Canoe trips

We have 25 years of experience in sending out people on canoe trips.
Today we have perhaps the most suitable place throughout jämtland for a canoe center, located right by the rivers Hårkan and Indalsälven which are possible to paddle on throughout the ice-free
part of the year. 

To help you with the planning for an unforgettable canoe trip you can take advantage of our experience.and our transport service to convenient starting locations. We can also sort out pickups downstream on the coast or in the mountains.
To help us, we use four-wheel drive Land Rover and / or Vw buses, spacious and comfortable.

FISHING LICENSES

We sell canoe fishing license for the entire Hårkan tour for 250 SEK / week, 45 SEK / day. (It is not valid the first part in Norway, this license can be bought at the "Joker" grocery store in Sörli, Norway.

 

Suggested routes:      (For short daytrips click here.)
For long tours read below:

HÅRKAN Trip:

The tour that we use the most, because of both river and lake paddling, and more reliable water levels

(compared to ie STORÅN and LÅNGAN)

We have some well tested starting points in the Hårkan system:
 
40 km/2 days. Edsforsen:

Two day tour suitable for most people. The starting point is just below Edsforsen at the shelter with dry toilets and often firewood provided by the fishing conservation area.

The tour passes through mixed forest with mostly pine and spruce. The beaches are rocky and there are shelters located every 1-2km. The ground around these shelters are mostly dry with grass and open areas, this means fewer mosqitoes than in the woods. There are about 15 shelters from Edsforsen down to Lit, the last shelter located at Blåberget, 6km upstream from Lit.
 
50 km/2-3 days. Näsaforsen power station:

Start just below Näsaforsen power station where there is a shelter, dry toilet, table and a fireplace. A very suitable place for large groups to camp because the location is a big as half a football field.


Good fishing spot with the chance to catch trout, grayling, whitefish
pike & perch.

Paddle along the shore in Sandvikssjön until you reach Edsforsen. If you are experiened and the water level is high you can paddle through Edsforsen, but make sure to take the left river channel (certainly not the river channel along the way - which is very strong and stony)

Make sure you stop to recon the left river channel before you paddle! At low tide, it is harder to paddle (if it sticks up 100 stones ...) if you do not see any stones you can probably paddle if you paddle slower than the current.

Alternatives to paddle is to walk with a canoe trolly that you can also be rented from us and kept the canoe fastened with straps included.

It is about 800 meters to walk with the canoe on a gravel road.

NOTE: do not put two canoes on one trolley, since this might damage the trolley or canoe.

 
60 km/3 days. Lövsjön:

Start at the east side of Lövsjön, paddle by the shore until you reach Lövsjöströmmen (good trout and grayling fishing). You can almost always paddle these rapids, as long as the water level is not low. Make sure you paddle slower than the current (paddle backwards).

 
90 km/5 days. Hotagssjön:

Takeoff on the north side of Hotagssjön close to Ålviken (NOTE: Not in Ålviken)

Nice start location in a bay where it is rarely windy - an opportunity to stay overnight in tents (not shelter)

Paddle along Hotagssjöns south side where it is often much less windy than on the north side. There are no shelters but there are some scenic campspots. Avoid shelter on an island in the middle of the lake! Since the weather is so ever changing you might get stuck on the island for days!

After about 15 km you will come down to the dam next to Hovdet where the lake ends.

The dam regulates the water level in Hårkan.

Warning of the outlet at the dam! Keep at least 25 meters away to the outlet so as not to be caught in a swirl and sucked down.

Land at the old outlet - there is a large wooden table with benches for lunch. Then you can walk with a canoe trolley straight down towards the stream, about 200 meters, put in and paddle slow in the current to avoid accidents. It can be rocky from time to time.

 Paddle 600 meters, then land on the left side. There is a 5 meter waterfall here (Kyrkstensfallet) where a few canoeists have managed to paddle down and capsized because of too much water in the canoe. - but beware, there are NO warning signs!

Alternatively - go on the dirt road up to the road that goes to Laxviken.

Halfway up is a road to the left - go under the road barrier and continue about 2km, then insert below the waterfall.

We recommend the first of the two options depending on your skill level.

The stretch between the dam and the waterfall is very nice to fish for trout and grayling.


After the waterfall, paddle through Lövsjön to get to Lövsjöströmmen, paddle this rapid or carry the canoe along the stream. (alternatively you can walk along the shore with the canoe attached to a long rope in the bow and stern.

