Fjällhästen is a horse riding tour operator that was started after the company’s founder tried herding the Sami village reindeer with the help of Icelandic ponies.
Osvald Jonsson, who runs Fjällhästen with his wife Malin Johansson, used to be an active reindeer herdsman until he sustained a back injury in a motorbike accident while herding reindeer. This led to a serious life rethink, and eventually Oswald became a pioneer in the use of Icelandic ponies for reindeer herding. It developed into a business offering horse riding tours in the mountains. Malin and Osvald now show off their favourite mountain landscapes and, at the same time, impart some of the magical Sami culture to their guests. Some nights, you stay in Sami “wigwams” on Osvald’s family’s old settlement and move around in the territory where he grew up. Fjällhästen offers week long excursions into the Vindel mountain’s nature reserve and shorter riding tours around the little village of Ammarnäs. The culinary delights served during these tours are based on local produce. And sometimes you might get to help catch an Arctic char or brown trout for dinner in a mountain lake.
The labelling comittes statement
Labelling Committee´s motivation (16 May 2002)
Fjällhästen is not only a good operator for exclusive riding tours through one of Europe’s largest wild regions - here you also find a deep and important Sami dimension. For this company the well-being of the horses and the safety of the guests are always put first.