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Icelandic horse tours

Experience the silence and beauty of nature with the beautiful Icelandic horses

Situated only 30 minutes’ drive from Ruka ski resort, lies our farm Wanha Raatesalmi (Old Raatesalmi). From this unique and protected historical location on the lakeside, our riding tours take us through scenic landscapes in the heart of Kuusamo’s wilderness. The area around our farm is ideal for horseback riding. We are surrounded by beautiful arctic forest wilderness and we have good chance to see wild animals e.g. reindeers,. In our tours you’ll experience Finland’s nature at its best. Our trails go through typical Nordic pine and spruce forests and small paths will lead us to remote lakes, swamps, hills and forest fields.

You may not know, that the boreal (or Nordic) forests are the largest continuous forest ecosystem in the world. Up to 74 % percent of Finnish surface area is forest. Forests offer a great variety of habitats for plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms, a result of millions of years of evolution.

Our riding tours range from one or two hours to full one day trips and suit riders of all ages and abilities.

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In our Old Raatesalmi farm you can relax in a beautiful and peaceful environment. Experience fascinating nature on our wonderful Icelandic horses. Enjoy fine accommodation in our beautiful Villa Raatteenranta, which can accommodate up to 18 guests. Bath in our lake side saunas and take a refreshing swim in the Kuusamojärvi –lake.

Since the beginning of our activities, we have been striving to combine pleasure, comfort and adventure. It is important to us to respect and protect nature in all our endeavors. We emphasize personal service, safety and an environmentally friendly operation.

 

THE PUREST AIR IN THE WORLD

Air is the most essential element needed to sustain life. Overall health of your body and mind in a great degree depends upon the amount of pure, fresh air breathed.  In Finland, particularly in Kuusamo highlands, you can find one of the most purest air in the world.

As a proof of the most pure air in the world, in our forests you can see the rare Usnea growing. Usnea is also know as a "Old's man beard", it is extremely sensitive for pollution and it can be found only where air is the most pure.

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THE ICELANDIC HORSE – A MOST FAITHFUL SERVANT

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers from Norway 1100 years ago.

The Icelandic, as it is commonly referred to, is known for being sure-footed and able to cross rough terrain. It displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. The first additional gait is a cotton soft four-beat lateral ambling gait called tölt.

Tölt is known for its acceleration and speed; it is also very comfortable for rider and ground-covering.

The Icelandic horse comes in many different colors, and the Icelandic language includes more than 100 names for the various colors and color patterns. It is small, weighing between 300 and 400 kilograms (710 and 860 lb) and standing an average of 130 to 150 cm (51 to 59 inches) high. It has a spirited temperament and a large personality.