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Lofoten Islands


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 t…


  • Ride magical Icelandic horses across wild landscapes
  • Experience the midnight sun or northern lights
  • Ride along old Viking roads to discover remote valleys
  • Visit nature reserves and local cheese farms
  • Canter down the white sandy beach

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 9 riders per group (10 in camp)
  • Average of 3 - 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90 kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs


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.

Horses & Riding


Typical Icelandic tack. The saddles are similar to dressage saddles, with a relatively flat seat that is either plain or quilted. Stirrups are usually kept long but the riding style is similar to English. Bridles are normally simple snaffles with detachable nosebands and clip-on reins.


Icelandic Horses, which are renowned for their extra gait - the tolt - which has similar footfalls to a walk but is much faster and usually very smooth.


There is 1 itinerary:

  • Following in Vikings' Footsteps is a based ride


Children over 8 years of age are welcomed provided they are competent riders


General good health and fitness


90 kg / 198 lbs / 14 stone 2 lbs

Food & Accommodation


Breakfasts and evening meals (two courses) are taken at the on-site restaurant which serves great local food and is also open to non-residents.

Lunches are taken out on the trails.

Fish and seafood are plentiful but other local specialities are seasonally on offer, such as reindeer (venison).

Drinks and additional courses (starters/desserts) can be purchased locally.

Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice for your meals taken at the restaurant (breakfast/dinner), but there are less options on the lunches, particularly where you dine with local farmers and they would struggle to accommodate gluten-free/dairy-free/vegan, however a vegetable soup and fresh bread is always available for vegetarians.


All nights are spent in lodges which are newly built and situated just off the beach. Each lodge has three bedrooms and a small loft room. Each bedroom contains double/twin beds and a private bathroom with shower and WC. Each lodge also has a communal large living rooms with fireplace, kitchenette and terrace.

There are also two private luxury lodges which have outdoor wood-fired hot-tubs - these are available on payment of a supplement for families or groups - please enquire.

The lodges face north with spectacular views of the northern lights in autumn and winter, the midnight sun in summer and the great ocean.

The restaurant and coffee shop is located in a converted barn at the stables, It also has large windows to appreciate the view, hand-made tables, a large fireplace and soft retro-style chairs to create a cosy atmosphere on dark winter evenings.


Following in Vikings' Footsteps Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

One of the areas best golf courses is a short walk away. There is also great hiking in the area and a plethora of Viking sites to explore.


Transfers are included from either Svolvaer (SVJ) or Leknes (LKN) airport.

There are no direct flights and it is likely that you will need to change at least once. Depending on the time of year, you may find a direct flight from Oslo to the Lofoten Islands, or you may need to connect through Bodo. It is possible that you will need to spend at least one night in Oslo to allow for flight connections.


Courtney C., Nov. 6, 2023

It far exceeded my expectations, it was my favourite riding holiday I've ever done. The views of the island on our last riding day were a real highlight - and my first tolt! The lodges were beautiful and the restaurant food was delicious. Dalur was my favourite trail horse I have ever ridden! He had so much personality and was very comfortable. I wish I could have brought him home with me. Inge and Lea were amazing guides. They were so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. I loved chatting to them and they were so knowledgeable.

Chavaunne T., Sept. 29, 2023

Lovely well cared for horses, beautiful scenery, fun rides and lovely staff. (Guides?) Very friendly, looked after everyone well and loved the horses.

Laura S., Oct. 19, 2022

Stunning location, very lucky with weather (no rain & very sunny) - perfect for riding. Loved the Icelandic horses, full of personality. The riding was sometimes quite “technical” in the mountains, and skills were tested in learning to tolt. Lovely beaches for some faster work. Great accommodation and food. Hosts were very welcoming and helpful. (Favourite memory?) All of it! But I’ll probably have to say the Northern Lights, which were on display every night! Very, very lucky. The time of year was great, for appreciation of the autumn colours.

G.D., Oct. 12, 2022

Excellent riding on well trained, safe, fit, keen little horses. The rides were well led by the young guide team and the two most challenging and enjoyable days were still well within our group's capabilities. Some horses were skilled in tolt, but others slightly less so. Favourite memory? The ride from Aalan Gard goat farm over the mountains produced the most spectacular views and a real sense of achievement as we reached the top of our steep climbs. Walking through the lake was also a unique and wonderful experience.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: 1 - 2 hours

You'll be transferred from the airport to your accommodation and allowed time to settle in. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the restaurant.

After dinner, at c. 10pm, you'll set out on a short ride. This is a gentle ride to allow you to become familiar with the horses and your guides. In May/August this will be under the midnight sun, whilst in March/April/Sept/October you'll be in search of the Northern Lights!

Day 2 - Vikingvei

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

A full day of riding on Gimsoy following the old Viking Road (Vikingvei) and cantering on the amazing white arctic beach. Stop for lunch either in the wild or at a local cafe, depending on the weather.
*early season - 3-4 hours riding
*main season - 5-6 hours riding

Day 3 - Gimsoy

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Todays ride takes you into a beautiful valley called Gjendalen where you also stop for lunch if the weather is good - otherwise you'll head to a local cafe. There's likely to be more fun canters on the beach today too.
*early season 3-4 hours riding
*main season 5-6 hours riding

Day 4 - Aalan Gard

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Leave the island of Gimsoy and head to another island of Lofoten. Surrounded by beautiful sceneries you visit a famous farm called Aalan Gard where a tasty lunch is served and you can sample their famous goat cheeses.
*early season 3-4 hours riding
*main season 5-6 hours riding

Day 5 - Unstad

Riding: 3 - 6 hours

Continue exploring the neighbouring island enjoying the spectacular views from horseback and another lunch on a local cheese farm - Lofoten Gardsysteri.
*early season 3-4 hours riding
*main season 5-6 hours riding

Day 6

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight.


All nights are spent at the lodge.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You must be at least an intermediate rider, comfortable in all paces in open spaces.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 9
Accommodation for up to 10.
Departure windows

March 31, 2024 - April 5, 2024  (spring)

April 14, 2024 - April 19, 2024  (spring)

April 28, 2024 - May 3, 2024  (spring)

May 12, 2024 - May 17, 2024  (spring)

May 26, 2024 - May 31, 2024  (spring)

Aug. 25, 2024 - Aug. 30, 2024  (autumn)

Sept. 8, 2024 - Sept. 13, 2024  (autumn)

Sept. 15, 2024 - Sept. 20, 2024  (autumn *shared bathrooms)

Sept. 22, 2024 - Sept. 27, 2024  (autumn)

Sept. 29, 2024 - Oct. 4, 2024  (autumn *shared bathrooms)

Oct. 6, 2024 - Oct. 11, 2024  (autumn)

Oct. 13, 2024 - Oct. 18, 2024  (autumn)


Rider, sharing, early spring season
£1610 $2005 €1880
*31 March and 14 April rides only
Rider, sharing, main season
£1830 $2280 €2140
Included 5 nights accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day (breakfast and dinner at the restaurant (two courses) and lunch on the trail), airport transfers, four full days of riding plus a short ride on arrival evening.
Not included Flights, insurance, drinks, third course at dinner, tips


2024 - Single Supplement £290 $365 €340
Paid to Far and Ride
Single supplement payable by anyone requesting a private room, but waived for those willing to share.
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.