Route proposal

When you rent a boat from us you have different solutions to choose between. The most common is the one-way journey Söderköping – Sjötorp or the opposite direction depending on where the boat is located at the start date you have chosen. Some guests like to do a return trip that starts and ends at the same location. For that reason we need to reserve that your start destination might be Söderköping or Sjötorp. This dose not applies the boats that starts and ends in Motala. After you have done the online reservation we will send you by e-mail the preliminary start destination and we will do our best to plan by that. If we need to change because of circumstances, we will let you know that as soon as possible.

During the period 3 June – 20 August the locks will be open from 9 am – 6 pm so the times in the routplans is more a proposal, but you have something to plan your journey after. 4 May – 2 June and 21 August – 27 September there are fixed times for locking. You travel by a fixed schedule in a very nice and easy tempo, sometimes together with some other boats. You agree with the lockkeeper regarding stops for lunch, museum etc.

Routs period 10 June – 19 August

The whole canal Söderköping - Sjötorp

During this season the locks will be open from 9am (9.00) to 6pm (18.00) so the schedule below is just a proposal, but you get an idea so you can plan your journey according to that. The timetable is approximate and depends on traffic. Normally there isn’t much traffic and you will have plenty of space in the harbours, you don’t need to inform the harbours that you are coming. You will find map and skipper-guide in a link on our webpage, you will also find this in the boats so you don’t need to print it. We recommend that you read the instructions in the skippers-guide before you arrive.

Your journey starts in Söderköping. Enjoy the beautiful small town, here you are able to shop food to your journey. Foto: Göran Billesson

Saturday, Söderköping

10.00am
The medieval town of Söderköping is an idyll with a central canal harbour.
Pick up the boat and take your time in Söderköping. Get familiar with the boat, you can test drive the boat in the harbor, take a trip to Mem and back. There are a couple of good restaurants, the view from ”Ramunderberget” and shopping. You will find a supermarket not far from the harbor. In the Tourist Information you will find out more.

Tip: the famous ice cream restaurant Smultronstället; Swedish people love it! Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel that makes dishes from locally produced raw materials, and Söderköpings Brunn with á la Carte menu and a big wine cellar.
There are a lot of funny things to do in Söderköping. A pleasant activity is to stroll around the neighbourhoods of the town where many of the Astrid Lindgren’s movies were filmed. Get onboard the choo-choo train along the canal harbour. Contact the Tourist Office at 0121-181 60 for more information.

Sunday: Söderköping – Berg.

13 locks, 2 lakes, 50 km
09.30 Dep Söderköping
16.00 Arr Norsholm.
Cross Lake Roxen, 27 km.
Night harbour: Norsholm or Berg marina

Today`s trip:
Mem was where the grand opening of the Göta Canal took place in 1832. After Norsholm, you continue across Lake Roxen to Berg. The trip to Norsholm passes through a lovely landscape and across Lake Asplången.

In the far west of the Söderköping marina is Eva Fornåå’s Rabbit Crossing, a work of art with two groups of bronze rabbits on each side of the canal. “Getting there takes patience, co-operation and helpfulness, whether you’re a bunny trying to cross the canal or a boater hoping for a pleasant journey along it.”

Tip:
The Brådtom lock with cafeteria is a nice place to have a snack and for the children to pet the rabbits, the cats, the dogs, the hens etc. In the Norsholm canal marina, you’ll find Kapten Bille’s which offers a variety of dishes. At Brittas och Lennarts Nära Kött (meat market), you can have lunch and buy locally produced meat products. There is also a small café located by the lock in the old lockkeeper’s cottage.

After crossing Lake Roxen, you come to the famous Berg flight of seven locks.
On the breakwater below the locks stands the nine-metre high Dubbelgångaren sculpture by Kent Karlsson. Just walking distance from the Berg marina is Vreta Kloster, the remains of Sweden’s eldest monastery, founded in 1162.
The beautiful, well-preserved Vreta Kloster Church was consecrated in 1289 and is still in use.

In the evening, at Berg, try an exquisite meal at Kanalkrogen’s outdoor tables or a light meal at Fröken Jennys restaurant.
Down in Lake Roxen, right next to the flight of locks, is a good place for bathing with a sandy beach and a swimming bridge. If you want to stretch your legs and have some fun you can try out the Marina Mini Golf.

Monday: Berg – Borenshult

16 locks, 1 lake, 34 km
09.00 Dep Carl Johan flight of locks, Berg.
15.00 Arr Borensberg.
Cross Lake Boren, 13 km.
Night harbour: Borensberg marina or Borenshult marina.

Today`s trip:
The journey begins with the greatest sight on the canal, the Carl Johan flight of seven locks, which raise and lower boats over 18 metres! After the double locks at Oscar, Berg, Brunnby and Heda, and the aqueduct in Ljungsbro, you come to a long stretch of the canal without locks.

Don’t miss a walk (about 1 km from the marina in Ljungsbro/Malfors) to the Cloetta factory Chocolate Shop. It’s always a good idea to check the opening hours at the Cloetta Chocolate Factory, call 013-28 53 75 before dropping in. At the marina in Malfors you can have a coffee at the Malfors café.
At Ljung’s eastern bridge you will see the old tree-lined walk to Ljung Manor, which was built in the 18th century. The Brunneby Gård manor farm has a garden that slopes down to the canal and a lovely church from 1269. Today, the farm is famous for its squash, cider and jam production.

Beside the locks in Borensberg stands the 100- year-old Göta Hotell offering high-class culinary experiences and ranked as one of the best restaurants in Östergötland by the White Guide. Kanalstugan by the bridge exhibits and sells the works of local artisans. The Tjuff- Tjuff Dolphin in Borensberg, designed by Jonas Hellström, is a 50-metre long water sculpture that imitates the movements of a dolphin in the water with five splashing jumps. In Borensberg, children and adults are welcome to help the lock keeper open the lock that is operated manually, just like in the old days. It’s lots of fun!

On this part of the canal you might come across some sheep that are working to keep the grass under control, they are employees by the Göta Kanal Company so please don’t disturb them while they are working ; -)

The Borensbergs marina has a quiet surrounding with some small, good restaurants. Also, just a few hundred meters from the marina is Strandbadet, a family-bathing centre in Lake Boren. You can ask for the way in the tourist office.

Today´s journey ends at the Borenshults marina or if you like to get up early you can stay in Borensberg marina.

Tuesday : Borenshult – Motala (Vadstena, Karlsborg)

6 locks, 2 lakes, 44 km
08.00 Dep Borenshult flight of locks.
10.00 Arr Motala Harbour.
Stay in Motala or continue to Vadstena or cross the lake Vättern to Karlsborg.

Today`s trip:
The Borenshult locks are the second- largest flight of locks in the canal, with five locks. Lockage in to the flight of locks is truly exciting. You may find yourself visiting the ice cream kiosk once or twice while you wait.

After being raised 15.3 metres, you continue towards the Old Motala Industrial Area, built by Baltzar von Platen in 1822 as a repair shop to the canal construction.

Motala city harbor.
This is one of the most popular marinas along the canal.

Looking for extraordinarily good swimming? Drop in to Varamobaden, the largest lakeside beach in the Nordic region. It’s perfect for families, offering 5 km of sandy beach with long shallows. It’s easier to take the bus from the harbour to Varamon, don’t try to moor there, it is too shallow. Ask in the tourist office in the harbour.

For the little ones, there’s a nice playground just a stone’s throw from the marina, in the Stadsparken city park. The harbour is also home of the children’s favourite, Baby Nessie, who allows children to climb and play on her back.

Motala city harbour is close to the city, there you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, etc. In the harbor you find restaurants as: Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasserie Nostalgi and Café Hamnpiren.

Tip:
Don’t miss Sweden’s most popular motor museum, Motala Motormuseum, packed with 2,000 sq. metres of nostalgia.

If you continue to Vadstena.
Motala – Vadstena.
17 km, 2 hours

Vadstena is a beautiful and picturesque little town, here you will find several major sights like the Castle of King Gustav Wasa, the Cathedral of Saint Birgitta, etc.

