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SUMMER 2021

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

In southern Sweden, you can find the most pristine natural reserves in Scandinavia, places with the most beautiful views and where camping in the wild is still allowed. It's 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 one island to another. On the first day of the trip, we will teach you how to steer your canoe and you will receive all the instructions you need in order to survive the next seven days in nature!

We organized our first Canoe Trip at Travelbase in 2017. Also last summer (2020) we could safely organize our Canoe Trips to Sweden. Curious about the unforgettable experiences of our Canoe Trippers? You can read them in our Facebookgroup!

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Destinations

We have several destinations in Sweden where you can paddle. All destinations are equal in beauty and wilderness. You should make your choice based on your preferred bus departure location or the airport you'd like to fly to.

Immeln
Värmland
Glaskogen

Immeln

  • Airport Transfer from Kopenhagen Kastrup
  • Bus transport from Paris
  • Rangers are speaking French & English

Immeln is a place in the province of Skåne län and is one of Sweden’s best lakes for canoeing. It has over 200 small islands with with beautiful views and a lots of opportunities where you can set up your private camp.

Immeln is also known for its rich and diverse flora & fauna and a good but challenging fishing area. With it's safe and accessible paddling area it has all the factors where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a perfect Canoe Trip!

How to get to our basecamp?
With our Canoe Trip bus (included in the basic price):

To make it easy for you, we have arranged for a bus with a lot of comfort that departure from France:

  • Departure from Paris: Friday at 12h00
With the airplane:

The nearest airport is Kastrup Copenhagen. From there, we have organized a shuttle bus on Saturday. You can book a shuttle bus return ticket with your booking, you will get a discount of € 31 per person.

  • Arrival Saturday: departures from Copenhagen Kastrup at 12h00.
  • Departure Saturday: arrival in Copenhagen Kastrup at 07h00
With your own car:

If you rather want to come with your own car, it's also an option. You can park your car at the basecamp, you will receive the exact address of the basecamp 2 weeks before departure.

What are the different routes?

All routes make a loop, starting from different basecamps. We give an example of a basic route that you can follow, but you are free to make your own route and choose other places to sleep!

Sometimes you will also need to do some land transports to get your canoe to the next spot; simply mount the wheels on your canoe and tow it to the next little lake. This is a unique experience that you don't want to miss during your Canoe Trip!
How sportive is this?
  • Beginners or adventurers that wish to relax and take their time to enjoy the scenery are recommended to do a route of about 70km.
  • Adventurers that have a good basic physical condition but also want to have some time to relax can do a route of about 90km.
  • The trained athletes or adventures that are looking for a good challenge can go for the largest route of more of less 120km.
map of the Canoe Trip area - immeln

Värmland

  • Airport Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen
  • Bus transport from Brussel, Utrecht or Groningen
  • Rangers are speaking English, French & Dutch

Our basecamps in Värmland are basically situated in The Middle of Nowhere around Lelång and Östra Silen. You will find lush forests, extensive hilly landscape interspersed with lots of water. Yes, Värmland has it all: lakes, islands, forests, moose and an excellent location for fishing!

How to get to our basecamp?
With our Canoe Trip bus (included in the basic price):

To make it easy for you, we have arranged for a bus with a lot of comfort that has stops in Belgium and The Netherlands:

  • Departure from Brussels: Friday at 12h00
  • Departure from Utrecht: Friday at 15h00
  • Departure from Groningen: Friday at 17h00
With the airplane (€51 discount on the basic price):

The nearest airport is Oslo Gardermoen. From there, we have organized a shuttle bus on Saturday. You can book a shuttle bus retour ticket with your booking.

  • Arrival Saturday: departures from Oslo Gardermoen at 12h30 and 17h30.
  • Departure Saturday: arrival in Oslo Gardermoen at 12h30 and 17h30
With your own car:

If you rather want to come with your own car, it's also an option. You can park your car at the basecamp, you will receive the exact address of the basecamp 2 weeks before departure.

What are the different routes?

All routes make a loop, starting from different basecamps. On each trip you can choose shortcuts or detours based on your daily preferences. With some routes it's even possible to cross the border with Norway and spent some nights there! Sometimes you will also need to do some land transports to get your canoe to the next spot; simply mount the wheels on your canoe and tow it to the next little lake. Or you need to pass some locks to get to another area. Both are unique experiences that you don't want to miss during your Canoe Trip!

How sportive is this?
  • Beginners or adventurers that wish to relax and take their time to enjoy the scenery are recommended to do a route of about 70km.
  • Adventurers that have a good basic physical condition but also want to have some time to relax can do a route of about 90km.
  • The trained athletes or adventures that are looking for a good challenge can go for the largest route of more of less 120km.
map of the Canoe Trip area - varmland

Glaskogen

  • Airport Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen
  • Bus transport from Cologne & Hamburg
  • Rangers are speaking German & English

Glaskogen is a beautiful nature reserve located between the municipalities of Årjäng and Arvika, in the west mid-Sweden. It has extensive, dense forests with large lakes and small islands, so you can canoe from island to island to spend the night. There live many different animals in Glaskogen. The chance that you will encounter a moose is also high, especially during a multi-day Canoe Trip!

