Ok, so where were we?
Ah, yes, the horse drawn sleighs had just appeared for the Opening Ceremony for the 2017 Rørosmartnan, Røros’ annual fair.
The horses and sleighs arrived in groups of about 6 or so and were grouped according to the district they had travelled from. They were introduced to the crowd as they came up the hill.
There were 92 horses participating – from all over Norway and Sweden, taking up to 10-12 days to travel to Røros, stopping off and making camp at various farms en route.
The horses all wore bells, which made a beautiful noise. Not sleigh bells, but big ringing brass bells that clanged as they walked.
The horses were predominantly the Dølehest breed – a solid Norwegian draft horse. I think, and I could be wrong, that there were also some North Swedish Horses too.
There were a few Fjord horses too (I always love a Fjord horse) with their traditionally cut manes.
The horses were all very well-behaved, worked hard and looked good. They knew their job.
I love this horse. He was happily helping himself to the hay in the sleigh in front of him!
This is the Norwegian version of Iacs!
So, there you are – the first photos of the horses and sleighs. Magical, utterly magical.