The canoe trail Garhytteån / The Northern Arbogaån in the Bergslagen region in Sweden

The canoe trail from Nittälven's sources to Mälaren flows along the same river. The river changes the name along its course and there are separate canoe trail descriptions for the different stretches. 

Garhytteån/Northern Arbogaån flows between Kopparberg and Lindesberg. The recommendation is to start the canoeing at Lilläng (North of Norrsjön). The stretch north of Lilläng is not good for canoeing and should be avoided. After Norrsjön, the river changes name to Storån. Storån ends in the lake, Råsvalen. The next name change, to Bottenån, take place along the river stretch from Råsvalen to Lindesberg. Bottenån is a deep river where even boats can pass. Garhytteån/Northern Arbogaån offers a variety in its paddling as well some charming samples of Swedish culture, e.g. the small museums in Kopparberg and Löa Hytta.

Garhytteån/Northern Arbogaån – The continuation of Nittälven

Canoe trail description: River and lake paddling
Degree of difficulty: Medium difficult due to some fallen trees
From-to: Kopparberg-Lindesberg
Distance: 42 km, 60% river paddling
Drop: 47 m total, 1.3 m/km on average
Portages: 5 portages 100 m-200 m
Landscape description: Forests and meadows
There is no maintenance along this canoe trail and the rain and wind shelters and the dry toilets has been taken away
The canoe trail continues to Bottenån/Southern Arbogaån
Good canoe trail description with map is included in the hire
Kopparberg: Free transport of hired equipment for hires over 2400 SEK/transport day
Free transport of hired equipment on hires over 3000 SEK/transport day

Canoe trail description and maps

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Other maps: 11 FNV-SV

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Book canoes, kayaks and transport to Garhytteån//Northern Arbogaån

900 SEK/kanot och kajak /transport day. 450 SEK/canoe and kayak/day without transport.

The price applies to full group discount of the costs of canoe transports to and from Garhytteån/Northern Arbogaån. With bookings of low numbers of canoes, please check the price list for canoe transport before booking.

Better canoeing and kayaking, better price and no transports

As the wilderness canoeing and kayaking in the Malingsbo - Kloten Nature Reserve is more affordable and the paddling and the nature much better, we recommend you to also consider the canoeing and kayaking in the Malingsbo - Kloten Nature Reserve, as an alternative paddle area. Canoeing and kayaking in the Malingsbo - Kloten Nature Reserve >>

Canoe & kayak service to Bergslagen's 20 canoe trails

1) The Malingsbo-Kloten Nature Reserve >>
2) Middle Hedströmmen >>
3) Lower Hedströmmen >>
4) Gunnilboån >>
5) Nittälven >>
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 >>
Svartån in Västmanland
Dalälven (Borlänge-Avesta)

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Trackless Excursions

The paddler is a guest in the nature and is required to demonstrate responsibility and care. Not to harm and not to destroy. We have the right to enjoy Swedish nature, but there is also a duty to behave responsibly. The paddler’s only trace should be the whirlpools from the paddles.

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