Finnhorse Adventures riding holiday in Finland - Far and Ride
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Finnhorse Adventures, Finland




Programmes


• Mini Break

• The Finnish Experience

• Winter Wonderland

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Finnish Horses (aka Finnhorses).

Nature of horses:

Hardy, sensible and calm.

Height of horses:

Approx 15hh on average.

Weight limit:

Potentially up 120kg / 18st 12lbs - please let us know in advance if you are over 100kg.

Tack type:

English. Some Western saddles are available on request.

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

This Finnish Horse farm offers trail riding through beautiful countryside on Finland's only native horse, the Finnhorse or Finnish Horse. These cold-blooded forest horses are calm and sturdy with numbers sadly in decline - it was the dream of the farm's owner, Anne, to buy a farm and start breeding Finnhorses, using them for trekking. Anne says "they have played a very strong part in my country's history, in wars and in peace, building this country with us to what it is now."

There are twelve horses living on Anne and Jouni's farm, one breeding stallion and the rest are mares. The mares all live together in a spacious forest paddock with free access to shelter - this is their natural habitat and suits them best of all. The stallion lives next to his mares with the possibility to interact with them and touch them over the fence. Anne has ridden all her life and competed in show jumping to a national level. 15 years ago she moved to the UK, riding eventers as a hobby, and it was here that she noticed appreciation for native breeds. On her return to Finland she found a new appreciation for the Finnhorse and so her dream began. Anne's husband, Jouni, also takes part in the rides by lighting the fires, helping to prepare the lunches and looking after the guests.

It's possible to ride here throughout most of the year - in the warmer months you can also swim in the clear lakes or perhaps try driving a horse and cart. In the winter time it's often possible to ride in the snow, try romantic sleigh rides or even ice skating! There is no better way to explore Finland's famously clean and picturesque nature than on the back of a native horse.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

For these programmes you stay in Hotel Salpa, situated next to a lake and offering a good standard of accommodation. Use of the sauna facilities and indoor pool is included in the price of your trip. The hotel is located not too far from the airport, but is a bit of a drive from the stables (less than 30 minutes), however it has been selected for its commitment to offering good standard hospitality and a strong collaboration with your hosts as the stables. Transport each day is included.

For those who prefer it is also possible to stay in old, traditional log rooms directly on the farm - these were made for farmhands and maids who worked there during the summer and they are very basic but are part of the farm's cultural heritage. Staying here is a cheaper option but you must be prepared for the simplicity - please contact us for details.

Breakfast and dinners are eaten at the inn restaurant, whilst lunches on the rides are cooked over an open fire along the way. Soft drinks are included with your meals.

If you decide to stay in the old log cabins directly on the farm, instead of at the inn, then you will eat with your hosts - they serve vegan food, except they include eggs from their own hens, and they use a lot of homegrown produce.

 

Activities

Driving a horse and cart is possible, as is fishing, renting a rowing boat and mountain biking. In winter time it is possible to try sleigh rides and ice skating.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Finnish.

Health requirements: General good health and fitness recommended.

Age limit: 12+

Tuition: No.

Included: Transfers from and to Lappeenranta, accommodation, meals and riding.

Not included: Flights, insurance, alcohol, tips.

 

Travel Information

The easiest way to travel here is to fly to Helsinki and then take a train, straight from the airport, to Lappeenranta (train takes approximately 2 hours with 1 change). Your hosts will organise transport for you from Lappeenranta.

Lappeenranta does also have its own airport about 40 minutes away, but most customers will find it more convenient to fly to Helsinki.

Airport: Helsinki

Alternative Airport: Lappeenranta

 

Programmes


Mini Break



This four night mini break includes three days riding on trusty Finnhorses. This is a great short adventure for those who enjoy beautiful nature and a chance to see authentic Finland!

Day 1:

Transfer from Lappeenranta in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 2:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the farm ready for your first ride. You will ride out from the farm along small country road - the roads are quiet and give a great view of the surrounding Finnish countryside. Lunch will be cooked on an open fire at the 'Wolfhill lean-to'. Your ride continues on to an abandoned quarry, now filled with spring water, and you can water the horses here before continuing your adventure through the forests and back to the farm. This ride takes approximately four hours, depending on the group.

In the evening it is possible to ride again in the arena or to take a horse out for a short drive with a cart.

Day 3:

The horses will be taken to the village from where you can start a guided nature path called 'The Traces of the Ice Age'. There are many geological and historical sites along the beautiful trail following alongside Lake Kuolimo. You can take all the time you want to explore the interesting sites. You'll stop for lunch and a restored living site of Iron Age men, situated on the shores of the lake. You will water the horses here and you can take yours for a swim if you like! After lunch the trail continues deeper into the old woodlands before returning to the village. This all day ride takes approximately six hours.

