main island, as well as incorporating some of the smaller neighbouring islands if the tides allow. Icelandic horses are fiercely brave and have wonderful temperaments which makes them great horses for both absolute beginner and very experienced riders. Above all, they are enourmous fun!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in a large family hotel with 83 rooms, located around the central outdoor pool and restaurant, as well as 36 individual 2 or 4 person cottages in the hotel grounds. In addition, there is an on-site wellness centre which includes an indoor pool, small fitness centre with free weights and running machines, as well as a whole host of wellness facilities and spa treatments on offer.

Rooms are generally double or twin, with suites and some larger apartments, sleeping up to 4 people, as well as small self catered cottages. Depending on the level of room you choose, you will usually have double or twin beds, a small kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities (tea and coffee not included in the rooms), small fridge, en-suite bathroom, TV and radio. The larger rooms also have small terraces or balconies with tables and chairs for you to use.

If you have chosen to eat at the on-site restaurant, then you will find a wonderful selection of tasty fish dishes and others which are typical of this region of Denmark. Being a country made up of many small islands and surrounded by the sea, the Danish diet comprises a large amount of seafood, including cod, herring, mackerel, prawn and salmon, to name a few. Usually these dishes are accompanied by eggs, various cheeses, Danish Rugbrød (rye bread, or "black" bread as it is commonly known) and fresh vegetables including asparagus, carrots, cabbage, beetroot and cucumber (which is normally pickled).

Breakfast at the hotel each day is usually a buffet with a great selection of cereal, muesli, yogurt and fruit compote, as well as a selection of breakfast rolls with cold meats and cheeses and a hot buffet with eggs, bacon and black pudding. If you choose to eat lunch in the brasserie, then there is a small lunch menu featuring dishes such as breaded plaice, plates of cold fish, eggs and bread, as well as "bubble and squeak" (cooked meats and potatoes mixed together and topped with an egg). Evening meals will generally consist of a large seafood buffet or you may wish to choose something from the a la carte menu, which offers typical dishes as well as a less typical pizza and pasta selection.

 

Activities

Other activities offered at the hotel include free use of the two pools (indoor and outdoor), the opportunity to book wellness treatments such as massages and time in one of the sauna or use the on-site fitness centre (with running machines and free weights).

The island itself offers a great variety of active pursuits including cycling, walking and golf, as well as a large variety of wind sports - wind surfing, kite boarding, etc. Or you could just relax, enjoying the beautiful beaches and stunning wildlife reserves on the island, or by taking a stroll around the little market towns, with their typical Danish "gingerbread-house" design.

The city of Billund is well know as the centre for the "LEGO" toy franchise and is the site of the original LEGOLAND - which is a great trip extension for families as well as big kids! Billund itself is also a beautiful town to spend a few days, with its multicoloured houses and gently winding canals. The town also plays host to a great many festivals and markets throughout the year and is recognised as a great culture capital in Europe, with a sculpture garden and fantastic street art initiative.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and Danish.

Health requirements: No specific requirements, just a sense of adventure. Riding can be altered to suit young and inexperienced riders, even those who have not ridden before.

Age limit: 6+

Tuition: Yes with the Beginner programme, but not generally with the others.

Included: Accommodation, buffet breakfast, 3 course dinner (or buffet) and horse riding as per the chosen itinerary, as well as Icelandic horse riding theory and practical lesson (dependent on number of guests).

Not included: Lunches, drinks, airport transfers, flights and travel insurance.

 

Travel Information

Flights to Billund remain reasonably cheap all year round, as the city is still not a well known and popular destination for tourists.

RyanAir operates flights from London Stansted twice daily and British Airways operates routes from both London City and Manchester airports. Alternatively, it is possible to fly into Billund from Copenhagen, Oslo, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris and Brussels, as well as a great many other European cities.

On arrival, we can arrange a transfer for you at an additional cost, but car hire is recommend if you would like to make full use of the facilities and opportunities offered at the hotel. Driving in Denmark is very easy, the roads are very safe and the route to the hotel is a very easy one to follow.

Transfer time to the hotel is around 1h50 from Billund and is a very scenic drive.

Airport: Billund Airport

Alternative Airport: Copenhagen Airport

 

Programmes


Weekend Programme



This short weekend programme has been designed to allow guests to experience the wonderful little Icelandic horses and their beautiful island home on a smaller timescale. This 3 night stay will allow you plenty of time to ride out with these charming horses and enjoy some of the fabulous hospitality offered at the hotel.