How to get to our basecamp?
With our Canoe Trip bus:

To make it easy for you, we have arranged a bus with a lot of comfort that has stops in Germany:

  • Departure from Cologne: Friday midday at 01h00 pm
  • Departure from Hamburg: Friday evening at 07h00 pm

The return from our basecamp is scheduled on Saturday evening, the next day you will arrive back home in the afternoon or evening (Sunday) depending on the traffic.

With the airplane:

The nearest airport is Oslo Gardermoen. From there, we have organized a shuttle bus on Saturday. You can book a shuttle bus return ticket with your booking, you will get a discount of € 51 per person on the basic price.

  • Arrival Saturday: departures from Oslo Gardermoen at 12h30 and 17h30.
  • Departure Saturday: arrival in Oslo Gardermoen at 12h30 and 17h30
With your own car:

If you rather want to come with your own car, it's also an option. You can park your car at the basecamp, you will receive the exact address of the basecamp 2 weeks before departure.

What are the different routes?
All routes make a loop, starting from different basecamps. We give an example of a basic route through Glafsfjorden & Glaskogen that you can follow, but you are free to make your own route and choose other places to sleep! Sometimes you will also need to do some land transports to get your canoe to the next spot; simply mount the wheels on your canoe and tow it to the next little lake. This is a unique experience that you don't want to miss during your Canoe Trip!
How sportive is this?
  • Beginners or adventurers that wish to relax and take their time to enjoy the scenery are recommended to do a route of about 70km.
  • Adventurers that have a good basic physical condition but also want to have some time to relax can do a route of about 90km.
  • The trained athletes or adventures that are looking for a good challenge can go for the largest route of more of less 120km.
map of the Canoe Trip area - glaskogen
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Camping in the wild...

We will show you the best camping spots along the route in our map. You will be able to set up camp on these spots, and most of the times it's allowed to make a campfire. You may meet other Canoe Trippers on these spots and 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 which grants you permission to camp anywhere in the Värmland.

After 7 days of canoeing you will return with the most amazing memories to our basecamp. If you want to take it easy during the trip, you can also map out 6 days route!

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The Schedule

  • You will receive all necessary instructions on the arrival day (Saturday). After you received all the necessary info and material you will go on the water!
  • From Saturday to Friday you will be on the beautiful rivers and lakes of South Sweden. The final trip on Friday will take you back to our basecamp where you will spend your last night.
  • On Saturday (last day) you will be able to rest or enjoy some activities around the camp, if you still have the energy. There will be a shuttlebus leaving to Oslo in the afternoon and a bus going back home on Saturday night.
*Alternative: If you want, you can also paddle 6 days instead of 7 days, there are no extra cost. But we do advise participants to follow the original 7-day program, so you can take the most out of The Canoe Trip!

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, mat
  • A mobile phone with long battery life
  • A powerbank
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Torch light
  • Lighters, matches
  • Plastic bags to keep your luggage dry when canoeing

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

Pricing

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

  • Rental of a two-person canoe for a period of 7 days, incl. oars, life vest, etc.
  • Bus transport with a lot of comfort to and from the basecamp
  • Rental of a Trangia cooking set
  • Rental of a big waterproof barrel to keep your valuable stuff and equipment dry
  • Camping permit
  • Canoe instructions
  • Maps & route directions

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

Optional: Canoe Trip Survival Food Pack: €95 per person

Warrant: For the rental of the equipment (canoe GPS-tracker, cooking set, etc.) we charge a deposit of €200. If you return everything as you received it, the deposit will be refunded within a maximum two weeks after the trip.

Availability

In the summer of 2021 we have 12 weeks where you can participate in The Canoe Trip. We always try to ensure that there are not too many people on the same route, so everyone can enjoy the Swedish nature in peace. Therefore, we have a maximum of 15 duos per trail.

  • Week #1 Sat 19 June - Sat 26 June
  • Week #2 Sat 26 June - Sat 3 July
  • Week #3 Sat 3 July - Sat 10 July
  • Week #4 Sat 10 July - Sat 17 July
  • Week #5 Sat 17 July - Sat 24 July
  • Week #6 Sat 24 July - Sat 31 July
  • Week #7 Sat 31 July - Sat 7 August
  • Week #8 Sat 7 August - Sat 14 August
  • Week #9 Sat 14 August - Sat 21 August
  • Week #10 Sat 21 August - Sat 28 August
  • Week #11 Sat 28 August - Sat 4 September
  • Week #12 Sat 4 September - Sat 11 September

Safety

For 7 days you will be entirely by yourself in the wilderness, without electricity, technology or even instagram! This is a fantastic experience but of course there are some risks.

