The Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre
is a national resource centre for Norway's national symbol: the Fjord horse, and it is no accident that the centre is located in Nordfjordeid.
Nordfjordeid is known as ‘the Mecca of the Fjord Horse’. The reason for this is historic, because the village is famous for its long-standing horse traditions. Stallion shows have been held here since 1886. Today, the village has an active community of Fjord horse owners and breeders. It is in this environment steeped in tradition that the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre is based, and it is not uncommon to meet Fjord horses on the local roads.
The Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre is a resource centre for the Fjord horse and runs an information and advice service for all matters relating to this all-Norwegian horse breed. One of the centre’s main functions is to promote the breeding and use of the Fjord horse. Many courses are held at the centre throughout the year, and Fjordane Folk High School’s horse programmes use the premises for teaching activities.
In spring and summer, there is a lot of activity at the artificial insemination centre. The Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre was established in 1989 and is owned by the Norwegian Fjord Horse Association, Eid municipality and Sogn og Fjordane county authority.
The Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre runs activities all year round and is a permanent teaching venue for Fjordane Folk High School. In spring and summer, there is a lot of activity at the artificial insemination centre, where mares from all over Norway are inseminated with semen from good Fjord horse stallions. We welcome everyone who want to come by to talk about horses or see our facilities. Our activities vary depending on how many horses are at pasture and other tasks at the centre.
Riding lessons, Monday–Friday 10.00–14.00 NOK 200
You can book riding lessons at the centre. We choose a horse and an activity to suit the rider.
Hand-led riding trips at the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre, Monday–Friday 10.00–14.00 NOK 200
Hand-led riding trips in the area around the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre is a good activity for children who want a safe experience on one of our Fjord horses.
Riding trips in Hjelmelandsdalen valley, afternoons at 16.00 NOK 700
We organise riding trips in Hjelmelandsdalen valley in cooperation with Harpefossen ski resort.
The trip follows the historic Trondheim Post Road and lasts for 2–2.5 hours at walking pace. Minimum age: 9 years.
Presentation of the Fjord horse and a guided tour of the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre. We can tailor arrangements and times for groups.
Book in advance by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (+47) 57 86 48 00. The Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre also offers Fjord horse and carriage drives, receives groups and tailors other activities by arrangement. Contact us for information about available dates and prices.
The Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre, Myroldhaug
Tel.: (+47) 57 86 48 00
• Riding lessons and hand-led riding trips weekdays 10.00–14.00
• Riding trips in Hjelmelandsdalen valley every afternoon
• Guided tours by arrangement
The Fjord horse
The Norwegian Fjord Horse is a Norwegian breed with deep roots in the Nordfjord region and in Western Norway. It is one of three Norwegian national horse breeds, and is considered Norway's national breed.
The Fjord horse is one of the world's oldest horse breeds and has many primitive characteristics that it shares only with the wild breed Przewalski's horse, such as the dark stripe along the top of the body (mane, dorsal stripe and tail) and dark horizontal stripes on the legs. A Fjord horse is between 135 and 150 centimetres tall. The breed is hardy with good stamina, and is sure-footed in steep and rugged terrain. Traditionally, the Fjord horse was used for transport and in agriculture, but today it is a popular competition breed.
Even though the Norwegian Fjord horse is an old breed, breeding has only been organised since the mid-19th century. Nordfjordeid has been the centre of Fjord horse breeding, and the traditional stallion shows have generally taken place here. Today, both the Norwegian Fjord Horse Centre and the Norwegian Fjord Horse Association are based in Nordfjordeid.
Rosendalsborken (b. 1863) was the first Fjord horse stallion to be entered in the stud book. He was shown at an international agriculture show in Hamburg at the age of 20, and he is the horse you can see in the logo of the Norwegian Fjord Horse Association today.