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Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service

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Kiruna, Sweden
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About Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service
Ofelaš is a Sami company who offers guided tours close to the highest mountain of Sweden, Kebnekaise.
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Paula C wrote a review Jan 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked a Moose Safari ride and it was superb. We got to see the moose and reindeers. Our guide Gry was excellent, she explained us a lot of things during the ride and she looked after us perfectly. My boyfriend had never ridden a horse before and he loved it. They provide everything you need to enjoy the ride and you can barely feel the cold. The horses are great on the terrain and you can see that they are used to the routes and enjoy them. They are very very well looked after and the stables are impecable. The food they served us was absolutely delicious and if we come back we will 100% repeat. I really recommend this place and it’s people. Thank you!!!!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Kerstin N, Ägare at Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service
Responded Jan 26, 2020
Thanks a lot for your nice words and I will let Gry know. Welcome back to this part of the world again! / Kerstin
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Heidi wrote a review Dec 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates169 contributions60 helpful votes
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We had such a great time. The accommodation is cozy, the food is amazing. The ponies are so sweet & the location is spectacular. We were lucky enough to see moose & reindeer on our morning ride. We were plenty warm enough & there is loads of equipment to borrow if you need it. Cannot recommend this highly enough & we would love to come back.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Kerstin N, Ägare at Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service
Responded Dec 20, 2019
Thanks Heidi and welcome back!
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Lena R wrote a review Aug 2019
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One of the best riding tours I ever made... Everything was just top: - the organisation went absolutely smooth, we were picked up and brought back perfectly in time, all extra needs were considered - the equipment both of the guests and the horses was in flawless condition, saddles just greased, rainwear and waterproof boots for everyone were not in the slightest shabby or skanky, as you often see it in other stables (bringing own boots was not necessary as recommended in the travel documents, there were enough) - the horses were trained well, experienced but still open minded and not only dull tour horses, everyone with different charakter, but all calm and easy to handle most of them had also easy tölt (except on difficult terrain) and really seemed to like their job :) Kerstin showed a brilliant skill of choosing the perfect horse for everyone - the food was exceptional - cooking on bonfire every lunch break, but very fast and delicious things Kerstin prepared before like mooseburgers, rhubarb crumble with vanilla sauce, homemade muesli bars and many more... on request they also care for extra menu for vegeterian or other special needs; supper was mainly Sami and local specialities we'd enjoyed very much - the nature is just stunning; you have an impressive view on mountains and nearly infinite horizon, we were riding high up into the barren mountains as well as through swamps and beautiful birch forests; and we didn't meet any other human or signs of civilisation for five days, which was a great experience - we were also extremely lucky with things Ofelas could not plan; like weather (always dry and sunny, although the nights were quite cold with around 4 degrees in july/august) and wildlife sightings; there were a lot of curious reindeer coming close, even a flock with a white reindeer, some mooses, lemmings, cranes and other birds, which made the tour exciting and unforgetable - the staff is utterly capable, nice and helpful; we were on tour with Sara and Kerstin and had a lot of fun with them! Even if they occur some unpredictable things they are always finding a creative solution What I liked best is the way the horses are handled... Mats and Kerstin make a great effort to care for every single one, they get extra food and we helped to attend them with cream and insect repellent every day after riding. It is seen that they are trained and treated with respect and love - Ofelas is truly a role model on this matter!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Kerstin N, Ägare at Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service
Responded Aug 7, 2019
Really nice to hear, and we also had a really nice time with you! That warms our heart to hear this!
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Mandy W wrote a review Jul 2019
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We had a fantastic time with these beautiful horses on the two-day tour. We particularly enjoyed being immersed in the calm wilderness. The horses were very clever in navigating through the diverse landscapes and performing their unique tölt. Finally, the guides were wonderful and even prepared a delicious meal over campfire.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Kerstin N, Ägare at Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Thanks for your nice words and hope to see you again some days.
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Minneswede wrote a review Jun 2019
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Spent 1/2 day with Kerstin making typical Sami food. After some initial preparations inside, we finished the cooking as well as the eating in the “kåta.” Very interesting day as, in addition to the cooking, we learned about Sami history, traditions, and current situation. Tack, Kerstin!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from Kerstin N, Ägare at Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service
Responded Jun 12, 2019
Thank you​ very much and nice to meet you!
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