There are mooring places in the guest harbor in the moat of the Castle; this is very appreciated by the guests. Normally Vadstena is not a part of Göta Kanal so there is a fee for the guest harbour, but as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter you stay here for free. Just say hello from Pontus 🙂

Wednesday: Motala (Vadstena) – Karlsborg, Forsvik

Crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.
18.00 Karlsborg, road bridge opens, remote controlled from the Forsvik lock.
Journey on to Forsvik, 7.4 km.
Night harbor Forsvik or Karlsborg

Today`s trip:
Cross Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second-largest lake. Karlsborg is home to the impressive Karlsborg Fortress. Crossing Lake Bottensjön takes you to Forsvik, the home harbour of the paddle steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Don’t miss the Karlsborg Fortress. Its circumference of 5 km makes it one of Europe’s largest constructions. View fascinating buildings, visit the museum and join their historical adventure tour filled with special effects and surprises, an experience beyond the ordinary.

At the harbour of Karlsborg is the restaurant Idas Brygga, which has been titled among Sweden’s Best Restaurants and ranks high in the White Guide. The traditional Kanalhotellet serves à la Carte dishes during evening time with canal view. Karlsborg is also known for its pleasant cafés, including Nymans Café, Café Tant Lotta and Soldathemscaféet. Got an urge for smoked fish? Visit Klangahamns Fisk in the harbour to purchase their tasty fish.

You can stay the night in Karlsborg or continue on to Forsvik.

Thursday, Forsvik – Töreboda

2 locks, 1 lake, 39 km
09.00 Dep Forsvik. Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
13.00 Dep Tåtorp lock.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Töreboda marina.

Today`s trip:
The Forsvik lock is the eldest lock on the canal, built in 1813. Here you can observe one of Sweden’s most interesting old industrial areas. Discover the industrial history and the cultural heritage of the industrial society in the exhibitions and guided tours of Forsviks Bruk. Don’t miss the re-construction of the canal steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Forsviks Café & Mat is located at the locks, featuring delights like Lake Vättern char with caviar sauce, the Lock Keeper’s smoked whitefish with dill-stewed potatoes, fresh-baked cinnamon buns, delicious carrot cake, etc.

After Forsvik you get to a lovely stretch of the canal, Lake Viken, with narrow passages, deep woods and tiny islands. In Tåtorp, the lock is still operated by hand. Just after Tåtorp you pass the latest addition of the Visions of Water art exhibition, Bianca Maria Barmen’s sculpture group Pojken (The Boy), which is based on a historical event, the transport of an obelisk to Lanthöjden in the early 1820s. The obelisk was erected to mark the highest point of the canal, 91.8 meters above sea level. The stretch leading to Törreboda is surrounded by leafy woodlands and farmland, and has no locks.

In Törreboda you will find heated swimming pools, restaurants and shopping, as well as Sweden’s smallest cable ferry, the Lina, which is pulled manually
24 metres across the canal. The journey only takes 20 seconds and costs 1 krona! The ferry has been in service during approx. 100 years.

Friday, Töreboda – Sjötorp

16 locks, 19 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda.
15.00 Arr Sjötorp.
Night harbor Sjötorps marina (you stay in the basin between lock 2-3 and 4-5)

Today`s trip:
The Hajstorp lock area is a well-known tourist attraction, as are the Riksberg locks. After passing the grand Norrqvarn hotel, you come to Lyrestad. The last part of your canal journey is lockage down to Sjötorp, a picturesque canal community on Lake Vänern.

At the Hajstorp lock area, a memorial stone was raised for the opening of the Västra Götaland part of Göta Canal in 1822. The old canal warehouse, Kanalmagasinet in Hajstorp, features the canal’s largest range of artistic crafts.

Norrqvarn offers an exciting experience area with a great deal of activities and the children’s favourite place, with the Mini Canal, Enchanted Tree Stumps, etc. The restaurant at the Norrqvarn Hotel serves dishes à la Carte by the canal side. They have great food in a relaxing environment. Here you find a 500-metre cultural walk showing how the canal construction was done in Norrkvarn.

After passing the grand Norrqvarn hotel, you come to Lyrestad. The Lyrestad marina has an old warehouse, Hamnmagasinet, in which the top floor is a local history museum. At the café Kaptenskan you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and also buy some décor.

The last part of your canal journey is lockage down to the small town of Sjötorp, a picturesque and pleasant canal community on Lake Vänern. Don’t miss the smoked salmon at Maltes Fisk och Delikatesser. Kajutan and Kanalkrogen are two agreeable restaurants adjacent to the canal. Café Baltzar offers a selection of coffee and tea in a cosy environment. A lovely activity is to rent a bike at Sjötorps upplevelsecenter and cycle along the canal. One exciting activity is taking the whole family to try out Kanalbolaget’s floating wood-burning sauna. For more information and reservations, contact the lockkeeper in Sjötorp.

The Canal Museum at the shipyard basin is a must for canal-enthusiasts. Bengt Olson’s mighty granite sculpture, Water Stairs, was erected in honour of Göta Canal’s 175th anniversary.

Saturday:
3 pm (15.00) returning av the boat.

Now its time to say goodbye and we hope that you have had a great time on the canal and hopefully we will see you again. We will meet you at the upper basin (between lock 2-3 and 4-5) at 3 pm.

Again, please don’t forget to empty the septic tank, to refuel the boat (diesel and fresh water), and to clean the boat before our staff makes the final check of the boat before handing over the boat to new guests.

Stay in the basin and don’t lock down to lake “Vänern”.

Kind regards,

Pontus Björsner

  1. Please, also read the ”Skippers Guide” which you can find enclosed with this letter, you will also find it on-board.

Phone numbers:
Pontus: +46 70 54 69 169


In case of emergency call: 112

The whole canal Sjötorp - Söderköping

Routplan: Sjötorp – Söderköping

During this season the locks will be open from 9am (9.00) to 6pm (18.00) so the schedule below is just a proposal, but you get an idea so you can plan your journey according to that. The timetable is approximate and depends on traffic. Normally there isn’t much traffic and you will have plenty of space in the harbours, you don’t need to inform the harbours that you are coming. You will find map and skipper-guide in a link on our webpage, you will also find this in the boats so you don’t need to print it. We recommend that you read the instructions in the skippers-guide before you arrive.

Saturday, Sjötorp

5 pm (17.00)
You will pick up the boat and get familiar with the boat and the small town Sjötorp, a picturesque and pleasant canal community on Lake Vänern. Don’t miss the smoked salmon at Maltes Fisk och Delikatesser. Kajutan and Kanalkrogen are two agreeable restaurants adjacent to the canal. Café Baltzar offers a selection of coffee and tea in a cosy environment. A lovely activity is to rent a bike at Sjötorps upplevelsecenter and cycle along the canal. One exciting activity is taking the whole family to try out Kanalbolaget’s floating wood-burning sauna. For more information and reservations, contact the lockkeeper in Sjötorp.

The Canal Museum at the shipyard basin is a must for canal-enthusiasts. Bengt Olson’s mighty granite sculpture, Water Stairs, was erected in honour of Göta Canal’s 175th anniversary.

Sunday, Sjötorp – Töreboda

16 locks, 19 km
09.30 Dep Sjötorp.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Töreboda marina.

Today`s trip:
Your canal journey begins in the idyllic canal town of Sjötorp. After three locks, you arrive in Lyrestad. The Lyrestad marina has an old warehouse, Hamnmagasinet, in which the top floor is a local history museum. At the café Kaptenskan you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and also buy some décor. After passing Lyrestad you come to the grand Norrqvarn hotel.

Norrqvarn offers an exciting experience area with a great deal of activities and the children’s favourite place, with the Mini Canal, Enchanted Tree Stumps, etc. The restaurant at the Norrqvarn Hotel serves dishes à la Carte by the canal side. They have great food in a relaxing environment. Here you find a 500-metre cultural walk showing how the canal construction was done in Norrkvarn.

