Plan your trip

Göta Canal stretches between Mem at the Baltic Sea to Sjötorp in lake Vänern. The canal’s entire length is 190 km, of which 87 km are dug by hand. The canal with 58 locks connects the natural lake system. After the lake Vänern the canal system continues with Trollhätte Canal and Göta River to Gothenburg, which all together creates a beautiful waterway between Sweden’s east and west coast. Our boats are rented from Söderköping (nearby Mem) to Sjötorp or the opposite direction. We also have boats starting and ending in from Motala.

From Lake Roxen in Linköping and southwards you will find the scenic Kinda Canal and the lake system for about 80 km in the region Östergötland.

How long does it take?

From Söderköping, just by the eastern inlet of Göta Canal from the Baltic Sea, to Sjötorp, the western inlet of Göta Canal in lake Vänern, i.e. travelling the complete Göta Canal takes about 6-7 days. If you wish to spend fewer hours on the boat per day we recommend to do the canal in 14 days. That gives you plenty of time to see and experience the canal with all its attractions. During July, we also recommend 14 days for the complete canal, due to waiting time at the locks when many boats travel on Göta Canal. You find the boats for the different rout here.

An alternative for the less experienced skipper is to go the route Motala-Kinda canal or Söderköping – Motala. Then you do not cross lake Vättern but may still experience most of the canal’s famous landmarks like Söderköping, Berg locks and Borensberg. An advantage with this route is that you decide yourself where to turn around and go back and you don´t have to stress to met a return-time at the other end of the canal.

Take some time and plan your route before departure in order to get the most out of your holiday. Please see our suggestions on routes and some information about travelling on the Göta Canal and the Kinda Canal.