Mountain Trek

Norway Norway: (IT-NOGNT)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/norway_mountain_trek.aspx

Introduction
Norway Norway
Come experience what Norway has to offer - breathtaking scenery, rustic lifestyle, friendly people, and great sense of adventure!

The Norwegian landscape is quite varied, beautiful and dramatic! High mountains, deep valleys, idyllic villages, peaceful forests and the most amazing scenic coastline dotted with its thousands of islands, islets and narrow, jagged fjords. Going horseback over the rugged and pristine countryside, you are bound to find yourself simply fascinated by the stunning and distinctive regions of Norway as we cover 95 miles of equestrian trail that will please both the novice and experienced rider, and the world traveler alike. Our first and last nights of the trip itinerary are at a good local hotel with each a clean private room, en-suite bath and kitchenette. However, out on the trail we commune with nature; we find great peace in the outdoors and residing in our rustic huts amid the green wilderness and fresh air. Living basic does not mean we will be uncomfortable, however: the little huts are nicely heated for your warmth and some will have quaint saunas for you to relax and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul! A co-operative group tour, everyone must take part in the day to day chores in order for this back country experience to truly be the horseback riding trek with the best memories and friends - four and two legged! So bring along enthusiasm, flexibility and team spirit for the adventure tour of a lifetime!

We offer a number of different route itineraries, but essentially they are all quite similar... 
- Helags Mountain into Sweden
- Uncle Zebs Gourmet Ride
- Storvallen Ride into Sweden
- Ramsjo Special
- Wilderness Tenting tour

Accomodation

The first and last night of the trip you will be staying in nice hotel facilities with your own private room, shower and little kitchen.
During the rest of the ride you will stay in rustic huts with shared showers and toilets. All the huts are heated with mattresses, comforters and pillows.

On the "wilderness camping ride" (Tenttour) will you be staying in tents. You can request a double or single tent.

We are offering you Norway as it is. Breathtaking, rough, friendly, and adventurous. This is a group tour where everyone takes part in the day to day chores. Bring along some flexibility, enthusiasm and team spirit.

The above accommodations are subject to change at the tour operator's discretion.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Horses

Our partner and outfitter has been conducting riding tours throughout the region around the Sweden/Norway border since 1971, and he imports his horses directly from Iceland. The herd of 35 horses has been selected because of their strength and reliability required in such mountainous terrain.
Often called the horse of the Gods, the Icelandic horse came with the first Nordics whom settled on Iceland around the 7th century. For over 1000 years, these horses have lived isolated on Iceland, while they are growing in popularity as riding horse imports around the world. Incredibly smooth and comfortable to ride, the horses have unique primal gaits called the “tølt” and "flying pass". “Tølt” is a fast four paced movement and when the horse “tølts” it lowers its back and raises its head and neck. The rider sits almost still in the saddle, and the horse flows beneath with barely a bump to its rider!

Staff
Ole has been guiding mountain tours for over 20 years. He is familiar with each valley, field and stream and he knows every farmer in the area. He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the landscape we are riding in. Furthermore, he knows a great number of stories about the mountains and about people who have traveled them in the past. He leads week trips as well as some 3 days tours and tent tours.

Oddmund has imported about 700 Iceland horses to Norway of which most have been tamed personally by him. Even though Oddmund is so-called retired, he is still fully engaged and involved in the center. He lives at Stuguvollmoen where the horses stay during the summer.

Eilert has worked since 2011 as a tour leader. He graduated hoof smith from Vången highschool in Sweden and can count many years of experience when it comes to horses in the mountains. His extensive guiding experience and knowledge makes him very valuable.

Itinerary

The riding tours we offer through the beautiful mountains and valleys of Norway, alternate itineraries from week to week. The general flow of the trips is similar - just different valleys and mountains to traverse. First and last night are usually in hotel accommodations and the other five nights are in rustic yet cozy mountain huts along the way. Nothing fancy, but a good place to get out of the weather and get some rest. On most days you will be packing your belongings in your saddle bags - so pack lightly!