The Riksberg locks and the Hajstorp lock area are well-known tourist attractions before you reach your night harbour in Töreboda.

Hajstorp, this is a very small and beautiful place. At the Hajstorp lock area, a memorial stone was raised for the opening of the Västra Götaland part of Göta Canal in 1822. The old canal warehouse, Kanalmagasinet in Hajstorp, features the canal’s largest range of artistic crafts.

In Törreboda you will find heated swimming pools, restaurants and shopping, as well as Sweden’s smallest cable ferry, the Lina, which is pulled manually
24 metres across the canal. The journey only takes 20 seconds and costs 1 krona! The ferry has been in service during approx. 100 years.

Monday, Töreboda – Forsvik (Karlsborg)

2 locks, 2 lakes, 46.2 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda, road bridge opens.
Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
14.30 Brosundet bridge opens (Lake Viken),remote controlled from the Forsvik lock.
15.30 Arr Forsvik.
Cross Lake Bottensjön, 7.4 km.
16.30 Arr Karlsborg.
Night harbour: Karlsborg marina or Forsviks marina.

Today`s trip:
The stretch leading to Vassbacken is surrounded by leafy woodlands and farmland, and has no locks. In Tåtorp, the lock is still operated by hand. Just before Tåtorp you pass the latest addition of the Visions of Water art exhibition, Bianca Maria Barmen’s sculpture group Pojken (The Boy), which is based on a historical event, the transport of an obelisk to Lanthöjden in the early 1820s. The obelisk was erected to mark the highest point of the canal, 91.8 meters above sea level.

After Tåtorp you get to a lovely stretch of the canal, Lake Viken, with narrow passages, deep woods and tiny islands.

The Forsvik lock is the eldest lock on the canal, built in 1813. Here you can observe one of Sweden’s most interesting old industrial areas. Discover the industrial history and the cultural heritage of the industrial society in the exhibitions and guided tours of Forsviks Bruk. Don’t miss the re-construction of the canal steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Forsviks Café & Mat is located at the locks, featuring delights like Lake Vättern char with caviar sauce, the Lock Keeper’s smoked whitefish with dill-stewed potatoes, fresh-baked cinnamon buns, delicious carrot cake, etc. You might spend the night here, but note the time for the bridge in Karlsborg.

Tuesday, Karlsborg – Motala (Vadstena).

Free time/crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.
9.00 the Karlsborg bridge opens (remote-controlled).

Today`s trip:
If your night harbor has been Forsvik, it takes about one hour to get from there to Karlsborg. After Karlsborg, Lake Vättern awaits you, 17.5 Nautical miles (Sweden’s second-largest lake), to Motala. You might like to make a detour to Vadstena first.

This day you can chose to stay in Karlsborg one day extra (after the bridge) or if the weather is good the best way is to cross the lake Vättern and go to Vadstena or Motala.

Karlsborg Fortress. Its circumference of 5 km makes it one of Europe’s largest constructions. View fascinating buildings, visit the museum and join their historical adventure tour filled with special effects and surprises, an experience beyond the ordinary.

Vadstena is a beautiful and picturesque little town, here you will find several major sights like the Castle of King Gustav Wasa, the Cathedral of Saint Birgitta, etc.

There are mooring places in the guest harbour in the moat of the Castle; this is very appreciated by the guests. Normally Vadstena is not a part of Göta Kanal so there is a fee for the guest harbour, but as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter you stay here for free. Just say hello from Pontus J

Motala city harbour is close to the city, there you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, etc. In the harbour you find restaurants as: Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasserie Nostalgi and Café Hamnpiren.

Tip:
Don’t miss Sweden’s most popular motor museum, Motala Motormuseum, packed with 2,000 sq. metres of nostalgia.

Wednesday, Motala – Borensberg (Malfors)

6 locks, 1 lake, 17 km
9.00 Dep Motala lock.
10.30 Cross Lake Boren, 13 km.
Night harbour: Borensberg marina or continue to Malfors ( recommended in high season).

Today`s trip:
Today’s journey continues towards the Old Motala Industrial Area, built by Baltzar von Platen in 1822 as a repair shop to the canal construction and to the Borenshult flight of locks. The Borenshult locks are the second- largest flight of locks in the canal, with five locks and lower down the boats 15,3 meters. Lockage in to the flight of locks is truly exciting. After you cross Lake Boren, you’ll reach the marina in the idyllic Borensberg.

Your journey ends at the Borensberg marina. The marina has a quiet surrounding with some small, good restaurants. Also, just a few hundred meters from the marina is Strandbadet, a family-bathing centre in Lake Boren. You can ask for the way in the tourist office.

Thursday, Borensberg (Malfors) – Norsholm

17 locks, 1 lake, 48 km
09.00 Dep Borensberg.
17.00 Cross lake Roxen, 27 km.
19.00 Lockage into Norsholm.
Night harbour: Norsholm marina.
Don’t forget to fuel diesel here, this is the last point to do that, also empty the septictank.

Today`s trip:
The lock in Borensberg is operated manually, just like in the olden days. The next stretch features two aqueducts and a lovely agricultural landscape. Afterwards you begin lockage down towards the Berg locks and to the Lake Roxen. This lockage ends with the canal’s greatest sight, the Carl Johan flight of locks. After Lake Roxen, you pass through the lock into Norsholm for the night.

In Borensberg, children and adults are welcome to help the lock keeper open the lock that is operated manually, just like in the old days. It’s lots of fun!
Beside the locks in Borensberg stands the 100- year-old Göta Hotell offering high-class culinary experiences and ranked as one of the best restaurants in Östergötland by the White Guide. Kanalstugan by the bridge exhibits and sells the works of local artisans. The Tjuff- Tjuff Dolphin in Borensberg, designed by Jonas Hellström, is a 50-metre long water sculpture that imitates the movements of a dolphin in the water with five splashing jumps. Now you come to a long stretch of the canal without locks.

On this part of the canal you might come across some sheep that are working to keep the grass under control, they are employees by the Göta Kanal Company so please don’t disturb them while they are working ; -)

At Ljung’s eastern bridge you will see the old tree-lined walk to Ljung Manor, which was built in the 18th century. The Brunneby Gård manor farm has a garden that slopes down to the canal and a lovely church from 1269. The farm is famous today for its squash, cider and jam production.

If you have the time, take a walk (about 1 km from the marina in Ljungsbro/Malfors) to the Cloetta factory Chocolate Shop. It’s always a good idea to check the opening hours at the Cloetta Chocolate Factory, call 013-28 53 75 before dropping in. At the marina in Malfors you can have a coffee at the Malfors café.

After the aqueduct in Ljungsbro you come to the double locks at Heda, Brunnby, Berg and Oscar and before reaching the lake Roxen you pass the famous Carl Johan, flight of seven locks, which raises and lower boats over 18 metres!

After Lake Roxen, you pass through the lock into Norsholm for the night.

In the Norsholm canal marina, you’ll find Kapten Bille’s which offers a variety of dishes. Here you can also rent canoes, pedal boats, play minigolf and try the sauna. At Brittas och Lennarts Nära Kött (meat market), you can have dinner and buy locally produced meat products. There is also a small café located by the lock in the old lockkeeper’s cottage.

Friday, Norsholm– Söderköping

12 locks, 1 lake, 22 km
09.00 Dep Norsholm.
15.00-17.00 Söderköping

Today`s trip:
The trip to Söderköping passes through a lovely landscape and across Lake Asplången.

The Brådtom lock with cafeteria is a nice place to have a snack and for the children to pet the rabbits, the cats, the dogs, the hens etc.

In the far west of the Söderköping marina is Eva Fornåå’s Rabbit Crossing, a work of art with two groups of bronze rabbits on each side of the canal. “Getting there takes patience, co-operation and helpfulness, whether you’re a bunny trying to cross the canal or a boater hoping for a pleasant journey along it.”

The medieval town of Söderköping is an idyll with a central canal harbour. There are a couple of good restaurants, the view from ”Ramunderberget” and shopping.

