Canoe tour Klarälven

Its serpentine meanderings and gently flowing water makes Klarälven the ideal canoe tour for the whole family.

  • nest_eco_leaf Experience northern Värmland from the perspective of the river Klarälven.
  • nest_eco_leaf Let nature set the pace.
  • nest_eco_leaf Spend 3 to 6 nights in a tent in the great outdoors.

7 days (100km) or 4 days (50km)

Our canoe tours on the river Klarälven are perfect for the whole family as it is free from rapids and power plants. You paddle along the river and choose where you want to camp along the way. We organize all local transportation for your convenience and for environmental sustainability. Arrive at our canoe center in Gunnerud by public bus or car, and we take care of your transport to the starting point. Your journey along the river leads you back towards the canoe center.


What is included in the package?

camping Three to six nights in a tent in the great outdoors.
face Information about the tour, the Swedish public access rights (Allemansrätten), and paddling techniques
directions_bus Local transfer
local_parking Parking for vehicles
support Canoe (Inkas 525 by Linder), paddle, buoyancy aid, 60-litre pack barrel, rubbish bags, toilet spade, water container, short rope, cleaning sponge, topographical map

Things you need to bring

  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
  • Food and drink for the whole journey as well as some kind of cooking stove and other equipment to prepare the food.
  • Clothing suitable for changing weather including rain gear and a full change of clothes. Extra shoes or boots.

Tent, sleeping bag with sheet and sleeping mat, kitchen equipment and provisions (food) can be rented/purchased at the time of booking.

  • Local transport to the starting point.
  • Can be combined with short hikes along Klarälven’s tributaries.
  • For children, the canoe can be equipped with an extra seat.

The Klarälven runs the length of Värmland, from north to south. Its serpentine meanderings make it a major feature of the Värmland landscape. Its waters flow gently and the landscape ranges from steep valleys to flat, cultivated land.

If you choose the 4-day package, you can actually make the tour without staying in a tent. There are campsites with cabins at reasonable distances along the river where you can book your accommodation. When you have made a booking, you will receive travel documents with information about where the campsites are located. You contact the campsites yourself to book accommodation. 

How does it work?

Day 1:  

  • We meet at our canoe centre in Gunnerud between 13:00 and 14:00.
  • Pick-up the rental equipment.
  • We provide transportation to the starting point of your canoe tour.

Day 2-4 and Day 2-7:

  • Paddle along the river Klarälven independently and at your own pace.
  • Find your own camping spots in accordance with Swedish public access rights.

Day 4 or Day 7 the final day of the journey:

  • Arrive back at Gunnerud before 14:00.
  • Return the rented equipment.
  • Begin your journey home or on to new adventures.

Note! If you choose the 4 days package, you can complete this without having to stay in a tent. There are campsites with cabins at a suitable distance along the river, where you can book your accommodation. We will inform you about these campsites, and you can then contact them directly regarding your overnight stay.

Prices and departures

Period: 20th June – 18th August 2024
Departure: Thursdays and Sundays
Time and place for arrival: 13.00-14.00 in Gunnerud, 95 km north of Karlstad.
Note! It is important that you keep this time!

Canoe Klarälven (SEK/person)AdultChildren 3-15 years
7 days, Basic equipment20201010
4 days, Basic equipment1750875

Groups: 14 participants minimum. 1 person free. We reserve the right to assign groups to certain camp sites. Before and after the period specified above, you may book any starting day (provided capacity is available) if you are at least four adults.
Additions (SEK/person)7 days/adult7 days/children 4 days/adult4 days/children
Cancellation insurance240120240120
Kitchen equipment420210360180
Sleeping bag310310250250

Note! When booking kitchen equipment and/or food provisions, all participants in the same booking must select these items. At least 2 people are required to order kitchen equipment and provisions.


Adults must be able to swim. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult in the canoe. Advance booking of the package is mandatory. Cancellation insurance can be arranged at the time of booking. Participation is at your own risk. Please read our travel conditions before booking.

Can we bring the dog?

You are welcome to bring your dog, but you must consider the following:

– You must keep the dog leashed at the meeting point and at the building site (if you have booked a timber raft tour). It is also important that you always have the dog under supervision on the journey, because you are traveling in an area where there are wild animals.