Uncle Zebs Tour - Mountain Gourmet Tour:
Stir your spirit of adventure with this incredible ride deep into the mountains of Norway.  Ford crystal clear rivers, admire sparkling waterfalls in this remote and glorious landscape. The tough but sweet tempered Icelandic horses and superbly competent guides make for an inspiring and exhilarating riding experience.  We recommend that you be in good physical condition as this is a long and challenging trip.

Day 1 
Arrival at Trondheim Airport, where you will be met by a member of our friendly, English speaking staff. First pickup is at 1:00pm. The second is at 5:00pm. Transfer to the charming village of Stugudal.  You will have a glimpse of the picturesque countryside of Norway along the way.  Upon arrival at the inn at Stugudal, there will be a quick briefing about what to expect during your exciting week of riding.  Then meet the horses for a short assessment ride.  Enjoy a welcome dinner in the warm hospitality of the congenial staff and excellent cuisine of the inn at Stugudal.  

Day 2 
After a hearty Norwegian breakfast, we ride out to the charming mountain cottage at Nedalel.  Break for a picnic lunch in a tranquil meadow by the side of a brook.  We will build a  campfire, make coffee and tea, and enjoy getting acquainted with the horses and each other.  We end our day with a traditional Norwegian dinner.  

Day 3 
Ride alongside the Sylene mountain ridge with its breathtaking views of a landscape that has changed little over centuries.  The steep ascent makes for a  welcome break for lunch for people and horses.  Saddle up for a lively afternoon ride over excellent riding terrain to the grand cottage at Storerikvollen, situated on the shores of the Essand Lake.  After a long tolt along the sandy shores of the lake, make your way back to the hospitality and comfort of the cottage for  a delicious home-cooked dinner.   

Day 4 
Today we continue deep into the wilderness, crossing many small streams in our ascent .  We will pass the highest point of the tour at 1000 meters above sea level on our way to the Schultz cottage where we spend the night.  If we are lucky, we may see some of the reindeer and grouse that are native to the Norwegian tundra. Dinner and overnight in the cozy Schultz cottage.  

Day 5 
From Schultz, we descend gently through unspoiled wilderness, then down several challenging rocky hillsides.  Break for a picnic lunch.  This afternoon's ride takes us through the soft beauty of hills and valleys to the Ramsjo cottage, beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Ramsjo, commanding panoramic views of the Fongen mountains.  Dinner and overnight at Ramsjo.

Day 6 
Trek from Ramsjo back to Storerikvollen, with superb views to be had all day.  Delight your senses in the colossal scale of the Norwegian landscape, and finish up your day with a refreshing dip in Essand Lake.   

Day 7 
A bittersweet day, still surrounded by the exquisite mountains and forests, but heading back to civilization!  We finish up the ride returning to the attractive hotel at Stugudal for a festive farewell dinner, reminiscing about our fabulous trip in the mountains.

Day 8  
Depart after breakfast with a transfer to Trondheim Airport.

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Storvallen - Tour into Sweden:
The hand of man has rested lightly on the wilderness of Norway's hills and mountains.  Renew your spirit in the tranquility of the ancient byways through forests of birch and pine, ascending challenging slopes to the glorious views from the mountaintops. Life quickly takes on the quieter and more gracious rhythm of a bygone era.   The Icelandic horse is ideally suited to this traditional mode of travel.  Strong and sure-footed, Icelandics were bred especially to carry people for long distances over difficult terrain.  Their patient, sweet disposition adds immeasurably to this inspiring and exhilarating ride.

Day 1 
Arrival at Trondheim Airport, where you will be met by a member of our friendly, English speaking staff. First pickup is at 1:00. The second is at 5:00pm. Transfer to the charming village of Stugudal.  You will have a glimpse of the picturesque countryside of Norway along the way.  Upon arrival at the inn at Stugudal, there will be a quick briefing about what to expect during your exciting week of riding.  Then meet the horses for a short assessment ride.  Enjoy a welcome dinner in the warm hospitality of the congenial staff and excellent cuisine of the inn at Stugudal.  

Day 2 
Start the day with a stunning ride over soft forest roads into the hills to the mountain cottage of Nedalel, overlooking a lovely scenic lake. Lunch will be spent around a campfire, chatting and exchanging horse stories.   This evening we will be able to enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake, while the horses graze nearby.