Tip: the famous ice cream restaurant Smultronstället; Swedish people love it! Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel that makes dishes from locally produced raw materials, and Söderköpings Brunn with á la Carte menu and a big wine cellar.

There are a lot of funny things to do in Söderköping. A pleasant activity is to stroll around the neighbourhoods of the town where many of the Astrid Lindgren’s movies were filmed. Get onboard the choo-choo train along the canal harbour. Contact the Tourist Office at 0121-181 60 for more information.

Saturday, Söderköping

8 am (8.00)
Now it`s time to say goodbye and we hope that you have had a great time on the canal and hopefully we will see you again. We meet you up in the guest harbor in Söderköping (above the lock in Söderköping) at the latest 8.00 am (Swedish time 8.00). If you have forgotten to empty the septic tank in Norsholm you have to lock down the first lock to do that, there you will find the pump out station. Please, make sure to clean the boat and empty all the trash on-board.

Kind regards,

Pontus Björsner

  1. Please, also read the ”Skippers Guide” which you can find enclosed with this letter, you will also find it on-board.

Phone numbers:
Pontus: +46 70 54 69 169


In case of emergency call: 112

 

Western rout Sjötorp - Sjötorp

Routplan: Sjötorp – Sjötorp

During this season the locks will be open from 9am (9.00) to 6pm (18.00) so the schedule below is just a proposal, but you get an idea so you can plan your journey according to that. The timetable is approximate and depends on traffic. Normally there isn’t much traffic and you will have plenty of space in the harbours, you don’t need to inform the harbours that you are coming. You will find map and skipper-guide in a link on our webpage, you will also find this in the boats so you don’t need to print it. We recommend that you read the instructions in the skippers-guide before you arrive.

Saturday, Sjötorp

17.00
You will pick up the boat and get familiar with the boat and the small town Sjötorp, a picturesque and pleasant canal community on Lake Vänern. Don’t miss the smoked salmon at Maltes Fisk och Delikatesser. Kajutan and Kanalkrogen are two agreeable restaurants adjacent to the canal. Café Baltzar offers a selection of coffee and tea in a cosy environment. A lovely activity is to rent a bike at Sjötorps upplevelsecenter and cycle along the canal. One exciting activity is taking the whole family to try out Kanalbolaget’s floating wood-burning sauna. For more information and reservations, contact the lockkeeper in Sjötorp.

The Canal Museum at the shipyard basin is a must for canal-enthusiasts. Bengt Olson’s mighty granite sculpture, Water Stairs, was erected in honour of Göta Canal’s 175th anniversary.

Sunday, Sjötorp–Töreboda

16 locks, 19 km
09.30 Dep Sjötorp.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Töreboda marina.

Today`s trip:
Your canal journey begins in the idyllic canal town of Sjötorp. After three locks, you arrive in Lyrestad. The Lyrestad marina has an old warehouse, Hamnmagasinet, in which the top floor is a local history museum. At the café Kaptenskan you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and also buy some décor. After passing Lyrestad you come to the grand Norrqvarn hotel.

Norrqvarn offers an exciting experience area with a great deal of activities and the children’s favourite place, with the Mini Canal, Enchanted Tree Stumps, etc. The restaurant at the Norrqvarn Hotel serves dishes à la Carte by the canal side. They have great food in a relaxing environment. Here you find a 500-metre cultural walk showing how the canal construction was done in Norrkvarn.

The Riksberg locks and the Hajstorp lock area are well-known tourist attractions before you reach your night harbour in Töreboda.

Hajstorp, this is a very small and beautiful place. At the Hajstorp lock area, a memorial stone was raised for the opening of the Västra Götaland part of Göta Canal in 1822. The old canal warehouse, Kanalmagasinet in Hajstorp, features the canal’s largest range of artistic crafts.

In Törreboda you will find heated swimming pools, restaurants and shopping, as well as Sweden’s smallest cable ferry, the Lina, which is pulled manually
24 metres across the canal. The journey only takes 20 seconds and costs 1 krona! The ferry has been in service during approx. 100 years.

Monday, Töreboda–Karlsborg

2 locks, 2 lakes, 46.2 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda, road bridge opens.
Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
14.30 Brosundet bridge opens (Lake Viken),remote controlled from the Forsvik lock.
15.30 Arr Forsvik.
Cross Lake Bottensjön, 7.4 km.
16.30 Arr Karlsborg.
Night harbour: Karlsborg marina or Forsviks marina.

Today`s trip:
The stretch leading to Vassbacken is surrounded by leafy woodlands and farmland, and has no locks. In Tåtorp, the lock is still operated by hand. Just before Tåtorp you pass the latest addition of the Visions of Water art exhibition, Bianca Maria Barmen’s sculpture group Pojken (The Boy), which is based on a historical event, the transport of an obelisk to Lanthöjden in the early 1820s. The obelisk was erected to mark the highest point of the canal, 91.8 meters above sea level.

After Tåtorp you get to a lovely stretch of the canal, Lake Viken, with narrow passages, deep woods and tiny islands.

The Forsvik lock is the eldest lock on the canal, built in 1813. Here you can observe one of Sweden’s most interesting old industrial areas. Discover the industrial history and the cultural heritage of the industrial society in the exhibitions and guided tours of Forsviks Bruk. Don’t miss the re-construction of the canal steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Forsviks Café & Mat is located at the locks, featuring delights like Lake Vättern char with caviar sauce, the Lock Keeper’s smoked whitefish with dill-stewed potatoes, fresh-baked cinnamon buns, delicious carrot cake, etc. You might spend the night here, but note the time for the bridge in Karlsborg.

Tuesday, Karlsborg – Motala – (Vadstena)

Free time/crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.
9.00 the Karlsborg bridge opens (remote-controlled).
Night harbour: Karlsborg, Vadstena or Motala

Here you have several choices:
Staying in Karlsborg, take a tour on the lake and visit some small island like Omboöar or Fjuk and than go back to Karlsborg.
Take a trip to Vadstena or Motala. Please also check the weather forecast for the day after.

If your night harbor has been Forsvik, it takes about one hour to get from there to Karlsborg. After Karlsborg, Lake Vättern awaits you, 17.5 Nautical miles (Sweden’s second-largest lake), to Motala. You might like to make a detour to Vadstena first.

Karlsborg Fortress. Its circumference of 5 km makes it one of Europe’s largest constructions. View fascinating buildings, visit the museum and join their historical adventure tour filled with special effects and surprises, an experience beyond the ordinary.

Vadstena is a beautiful and picturesque little town, here you will find several major sights like the Castle of King Gustav Wasa, the Cathedral of Saint Birgitta, etc.

There are mooring places in the guest harbour in the moat of the Castle; this is very appreciated by the guests. Normally Vadstena is not a part of Göta Kanal so there is a fee for the guest harbour, but as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter you stay here for free. Just say hello from Pontus J

Motala city harbour is close to the city, there you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, etc. In the harbour you find restaurants as: Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasserie Nostalgi and Café Hamnpiren.

Tip:
Don’t miss Sweden’s most popular motor museum, Motala Motormuseum, packed with 2,000 sq. metres of nostalgia.

Wednesday, Motala (Vadstena)–(Karlsborg) Forsvik

Crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.
18.00 Karlsborg, road bridge opens, remote controlled from the Forsvik lock.
Journey on to Forsvik, 7.4 km.
Night harbor Forsvik (Karlsborg)

Thursday, Forsvik (Karlsborg)- Törreboda (Vassbacken)  

2 locks, 1 lake, 39 km
09.00 Dep Forsvik. Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
13.00 Dep Tåtorp lock.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Vassbacken, Hajstorp or Töreboda marina.

Friday, Töreboda–Sjötorp
19 locks, 19 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda.
15.00 Arr Sjötorp.
Night harbor Sjötorps marina (you stay in the basin between lock 2-3 and 4-5)

Today`s trip:
No matter if you have been mooring in Töreboda, Hajstorp or Lyrestad there is not so much distance left, but the last part can take some time because of all the interesting places along the canal.

