Lofoten is an archipelago of islands in the north of Norway, renowned for its distinctive scenery of dramatic mountains and peaks, open sea and sheltered bays, beaches and untouched lands. Situated within the Arctic Circle, the islands experience the Midnight Sun (where the sun doesn't drop below the horizon) from late May to mid July, and in winter the sun does not rise through most of December and early January! If you are lucky, then the Northern Lights can be viewed from September to March.
Our wonderful new ride is situated on the island of Gimsoy on the far side of the Lofoten Islands, next to a white sandy beach with a view of the ocean and the midnight sun. They have a herd of almost 50 Icelandic horses and a couple of Shetland ponies on which you can explore the mountains, beaches and ancient paths once travelled by Vikings.
This is one of the oldest inhabited areas in Lofoten and there are many ancient monuments to discover - landing places for Viking ships, a heathen temple and Viking Age graves. It is believed that the Viking chieftain Tore Hjort was based here over 1,000 years ago and you will hear stories of him and many others whilst on your riding tour. Your hosts are 7th generation owners of the farm so are proud to relay their history.