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Summer 2019
VÄRMLAND, SWEDEN

Discover the pure Swedish nature by means of canoe during a seven-day Canoe Trip in the breath-taking are of Värmland.

Into The Wild

At the border of Sweden and Norway, you can find one of the wider natural reserves in Scandinavia: Värmland, the area where you can still drink water out of lakes and where you can camp in the wild. In other words, the ideal setting for the adventure of the year: The Canoe Trip.

Over the course of seven days, you and your trusty canoe will travel from island to island. On the first day of the trip, we will teach you how to use a canoe and you will get all the instructions you need in order to survive the following six days in nature!

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Route

We have prepared several itineraries in Värmland which combine the most beautiful lakes and rivers. The roads are different from one to another based on its difficulty.

All the roads make a loop starting at the basecamp. Some shortcuts or detours can be done when you wish to. You will need 'land transport' on a few occasions: get some wheels beneath that canoe and drag it to the next little lake.

  • The Green Trail * it’s a route of +- 90km recommended for the adventurers that wish to relax and take their time
  • The Yellow Trail ** it’s a route of +- 120km suitable for adventurers that have a good basic physical condition.
  • The Black Trail *** it’s a route of +- 120km suitable for adventurers that have a good basic physical condition.

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Where to camp?

We will indicate the best camping spots along the route on our Trailbook.You will be able to make a fire and set camp on those spots. It is likely that you will encounter other Canoe Trippers on this spot. Of course you can always opt to camp on your own private island. At the beginning of the trip you will receive a camping permit with which you have the permission to camp anywhere in the Värmland.

After 6 days of canoeing you will return to our basecamp

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How to get there

Värmland is a region in The Middle of Nowhere, without an international airport or train station. Therefore we have chartered 2 busses. One is going from France, Belgium and the Netherlands straight to Värmland. The other bus will operate on Saturday and will drive from Oslo to Värmland.

The week Schedule

  • You will receive all necessary instructions on the arrival day (Saturday). On Saturday evening you will camp at the basecamp.
  • From Sunday until Friday you will be on the beautiful rivers and lakes of Värmland. The last Friday you will arrive back at basecamp*
  • On Saturday (last day) you will be able to rest or do some activities around the camp if you still have some energy. There will be a bus leaving to Oslo in the afternoon and a bus going back to the Netherlands, Belgium and France on Saturday night.
*Alternative: You can also paddle 7 days instead of 6 at no extra cost if you wish. However, keep an eye on your watch. We advise inexperienced participants to follow the original 6-day program. If you have are late due to a breakdown or anything, then you will still be on time for the bus.

The bus trip

If you are coming from France, Belgium or Holland you can join the bus ride to Sweden. The bus will depart on Friday late afternoon from Brussels & Utrecht and will arrive on base camp the next day (Saturday afternoon).

  • Departure from Brussels: friday at noon
  • Departure from Lille: friday at 10AM
  • Departure from Utrecht: friday at 3PM

The return from the base camp is scheduled on Saturday evening, and your arrival is scheduled on Sunday afternoon.

  • Arrival in Brussels: Sunday afternoon around 2PM (depending on traffic)
  • Arrival in Lille: Sunday afternoon around 4PM (depending on traffic)
  • Arrival in Utrecht: Sunday afternoon around 4:30PM (depending on traffic)

The Airport Shuttle

The nearest airport is Oslo Gardermoen. From there, we organize a shuttle bus on Saturday (2 times a day). You can book a shuttle bus return ticket with your booking for 59 € per person.

  • Arrival Saturday: departures from Oslo Gardermoen at 12h00 and 17h00.
  • Departure Saturday: arrival in Oslo Gardermoen at 13h00 and 18h00

Food?

Every canoe will receive the basic cooking material at the start of the trip.

You can bring all your food along yourself or you can choose the official Canoe Trip Survival Foodpack for €80 per person. Before entering the natural reserve, we pass into a huge supermarket where you can buy some food at reasonable prices.

Safety

You will be 6 days entirely by yourself in the wilderness, without electricity, technology or instagram. This is fantastic experience but also brings some risks along. Therefore we advice everybody to bring an old decent cell phone with a long battery life. We will send you updates about the weather conditions by text message. All canoes will receive a GPS tracker at the departure including an alarm button.