Saturday, Sjötorp

15.00
After a wonderful week its time to say goodbye and we hope that you have had a great time on the canal and hopefully we will see you again. We will meet you at the upper basin (between lock 2-3 and 4-5) at 3 pm.

Again; it is crucial that you respect the agreed time. Here, you will find a pump out station for the septic tank, diesel and fresh water. Again, please don’t forget to empty the septic tank, to refuel the boat (diesel and fresh water), and to clean the boat before our staff makes the final check of the boat before handing over the boat to new clients.

Stay in the basin and don’t lock down to lake “Vänern”.

Kind regards,

Pontus Björsner

Phone numbers:
Pontus: +46 70 54 69 169


In case of emergency call: 112

Eastern rout Söderköping - Söderköping

During this season the locks will be open from 9am (9.00) to 6pm (18.00) so the schedule below is just a proposal, but you get an idea so you can plan your journey according to that. The timetable is approximate and depends on traffic. Normally there isn’t much traffic and you will have plenty of space in the harbours, you don’t need to inform the harbours that you are coming. You will find map and skipper-guide in a link on our webpage, you will also find this in the boats so you don’t need to print it. We recommend that you read the instructions in the skippers-guide before you arrive.

Saturday, Söderköping

10.00am
The medieval town of Söderköping is an idyll with a central canal harbour.

Pick up the boat and take your time in Söderköping. Get familiar with the boat, you can test drive the boat in the harbor, take a trip to Mem and back. There are a couple of good restaurants, the view from ”Ramunderberget” and shopping. You will find a supermarket not far from the harbor. In the Tourist Information you will find out more.

Tip: the famous ice cream restaurant Smultronstället; Swedish people love it! Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel that makes dishes from locally produced raw materials, and Söderköpings Brunn with á la Carte menu and a big wine cellar.

There are a lot of funny things to do in Söderköping. A pleasant activity is to stroll around the neighbourhoods of the town where many of the Astrid Lindgren’s movies were filmed. Get onboard the choo-choo train along the canal harbour. Contact the Tourist Office at 0121-181 60 for more information.

Sunday, Söderköping–Norsholm, Berg
13 locks, 2 lakes, 50 km
09.30 Dep Söderköping
16.00 Arr Norsholm.
Cross Lake Roxen, 27 km.
Night harbour: Norsholm or Berg marina

Today`s trip:
Mem was where the grand opening of the Göta Canal took place in 1832. After Norsholm, you continue across Lake Roxen to Berg. The trip to Norsholm passes through a lovely landscape and across Lake Asplången.

In the far west of the Söderköping marina is Eva Fornåå’s Rabbit Crossing, a work of art with two groups of bronze rabbits on each side of the canal. “Getting there takes patience, co-operation and helpfulness, whether you’re a bunny trying to cross the canal or a boater hoping for a pleasant journey along it.”

Tip:
The Brådtom lock with cafeteria is a nice place to have a snack and for the children to pet the rabbits, the cats, the dogs, the hens etc. In the Norsholm canal marina, you’ll find Kapten Bille’s which offers a variety of dishes. At Brittas och Lennarts Nära Kött (meat market), you can have lunch and buy locally produced meat products. There is also a small café located by the lock in the old lockkeeper’s cottage.

After crossing Lake Roxen, you come to the famous Berg flight of seven locks.
On the breakwater below the locks stands the nine-metre high Dubbelgångaren sculpture by Kent Karlsson. Just walking distance from the Berg marina is Vreta Kloster, the remains of Sweden’s eldest monastery, founded in 1162.
The beautiful, well-preserved Vreta Kloster Church was consecrated in 1289 and is still in use.

In the evening, at Berg, try an exquisite meal at Kanalkrogen’s outdoor tables or a light meal at Fröken Jennys restaurant.

Down in Lake Roxen, right next to the flight of locks, is a good place for bathing with a sandy beach and a swimming bridge. If you want to stretch your legs and have some fun you can try out the Marina Mini Golf.

Monday, Berg–Borensberg, Borenshult,
16 locks, 1 lake, 34 km
09.00 Dep Carl Johan flight of locks, Berg.
15.00 Arr Borensberg.
Cross Lake Boren, 13 km.
Night harbour: Borensberg marina or Borenshult marina.

Today`s trip:
The journey begins with the greatest sight on the canal, the Carl Johan flight of seven locks, which raise and lower boats over 18 metres! After the double locks at Oscar, Berg, Brunnby and Heda, and the aqueduct in Ljungsbro, you come to a long stretch of the canal without locks.

Don’t miss a walk (about 1 km from the marina in Ljungsbro/Malfors) to the Cloetta factory Chocolate Shop. It’s always a good idea to check the opening hours at the Cloetta Chocolate Factory, call 013-28 53 75 before dropping in. At the marina in Malfors you can have a coffee at the Malfors café.
At Ljung’s eastern bridge you will see the old tree-lined walk to Ljung Manor, which was built in the 18th century. The Brunneby Gård manor farm has a garden that slopes down to the canal and a lovely church from 1269. Today, the farm is famous for its squash, cider and jam production.

Beside the locks in Borensberg stands the 100- year-old Göta Hotell offering high-class culinary experiences and ranked as one of the best restaurants in Östergötland by the White Guide. Kanalstugan by the bridge exhibits and sells the works of local artisans. The Tjuff- Tjuff Dolphin in Borensberg, designed by Jonas Hellström, is a 50-metre long water sculpture that imitates the movements of a dolphin in the water with five splashing jumps. In Borensberg, children and adults are welcome to help the lock keeper open the lock that is operated manually, just like in the old days. It’s lots of fun!

On this part of the canal you might come across some sheep that are working to keep the grass under control, they are employees by the Göta Kanal Company so please don’t disturb them while they are working ; -)

The Borensbergs marina has a quiet surrounding with some small, good restaurants. Also, just a few hundred meters from the marina is Strandbadet, a family-bathing centre in Lake Boren. You can ask for the way in the tourist office.

Today´s journey ends at the Borenshults marina or if you like to get up early you can stay in Borensberg marina.

Tuesday, Borenshult – Motala ( Vadstena)
6 locks, 2 lakes, 44 km
09.00 Dep Borenshult flight of locks.
11.00 Arr Motala Harbour.
Stay in Motala or continue to Vadstena or cross the lake Vättern to Karlsborg.

Fill up fuel and check the gas, if you have an empty bottle please change it here. We pay for the gas (gasol to the kitchen). You find fuel station on the other side of the harbor in Motala “Södra Hamnen”.      

Today`s trip:
The Borenshult locks are the second- largest flight of locks in the canal, with five locks. Lockage in to the flight of locks is truly exciting. You may find yourself visiting the ice cream kiosk once or twice while you wait.

After being raised 15.3 metres, you continue towards the Old Motala Industrial Area, built by Baltzar von Platen in 1822 as a repair shop to the canal construction.

Motala city harbor.
This is one of the most popular marinas along the canal.

Looking for extraordinarily good swimming? Drop in to Varamobaden, the largest lakeside beach in the Nordic region. It’s perfect for families, offering 5 km of sandy beach with long shallows. It’s easier to take the bus from the harbour to Varamon, don’t try to moor there, it is too shallow. Ask in the tourist office in the harbour.

For the little ones, there’s a nice playground just a stone’s throw from the marina, in the Stadsparken city park. The harbour is also home of the children’s favourite, Baby Nessie, who allows children to climb and play on her back.

Motala city harbour is close to the city, there you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, etc. In the harbor you find restaurants as: Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasserie Nostalgi and Café Hamnpiren.

Tip:
Don’t miss Sweden’s most popular motor museum, Motala Motormuseum, packed with 2,000 sq. metres of nostalgia.

If you continue to Vadstena.
Motala – Vadstena.
17 km, 2 hours

Vadstena is a beautiful and picturesque little town, here you will find several major sights like the Castle of King Gustav Wasa, the Cathedral of Saint Birgitta, etc.

