Hov is one of the oldest places in Lofoten, and historical monuments from ancient times have been found here. We believe that the residence of Viking chieftain Tore Hjort was located here over 1000 years ago. He is mentioned in the Viking sagas and was killed by King Olav Tryggvasson during the Christianization of Norway. You will hear the story of Tore Hjort, amongst others, when you join one of the guided horse riding trips.
Hov Gård is owned and run by Frode Hov who grew up here. The farm has been run by his family through several generations, over centuries.
At present they have about 48 Icelandic horses and two Shetland ponies. At Hov, you can ride in the mountains, on the beaches and along roads that the predecessors of the “Viking horses” rode on over a thousand years ago. Icelandic horses are the descendents of the horses of Viking Age Norway.
We can offer multi-day riding tours at Hov Gård on scheduled dates. We can also tailor your journey if you are looking for an even more exclusive experience.
You can find details for the 5-day itinerary here; 2021-22 Lofoten Multi-day riding tour
The accommodation used for these tours is at Lofoten Links Lodges
Lofoten Links offer accommodation in brand new, high standard lodges just off the beach at Hov, approx. 1 km from the clubhouse and reception. The lodges are north facing with a beautiful view towards the midnight sun, the northern lights and the great ocean.
Breakfast and lunch is served at the new restaurant at Hov Gård, Låven at Hov. This is located in a beautifully restored barn and has large windows that give beautiful view to the ocean, midnight sun and the northern lights. The large fireplace and the soft retro-style chairs create a nice atmosphere even on dark winter evenings. Here you can enjoy a great meal, contemplate the view with a group of friends or just relax by the fireplace with a good book and a local beer.