We will monitor the locations of each canoe 24/7 and there are rangers along the trail who can intervene if necessary

What do I bring?

If it is your first time in a canoe, you will probably have a lot of questions. We will send you a checklist a couple of weeks before departure, but make sure to bring all of these things:

  • Tent, sleeping bag, rug
  • Old-fashioned mobile phone with a long-lasting battery
  • Sun cream and a hat
  • Torch light
  • Lighters, matches
  • Plastic bags to put your luggage in during the canoeing

It's important not to carry too much luggage - this will ensure the 'land transports' are not too intense. Aim for a luggage weight of 20 kilogrammes per person.

Availability

You can do The Canoe Trip on each week of the summer. Registrations open on November 22, 2018 for people who have pre-registered. For others, the inscriptions will be open from November 23 at noon.There is a maximum of 15 boats per trail.

  • Week #01 Sat 22 Jun - Sat 29 Jun
  • Week #02 Sat 29 Jun - Sat 6 Jul
  • Week #03 Sat 6 Jul - Sat 13 Jul
  • Week #04 Sat 13 Jul - Sat 20 Jul
  • Week #05 Sat 20 Jul - Sat 27 Jul
  • Week #06 Sat 27 Jul - Sat 3 Aug
  • Week #07 Sat 3 Aug - Sat 10 Aug
  • Week #08 Sat 10 Aug - Sat 17 Aug
  • Week #09 Sat 17 Aug - Sat 24 Aug
  • Week #10 Sat 24 Aug - Sat 31 Aug
  • Week #11 Sat 31 Aug - Sat 7 Sep

Pricing

The price for The Canoe Trip is €490 per person, and includes:

  • Rent of a two-person canoe for a period of six days, incl. oars, life vest, rope, etc.
  • Bus transport to and from Värmland
  • Rent of a cooking set
  • Rent of a big container to keep your valuables safe in
  • Canoe instructions
  • Maps & route directions

Those that do not join us on the bus, pay €110 less.

Optional: Canoe Trip Survival Food Pack: €80 per person

Optional: Cancellation & Travel Insurance: €59 p.p.

Warrant: Since the equipment (tracker, canoe, cooking set, etc.) we lend you has a certain price we also ask for a deposit of €200 per canoe. If you return everything as you received it, the deposit will be returned within two weeks after the trip.

About us

The Canoe Trip is a concept of Travelbase. You can reach us at: info@thecanoetrip.org

FAQs

Help! I have never used a canoe before!

No worries, normally the instructions we'll give you on the very first day should be enough for anyone with a healthy basic condition to undertake the route!

What is included in the Survival Food Pack?

You will get the contents of the list sent to you a couple of weeks before departure. If you like, you can also bring some of your own food from Belgium.

Can I do some fishing?

If you have a fishing license (you can get this at the location itself), you can fish in certain lakes we come across. The main fish present are pikes and sea basses.

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Person review 1
Once in a lifetime experience!
Elyne De Bruycker
Person review 2
Ideal trip for nature lovers and aventurers!
Maïté Van den Bossche
Person review 3
Highly recommended!
Marieke Geuens
Person review 4
Wonderful experience in the beautiful Sweden!!! Definitely recommended for the adventurers among us.
Stef van Hees
Person review 5
It was a wonderful trip! You can do your canoe trip at your own pace and choose yourself if you take the long route or take many breaks.
Shana De Coninck
Person review 6
Blessed trip! Without a doubt, a must for anyone who loves nature. It is so calm that you do not see the planes flying above your head! Pure enjoyment!
Joey Tuyaerts

What they say about us

Person review 1
Once in a lifetime experience!
Elyne De Bruycker
Person review 2
Ideal trip for nature lovers and aventurers!
Maïté Van den Bossche
Person review 3
Highly recommended!
Marieke Geuens
Person review 4
Wonderful experience in the beautiful Sweden!!! Definitely recommended for the adventurers among us.
Stef van Hees
Person review 5
It was a wonderful trip! You can do your canoe trip at your own pace and choose yourself if you take the long route or take many breaks.
Shana De Coninck
Person review 6
Blessed trip! Without a doubt, a must for anyone who loves nature. It is so calm that you do not see the planes flying above your head! Pure enjoyment!
Joey Tuyaerts