Discover the island Als in a new way - go horsebackriding in your holiday and enjoy our beautiful riding route.
The Riding Route Als is a 100 km long route, which takes you across the island of Als through varying landscapes, amazing coasts and forests and next to stunning beaches. The route mainly follows less crowded paths and about 30-40 km of the route is across fields and gravel roads.
On the Google-Map overview of Als Bridle Route you can see the route and find useful information for further planing. You can also look into the Danish Web APP about the bridle route.
At Sønderborg Tourist Office you can buy a guidebook with the riding route, complete with a map and plenty of information. The price of the book is DKK 55,-
Resting areas and accommodation options
Along the route 'pausing pens' have been established, where you can 'park' your horse while enjoying the beautiful nature. There are also resting areas where you and your horse can relax.
You can also stay the night at a primitive nature camp with your horse.
Hay-hotels with shelter and Hay-tent sites
How about sleeping in a reel bed
We have received the following advices from Ann Sophia Bertelsen and Anna Ydegaard, who enjoyed a tour on the bridle route in the summer of 2020
- Four shoes on the horse, the route follows many gravel roads with stones. Front shoes where not enough and we had to call a blacksmith (beslagsmed) during our tour, who put on hind shoes on one of our horses.
- Use a draw rein as reins. “You can ride with a draw rein as reins, but you cannot tie up a horse with leather reins”. So spare some pack and use a draw rein as reins :-)
- Elastic band under the stomach of the horse, to keep the saddle bags in place and prevent them from bouncing too much. Test and train the use of saddle bags at home before going on tour.
- Remove the noseband from the bridle. It is important to let the horse grass on the tour. A horse grasses better without a noseband and you can easily ride without. Small grassing breaks of 3-5 minutes are important.
- Spare noseband, martingale and other equipment, you can easily manage without it. The less equipment and pack the better.
- Chance in tempo is important for the horse (and rider). If the tour is made in a monotone pace, the horse gets in our experience stiff and sore. Put in some intervals of trot and gallop on the longer stretches, to provide some more movement and prevent stiff joints and sore muscles.
If you are not bringing your own horse, you have the opportunity to rent one either at Equifree in Gråsten or at Horse Rental Als on South Als. Both stables also rent out horses for shorter tours in the area.
If you do not like to ride a horse, you can always go on a cosy horse-drawn wagon ride with driver.
Stay the night outdoors with your horse. Along Als Bridle Route you´ll find shelters with a horse enclosure.