Join us for a weekend in Stockholm exploring and experience the best of Swedish trotting!
The Elitlopp is not just one of the greatest trotting events in the world, but it is also like a folk festival, comparable to the Little Brown Jug in America. It’s held in Stockholm, one of the most beautiful cities in the world at a time when Sweden is enjoying the full bloom of springtime.
Sixteen of the best trotters from around Europe and North America compete in two elimination heats and a final all in the same day. Past Elitlopp champions include Moni Maker, Mack Lobell, and Peace Corps as well as Europeans stars such as Varenne, Victory Tilly, and Timoko. You will be able to enjoy some of the greatest trotting action you’ll ever see and hear the roar of more than 30,000 trotting devotees.
Moreover, you will also tour Stockholm, often called “the Venice of the North” because of the crisp, clean waters that give the city its unique character. In late May, Stockholm enjoys almost 20 hours of daylight and wonderful weather, so the trotting action on the track and the sights of the city combined make this trip a truly memorable experience.
the Elitlopp tour 2020: May 28-June 1
Prices & Information
Cost per person: 1.265 US dollars
All this is included:
- Four (4) nights accommodations (in shared double room) in 4* Hotel in Stockholm
- Delightful buffet breakfast each morning
- Get-together-dinner Thursday night, including one glass of wine or one beer
- Transportation according to the program
- Sightseeing with an English-speaking guide on Friday morning
- Lunch after the sightseeing tour on Friday
- Tour to the Yearling sale on Friday afternoon
- Tour to Menhammar Studfarm on Saturday morning
- Entrance and program to Solvalla racetrack on Saturday
- Entrance and program to Solvalla racetrack on Sunday
- Seats in VIP restaurant on Sunday at Solvalla, including buffet lunch, soft drinks and a glass of champagne
- An English-speaking tour guide during the stay
Costs does not include
- Airline tickets
- Airport transfer – about 95 USD per car, price to be announced
- Other personal expenses and meals not mentioned
- Single room supplement, 4 nights: 380 USD
- Seats in VIP restaurant on Saturday, including buffet lunch and soft drinks: about 200 USD, price to be announced
- Dinner cruise in the archipelago of Stockholm on Saturday evening: about 140 USD, price to be announced
The Hotel - haymarket by scandic
The grand entrance on Hötorget Square welcomes everyone to step into a 1920s era of optimism and elegance. Here in the historic PUB building, you can stay in the midst of farmers’ markets, cinemas and concert halls, within walking distance of both the central station and trendy Stureplan.
Classic double rooms: a beautiful room in modern art deco style with views of the vibrant city centre, or of our atrium. Rose gold, wooden floors and specially designed wallpaper, with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay.
The room is equipped with:
• Air cooling • Bathroom with shower • Free WiFi • Hairdryer • Kettle with coffee / tea • Minibar • Non smoking • TV • Wardrobe • Wooden floor
Room size: 13-18 kvm
Thursday – Arrival & get-together dinner
In the evening you will enjoy a get-together-dinner in the restaurant, where you will meet with more international trotting-fans.
Friday – Stockholm sightseeing & Yearling Auction
This morning is your chance to see the beauty of Stockholm with its many historic and interesting sights, such as the Vasa Museum, the Royal Castle, the Old Town and much more. This tour is by a private bus and of course with an English-speaking guide. After the tour, a savory lunch is served at a nice restaurant.
In the afternoon, Equi Tours will provide transportation from the hotel to the Elite Yearling Auction, which is held in the outskirt of Stockholm. This sale is sure to have yearlings by some American stallions and many by top Swedish and French stallions. We will meet a professional who will explain to us about Swedish trotting.
If you prefer not to attend the yearling auction, you have the evening to explore the wonders of Stockholm.
Saturday – Menhammar Stud, Solvalla & Dinner cruise
You’re in for a very special day as we start the morning with a visit to Menhammar Stud, Sweden’s largest and most famous breeding farm. It is owned by Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, who has stood famous stallions such as Mack Lobell, Zoot Suit, Smokin Yankee, and Viking Kronos. Today you’ll find Nuncio, Going Kronos, Zola Boko, From Above, Maharajah and others at this beautiful and historic farm.
Furthermore, we will also have a chance to visit the training camp of Menhammar, Yttersta. It’s where one of the most successful trainers in Europe – Stefan Hultman – used to train international trotting stars such as the Elitlopps winner From Above, Maharajah and many more.
We will return to Stockholm where you can enjoy an exciting afternoon of V75-races at Solvalla or explore the city on your own. The level of this Saturday's racing is higher than normal, with some of the best horses in Scandinavia competing. You can choose to enjoy the action from a comfortable VIP-seat in the restaurant Festvåningen or join the crowd in the public area. Transfer back to the hotel in late afternoon.
Your evening is free. We suggest you follow us on a cozy Dinner-cruise in the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm. More information and price for this dinner to be advised later.
Sunday – The Elitloppet Day
Today, you’re about to see one of the greatest trotting shows in the world! Fans will be at Solvalla early in the morning to stake out a good vantage point for this great event. A comfortable VIP-seat in the restaurant Festvåningen, with a delicious buffet 3-course dinner and a glass of champagne, is included.
The best trotters in the world will fight it out in two heats for the privilege of joining the honor roll of Elitlopp winners. This great event dates back to 1952 and among the winners have been Roquepine, Fresh Yankee, Timothy T, Pershing, Meadow Road, and so many others.
The Elitlopp isn’t the only top race on this Sunday's crammed program. You’ll find several international quality trotters from all over the world in the line-up and will even get to see the special cold-blood trotters, so beloved in the Nordic countries, fight it out on the track. The atmosphere is smoldering and the excitement vast!
After the races, Equi Tours will provide transportation back to the hotel. The evening is free to spend on your own.
Monday – Departure Day
Your memorable Elitlopp Tour ends. You are free to stay extra days on your own if you wish. Equi Tours will be happy to offer you a package price, please contact us for further information.
Terms & Conditions
The price is based on a minimum of 25 persons in the group and on todays exhange rate, November 2019. Equi Tours claims the right to make adjustments in the program and price adjustments due to exchange rate and other changes that are out of our control. Equi Tours general booking terms, which can be found on our website or be requested from us, are used and followed.
A non-refundable deposit of 30 % of the cost of the tour and the restaurant seats are to be paid within 10 days of making the reservation. Full payment must be made no later than 40 days prior to departure day.
Costs of cancellation
# From reservation to the 28th February 2020: 30% of the cost of the the tour & restaurant seats
# From the 1th March to departure 2020: 100% of the cost of the tour & restaurant seats
Book your tour
Last day for reservation is February 28, 2020. Please, note that restaurant tickets must be reserved before the 2nd February. Thereafter, a request for the tickets must be done before booking.
Please send us an email with your name, address, phone number. Indicate also:
- How many persons?
- How many hotel rooms? Single or double rooms?
- Airline details if you need transfer.
- Do you want a restaurant seat on Saturday at Solvalla?
You’ll get a confirmation and an invoice by mail. Payment with bank transfer or credit card.