Day 3 
Ride deep into unspoiled wilderness over fairly rugged terrain to the Storerikvollen Chalet, situated on the shores of the Essand Lake, with magnificent views of the Sylane mountains all around.  Stop for lunch near one of the region's many rushing rivers..  Evening will find us settling the horses, enjoying the exhilaration of a long and rewarding day of riding.  

Day 4
This day's ride has us follow the historic trail ridden by the Swedish King Karl 13th's fabled Karolinere soldiers in the eighteenth century, crossing the mountain border from Norway into Sweden.  This evening we will leave the horses at pasture while we enjoy the comfort of the charming inn at Storvallen.  While at the inn,  we will have the opportunity to swim in an outdoor swimming pool before joining our hosts for a delicious welcome dinner.  

Day 5 
Trek back into Norway, crossing the border in the morning, stopping for a lunch packed in Sweden and eaten in Norway!  We end our day at the delightfully cozy mountain cottage at Bjorneggen, gathering in the evening for a home-cooked  traditional Norwegian dinner.  

Day 6 
Returning through dense forests of native birch and pine, we will cross  pristine mountaintops to the Storerikvollen Chalet for a second night.   

Day 7  
The final day of the ride will descend over undulating highlands back into civilization.  After lunch, tack up for the last ride back to Stugudal, where we will spend a bittersweet evening reminiscing about our fabulous trip in the mountains!

Day 8  
Depart after breakfast with a transfer out.

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Helag Mountain into Sweden:
Ride deep into unspoiled wilderness over fairly rugged terrain to the Storerikvollen Chalet, situated on the shores of the Essand Lake, with magnificent views of the Sylane mountains all around.  Ride across the border into Sweden.  Traveling in much the same fashion as early Scandinavians, we cross rolling forested hills towards Sylstation in Sweden.

Day 1 
Arrival at Trondheim Airport, where you will be met by a member of our friendly, English speaking staff. First pickup is at 1:00 pm. The second is at 5:00pm. Transfer to the charming village of Stugudal.  You will have a glimpse of the picturesque countryside of Norway along the way.  Upon arrival at the inn at Stugudal, there will be a quick briefing about what to expect during your exciting week of riding.  Then meet the horses for a short assessment ride.  Enjoy a welcome dinner in the warm hospitality of the congenial staff and excellent cuisine of the inn at Stugudal.  

Day 2 
After a hearty Norwegian breakfast, we ride out through dense birch forest over excellent riding terrain into the unspoiled wilderness of hills and mountains. This is a great opportunity to get to know your horse. Stopping by a rushing river, we will build a campfire to make tea and coffee and swap horse stories over a picnic lunch.  The afternoon ride takes us to the charming cottage at Nedalel for a traditional home-cooked dinner.  

Day 3  
Ride deep into unspoiled wilderness over fairly rugged terrain to the Storerikvollen Chalet, situated on the shores of the Essand Lake, with magnificent views of the Sylane mountains all around.  Stop for a picnic lunch near one of the region's many rushing rivers..  Evening will find us settling the horses, enjoying the exhilaration of a long and rewarding day of riding.  

Day 4
Today's ride takes us across the border into Sweden.  Traveling in much the same fashion as early Scandinavians, we cross rolling forested hills towards Sylstation in Sweden.  Break for a picnic lunch, then dinner and overnight at Sylstation.  

Day 5  
Continuing on into Sweden, we will reach the foot of the Helags Mountain by nightfall.  From here you will be able to see one of Scandinavia's southernmost glaciers.  The Helags Mountain at 1796 meters is the county of Jamtland's highest mountain.   Dinner and overnight at the Helags mountain cottage, nestled in the folds of the foothills.  

Day 6 
Returning to Norway, we follow the ancient byways first used by pilgrims in the twelfth century on their way to the holy city of Trondheim and the Cathedral of Nidaros.   

Day 7 
A bittersweet day, still surrounded by the exquisite mountains and forests, but heading back to civilization!  We finish up the ride returning to the comfortable accommodations of the  hotel at Stugudal for a festive farewell dinner, reminiscing about our fabulous trip in the mountains. 