110 km/7 days tour. Toskströmmen:

Takeoff just below Toskströmmen. This is a difficult rapid, which should not be paddled unless you are an expert and have the proper white water gear.

Nice place to start, with a fireplace but NO shelters.

Paddle through the gap out to Hotagssjön. On the right side you will see a white church, and if you forgot something you can paddle an extra tour to Rötviken where there is a campground with cottages and camping. behind the camping there is a grocery store.

It is also possible to start in Rötviken instead of below toskströmmen.

If you instead paddle along the left side after starting below the rapids, follow the left side until Hotagssjön narrows. There you can paddle to the right side (note not in strong winds = remain on your left side until it calms down).

Paddle on until you pass the start of the 90 km. The houses you will see are those located in Ålviken. Here there are only one resident family, and some vacation homes.
 
 
150 km/10 days. Ulen-Norway:

This is the farthest place we recommend starting on the Hårkan tour.

The drop off site is located just below a waterfall of about 5 meters. This is a very nice place with shelter, fireplace and a dry
toilet nearby.

You may begin by paddling on a small river that is flowing from Bergelia National Park. After about 2 km winding river (where many has seen MOOSE and BEAVER) you will be out in the lake Ulen (342meters above sea level).

Then you paddle further along the south side where it is generally not as much wind as the north side. Eventually you are going into the lake Rengen, after about 10 km you will cross the border into Sweden.

4 km after you cross the border you will reach a 12-meter waterfall, Rengsfallet. Here you have to carry the canoes (preferably with a trolley) 400 meters and put the canoe in Valsjön. There is a campground with cottages a few hundred meters away. 1 km further down is also an ICA grocery store and a gas station just 50 meters from the water. But if you do not need to replenish your supply of food etc then paddle along the south shore of Valsjön, here is great fishing for trout, char, pike and perch. Best fishing is perhaps just below the waterfall Regnsfallet. Camping is not permitted below the waterfall but it is a good place to stop for lunch.

7 km along Valsjöns south beach (where there are some nice scenic spots for camping), then you arrive at the exit of Valsjön. Either you strand near a sandy beach on the south side or you paddle under the bridge (where, however, there are quite a few rocks). When driving to the start of 150 km, we usually stop to look a little more at how it looks from the bridge. NOTE. It is not permitted to fish in Toskströmmen which has a private fishing stretch until below the rapids.

Strand on the left side by a stone coffin, do NOT paddle further since it will be tough for ordinary Canadians that quickly filled with water due to high waves. To manage this you need proper white water gear and experience.

After a few kilometers of walking with the canoe you can put the canoe into the water below the rapids. There is no sign but can't miss the spot. Then you'll be at the 110km starting point.

 

LONG TRIP. Långan:

 
Långan flowing parallel with Hårkan and can be paddled only in spring when the water level is high, generally before midsommer (around June 20).

Långan is a much more difficult river to paddle because of the many rapids.

A detailed description of Långan is hopefully coming in summer 2014.

Långan you can start in lake Bergsjön about 120km from the canoe center, approx 5-9 days with canoe or kayak.

 
LONG TRIP. Storån:

 
You can start in the lake Laxsjön or along the road to Strömsund where Storån runs just next to the road.

The river is also dependent on the water level. So early summer and spring before midsummer is generally good. Some summers when it rains a lot you can usually paddle later in the year.

Storån has decent fishing for trout and grayling. Pike and perch close to Sikås makes Storån a nice fishing spot.

Fishing licenses can be purchased in the gas stations in Laxsjö OKQ8 or Hammerdal OKQ8.

End your tour at the bird tower in Sikås it is a good landmark, there is plenty of parking and you do not have to paddle the last kilometer in headwind to Hammerdal.

 

LONG TRIP. Gimån:


For a daytrip there is also a small river flowing into Gimån called SÄNNÅN.

This has been visited by school classes every year for 20 years.

Gimån is quite a difficult river, because of all the rapids. Experience is essential, otherwise you have to carry your canoe quite often.

BUT if you can and want to paddle rapids, then Gimån is perfect!

A detailed description of Gimån is hopefully coming in summer 2014.

LONG TRIP. Indalsälven:

 

2-10 day canoe trip


A PERFECT FAMILY TRIP FOR BEGINNERS AND PROFESSIONALS WHO WANT TO EXPERIENCE A CULTURE TOUR.

 

We can now offer a canoe trip where you have the opportunity to stay in a cabin, hostel, B&B or hotel if the weather is a bit rough. A chance to dry your equipment and clothes after a rainy day.