There are mooring places in the guest harbor in the moat of the Castle; this is very appreciated by the guests. Normally Vadstena is not a part of Göta Kanal so there is a fee for the guest harbour, but as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter you stay here for free. Just say hello from Pontus 🙂

Wednesday, Motala – Malfors (Ljungsbro)

Thursday, Malfors –Norsholm

Its important that you reach Norsholm today so you don’t need to stress the last part on Friday. Please empty the septic-tank and fuel here. ( only diesel, if you have an Delphia boat we will help you fill up in Söderköping)

 

Friday, Norsholm–Söderköping

12 locks, 1 lake, 22 km
09.00 Dep Norsholm.
15.00-17.00 Söderköping
Today`s trip:
The trip to Söderköping passes through a lovely landscape and across Lake Asplången.

The Brådtom lock with cafeteria is a nice place to have a snack and for the children to pet the rabbits, the cats, the dogs, the hens etc.

In the far west of the Söderköping marina is Eva Fornåå’s Rabbit Crossing, a work of art with two groups of bronze rabbits on each side of the canal. “Getting there takes patience, co-operation and helpfulness, whether you’re a bunny trying to cross the canal or a boater hoping for a pleasant journey along it.”

The medieval town of Söderköping is an idyll with a central canal harbour. There are a couple of good restaurants, the view from ”Ramunderberget” and shopping.

Tip: the famous ice cream restaurant Smultronstället; Swedish people love it! Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel that makes dishes from locally produced raw materials, and Söderköpings Brunn with á la Carte menu and a big wine cellar.

There are a lot of funny things to do in Söderköping. A pleasant activity is to stroll around the neighbourhoods of the town where many of the Astrid Lindgren’s movies were filmed. Get onboard the choo-choo train along the canal harbour. Contact the Tourist Office at 0121-181 60 for more information.

Saturday

Now it`s time to say goodbye and we hope that you have had a great time on the canal and hopefully we will see you again. We meet you up in the guest harbor in Söderköping (above the lock in Söderköping) at the latest 8.00 am (Swedish time 8.00). If you have forgotten to empty the septic tank in Norsholm you have to lock down the first lock to do that, there you will find the pump out station. Please, make sure to clean the boat and empty all the trash on-board.

Kind regards,

Pontus Björsner

  1. Please, also read the ”Skippers Guide” which you can find enclosed with this letter, you will also find it on-board.

Phone numbers:
Pontus: +46 70 54 69 169


In case of emergency call: 112

 

 

Kinda-rutten Söderköping - Kinda kanal - Söderköping

Ruttplan: Söderköping – Kinda – Söderköping

Under högsäsong är slussarna öppna från 9.00 – 18.00 så tiderna nedan är bara ett förslag men ni får en bild av vilken tid det tar så ni kan planera efter det. Tänk också på att tiderna är också beroende på hur mycket trafik det är på kanalen, i de flesta fall så är det ingen trängsel utan man har gott om plats på kanalen och i gästhamnarna. Ni hittar karta och skepparguide i en länk på hemsidan, dessa kommer även finnas i båtarna. Det är väldigt bra om ni har läst på lite redan innan ni kommer.

Lördag, Söderköping

10.00 Ni hämtar upp båten och vi går igenom hur båten fungerar, det tar ca: 20-30 min.
Nu har ni tid att testköra i hamnen eller ta en tur till Mem och tillbaka, handla, packa båten bara njuta, och ta det lugnt. Om ni väljer att gå till Norsholm så behöver ni komma iväg innan lunch för att hinna utan stress, detta rekommenderas om ni planerar en tur in i Kinda Kanal på söndag.

Ägna söndagskvällen åt staden, restaurangerna, utsiktspunkten på Ramunderberget etc.
Det finns mataffärer inte långt från hamnen, har ni testat Smultronstället? De har hur stora glassar som helst, Söderköpings Brunn med à la Carte och stor vinkällare etc. Eller tapasrestaurangen La Uva på kanalbanken nedanför Söderköpings sluss.

Ta en guidad tur med choo-choo tåget längs kanalen eller bara gå en sväng i de mysiga kvarteren där många av Astrid Lindgrens filmer blev inspelade. Turistbyrån har mängder med tips, tele: 0121-181 60.

Söndag: Söderköping –Norsholm (Berg)

13 slussar, 2 sjöar, 49 km

09.30 Avg. Söderköping
16.00 Ank. Norsholm
Därefter färd över sjön Roxen, 27 km ca:2 tim.
Natthamn, Norsholm eller Bergs gästhamn i Roxen

Dagens etapp:
Det var i Mem den stora invigningen av Göta kanal ägde rum år 1832. Färden fram till
Norsholm och Roxen går genom ett vackert landskap och över sjön Asplången. Efter Norsholm går färden vidare över Roxen till Berg.

Västerut från Söderköping ser ni Eva Fornåås Kaniner i brons som försöker korsa kanalen och som konstnären säger krävs det tålamod, samarbete och vänskap, precis som en resa på kanalen i hyrd båt J

Tips:
Stanna en stund på cafét vid Brådtom sluss, här kan barnen träffa kaniner, katter, hönor och hundar. Väldigt mysigt! I Norsholm finns Kapten Billes, Brittas och Lennards närproducerad kött och mat samt cafét vid slussen. Här finns också en mindre mataffär.

Efter att ni passerat sjön Roxen kommer ni till Berg med den berömda slusstrappan som höjer och sänker båtarna över 18m. Vid vågbrytaren in till hamnen ser ni den 9 meter höga Dubbelgångaren, en skulptur gjord av Kent Karlsson. Gångavstånd från hamnen ligger Vreta Kloster som invigdes år 1289 och som fortfarande idag är i bruk.

I sjön Roxen vid hamnen finns det ett trevligt badställe med sandstrand och brygga, eller om ni vill sträcka på benen och spela minigolf.

På kvällen rekommenderar vi utomhusserveringen Kanalkrogen eller Fröken Jennys restaurang

Måndag: Norsholm(Berg) – Kinda Kanal

Om ni har legat kvar i Norsholm väntar sjön Roxen. Nu kan ni välja på att ta det lugnt och antingen gå till Berg eller fortsätta in i Kinda Kanal. Vi rekommenderar att stanna natten i ”Tannefors. Läs mer om Kinda Kanal på: www.kindakanal.se

Tisdag : Kinda Kanal
onsdag: Kinda Kanal

Torsdag, Tannefors – Norsholm
Det är viktigt att nå Norsholm denna dag så att ni inte behöver stressa sista delen på fredag. Nu återstår navigering över sjön Roxen till Norsholm håll koll på sjökortet.

I Norsholm finns Kapten Billes, Brittas och Lennards närproducerad kött och mat samt cafét vid slussen. Här finns också en mindre mataffär. Glöm inte att tanka och tömma septiktanken här.
Fredag, Norsholm– Söderköping

12 slussar, 1 sjö, 28 km
09.00 Avg Norsholm
15.00-17.00 Ank. Söderköping

Ägna lördagsskvällen åt staden, restaurangerna, utsiktspunkten på Ramunderberget etc.
Det finns mataffärer inte långt från hamnen, har ni testat Smultronstället? De har hur stora glassar som helstJ. Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel som har närproducerad mat, Söderköpings Brunn med à la Carte och stor vinkällare etc.

Lördag, Söderköping

8.00 återlämning av båten
Efter en underbar vecka med massor av minnen och upplevelser är det dags att säga hej då och vi hoppas att snart få se er igen. Vi möter upp er i Kanalhamnen efter slussen i Söderköping. Sök gärna en plats så nära slussen som möjligt. Ni har fyllt på bränsle, vatten, städat och tömt septiktanken.

Obs. För dieselbåtarna är sista möjligheten för tankning i Norsholm.

Ni som har hyrt en Delphia båt får hjälp med tankningen i Söderköping som ni betalar kontant för.

Ni kan när som helst före och under resan kontakta oss för att få tips och råd.

Er kontaktperson är Pontus Björsner 0705 46 91 69.