Day 8  
Depart after breakfast with a transfer out.

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Ramsjø Special Tour
Riding along the high ridges of the Sylane mountains, we will trek from Storerikvollen, venturing deep into remote valleys and dramatic mountaintops to the delightful cottage at Ramsjo.

Day 1 
Arrival at Trondheim Airport, where you will be met by a member of our friendly, English speaking staff. First pickup is at 1:00 pm. The second is at 5:00pm. Transfer to the charming village of Stugudal.  You will have a glimpse of the picturesque countryside of Norway along the way.  Upon arrival at the inn at Stugudal, there will be a quick briefing about what to expect during your exciting week of riding.  Then meet the horses for a short assessment ride.  Enjoy a welcome dinner in the warm hospitality of the congenial staff and excellent cuisine of the inn at Stugudal.

Day 2 
After a hearty Norwegian breakfast, we ride out through dense birch forest over excellent riding terrain into the unspoiled wilderness of hills and mountains. This is a great opportunity to get to know your horse.   Stopping by a rushing river, we will build a campfire to make tea and coffee and swap horse stories over a picnic lunch.  The afternoon ride takes us to the charming cottage at Nedalel for a traditional home-cooked dinner.  

Day 3 
Ride out over rugged terrain to the Storerikvollen Chalet, beautifully situated on the shores of Essand Lake.  Superb views of the Sylane mountains are to be had all around.  Lonesome trails lead us to the tranquil valley where we will stop for a picnic lunch.  Lush grazing for the horses and a bit of quiet refreshment for the people and we're ready to saddle up for an exciting afternoon riding up to Storerikvollen Chalet.   

Day 4 
Riding along the high ridges of the Sylane mountains, we will trek from Storerikvollen, venturing deep into remote valleys and dramatic mountaintops to the cozy cottage nestled in the folds of the hills at Bjorneggen. A welcome dinner and overnight at Bjorneggen after this long and rewarding day.  

Day 5 
Trek from Bjorneggen through woodland paths and the soft beauty of the highlands to the delightful cottage at Ramsjo. Break for a picnic lunch in the quiet stillness of a peaceful valley.  Ramsjo cottage commands stunning views of the Fongen Mountains and Lake Ramsjo, where you can enjoy an invigorating swim.  Dinner and overnight at Ramsjo.  

Day 6 
A morning departure over rolling forested hills into the glorious Fongen Mountains, where man has not tampered with nature much.  Ford swift running rivers where weather permitting you can go for a lunchtime swim.  Picnic lunch and we're off into reindeer territory as we return to Storerikvollen.  With luck, you will see some of the reindeer and grouse native to the Norwegian tundra.  Dinner and overnight at Storerikvollen.

Day 7 
Saddle up for our final ride, retracing our steps back to Stugudal.  We finish up this long and challenging ride with a festive farewell dinner at the inn at Stugudal, going over the map and reminiscing about our fabulous trip in the mountains!  

Day 8 
Depart after breakfast with a transfer out. 

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Bluhammer Tour (no departures in 2020) 

Day 1
Arrival Day

Day 2 
This is a new tour that starts in Stugudal and we ride to the lodge Nedalshytta during the first day.

Day 3 
The second day will be a long and spectacular tour. We ride along the base of the Sylanmassif all the way to the “Blåhammerlodge” in Sweden that are famous for its delicious food. Here it’s possible to enjoy a steaming sauna and a good meal with nice views.

Day 4
On day three, Wednesday we ride along beautiful paths to Storvallen. From here, we visit the border village Storlien, and enjoy a gourmet dinner at restaurant Flamman.

Day 5
On Thursday we ride back over the border to Norway and passes the mountains “Stor- and Lillkluken” and spend the night at Bjørneggen turistlodge where we prepare the dinner ourselves.

Day 6
The next day we ride true the “Hårrådalen” until Storerikvollen, that is an old pasturearea and the highlight of the region along the lake Essand.

Day 7
On Saturday we ride back towards the starting point and ending the day with a delightful dinner at Vaektarstua Hotel.