– If you make a longer trip (3-8 days), local transport is included. If there is another person traveling in the same vehicle who is allergic to dogs, you must be prepared to transport your dog to the start of the tour yourself.

– Some dogs are very sensitive to mosquitoes. There is not much you can do, but it is usually not a problem when you are out in the canoe or on the timber raft, but can be a concern when you go ashore for the night.

– We do not have life jackets for dogs. Bring your own if your dog needs it.

– It can be long days on the river if you travel on a timber raft or paddle a canoe when the dog must be still. But if the dog likes to swim, it is usually not a major problem.

Can we drink the water in the rivers/lakes?

The water can only be drunk if it is boiled. The water can therefore be used for all cooking, coffee, tea, etc. On longer trips (3-8 days) you will get freshwater containers in the basic equipment that you can fill up before you set off. You don´t have to boil the water to brush your teeth or wash the dishes. Remember to bring biodegradable washing-up liquid!

Where is our starting (meeting) point?

Depending on which package you have booked, there are different meeting points. NOTE! If you search Vildmark i Värmland on Google, or any other search engine, you will come to our office in Torsby. NO tours start from here! You will find information where your specific meeting point is in your travel documents that you have received when you made the booking/payment. It is usually found at the end of the travel document.

What do we do if we want to fish?

It is fine to try fishing on all our different tours, but you must have a fishing license. You can purchase fishing licenses at the starting point for all tours except canoe tours that start in Torsby (Röjdån and Rottnan). If you start your canoeing in Torsby, you buy a fishing license at “”. (Seach: Lekvattnets FVOF for Rottnan and Velens FVOF for Röjdån)

Are there a lot of mosquitoes?

There are always mosquitoes. How much depends on how dry, hot, and wet it is/has been. A heavy spring flood with subsequent heat brings a lot of mosquitoes. However, it is very rare that there are mosquito’s over open water. The mosquitoes are mainly active on land and in the evening. Mosquito repellent and covering clothing are the best protection. As far as it is known, the mosquitoes in this area does not carry any infections.

Is it possible to travel by train and bus to you?

You can travel by bus alternatively by train from Karlstad to the meeting point of most of our packages. It all depends on which package you have booked, and which day you will arrive to us. Should you, for example, start your canoe- or timber raft trip on a Saturday or Sunday in Gunnerud, there is no bus to Gunnerud on these days. If you will arrive to Gunnerud on a Saturday or Sunday, you can travel by bus to the bus stop “Sjögränd” (just south of Gunnerud) and we can arrange a transfer free of charge to Gunnerud (if you arrive with the bus connection that is closest to the start time of your booked trip). Notify us at the time you make your booking if you need transfer.

What our guests say about us

Great experience for a family with small children.
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It was everything we hoped it would be and more, and we will absolutely be coming back to complete another tour in the future.
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We found wonderful places to camp. We were glad we took it slow so that we were able to have time te explore.
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Enjoyed nature, settings, water, and beautiful sunshine for our whole trip
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No internet and computers, outside in nature and a wonderful experience
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TAKE THIS TRIP! A very good opportunaty to get away from your normal life. Back to nature, campfire every evening and camping the way it is ment to be!!
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I wanted a memorable holiday, that would be fun and relaxing…it met those expectations
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Being out in nature and away from hectic daily life
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Going down the river, and having the freedom to camp anywhere. The fact the river was so quiet (often it seemed like we were the only ones). Staying somewhere different each night.
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Klarälven – the artery of Värmland

The river Klarälven in Värmland was once the main transportation route for an industry that has faded into history – log driving. For centuries, logs from the vast forests along the Swedish and Norwegian boarder were transported by the river’s current to sawmills and pulp mills further down south. Sometimes the entire river could be filled with tree trunks, and it was a popular test of courage among the children and youth of the region to jump from log to log, to get from one side of the river to the other.

Throughout history and into today, various work professions and ways of life are closely connected to the river Klarälven. In addition to log driving, the river served as a vital transportation route for people and goods. A pilgrimage trail followed the riverbanks of the Klarälven through the whole of Värmland, facilitating trade and communication with nearby villages and towns. Fishermen and farmers relied on the river for their livelihoods.

Today, when canoeing on the river Klarälven, you can still see the rivers significance to the region. Luckily, you can enjoy paddling down the river without having to contend with floating logs. Enjoy the tranquil, reflective surface of the water as you glide along in your canoe.