Vid olycka eller nödfall ring: 112

Motala-rutten Motala - Kinda kanal - Motala

Motala – Kinda – Motala

Söndag:

12.00: Utlämning av båt, Motala hamn

16.00: Start i Motala, ankomst Borensberg ca 18.00.

Måndag: Borensberg – Berg

Tisdag: Berg – Tannefors

Onsdag: Tannefors – Hovetorp

Torsdag: Hovetorp – Tannefors

Fredag: Tannefors – Malfors

Lördag: Malfors – Motala

Söndag: Ankomst Motala ca 10.00

Routs period 6 May – 10 June

The whole canal Söderköping - Sjötorp

During the pre-order season, you and other boats travel with a set schedule. The group is accompanied on the journey by a lock keeper, who opens and closes locks and bridges, and helps if you have any questions. The specified arrival times are approximate. The lock keeper and travellers jointly decide on lunch breaks. The Göta Canal Skippers’ Guide and the Göta Canal app provide information on marinas, locks, filling stations and more. Notes, as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter there will be a special rout with an extra day, that does not include guests with their own boats.

Saturday, Söderköping

10.00am
The medieval town of Söderköping is an idyll with a central canal harbour.

Pick up the boat and take your time in Söderköping. Get familiar with the boat. There are a couple of good restaurants, the view from ”Ramunderberget” and shopping. You will find a supermarket not far from the harbor. In the Tourist Information you will find out more.

Tip: the famous ice cream restaurant Smultronstället; Swedish people love it! Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel that makes dishes from locally produced raw materials, and Söderköpings Brunn with á la Carte menu and a big wine cellar.

There are a lot of funny things to do in Söderköping. A pleasant activity is to stroll around the neighbourhoods of the town where many of the Astrid Lindgren’s movies were filmed. Get onboard the choo-choo train along the canal harbour. Contact the Tourist Office at 0121-181 60 for more information.

Sunday, Söderköping–Berg
13 locks, 2 lakes, 50 km
09.30 Dep Söderköping (check for the boats from Mem to join them)
16.00 Arr Norsholm.
Cross Lake Roxen, 27 km.
Night harbour: Berg marina, in Lake Roxen.

‘Today`s trip:
Mem is the place where the grand opening of the Göta Canal took place in 1832. The trip to Norsholm passes through a lovely landscape and across Lake Asplången. After Norsholm, you continue across Lake Roxen to Berg.

In the far west of the Söderköping marina is Eva Fornåå’s Rabbit Crossing, a work of art with two groups of bronze rabbits on each side of the canal. “Getting there takes patience, co-operation and helpfulness, whether you’re a bunny trying to cross the canal or a boater hoping for a pleasant journey along it.”

Tip:
The Brådtom lock with cafeteria is a nice place to have a snack and for the children to pet the rabbits, the cats, the dogs, the hens etc. In the Norsholm canal marina, you’ll find Kapten Bille’s which offers a variety of dishes. At Brittas och Lennarts Nära Kött (meat market), you can have lunch and buy locally produced meat products. There is also a small café located by the lock in the old lockkeeper’s cottage.

After crossing Lake Roxen, you come to the famous Berg flight of seven locks.
On the breakwater below the locks stands the nine-metre high Dubbelgångaren sculpture by Kent Karlsson. Just walking distance from the Berg marina is Vreta Kloster, the remains of Sweden’s eldest monastery, founded in 1162.
The beautiful, well-preserved Vreta Kloster Church was consecrated in 1289 and is still in use.

In the evening, at Berg, try an exquisite meal at Kanalkrogen’s outdoor tables or a light meal at Fröken Jennys restaurant.

Down in Lake Roxen, right next to the flight of locks, is a good place for bathing with a sandy beach and a swimming bridge. If you want to stretch your legs and have some fun you can try out the Marina Mini Golf.

Monday, Berg–Borenshult, Motala
16 locks, 1 lake, 34 km
09.00 Dep Carl Johan flight of locks, Berg.
15.00 Arr Borensberg.
Cross Lake Boren, 13 km.
Night harbour: Borenshult marina.

Today`s trip:
The journey begins with the greatest sight on the canal, the Carl Johan flight of seven locks, which raise and lower boats over 18 metres! After the double locks at Oscar, Berg, Brunnby and Heda, and the aqueduct in Ljungsbro, you come to a long stretch of the canal without locks.

Don’t miss a walk (about 1 km from the marina in Ljungsbro/Malfors) to the Cloetta factory Chocolate Shop. It’s always a good idea to check the opening hours at the Cloetta Chocolate Factory, call 013-28 53 75 before dropping in. At the marina in Malfors you can have a coffee at the Malfors café.

At Ljung’s eastern bridge you will see the old tree-lined walk to Ljung Manor, which was built in the 18th century. The Brunneby Gård manor farm has a garden that slopes down to the canal and a lovely church from 1269. Today, the farm is famous for its squash, cider and jam production.

Beside the locks in Borensberg stands the 100- year-old Göta Hotell offering high-class culinary experiences and ranked as one of the best restaurants in Östergötland by the White Guide. Kanalstugan by the bridge exhibits and sells the works of local artisans. The Tjuff- Tjuff Dolphin in Borensberg, designed by Jonas Hellström, is a 50-metre long water sculpture that imitates the movements of a dolphin in the water with five splashing jumps. In Borensberg, children and adults are welcome to help the lock keeper open the lock that is operated manually, just like in the old days. It’s lots of fun!

On this part of the canal you might come across some sheep that are working to keep the grass under control, they are employees by the Göta Kanal Company so please don’t disturb them while they are working ; -)

The Borensbergs marina has a quiet surrounding with some small, good restaurants. Also, just a few hundred meters from the marina is Strandbadet, a family-bathing centre in Lake Boren. You can ask for the way in the tourist office.

Today´s journey ends at the Borenshults marina or if you like to get up early you can stay in Borensberg marina.

Tuesday, Borenshult – Motala ( Vadstena)
6 locks, 2 lakes, 44 km
08.00 Dep Borenshult flight of locks. Please note the start time.
10.00 Arr Motala Harbour.
Stay in Motala or continue to Vadstena or cross the lake Vättern to Karlsborg.

Today`s trip:
The Borenshult locks are the second- largest flight of locks in the canal, with five locks. Lockage in to the flight of locks is truly exciting. You may find yourself visiting the ice cream kiosk once or twice while you wait.

After being raised 15.3 metres, you continue towards the Old Motala Industrial Area, built by Baltzar von Platen in 1822 as a repair shop to the canal construction.

Motala city harbor
This is one of the most popular marinas along the canal.

Looking for extraordinarily good swimming? Drop in to Varamobaden, the largest lakeside beach in the Nordic region. It’s perfect for families, offering 5 km of sandy beach with long shallows. It’s easier to take the bus from the harbour to Varamon, don’t try to moor there, it is too shallow. Ask in the tourist office in the harbour.

For the little ones, there’s a nice playground just a stone’s throw from the marina, in the Stadsparken city park. The harbour is also home of the children’s favourite, Baby Nessie, who allows children to climb and play on her back.

Motala city harbour is close to the city, there you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, etc. In the harbor you find restaurants as: Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasserie Nostalgi and Café Hamnpiren.

Tip:
Don’t miss Sweden’s most popular motor museum, Motala Motormuseum, packed with 2,000 sq. metres of nostalgia.

If you continue to Vadstena
Motala – Vadstena.
17 km, 2 hours

Vadstena is a beautiful and picturesque little town, here you will find several major sights like the Castle of King Gustav Wasa, the Cathedral of Saint Birgitta, etc.