You start at Lits Camping & Canoe just next to Indalsälven. Then you paddle along the river until you call us and arrange transportation back. Preferably we decide a preliminary date, time and place for pickup.

The river Indalsälven flows from lake Storsjön, passing Lit where our canoe rental Little Lake Hill Canoecenter is located since the year 2000.

At the canoe rental and campsite you can rent cabins or put up a tent just next to the river. Most of our guests arrive the day before to prepare the trip. You can sort out the equipment and pack in barrels or other water resistant containers. Food can be bought in Lit or Östersund. You also get a plastic map with which has descriptions of points of interest along your trip and directions where it is most suitable to get past a power station or other obstructions in your way.

 

If you choose to paddle the entire way to the coast by Bergeforsens Laxakvarium & Camping you will pass 10 power stations. In order of appearance: Midskog, Näverede, Stugun, Krångede, Gammelänge, Hammerforsen, Stadsforsen, Hölleforsen and Järvkvissle. If you want to paddle the last part to the Baltic sea you also pass Bergeforsen power station. The trip will take approximately 7-10 days.

 

The river flows through mixed forest and a great cultural landscape. You can do some fishing, bird watching, berry- and mushroom picking.

 

Not far from the start, in Stugun, you can do some climbing on a mountainside, only 500m from the river. There are different difficulty levels and great views over Indalsälven river towards the coast. In Stugun there is also a supermarket (Ica) and a petrol station (OKQ8) just 50m from the river, next to the bridge. The trip to Stugun is 37km and a perfect two day trip from Lit.

After Stugun you paddle along lake Gesunden until you once more enter the river. If you then follow this river, you will eventually reach the Baltic sea.


Along the trip it is possible to stay overnight in a cabin or hostel. A few supermarkets are also located at an even interval.

Zorb center is located in Döviken, close to the river. Here, children and adults can drive quad bikes in the mud. Adults can try 4-wheel drive Volvo “valp” which is an old Swedish military vehicle. You can also do “Zorbing” and “Zipline”. They have accommodation in newly built log cabins. Read more on www.zorbsweden.se

 

Döda fallet (the Dead Fall) is also an attraction worth visiting. A dried out waterfall, a failed attempt to change the flow of Indalsälven, 35m drop. They also have a restaurant and from mid-June until mid-August there is an exhibition. www.ragundadalen.se

 

The Thai pavilion. It was built in the memory of H.R.H. Chulalongkorn 1897 when the Siamese king visited the area, invited by the Swedish king Oscar II. The pavilion is located in Utanede, close to the river, just before Hölleforsen power station. It is open from June 1st until mid-August. 17-19 July there is a thai market. www.thaipaviljongen.se

 

Further down the river lies a very beautiful resting area by Sandriset, upstreams from Sillre såg. It is located on a flat ledge close to the narrow river, which flows between the steep mountainsides. This is one of the most scenic places in Jämtland. There is also a 20 meter high waterfall, called Brattfallet, which can be reached by a walking trail at Sandriset.

 

Even further down the river, in Liden, lies a campsite just by the river, after one has paddled under a causeway.

 

From the campsite in Liden (Kävstabrons camping) it is approx. 14km to Bergeforsens camping & cabins. Here we can pick you up, or only the canoe if you’d like to continue yourselves by bus or bike. There is also a Laxakvarium (Salmon aquarium) that has guided tours.

 

If you have paddled all the way to Bergeforsen you have paddled at least 180km, if you started in Lit. To manage this trip you should have at least a week, preferably 10 days, to have time to experience all the nature and sights along the way.

 

To make sure the canoe trip is a pleasant experience you should make sure to pack as waterproof as possible. We have 60 litre packing barrels for rental; you can fit 4 in one canoe. Of course you can also bring your children on a trip. We recommend going on a shorter trip first.

We also have tents and teepees for rental.

 

 


 
LONG TRIP. Ströms Vattudal:
 

This trip was made by many during the time Strömsunds municipality ran canoe activity of 70-80 century. Today their business is down. There have been a few people kayaking this stretch that is about 120km long and ends in Strömsund.

Starting is done in Blåsjöfjällen above Gäddede.

This route is not ideal for canadian canoes, since it can get really windy on the big lake systems that this tour passes through.

Rent a canoe and take the car up to the start, and then paddle to Strömsund. Then take the bus back to get your car.


We can also sort transport out, but this might get a bit expensive since we have to drive you both ways.