Johanna hasn’t ridden a horse for 13 years; Carl-Johan has never sat on a horse in his life. Follow them on a horseback tour through the Kiruna mountains with the guide Kerstin from Ofelaš Icelandic Horses, a Sami company certified by Nature’s Best.
My stomach tingles a little as I approach our guide Kerstin from Ofelaš Icelandic Horses. I haven’t sat on a horse for thirteen years. Last time I rode I was thrown off and broke my pelvis in three places.
– But that won’t happen this time, Kerstin promises. Icelandic horses are calm and friendly, and our horses have a lot of patience with inexperienced riders.
With Ofelaš you spend time with your horse from the start, meaning that we collect them from the paddock, groom them, pick their hooves and add the packing before the tour begins. We’re off out on a short day trip, so the saddle bags are not as full as they usually are. To prepare the horse beforehand is a good way of getting to know each other. I chat with my horse a little, scratch him in places I remember horses usually like, and soon we’re good friends.