Old time log drivers lived a hard and risky life, but it was also a free and flexible life. The comradeship between the log drivers was great, living together during the working week or longer periods, often in simple huts where the smell of wet clothes mixed with smoke from the open fire. The log drivers task was to ensure that timber and pulpwood, which was floated down streams and rivers, made it all the way down to it's final destination which was usually a sawmill or industry for pulp factory. It was not unusual for the timber to get stuck in major log jams that must be sorted by hand or dynamite.
Today this is a bygone era, but you can still feel the history and traditions as you build your own timber raft and drift down the river Klarälven. Then as now, you live close to nature, experiencing freedom, sorting out problems together and sometimes getting out of a tough fixes on your adventure.
Your guide to the raft adventure
To build your own raft is not only a “must” before the trip itself, but an essential part of the adventure and the experience of this old tradition. The creativity, joy and pride in having built your own “home” and means of transport add an extra dimension to the whole trip.
A timber raft tour on Klarälven offers many opportunities to experience Scandinavian wildlife. Seeing the shy beaver swim along the beach or discovering a moose grazing by the waterside is a magical experience.
To go timber rafting on Klarälven means living for the moment. Dare to leave the tablet at home. Let your holiday provide your stimulation and relaxation and leave your everyday life back home for a while.
Sweden's forests, lakes, rivers and mountains offer outstanding opportunities for rich and varied outdoor activities. Our country stretches through several climatic zones, which gives each part its own specific flora, fauna and landscape - from the magnificent mountains and marshes in the north to the rolling countryside in the south.
Few places can, however, offer as many varied opportunities for experiences in nature as Värmland. This forested county, with its magical lakes, the mighty river Klarälven, winding forest rivers, blue mountains and Lake Vänern with its archipelago, forms a miniature Sweden. Here, with its unforgettable experiences in nature, is where timber rafting on the River Klarälven offers something special. Come and experience the wilderness in Värmland!