The county of Dalsland, in the west of Sweden easily accessible from Gothenburg, is the location of Sweden’s biggest paddle event – the Dalsland Canoe Marathon.
Marathon canoeing is a challenging but fun experience, and the event is suitable for a wide range of participants. As much as winning, the canoe marathon has an emphasis on fun and participation – while you should have a general good level of fitness and some previous canoe or kayak experience, you do not have to be an elite paddler to participate and soak up the unique atmosphere!
The 2010 marathon will take place on 14th August 2010 and Nature Travels is the sole UK agent, offering registration for the event, canoe and kayak hire, transport of equipment to/from the start point, a choice of accommodation in the area and additional activities before and/or after the competition, from taking your own self-guided canoe tour with wild camping to peddling a “railway inspection trolley” through the quiet forests on a disused railway line!
Baldernsnäs manor, on the shore of Lake Laxsjön, is the beautiful setting for the start of the canoe marathon. From here, the adult course runs for 55km to finish at Bengtsfors, while a junior course for paddlers aged 12-18 is also available with a different start point, also finishing in Bengtsfors.
There are several options for competing in the canoe marathon. You can choose single kayak, double kayak or two-person Canadian canoe, entering in standard male, female or mixed classes for those who take their marathon canoeing seriously, “elite” class. And if you would rather watch others do the work, the event is also ideal for spectators. As a spectator, you are even welcome to join in the crayfish party held in the evening at the end of the race!
Now in its 5th year, the Dalsland Canoe Marathon is becoming more and more widely known outside Scandinavia, attracting a growing number of participants worldwide. With almost 1000 paddlers joining the event in 2009, things are looking good for 2010 and for the future of the event. Come along on 14th August and join in the fun!
For those who would prefer a quieter time on the water, Nature Travels also offers a wide range of canoeing holidays with wild camping from family-friendly tours to challenging wilderness expeditions as well as guided and self-guided sea kayaking tours.
The Nature Travels Team