Lofoten by horse – Hurtigruten land excursion

Lofoten by Horse by Sigve Aspelund, Hurtigruten

Lofoten by horse – Enjoy the incredible scenery of the Lofoten Islands from the saddle of an Icelandic horse on this excursion.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

Horse on a beach on Lofoten Islands by Sigve Aspelund, Hurtigruten

Experience the Lofoten Islands by horse

Lofoten Islands by Pixabay

Amazing Lofoten Islands

You will be picked up at the port in Svolvaer in the early evening and taken to meet your Icelandic horse at the Hov Horse Farm on Gimsoy, situated on the Lofoten archipelago’s Atlantic coast. Once here, it is time to saddle up, and ride on a long, white sandy beach right by the North Sea, over hillsides and past exciting relics from the Viking Age. As an island, Gimsoy has the greatest concentration of ’saga’ relics, and in Hov, these monuments are etched into the landscape. During fall and winter, you ride in darkness, listening to the waves and looking for the Northern Lights.

This is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the Lofoten Islands; the gentle, ambling gait for which the Icelandic horses are renowned makes this a horseback ride suitable for riders with all levels of experience. Icelandic horses are well-known for their good temperament and you are sure to have a friend for life by the time your hack comes to an end.

After dismounting and stretching your legs, you are taken to Stamsund where the Hurtigruten ship is waiting for you.

Horse riding on Lofoten Islands by Pal Sonby Vindfallet, Hurtigruten

Riding on Lofoten Islands


Duration: 3 hrs 30 mins
Transportation: Bus and horse
Clothes/footwear: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing. Riding boots and rainproof outerwear available.
Please note: No horse-riding experience necessary. Max. weight of passenger is 110 kg. Min. age is 5 years with an adult, 16 years to ride alone.
Available: All year
Land excursion #9D

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