On your first afternoon you will be introduced to the horses and spend some time getting to know all about them, before setting off on your first ride through the forest tracks or out to the beautiful long, sandy beach. During the weekend you should expect to complete the following trails but the exact itinerary will be determined locally depending on tides and weather patterns: 2 hour Kirkeby Plantage (riding along forest roads and across heath and meadow paths); 2 hour Sonderstrand (riding through forest and along beach paths, through dunes and on the beach); 5 hour Romo half day tour (Ride along the Northern Sea on beach paths to Kirkeby plantation and then along the old fire zone over the heath and through Vraby Plantage).

Back at the hotel you will be treated to some delicious food from the famous seafood buffet, or a three course dinner with evening entertainment, as well as a delightful Sønderjysk - a traditional afternoon coffee/tea break with no fewer then 20 different homemade cakes!

NB. For those who are really short of time, there is a possibility to arrive Friday and leave Sunday, having only two nights stay and joining just two 2 hour rides (Sonderstrand and Kirkeby Plantage). Please enquire for prices.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 15
Ability description: Intermediate and above - the stay can be tailored for Novice and Beginner riders as well.
Type of ride: Based.
Total riding time: 2-5 hours per day.
Departure dates: 2017: Dates to suit, except Christmas and New Year, with arrival on Thursday and departure on Sunday.
 
Pricing: 2017:

£488 per person
+ Single supplement £110

Price includes 3 nights of twin/double room accommodation, a breakfast buffet each day, a seafood buffet on Friday night, traditional coffee and cake in the afternoon on Saturday and a 3 course dinner on Saturday night with live musical entertainment. Also included are two 2 hour trail ride and one half day riding tour with picnic lunch during your stay. The price also includes a guided tour of the Wadden Sea nature reserve, if time allows.

Prices do not include airport transfers, lunches, drinks, flights and any extras not mentioned.



Farm Stay



This week long riding trip offers guests the chance to experience riding the delightful yet diminutive Icelandic horses whilst exploring the beautiful and varied landscape of this little nordic island. 

During your stay you will be accommodated either in the hotel (approximately 200m from the riding centre) or in a delightful sea facing cottage if you have opted for the self catering option (approx 100m from the riding centre). On your first day you will be introduced to the Icelandic horse breed and get to learn more about the riding stables, the horse care and of course, the wonderful little horses who call this place home. You will enjoy a demonstration of the Icelandic horse's incredible paces whilst enjoying a hot drink and delicious piece of tasty Danish cake.

Well acquainted with these tough little horses, you will spend the next 5 days discovering their island home on short morning trails, exhilarating beach rides and finally a fantastic 5 hour ride across the island with a tasty picnic lunch. It is likely that you will complete the following trails, but the order is determined locally: 2 hour Kirkeby Plantage (riding along forest roads and across heath and meadow paths); 2 hour Sonderstrand (riding through forest and along beach paths, through dunes and on the beach); 5 hour Romo half day tour (Ride along the Northern Sea on beach paths to Kirkeby plantation and then along the old fire zone over the heath and through Vraby Plantage); 3 hour Havsand (as Sonderstrand but continuing to Bananklitten at Havsand with the possibility of swimming during summer months); either Kirkeby Plantage or Sonderstrand.

You can't help but fall in love with this little island and these little hardy horses!

The itinerary for this ride is not set and you will be able to discuss the upcoming week with your hosts and stable staff. Beach rides will be dependent on the tides and weather conditions.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 15
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above (happy to ride at walk, trot, canter and gallop in open spaces).
Type of ride: Based.
Total riding time: 2-5 hours
Departure dates: 2017: Dates available to suit with arrival and departure on Saturday.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Standard Season:
£887 per person
+ single room supplement £236

High Season (8 July - 12 August):
£1036 per person
+ single room supplement £236

Prices include 7 nights half board accommodation (unless specified otherwise) with breakfast and 3 course dinner (or sometimes a seafood buffet) each day, a welcome drink, Icelandic theory lesson and riding demonstration, three 2 hour trail rides, 1 beach ride and 1 half day ride with picnic lunch.

Discounted prices are available for children aged 3-13 and children aged 0-3 are free when they stay in a room with their parents.



Beginner Week



A great week long programme designed to introduce beginner riders to horse riding and the Icelandic horses. You will be given informative and easy to understand tuition on the theory and practice of riding, as well as learning all about the Icelandic horse as a breed.

