Nordic Adventures provide either guided or self-guided tours throughout Dalsland, Sweden. Tours can be as relaxing or challenging and for as long as you like. Canoeing is an adventure sport and appropriate travel insurance is recommended.
We must request that everyone can swim at least 200m (no armbands please, they frighten the moose). An age limit of 12 years old is recommended and a reasonable level of fitness, as weather conditions can affect the difficulty level on larger lakes.
Under 12′s should have some previous experience of outdoor activities and camping and are best suited to private/family tours.
Canoeing through transparent lakeside waters this tour offers remote wilderness, or more challenging paddling across the in-land coastal current of Lake Vänern. Perfect for those seeking a hideaway from everyday life, this adventure is not about the destination, it’s the journey that matters. Relax and unwind in the balance of nature whilst you discover picturesque woodland landscapes.
Those seeking to confront the more challenging weather system of Europe’s third largest lake, Vänern, can experience the vanishing horizon as you paddle through some of the
22,000 islands and skerries in its 5,650 km² (route subject to weather conditions and canoe ability).
This tour is ideal for 3, 4 and 5 day tours, with the optional extended, more remote tours North, including longer canoe portages.
Explore the elegance of the Dalsland canal, with its ingenious system of locks and bridges. Once transporting timber and local produce throughout Sweden, the canal now links the local community in peaceful and very pretty surroundings. Enjoy a short break from paddling to explore traditional Swedish culture, replenish supplies, or experience original Iron Age rock carvings. Sharing the canal network with other keen sailors, the friendly environment makes lock management a swift and pleasant experience.
If you are a more experienced paddler, why not try all 31 locks and 250 kilometres of the canal system? The further north you head, the wilder the countryside and the more dramatic the experience. Paddle over the Norwegian border and make it a truly Scandinavian expedition.
This is an ideal tour for beginners who are after a short break to experience some Swedish culture, or to visit a unique tourist attraction intersecting land, rail, and waterways.
Paddling toward the famous Håverud aqueduct, this tour is available independently or combined with a longer tour. Satisfying engineering enthusiasts, and providing an excellent opportunity to enjoy a well-cooked meal, indulge in local art and concerts, or to purchase souvenir moose gifts. This tour is perfect as a long weekend break for groups or couples from mid June to mid August.
Itinerary / Camping
Greeting you at Gothenburg City or Landvetter airports, or Central Station Gothenburg, you are driven to Dalsland via a brief stop in either Mellerud or Färgelanda.
Here you can buy all the provisions for your trip, and anything else you may need. Our guides are fluent in both Swedish and English, and are there to assist should you encounter any difficulties.
On arrival, you’ll receive your canoes and equipment and it’s time to make everything water-tight. All food, camping equipment and clothes etc must be placed in the dry bags and barrels, to avoid soggy sandwiches and socks!
Everything packed, your guide will explain all the safety procedures and paddling techniques to ensure that you can get the most of your experience. Then it’s a steady paddle to the first nights stay where you’ll unload, set up camp and prepare the fire.
Whilst you prepare your meal your guide will get the campfire going (guided tours only) and whether you choose to relax, or paddle out to watch the sunset, the time is your own to take in your surroundings and listen to voices of nature.
Leaving camp for about 9am, it’s up at 8am to make breakfast and de-camp. Loading the canoes, it’s back on the water and your first full day of paddling. Dependant on tour, days vary between longer days to progress through lock systems, and shorter days to enjoy culture stops, re-supply or prepare for trolley portages. Approximately 5-6 hours paddling is recommended per day, however, this is dependent on canoe experience, fitness and weather conditions.
The final day will include a morning paddle, before returning to the start, emptying dry bags etc, and returning to Gothenburg to catch flights. An additional nights stay in Gothenburg can be arranged on request.
Sweden has a public right to roam policy, enabling access to travel through the countryside and temporarily camp in one place, without causing nuisance or harming the environment – “Do not disturb, do not destroy.”
Nordic Adventures support the responsibility of Allemansrätten and follow a strict “leave no trace” policy. Sustainability and eco-tourism are high priorities as we want future generations to continue to enjoy the stunning Scandinavian landscape. By camping at one of the many Nature Conservation Card campsites, facilities such as wind shelters, firewood* and ecological toilets can be enjoyed, whilst supporting the conservation and preservation of the local area.
*DANO conservation campsites provide fire pits, however where the fire authorities have issued a total fire ban we must respect this, and marshmallows must be left to melt naturally within the hot chocolate.
A little luxury…
Should you seek more facilities when camping, there are managed campsites or hostels along the tour where we can organise an overnight stay in comfortable and affordable accommodation (subject to tour route and availability), and we can advise on local facilities and places of interest.
Several days of paddling can be hungry work, so if you’d like a restaurant meal and shower facilities on your final night, we will be pleased to arrange a route to accommodate this.
- Transport to and from Dalsland (with provision stop)
- Experienced guide, or detailed map
- Canoe, buoyancy aids, paddles, trolley, barrel, dry bag (29Ltr pp), stove, gas & cook set, Tent (3 man), sleeping bag* & mat, lock tickets
- Every group receives a full safety briefing and basic tuition
- Our guides are experienced in wild camping and are pleased to demonstrate fire-lighting techniques, shelter building and group activities
- A full kit list, itinerary and recipe suggestions shall be provided with confirmation of booking.
Not included – flights, food & drink, cutlery, mug, bowl/plate, sleeping bag liner*
* Personal sleeping bag liners must be used in all sleeping bags provided by Nordic Adventures.
Tour size 2-10 persons.
Groups of friends, D of E, specialist interest groups and Hen and Stag parties are all welcome.
Corporate and Team building can also be accommodated by reducing the paddling hours and incorporating team activities.
We encourage mixed social groups, however, if you’d prefer a personalised tour for 2+ persons, let us know and we’ll be happy to try to accommodate.
Perfect for enthusiastic families, who seek a wild adventure that’s just a bit out of the ordinary. Children can experience living close to nature, within a monitored and educational environment.
If you are interested in experiencing a tour with Nordic Adventures but there’s only one of you, please feel free to contact us and we can advise if there is an existing trip that you can join.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept unaccompanied children under the age of 18 years.
Dates & Prices
Due to seasonal commitments, we are currently unable to offer any 2016 dates
Any forthcoming availability will be posted on this page, but please don’t hesitate to use our enquiry form and we will do our best to assist.
The canal system is open from 1st May to 31st September, however an ideal time to paddle is between mid June to end of August, as this is when the weather is at its best.
The East tour can be paddled throughout the year, however as it can still be cold in April, we recommend visiting between May and September. The water is at its warmest during September and twilight is extremely atmospheric.
The prices listed below are based on 2 people sharing one canoe and tent package.
Guided tour Self-guided
- 3 days from £249 pp
- 4 days from £275 pp
- 5 days from £299 pp 5 days from £200 pp
- 6 days from £325 pp 6 days from £220 pp
- 7 days from £349 pp 7 days from £240 pp
Where a third person shares a single canoe, they receive a 50% discount on the basic package listed above.
If you’d like to stay at managed campsites, B&B or hostel accommodation, or enjoy restaurant meals, these are excluded from the price and will be additional charges, subject to availability. Full details can be provided on request.