Riding: 2 hours
Arrival at Jörn Train Station with the night train.
You will be picked up and driven to your accommodation, the lovely Lantliv Lodge in Österjörn. On arrival, you will have a leisurely breakfast at the lodge and be able to settle into your room for the week. Enjoy your first morning relaxing with a breathtaking view of the frozen lake.
After a warm lunch at the lodge, you will be met and driven to the horse farm (about 30 minutes away) for your first ride in the snow. You will meet the fluffy Icelandic horses, perfectly adapted to this cold environment. Help prepare them for the tour and get to know a little more about them. When everyone is ready, you will head out into the forest for an introductory 2-hour ride. Tölting in the snow is a unique feeling!
After your ride and a warming drink, you will be driven back to the lodge where you will enjoy a cosy, homemade dinner featuring plenty of local produce.
Riding: 3 - 4 hours
Enjoy a big breakfast at the lodge today as you will be spending the whole day with the horses and will need the energy!
Again, you will be driven to the farm, meet up with the horses, pack your to-go lunch in the saddle bags and get everything ready for the ride. You will set off through the snowy landscapes once more, riding between frozen lakes and hopefully spotting some of the resident wildlife on the way. You might come across reindeer, moose, foxes… and a host of other winter animals! Stop by a lake for lunch and help your guides build a warming fire. Happily warmed and fed, you will take to the road again finishing up your ride back at the stables.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Riding: No riding.
Another hearty breakfast at the lodge today before you are driven to the kennel in Storträsk for your dog-sled safari!
Here you will meet Peter and his sled dogs. He will first give you some polar overalls to keep out the cold as well as all the instructions for the day. Then you will go for an exciting adventure: driving your own dog team! If driving feels a bit overwhelming, you can decide to share the sled with another participant.
After this exhilarating expedition, you will gather around the fire for a tasty lunch. Peter will lead you through more beautiful landscapes, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the forest, this time on traditional cross-country skis.
Dinner and night at the lodge.
Riding: 2 hours
After breakfast today, you will head out directly from the lodge for your lesson of the day: how to survive in a polar environment!
You will learn how to make a fire from scratch, how to build a shelter, as well as foraging for food in the forest. After a busy morning and feeling very accomplished, you can head back into the warmth of the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the horse farm for a unique moonlight ride. There is no feeling like riding in the dark, letting your horse guide you through the night, it is quite magical. You will ride by the moonlight, in the pitch dark or sometimes even by the hue of the northern lights… every weather condition makes this experience absolutely unique!
After the ride, you will warm up with a nice wood-fire sauna and a warm dinner around the fire at the farm. You are then driven back to the lodge for the night.
Riding: No riding.
Today is already your last day! After breakfast today you can take it easy and enjoy the snowy surroundings of the lodge. Angel, your guide, will show you the beautiful forest of Österjörn, the old “church village”. She will make sure you are comfortable walking through the snow thanks to a pair of snowshoes. These allow for much easier walking in the deep snow. You will then come back to the lodge for lunch and a relaxing free afternoon perfect for reading your book by the fire. Enjoy an early final dinner before you get back to Jörn train station for your night train journey back to Stockholm.
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.