Before everyone goes on the water, our rangers will give all the necessary instructions to survive on the water. They will show you different canoe techniques, always hand out a life jacket to you, and the rangers will provide all information about the route you are going to sail.

But we also advice everybody to bring along a decent cellphone with a long battery life (and a powerbank). We will send you updates about the weather conditions by message. Enable it only occasionally so that you can receive any updates related to the weather or other info.

At departure, all canoes will receive a GPS tracker with an alarm button, which you can use in case of an emergency. The rangers will monitor the locations of each canoe 24/7 via our GPS system, so they can track the location of the canoes at all time and see when is something wrong.

The rangers will have a car so, when it is necessary, they can drive to the location of a canoe.

What with Corona?

Sweden has good control of the Corona pandemic. We are assuming that, just like last summer, there won't be many travel restrictions in the summer of 2021. Especially in the areas that we are going to: in the middle of the Swedish nature where it's unlikely that you will see Swedish people. Besides that The Canoe Trip is per definition a coronaproof concept, since you will go on an adventure in the wilderness together with only your travel buddy by canoe.

In the case there cannot be travelled to Sweden, we have following insurance for you:

If you book before the 1st of January 2021, you will get our Superflex Cancellation Insurance for free (instead of €79). This means you can cancel your trip at any time and with any reason before the first of April and get your money back within 5 working days.

Read here all the details of our cancellation policy.

Cooking & foodpack

At the start of your trip you will receive a basic outdoor Trangia cooking set which contains the following:

  • A small burner
  • Methylated spirit (bottle)
  • Two pans
  • A frying pan
  • A pan grip
  • A windshield
  • Sponge
  • Biodegradable soap

You can choose to bring your own food or you can opt for the official Canoe Trip Survival Foodpack for € 95 per person. Our extensive food pack includes:

  • 10 dry meals
  • Breakfast (chocolate, muesli, crispbread, ...)
  • Sweet & salty snacks
  • Energy Bars
  • Coffee & milk powder
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The water from most of the lakes is drinkable! At the beginning of the trip we will give you a water bottle that you can fill with water at the basecamp. In the case that you are in an area where the water isn't drinkable you can always cook the water before you refill your bottle.

Yes, children are more than welcome to join The Canoe Trip!

For safety reasons we do require that 1 child is seated together with 1 adult in a canoe. The price for the children remains the same as they use the same material.

The average age of The Canoe Tripper in 2020 was 26 years, of which the majority were in their twenties (60%). All Canoe Trippers, young or old, share the same love for the beautiful nature and adventure. During the last edition, the participants mainly came from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Generally, people join this adventure in a group of 2 or 4 people: a mix of friends and couples. If you would like to participate alone or if you have a group with an odd number, you can send us a message and we will see together if we can find a solution for this!

You decide for yourself how many kilometres you cover per day and whether you want to spend the night in a camp with many other participants or all by yourself. Värmland has a lot of beautiful shelters to offer where you can spend the night.
The camping pitches are all taken care of. All you need is your nature map, which you will receive on arrival at the basecamp, to be able to spend the night at the shelters and on the islands.
It's possible to use hammocks. There are many participants who bring one with them on the trip in previous years, but we always advise you to take a tent with you (as a back-up) because you can never be 100% sure if the weather will be good.
The bus ride takes about 20 hours with stops included. Of course everything depends on the traffic and weather conditions.
You can buy he fishing license on arrival at your basecamp for 200 SEK or 20 euros. With this fishing license you can fish in all the lakes, otherwise it is not allowed!

Showers and toilets are only available during your first day and last night of The Canoe Trip in your basecamp.

During The Canoe Trip, nature is your bathroom. We will give you a small bottle of biodegradable soap for the dishes, but be sure to bring your own biodegradable shower gel/shampoo so that we leave nature intact.

If you book your trip before the 1st of January, we'll give you a free superflex cancellation insurance (worth €79). This insurance allows you to cancel your trip without reason nor costs until April 1st. If you want to have the opportunity to cancel also after April 1st, you will be able to upgrade the insurance with our regular cancellation insurance.

You can no longer participate after 1st April or you cannot find a replacement, but luckily you chose to upgrade the cancellation insurance when registering? Great, you get a reimbursement of your entire registration fee (minus the cost of the insurance itself) as long as you have got a valid reason.

You can find more information on this cancellation insurance here

In case of a medical problem you can contact the rangers on the spot. They can come and get you or send you the necessary medical assistance. When you register, you can opt for a travel insurance.

You can find the conditions of the travel insurance here: Chubb General Conditions

We ask for a 20% deposit within 5 days after your registration. The remaining amount should be paid at the latest 30 days before departure.

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