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Timber Rafting in Sweden

Build your own timber raft and sail the Klaralven river like Tom Sawyer and Hucklebery Fin!

Best time: June–August

Timber Rafting
Timber Rafting
Timber Rafting

Plan your adventure on the Klaralven river that was used mainly for logging until 1991. Bring your fishing rod, a pair of binoculars, and the will to build something yourself, and you will find this experience to be utterly rewarding. A professional team will help you build your own 18 sq. m timber raft with which you will float you along the river with plenty of hopping fish. A pair of binoculars will help you to notice that the area is also beaver country! Typically you can enjoy rafting during the day time and camping on the riverside at nights. The starting point usually is in Gunnerud, 95 km north from Karlstad, ​and these trips usually last up to a week. Good luck!

Practical info

When is the best time to go timber rafting in Sweden?

June through August is the recommended time to experience timber rafting on the Klaralven river in Sweden. The temperature is comfortable, and the river is warm during these months. Also, because there are more daylight hours in summer, visitors can enjoy their trip to the fullest. Show more

Where is the starting point for timber rafting in Sweden?

Gunnerud is the starting point for the timber rafting activity on the Klaralven river in Sweden. Gunnerud is situated near the river, 95 km north of Karlstad and is a small village. Visitors can drive or hire a bus to Gunnerud, and the journey will take approximately one and a half hours from Karlstad. Show more

What is the size of the timber raft?

The size of the raft that visitors will create by themselves is 18 square meters. Traditional techniques and materials are used by the team of professionals to help visitors build it. The raft has enough capacity to support up to five passengers and their possessions during the river ride. The raft is a reliable and comfortable vessel that will provide you an adventurous trip. Show more

Are fishing rods provided for the trip?

No, fishing rods are not provided for the river trip, so visitors are advised to take their own gear. The Klaralven river is notable for its numerous salmon and trout populations, making it ideal for fishing enthusiasts. A valid fishing permit is required to fish in the river, and it can be purchased online or at the local tourist office. Under expert guidance, visitors can learn the techniques of cleaning and cooking fish. Show more

What other wildlife can be spotted while timber rafting on the Klaralven river?

The Klaralven River is abundant with wildlife and bird species, apart from Salmon and Trout. Beavers, elks, eagles, and numerous other animals are native to the Klaralven river. Visitors are advised to carry binoculars to witness the surroundings. In addition to Beaver encounters, visitors can spot rare species like lynx, reindeer, and on a lucky day, even a moose! Show more

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