TOUR TO STORVALLEN, 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, second pickup at 5:00. 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 in …. 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 to Trondheim Airport.