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Best Canoeing Lakes in Europe

In Dalsland you as a canoeist have the opportunity to experience nature closeup, wild and genuine. Feel like an adventurer, find serenity and experienceprivacy even though you are only 180kilometers from Gothenburg and the closest community is not far away.

The campsites provides you with shelters, toilets and dry logs for a warming fire are always near and then not to forget theappealing unique nature of Dalsland.

SWEDENS LAKE DISTRICT - water makes up 25% of the landmass, making Dalsland the most lake-dense province in Sweden, with a 10,000 km² lake system.

CAMPSITES -  over 100 official ones (equipped with permanent fire pits, wood, wind shields, and eco-friendly toilets).

OTHER -  you’ll need a Nature Conservation Card, which can be bought from the Dalsland tourist info offices, and via DANOs webbsite. The Nature Conservation Card help us preserve the area and our beautiful nature for a sustainable nature tourism.

Help on the way

Our knowledgeable canoe rentals can help you with everything from paddle techniques to safety and transportation. They give you tips and suggestions on nice paddling tours tailored to your ability.

 

Dalsland Nordmarken

The DANO Lake District, otherwise known as Dalsland-Nordmarken’s lake system, is unique in many ways. The surrounding area is characterized by a hilly landscape with many deeply cut and narrow clear water lakes. This is not a small territory either! DANO District is an area of almost 10.000 square kilometers. DANO - Lake District is created for canoeing.

A large majority of the lakes are long and narrow with almost no waves to speak of. When it’s coffee time and you need some fresh water, just dip the coffee pot into the lake. The water is crystal clear. 

Nature conservation card

The lake system currently has over 100 prepared campsites, all equipped with wind shelters, open fire pits, wood and environmentally friendly toilets. The campsites are made possible by canoeists purchasing a Naturvårdskort, Nature Conservation Card, and by doing so can avail themselves of the camping facilities.
Read more and buy your card here

Canoe Country

Canoe Country is a combined canoe map and handbook for canoeing in the Dalsland Nordmarken lake system. 40 pages, many maps and richly illustrated in color. The handbook offers information on natural conservation, campsites, plant and animal life, canoeing techniques, planning and safety. 
Buy a copy here

Combine with more

At Silverlake Camp & Canoe you can rent canoes, kayaks, bicycles, rail-bikes and combine your adventures with a warm bed in the hotel. Nature adventure package: You paddle a canoe one day and cycle on a dressin the next day. 
silverlake.se

 

Paddeling tips for 2

Extra-special quality time. Take your loved one or your best friend on a mini holiday. You will paddle between two beautiful, unique accommodations and enjoy great food. Unwind in a luxurious stress-free environment for 72 hours.
swedishcountryliving.com

Eager to try SUP?

SUP & Kayak: Learn something new or improve your technique. Get coaching from Christian at Dietz.se in Bengtsfors.
dietz.se

 

App for the Dalsland Canal

The app will help you plan your trip. It contains useful information for when you are on or in proximity to the canal such as information about recreational boats, canoeing, passenger boats, attractions and accommodation. 
Download here!

Canoe- and kayakrentals

Our knowledgeable canoe rentals can help you with everything from paddle techniques to safety and transportation. They give you suggestions on nice paddling tours tailored to your ability and they sell the Nature Conservation Card.