Photo: Tore Høyland

Horseback Riding

Riding is permitted on private roads and trails in the lowlands, and anywhere in the mountains. 

You can ride your horse wherever there is a right of public access. You may also ride across fenced land on private roads and established paths leading to open country, although organized groups and commercial users are not allowed to do so. Just be sure that the road, path or terrain you are using is suitable for horse traffic. Some greenbelt land, recreational areas and nature reserves may have special rules or even a complete ban on riding. Check whether there are designated bridle paths in the area. In the case of large-scale organized use of open country by riding schools and similar establishments you are advised to seek an agreement with the landowner. Note that landowners may refuse to allow horse-drawn vehicles to use private roads.

When riding in open country, remember:

  • to avoid areas prone to erosion such as bogs and dry rock
  • that not all trails are suitable for horses – use suitable trails and bridle paths
  • to slow down to a walk when approaching and passing hikers
  • not to ride on ski trails and in ski tracks on forest roads in the winter – make your own tracks instead
  • to be courteous and considerate toward hikers and cyclists, so that no-one is alarmed or injured
  • not to disturb animals and birds, particularly during breeding and nesting season
  • not to bathe your horse at places where people swim or sources of drinking water
  • to respect the interests of people who live and work in the countryside 

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