Spring canoeing & kayaking in flowing water with easy rapids - The Canoe Trail Nittalven

The Canoe Trail Nittalven curls through a deep and beautiful pine forest. The forest is located on top of a bank of sand. At some places, the river has broken through and continued straight forward instead of taking its old, meandering path. The remains are small oxbow lakes.

The flipside of the coin, however, is that the river is impassable when the water level is normal. The whole length of the Canoe Trail Nittalven is only passable in spring or after long periods of heavy rain, when the water level is very high.

The Canoe Trail Nittalven - The canoeing and kayaking alternativ in April

The spring canoeing along the Canoe Trail Nittalven an average year: The time to paddle the Canoe Trail Nittalven is in April. Recommended is to schedule the paddling the two middle weeks in April. These two weeks are the safest weeks as the start of the snow melting sometimes differ from year to year. Canoeing and kayaking along the whole length of the Canoe Trail Nittälven should not be planned after April (a spring with average snow melting conditions).

The Canoe Trail Nittalven 2018

The spring canoeing in flowing water with easy rapids has been over for a long time and will start again in April 2019. The canoe trail Nittalven is always best right after the ice has been released. A date that always varies and which is dependent on the current snow melting. Nordic Discovery has full control on the snowmelting prosses and we will advise the predicted snow melting forecast at the end of March 2019.

The canoe trail Nittalven 180615: At the moment the water level is lower than normal and paddling along the lower part of Nittalven is not recommended. In addition, a larger clearance effort is required since many trees have fallen over the river during the spring 2018. Instead wilderness paddling in the Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve >>  is recommend.  An area which is not sensitive to a level of low water.

The Canoe Trail Nittalven 

Degree of difficulty: Medium difficult due to some fallen trees.
Uvbergsbron-Kopparberg: 43 km, 85% river paddling.
Uvbergsbron-Ljusnaren: 23 km, 100% river paddling.
Kolbron-Kopparberg: 27 km, 65% river paddling.
Havsjömossen-Kopparberg: 24 km, 60% river paddling.
Drop: 17 m total, 40 cm/km on average.
Portages: At high water level the first two portages offer nice white water paddling. In this case there are no portages until after the lake Ljusnaren.
Landscape description: Wilderness until the lake Ljusnaren.
The rain and wind shelters have good, strong fire places, dry toilets and sometimes even firewood.
The canoe trail continues to Garhytteån (Arbågaån Norra) via a portage 400 m in length.
A good canoe trail description with map is included in the hire of equipment.
Free transport of hired equipment for hires over 3000 SEK/transport day.
Kopparberg: Free transport of hired equipment for hires over 2400 SEK/transport day.

The Canoe Trail Nittalven - Canoe trail description & maps

The Canoe Trail Nittalven - Recommended canoeing schedule with high water level

1 day:
Start: Uvbergsbron.
Lunch: Dansarbacken.
Finish: Kolbron

2 days:
Start: Uvbergsbron.
Lunch: Dansarbacken.
Camping: Havsjömossen.
Lunch: Nittbo.
Finish: Skäret (or Djäken's swimming place).

3 days:
Start: Uvbergsbron.
Lunch: Dansarbacken.
Camping: Havsjömossen.
Lunch: Along the canoe trail.
Camping: Storsand (at the north-west shore of Salbosjön).
Lunch: Nittbo.
Finish: Skäret (or Djäken's swimming place).

4 days:
Start: Uvbergsbron.
Lunch: Dansarbacken.
Camping: Havsjömossen.
Lunch: Along the canoe trail.
Camping: Storsand (at the north-west shore of Salbosjön).
Lunch: Nittbo.
Camping: At the rain and wind shelter at Olofssjön.
Lunch: At Zara's pizzeria which is located at the portage in Kopparberg.
Finish: Just before the river forks in Bångbro.

Smaller groups - Sharing of the canoe transport to Nittalven

In order to reduce the costs of the canoe transport for smaller groups, Nordic Discovery has a list of paddlers interested in sharing the canoe transport to Nittalven during the weekends in April. If more canoes are driven to the river, the costs of transport per canoe will be smaller. Something that suits small parties. Adaptation to the start and finishing times applies to all paddlers. For interest of sharing the canoe transport to Nittalven >>

Where to start canoeing along the Canoe Trail Nittalven in relation to the current water level? 

Nordic Discovery has very good knowledge about the  Canoe Trail Nittalven and the changes of the water level and will tell where to start according to the current conditions. Call or e-mail for current water level information >>

Canoe & kayak transport one way - Half the cost on material transport

Just before the division of the river in Bångbro (South of Kopparberg), Nordic Discovery has a branch rental where it is possible to leave canoes and kayaks. If you choose to finish your trip and leave your material there only transport of canoes and kayaks to the starting point is needed. Specified times for the return of rented material may occur.

Read about canoe transport >>

The Canoe Trail Nittalven at normal and low water level

At normal and low water level, the lower part of of the canoe trail Nittalven can still be paddled, with start 1 km south of Kolbron, from there he canoe trail Nittalven is always passable, and the paddling down to Ljusnaren makes a nice one-day paddling trip. To extend the paddling to two days, it is recommended to paddle down to the untouched lake, Salbosjön. Another alternative is to paddle from Ljusnaren up to Havsjömossen on Day One, and back to Ljusnaren on Day Two. A good place to finish the trip and park your car is at Djäken's swimming place, at the east side of the lake, Ljusnaren.

Book canoes, kayaks and transport to Nittalven

600 SEK/canoe and kayak /transport day. 350 SEK/canoe and kayak/day without transport.

Canoe & kayak service to Bergslagen's 20 canoe trails

1) The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve >>
2) Middle Hedströmmen >>
3) Lower Hedströmmen >>
4) Gunnilboån >>
5) Nittalven >>
6) Garhytteån/Northern Arbogaån >>
7) Bottenån/Borsån/Southern Arbogaån >>
8) Arbogaån/Southern Arbogaån >>
9) Hjälmare Kanal >>
10) Mälaren >>
11) Strömsholms Kanal >>
12) Rastälven >>
13) Järleån >>
Sverkestaån 
Jernleden
Mångsälven
Svartälven
Malingen-Ludvika 
Svartån in Västmanland
Dalälven (Borlänge-Avesta)

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Long paddling options in Bergslagen

175 km: Paddle from the Canoe Trail Nittalven's sources all the way to the lake, Hjälmaren (Canoe trails 5-9). 175 km of exciting paddling, which should be paddled over 2.5 weeks. The the Canoe Trail Nittalven continues all the way down to the lake, Mälaren, but changes name several times.

300 km: Paddle from the Canoe Trail Nittalven's sources all the way to the lake, Mälaren (Canoe trails 5-8). Paddle through Mälaren (10) and paddle the Strömsholms kanal (11) upstream. 300 km of exciting paddling, which should be paddled over 4 weeks.

The stretch from the Canoe Trail Nittalven's sources to Mälaren or Hjälmaren (Canoe trails 5-8/9) should not be undertaken whithout a saw and a big portion of adventure guts.

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