Day 4:

This third day of riding takes you around the woods and through the countryside of the area, with lunch served at another lean-to. This is a shorter riding day, a bit of a lighter ride to finish off your adventure. There is another chance to ride in the arena this evening or to drive a cart.

Day 5:

Departure after breakfast and transfer back to Lappeenranta.

Please note: As this programme runs all year round, weather conditions will affect riding at certain times of year, such as in the winter when there is often very heavy snow. As such, the itinerary may vary from what is described above.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Novice to experienced: Finnhorses are calm by nature and Anne has some very easy horses in her herd, suitable for novice riders. We recommend that you come with some experience to make the most of it but the trip can be adapted to suit your needs. Generally the rides include walk, trot and canter.
Type of ride: Based stay with daily trails.
Total riding time: 3 days.
Departure dates: 2019/20: Available all year with arrival on Thursday and departure the following Sunday - please ask us about availability.
 
Pricing: 2019/20:

£645 per person.

Price includes Lappeenranta transfers, transfer between the inn and the farm each day, 4 nights of twin/double room accommodation, all meals with soft drinks and riding.

Single supplement (if travelling alone or for those who just prefer their own room): £138

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



The Finnish Experience



This six night programme includes five days riding on trusty Finnhorses. This programme includes an overnight trek for added adventure!

Day 1:

Transfer from Lappeenranta in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 2:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the farm ready for your first ride. You will ride out from the farm along small country road - the roads are quiet and give a great view of the surrounding Finnish countryside. Lunch will be cooked on an open fire at the 'Wolfhill lean-to'. Your ride continues on to an abandoned quarry, now filled with spring water, and you can water the horses here before continuing your adventure through the forests and back to the farm. This ride takes approximately four hours, depending on the group.

In the evening it is possible to ride again in the arena or to take a horse out for a short drive with a cart.

Day 3:

The horses will be taken to the village from where you can start a guided nature path called 'The Traces of the Ice Age'. There are many geological and historical sites along the beautiful trail following alongside Lake Kuolimo. You can take all the time you want to explore the interesting sites. You'll stop for lunch and a restored living site of Iron Age men, situated on the shores of the lake. You will water the horses here and you can take yours for a swim if you like! After lunch the trail continues deeper into the old woodlands before returning to the village. This all day ride takes approximately six hours.

Day 4:

This third day of riding takes you around the woods and through the countryside of the area, with lunch served at another lean-to. This is a shorter riding day, a bit of a lighter ride to finish off your adventure. There is another chance to ride in the arena this evening or to drive a cart.

Day 5:

The morning is free time for you to rest or perhaps to go for a swim or do some shopping. Lunch is served at the inn. In the afternoon you'll start your overnight trek, leaving from the inn and riding for the summer cottage where you'll spend the night. The ride takes around three to four hours.

When you arrive at the cottage you'll heat up the sauna and enjoy the very essence of Finnish summer - a light, warm night (the sun doesn't set all night), sauna and a lake. Dinner is served at the cottage.

Day 6:

After breakfast you'll start your ride back to the inn, arriving there in time for lunch which leaves your afternoon free. Of course you are welcome to visit the farm again for the last time before your evening meal.

Day 7:

Breakfast and departure with transfer back to Lappeenranta.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Confident novices to experienced riders: riders should already have experience of riding at walk, trot and canter to participate in this programme.
Type of ride: Based stay with daily riding and one overnight mini trail!
Total riding time: 5 days.
Departure dates: 2019/20: Available June, July and Autumn, based on arrival on Monday and departure the following Sunday - please ask us about availability.
 
Pricing: 2019/20:

£1183 per person.

Price includes Lappeenranta transfers, transfer between the inn and the farm each day, 6 nights of twin/double room accommodation, all meals with soft drinks and riding.

Please contact us for single supplement - this has to be paid if you are travelling alone.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.



Winter Wonderland



The winter programme is left flexible and activities can be planned in accordance with the weather and your wishes.

The price includes three days of riding and winter activities - rides are shorter at this time of year, but a brisk canter in the snow is a special experience. In addition to riding you can also enjoy romantic sleigh rides and even trekking across the frozen lake on ice skates - you can skate across the lake to an island for a winter barbecue!



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Beginner to experienced: Finnhorses are calm by nature and Anne has some very easy horses in her herd, suitable for novice riders. We recommend that you come with some experience to make the most of it but the trip can be adapted to suit your needs. Generally the rides include walk, trot and canter.
Type of ride: Based stay with daily trails.
Total riding time: 3 days.
Departure dates: 2019/20: Available throughout winter - please contact us for availability.
 
Pricing: 2019/20:

£645 per person.

Price includes Lappeenranta transfers, transfer between the inn and the farm each day, 4 nights of twin/double room accommodation, all meals with soft drinks and riding and winter activities.

Please contact us for single supplement - this has to be paid if travelling alone.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.