Hov Gård Riding Centre is situated in beautiful surroundings at Hov on the island of Gimsøy, by a white sandy beach with a view of the ocean and the midnight sun, on the far side of the Lofoten Islands. At present we have about 48 Icelandic horses and two Shetland ponies. Here at Hov, you can ride in the mountains, on the beaches and along roads that the predecessors of our “Viking horses” rode on over a thousand years ago. Icelandic horses are the descendents of the horses of Viking Age Norway.
Hov is one of the oldest places in Lofoten, and historical monuments from ancient times have been found here. These include landing places for boats, a heathen temple, and Viking Age graves. 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 our guided horse riding trips.
We offer courses for beginners, riding lessons, feed-and-borrow programmes, stabling and lots more. Hov Camping and Lofoten Golf Links are close by and offer overnight accommodation, camping and a restaurant serving excellent meals. The farm where the riding centre is situated is owned and run by Frode Hov. Frode grew up on the farm, which has been run by his family for several generations, for several hundred years.