Sydfyns Heste- og Prærievognsudlejning: A holiday experience like no other
By Trine Jensen-Martin | Photos: Henning Hansen
On the island of Funen, a unique experience awaits, allowing you to slow down and feel at one with nature. This is a holiday without stressful schedules or time pressure; there’s no set tempo or destination. It’s just you, the wagon and the horses, the fresh air and the open road.
Sydfyns Heste- og Prærievogns udlejning is an extraordinary and much-loved way of holidaying. Henning Hansen has owned the business for almost 35 years, renting out old-fashioned (but safe!) horse-drawn prairie wagons. “I wanted to be my own boss,” he explains, “and that is the feeling you get when driving one of our wagons.”
At the start of each holiday trip, Hansen and his staff give detailed instructions, making sure that no-one leaves without feeling confident with the horses and wagon. All the horses are well trained and used to being handled by different people, and as creatures of habit, they know where they are going. You can take the wagon all around south-eastern Funen, where there are five designated sites for overnight camping, and let the horses roam free.
“We have 18 wagons and 46 horses and always ensure the right fit between horses and customers,” Hansen assures. Time and again, parents and grandparents return for a holiday with the next generation, proving that it is a wonderful experience for all ages and abilities.
This is a great way to switch off from the hectic pace of everyday life, and a different way to see this beautiful part of Denmark.
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