Following an initial orientation of the stables and an introduction to the tack and equipment you will be using with the horses, you will be allocated your own horse and given a small information card about them, with a picture of them. Now is the challenge - you will be shown where to find your horse and must correctly select yours from the group, based on their picture (but don't worry, there will always be someone to help you if you need it!). Take time to groom and saddle the horses before your first riding lesson in the arena. You will be shown how to handle your horse safely and correctly, asking him to move off, turn left & right and - most importantly - how to stop.

Over the next few days, you will build up your confidence and develop a great relationship with your little horse as you explore this beautiful nordic island. There truly is no better way to discover the nature around you than from the back of a sweet natured and wonderfully kind horse.

The itinerary for this ride is not set and you will be able to discuss the upcoming week with your hosts and stable staff. You will likely join the following trails, but this is subject to change depending on your progress and local conditions: Waddensea (25 mins of lessons followed by a 25 min along the Waddensea); 2 hour Kirkeby Plantage (riding along forest roads and across heath and meadow paths); 2 hour Sonderstrand (riding through forest and along beach paths, through dunes and on the beach); 2 hour Solnedgangstur (as Sonderstrand but at sunset).



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 15
Ability description: Complete beginners to novice riders who would like to build their confidence.
Type of ride: Based.
Total riding time: 2 hours per day.
Departure dates: 2017: Dates available to suit, with arrival and departure on Saturday.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Standard Season:
£870 per person
+ single room supplement £236

High Season (8 July - 12 August):
£990 per person
+ single room supplement £236

Prices include 7 nights half board accommodation (unless specified otherwise) with breakfast and 3 course dinner each day (sometimes a seafood buffet instead), a welcome drink, Icelandic theory lesson and riding demonstration, 1 riding lesson in the arena and four 2 hour trail rides.

Discounted prices are available for children aged 3-13 and children aged 0-3 are free when they stay in a room with their parents.



Three Islands Tour



This week long programme will give you the chance to explore some of the neighbouring islands, as well as enjoying spending time getting to know your charismatic little steeds. Each night you will be accommodated in the hotel on the main island but, depending in the tides, you will also have the chance to take an adventurous ride out to the neighbouring island of Mandø - where there is a second stables. From here you can also make your way across the tidal flats to the sandbar at Koresand, to fully experience the splendour of the Wadden sea Nature Reserve and perhaps catch a glimpse of some bathing seals!

On your arrival you will be introduced to the Icelandic horses who call this place home and get a chance to learn all about their characteristics and fabulous paces. You really will not be able to help falling in love with these small yet tough little horses.

The itinerary for this programme is not set and will be discussed with you when you arrive at the hotel. The order of days will depend very much on the tide times, as you will need to cross to the neighbouring islands at the lowest possible tide. The following trails are the usual ones you will experience during the week: 2 hour Kirkeby Plantage (riding along forest roads and across heath and meadow paths); 2 hour Sonderstrand (riding through forest and along beach paths, through dunes and on the beach); 3 hour Havsand (as Sonderstrand but continuing to Bananklitten at Havsand with the possibility of swimming in the summer); 8 hour Mandotour (4.5hrs riding around the island to Mando village); 7 hour Koresandtour (3.5hrs riding along the dike and onto the 24km sandbank where you may see seals, birds and drifting sands); 5 hour Romo half day tour (Ride along the Northern Sea on beach paths to Kirkeby plantation and then along the old fire zone over the heath and through Vraby Plantage).



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 15
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above (must be confident to ride at all paces and in open spaces).
Type of ride: Based
Total riding time: 2-6 hours
Departure dates: 2017: 18-25 March, 8-15 April, 24 June - 1 July, 14-21 October.

Trail also available for private groups of 4 or more throughout July and August.
 
Pricing: 2017:

Standard Season:
£1174 per person

High Season (8 July - 12 August):
£1272 per person

** Single rooms may be possible, depending on availability.

Prices include 7 nights half board accommodation (unless specified otherwise) with breakfast and 3 course dinner each day, a welcome drink, two 2 hour trail rides, 1 beach ride, 1 full day ride on the main island, one half day ride on the neighbouring island of Mandø and one half day ride to the sandbar at Koresand (dependent on tides).

Discounted prices are available for children aged 3-13 and children aged 0-3 are free when they stay in a room with their parents.