Day 8
After the breakfast on Sunday, it’s time to go home

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Tent Tour
There is no Day to Day Itinerary for this tour. It depends on the weather and wind where we will go.


Note: The above sample itineraries are subject to changes at the tour operator's discretion.


Rates and Dates for Mountain Trek

Rates include:

Accommodations in small hotel and mountain huts, all meals, 6 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionNOK ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP- Ramsjø Specialkr12000$1440
  • B
    20198 day trip, AP- Zeb Tourkr12000$1440
  • C
    20198 day trip, AP- Helags Tourkr12000$1440
  • D
    20198 day trip, AP- Storvallen Tourkr12000$1440
  • E
    20198 day trip, AP- Bluhammer Tourkr12000$1440
  • F
    20198 day trip, AP- Tent Tourkr12000$1440
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 0.12

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionNOK~US$
2019 Transfer from/to Trondheim-Vaernes return per person kr 1,000 $130
2019 Single supplement kr 800 $95

Dates Note:

Other Info
Meeting: Stugudal
Airport: Trondheim-Vaernes
Transfer: Trondheim-Vaernes

Climate:
                                                Stugudalen area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

27

28

32

39

47

57

63

60

52

42

34

29

Average Low Temperature (°F)

15

16

19

27

35

43

49

48

41

33

23

17

Average High Temperature (°C)

-3

-2

0

4

9

14

17

15

11

6

1

-2

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-10

-9

-7

-3

2

6

9

9

5

0

-5

-9

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

13

11

12

10

10

13

14

14

13

12

11

12

Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
Given Norway’s extreme northerly position, its mainland climate is surprisingly mild. 
Norway’s climate fluctuates greatly from year to year, especially in its most northern parts, which are located at the edge of the global temperate zone. The coldest months of the year are January and February and the warmest time in the inland areas is mid-July.

The climate in Norway differs from that of the rest of Scandinavia. The high mountain ranges dividing mainland Norway provide protection from precipitation to large areas of inland eastern Norway, giving this area a more continental climate than would be expected in light of its proximity to the coast. Some of these areas east of the mountains have an annual rainfall of less than 300 mm. Most of the precipitation from the sea falls along the west coast of Norway, with some areas recording a maximum rainfall of 3000 mm annually. Most of the rain usually falls in July and August. There are about 100 rainy days in inland Norway.

What To Bring:
What to pack

This list is a concise list directly from our partner hosting this tour We are often asked about what is needed on our tours. The mountains can be beautiful, but dangerous if ill equipped. Below you will find our recommendations. We strongly suggest you follow it and do not forget any items.

•Sleeping bag (for tent tour only)
•Sheets 
•Rain clothes – trousers and jacket
•Tracking boots – water resistant or wellingtons
•A warm sweater
•A wind resistant – outdoor jacket
•Gloves/mittens, scarf and long Johns
•Sock – warm
•Towels/toiletries
•2-3 trousers or pants
•T-shirt
•Shoes for indoor/outdoor trainers
•A cup, to use for coffee/tea during the lunch
•Sunglasses – sun cream
•Wool underwear
•Charger for camera (we have outlets in the huts)

*We have helmets to borrow. Let us know in advance!

Note that your personal items are carried in small saddle bags (provided) and your duffel bag on the horse WITH YOU so pack lightly! Each guest is allowed a 30 liter maximum!

…  this list is only a guideline for you by Hidden Trails

 

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

At least two pairs of riding pants

Tracking boots – water resistant or wellingtons or old, comfortable riding boots. We do NOT recommend new ones!

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Gloves/mittens and scarf

Hat to protect from the elements

Warm Sweaters

Rain pants (breathable material is recommended)

Outdoor jacket - wind and water proof

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

T Shirts

Pants

Long John underwear and warm socks

Pyjamas

Bag for your dirty clothes

Swimsuit for the sauna at the huts

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Sleeping bag

Towel and Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications (please consider the cold air and the altitude)

Sore cream (for any rubs or burns)

A cup, to use during the lunch picnic

Camera and enough film, memory cards and batteriesa!

Belt pack

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm