Timber raft 5 days/4 nights

Our guests’ favourite package. A timber raft tour is living in harmony with nature.

  • nest_eco_leaf Create new experiences with friends and family.
  • nest_eco_leaf Call your timber raft home for a few days.
  • nest_eco_leaf Spend four nights in the great outdoors.

The adventure of a lifetime

Imagine taking a trip on a timber raft you built using logs and rope! It’s an unforgettable adventure that combines challenges with relaxation. The leisurely pace of travel, against the backdrop of nature’s forces, offers a blend of excitement and tranquility. Get ready to experience life as a log driver for a few days, meeting nature on its own terms.

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What is included in the package?

camping Four nights in the great outdoors
face Information about the tour
emoji_people Instructor at the meeting point and the building site
support Basic equipment
directions_bus Local transport
local_parking Parking for vehicles

Things you need to bring

  • Tent, sleeping bag and mattress.
  • Food for the entire stay, some kind of stove and other equipment to prepare the food.
  • Clothing suitable for changing weather including rain gear and a full change of clothes.
  • Gloves and sandals (which are suitable for use in the water) or old trainers.

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

The basic equipment includes: Timber, ropes, life-ring, paddles, poles, buoyancy aids, tarpaulin, metal platter for hurricane stove, bucket, rubbish bags, toilet paper, spade, drinking water container, topographical map, storage box, canoe (a Canadian canoe or sit-on-top kayak depending on availability at the building site), information about the tour before arrival and in Gunnerud, introduction in Gunnerud,  instructor during raft building and one overnight in tent (in own tent or hired from us) in Gunnerud and at Klarlälvens Camping.

When the timber raft is completed, additional boxes (the rope boxes) will be empty which you can use for your equipment.

The transport of you and all your equipment (but not large personal items such as canoes/kayaks, bicycles, etc.) from Gunnerud to the building site is included. If you arrive by car, this will be parked free of charge in Gunnerud (or Björkebo) during your timber raft tour.

To build your own timber raft is a big part of the adventure and experience.

  • Embark on a new adventure.
  • Make new memories together.
  • Take a break from everyday life.

Building the timber raft is hard work, and you might need to put in physical effort during the journey too, especially if you encounter obstacles like sandbanks, rocks or backwater. However, there’s nothing more peaceful than when the raft silently glides through the mighty valley of Klarälven. It’s a chance to embrace the present moment, get in sync with nature’s rhythm, and flow with the river.

The river is similar throughout the journey, which makes orientation – knowing where you are on the river – a challenge. To help you orientate yourself, you can borrow a topographic map. We want to keep the river in its natural state, even if it is always being changed by the power of nature. We want you to experience nature authentically, just as it is, this means there are very few signs indicating your location or direction. It’s reassuring to know you can’t really get lost – you’ll always be heading south with the current.

You are free to choose where to camp each night in accordance with the Swedish public access rights (Allemansrätten). If you prefer, you can stay at one of the campsites along the river where you pay for your stay and have access to amenities like toilets and showers, which can be very much appreciated.

How does it work?

Day 1:  

  • Check in at reception in Gunnerud between 15:30 and 17:00.
  • Pick-up the equipment you have reserved.
  • Receive guidance on building the raft, river route details, and information about Swedish public access rights.
  • Spend the night in Gunnerud in your own tent or in a rented tent.

Day 2:

  • Transportation is provided to the raft building site.
  • You build your own timber raft.
  • Start on your adventure down the river when you are ready, or spend the first night in a tent at the building site.

Day 2-5:

  • Float down the river Klarälven on your timber raft.
  • Find your own camping spots in accordance with Swedish public access rights.

Day 5:

  • Arrive at the final destination no later than 17:00.
  • Disassemble your raft.
  • Return the rented equipment.
  • Begin your journey home or on to new adventures.

Prices and departures

Period: 5th June – 28th August 2024.

Departure: 
Mondays, Wednesdays, Sundays.
Between 5th July – 9th August also Fridays as departure days.

Time and place for arrival: 15.30-17.00 in Gunnerud, 95 km north of Karlstad.
Note! It is important that you keep this time!

Timber raft 5 days (SEK/person)AdultChildren 3-15 yearsGroups
Basic equipment (05.06-12.07 + 14.08-28.08)487024353315
Basic equipment (14.07 – 12.08)517025853615

Groups: 10 participants minimum. Price per person regardless of age. Minimum 5 persons/timber-raft, of which at least 2 must be adults. (Groups 20 persons or more SEK 3110/Person.) Special travel conditions for groups.
Additional equipment (SEK/person)AdultChildren 3-15 yearsGroups
Cancellation insurance240120120
Kitchen equipment380190360
Provisions13909701230
Sleeping bag280280280
Tent760/tent

Note! If you book kitchen equipment or food provisions, all participants on the same raft must select these items.

Requirements

Each timber raft requires a minimum of 2 adults aged 18 or older. Adults must be able to swim. Advance booking of the package is mandatory. Cancellation insurance can be arranged at the time of booking. Participation is at your own risk. Please review our travel conditions prior to booking.

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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 “ifiske.se”. (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

Thank you very much
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It was even Better than hoped for! Building the raft was quite a job but well supervised in advice and assistance
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Something completely different
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It was a wonderful experience to undertake with my family
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It was even better as in the beginning I was a bit nervous building and handeling the raft. But this was great with two strong guys
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Well organised, good and enough food and being in touch so close with nature is just the best!!
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It was a very unique experience. Away to get close to nature and a perfect trip for a person who loves nature and adventure.
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Adventure, nature, challenges, eating on water, building the raft, teamwork
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A good balance of number of participants. Enough not to be crowded on the river, yet completly solitude, once on the water. Created a safe atmosphere about not being alone if you get stuck, on the other hand great peace and quiteness.
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