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Photographer: Roger Lärk

Olidan Hydro Power Station

One of Sweden’s oldest industrial buildings still in use

The power station Olidan is located at Göta älv in Trollhättan. It was the first large-scale attempt to produce electricity via hydropower in Sweden. In 1910 Olidan began to supply electricity to industry and railways. It was the starting signal for the expansion of Sweden's water power. The power station was built by the Swedish State and it is still owned and runned by the State via the company Vattenfall.

Olidan is an unique and magnificent building built in red granite stone. From the beginning, Olidan had a total of thirteen generators, nine of them are still in operation and produce electricity today. For many years, tourists have come to the Trollhätte Canalpark in Trollhättan to experience the raw natural power of the hydropower station.

Guided tours

Due to the current unstable situation in the world, the company Vattenfall that decided to cancel the guided tours in Olidan for the summer of 2023.

A unique opportunity to experience a historic building, and at the same time getting close to the big generators in the machine hall. Here you can see the hydropower production close by, it is an environment that is both beautiful and impressive.

During the summer period, the station is opened for visitors. The guided tours are offered at three different times a day, starting from the Exhibition Centre Insikten. Show your interest for the tour at the Reception. Groups of more than 10 persons are recommended to make a reservation in advance by mail or phone. The walk includes stairs and narrow passages. 

*Visits of the rest of the year are pre-booked and contains more information, the estimated time for these is approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.

Contact information

Kreativ Kraft Trollhättan HB

Åkersbergsvägen 9

46134 Trollhättan

Phone: +46