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Horse riding

The freedom of a horseback
Saddle up – and take a ride with us through some of the most scenic places in Norway.
A boy sitting on the back of a horse in the mountains A boy sitting on the back of a horse in the mountains
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Photo: Morten Guldbrandsen / Hemsedal.com
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Sitting on the back of a horse you can go far into the wilds and reach places you never thought was possible. Steer your horse along paths and beaches, and explore the picturesque landscape in the mountainside, whilst enjoying the clean air and the rhythmic sound from the horse’s hooves.

Horse riding is a popular activity among both locals and tourists in Norway, in part because of the varied natural landscape. The season in the mountains, usually lasts from late spring through the summer, but some operators offers tours all year round.

Up and down the country, there are many expert guides ready to give you an unforgettable experience. You will find tours for both experienced and beginners, opportunities to hire a horse by the hour or try different exercises in a riding hall.

Is it your first time? By joining a riding tour, you will learn ways to create a bond with the horse, something that will help you steer your new friend wherever you want. Be accompanied by professional guides who will supply safety equipment, such as helmets and body protectors, and teach you how to take care of your horse before and after the trip.

Working class heroes

Get to know our most faithful servants, three of the Norwegian horse breeds:

Fjord horse
Norway is known for its many fjords and mountains along the west coast. It is believed that the Fjord horse was domesticated in this steep landscape as long as 4,000 years ago. It is one the world’s oldest horse breeds, and it is probably linked to the ancient Asian wild horse.

Nordlandshest/Lyngshest
In Northern Norway the main component of the landscape is mountains. This is the region of the Nordlandshest breed, which has the same general features and body shape as the Fjord horse, but is noticeably smaller. Today, the official name of the breed is both Nordlandshest and Lyngshest.

Dole Gudbrandsdal
In the south-eastern regions of Norway lies the area where the Dole Gudbrandsdal has been bred. Through generations these horses have been used for farm and forestry work, carrying loads up and down mountains and valleys, as well as riding horses, and for driving sledges in winter.

Sustainability in Norway

Take only pictures, keep only memories

Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and the way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.

Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone’s responsibility.

Norwegians try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of where you are.

Quality of life is what it is all about, not only now, but for the time to come as well.

Learn more about sustainability in Norway.

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