There are mooring places in the guest harbor in the moat of the Castle; this is very appreciated by the guests. Normally Vadstena is not a part of Göta Kanal so there is a fee for the guest harbour, but as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter you stay here for free. Just say hello from Pontus J

Wednesday, Motala (Vadstena) – Karlsborg (Forsvik)

Crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.
18.00 Karlsborg, road bridge opens, remote controlled from the Forsvik lock.
Journey on to Forsvik, 7.4 km.
Night harbor Forsvik (Karlsborg)

Today`s trip:
Cross Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second-largest lake. Karlsborg is home to the impressive Karlsborg Fortress. Crossing Lake Bottensjön takes you to Forsvik, the home harbour of the paddle steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Don’t miss the Karlsborg Fortress. Its circumference of 5 km makes it one of Europe’s largest constructions. View fascinating buildings, visit the museum and join their historical adventure tour filled with special effects and surprises, an experience beyond the ordinary.

At the harbour of Karlsborg is the restaurant Idas Brygga, which has been titled among Sweden’s best Restaurants and ranks high in the White Guide. The traditional Kanalhotellet serves à la Carte dishes during evening time with canal view. Karlsborg is also known for its pleasant cafés, including Nymans Café, Café Tant Lotta and Soldathemscaféet. Got an urge for smoked fish? Visit Klangahamns Fisk in the harbour to purchase their tasty fish.

You can stay the night in Karlsborg or continue to Forsvik. Note the time for start in Forsvik, it takes about 1 hour to get to Forsvik, please be in time.

Thursday, Forsvik–Töreboda

2 locks, 1 lake, 39 km
09.00 Dep Forsvik. Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
13.00 Dep Tåtorp lock.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Töreboda marina.

Today`s trip:
The Forsvik lock is the eldest lock on the canal, built in 1813. Here you can observe one of Sweden’s most interesting old industrial areas. Discover the industrial history and the cultural heritage of the industrial society in the exhibitions and guided tours of Forsviks Bruk. Don’t miss the re-construction of the canal steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Forsviks Café & Mat is located at the locks, featuring delights like Lake Vättern char with caviar sauce, the Lock Keeper’s smoked whitefish with dill-stewed potatoes, fresh-baked cinnamon buns, delicious carrot cake, etc.

After Forsvik you get to a lovely stretch of the canal, Lake Viken, with narrow passages, deep woods and tiny islands. In Tåtorp, the lock is still operated by hand. Just after Tåtorp you pass the latest addition of the Visions of Water art exhibition, Bianca Maria Barmen’s sculpture group Pojken (The Boy), which is based on a historical event, the transport of an obelisk to Lanthöjden in the early 1820s. The obelisk was erected to mark the highest point of the canal, 91.8 meters above sea level. The stretch leading to Törreboda is surrounded by leafy woodlands and farmland, and has no locks.

In Törreboda you will find heated swimming pools, restaurants and shopping, as well as Sweden’s smallest cable ferry, the Lina, which is pulled manually
24 metres across the canal. The journey only takes 20 seconds and costs 1 krona! The ferry has been in service during approx. 100 years.

Friday, Töreboda–Sjötorp
19 locks, 19 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda.
15.00 Arr Sjötorp.
Night harbor Sjötorps marina (you stay in the basin between lock 2-3 and 4-5)

Today`s trip:
The Hajstorp lock area is a well-known tourist attraction, as are the Riksberg locks. After passing the grand Norrqvarn hotel, you come to Lyrestad. The last part of your canal journey is lockage down to Sjötorp, a picturesque canal community on Lake Vänern.

At the Hajstorp lock area, a memorial stone was raised for the opening of the Västra Götaland part of Göta Canal in 1822. The old canal warehouse, Kanalmagasinet in Hajstorp, features the canal’s largest range of artistic crafts.

Norrqvarn offers an exciting experience area with a great deal of activities and the children’s favourite place, with the Mini Canal, Enchanted Tree Stumps, etc. The restaurant at the Norrqvarn Hotel serves dishes à la Carte by the canal side. They have great food in a relaxing environment. Here you find a 500-metre cultural walk showing how the canal construction was done in Norrkvarn.

After passing the grand Norrqvarn hotel, you come to Lyrestad. The Lyrestad marina has an old warehouse, Hamnmagasinet, in which the top floor is a local history museum. At the café Kaptenskan you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and also buy some décor.

The last part of your canal journey is lockage down to the small town of Sjötorp, a picturesque and pleasant canal community on Lake Vänern. Don’t miss the smoked salmon at Maltes Fisk och Delikatesser. Kajutan and Kanalkrogen are two agreeable restaurants adjacent to the canal. Café Baltzar offers a selection of coffee and tea in a cosy environment. A lovely activity is to rent a bike at Sjötorps upplevelsecenter and cycle along the canal. One exciting activity is taking the whole family to try out Kanalbolaget’s floating wood-burning sauna. For more information and reservations, contact the lockkeeper in Sjötorp.

The Canal Museum at the shipyard basin is a must for canal-enthusiasts. Bengt Olson’s mighty granite sculpture, Water Stairs, was erected in honour of Göta Canal’s 175th anniversary.

Saturday, Sjötorp

Now it is time to say goodbye and we hope that you have had a great time on the canal and hopefully we will see you again. We will meet you at the upper basin (between lock 2-3 and 4-5) at 3 pm (15.00).

It is crucial that you respect the agreed time. Here, you will find a pump out station for the septic tank, diesel and fresh water. Again, please don’t forget to empty the septic tank, to refuel the boat (diesel and fresh water), and to carefully clean the boat before our staff makes the final check of the boat before handing over the boat to new guests.

Stay in the basin and don’t lock down to lake “Vänern”.

Kind regards,

Pontus Björsner

  1. Please, also read the ”Skippers Guide” which you can find enclosed with this letter, you will also find it on-board.

Phone numbers:
Pontus: +46 70 54 69 169


In case of emergency call: 112

 

The whole canal Sjötorp - Söderköping

During the pre-order season, you and other boats travel with a set schedule. The group is accompanied on the journey by a lock keeper, who opens and closes locks and bridges and helps if you have any questions. The specified arrival times are approximate. The lock keeper and travellers jointly decide on lunch breaks. The Göta Canal Skippers’ Guide and the Göta Canal app provide information on marinas, locks, filling stations and more. Note, as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter there will be a special rout with an extra day, that does not include guests with there own boats.

Saturday, Sjötorp

17.00
You will pick up the boat and get familiar with the boat and the small town Sjötorp, a picturesque and pleasant canal community on Lake Vänern. Don’t miss the smoked salmon at Maltes Fisk och Delikatesser. Kajutan and Kanalkrogen are two agreeable restaurants adjacent to the canal. Café Baltzar offers a selection of coffee and tea in a cosy environment. A lovely activity is to rent a bike at Sjötorps upplevelsecenter and cycle along the canal. One exciting activity is taking the whole family to try out Kanalbolaget’s floating wood-burning sauna. For more information and reservations, contact the lockkeeper in Sjötorp.

The Canal Museum at the shipyard basin is a must for canal-enthusiasts. Bengt Olson’s mighty granite sculpture, Water Stairs, was raised in honour of Göta Canal’s 175th anniversary.

Sunday, Sjötorp–Töreboda

16 locks, 19 km
08.30 The Canal office in Sjötorp opens. Check- in.
09.00 (9.30) Dep Sjötorp.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Töreboda marina.

Today`s trip:
Your canal journey begins in the idyllic canal town of Sjötorp. After three locks, you arrive in Lyrestad. The Lyrestad marina has an old warehouse, Hamnmagasinet, in which the top floor is a local history museum. At the café Kaptenskan you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and also buy some décor. After passing Lyrestad you come to the grand Norrqvarn hotel.

Norrqvarn offers an exciting experience area with a great deal of activities and the children’s favourite place, with the Mini Canal, Enchanted Tree Stumps, etc. The restaurant at the Norrqvarn Hotel serves dishes à la Carte by the canal side. They have great food in a relaxing environment. Here you find a 500-metre cultural-walk showing how the canal construction was done in Norrkvarn.

The Riksberg locks and the Hajstorp lock area are well-known tourist attractions before you reach your night harbour in Töreboda.

Hajstorp, this is a very small and beautiful place. At the Hajstorp lock area, a memorial stone was raised for the opening of the Västra Götaland part of Göta Canal in 1822. The old canal warehouse, Kanalmagasinet in Hajstorp, features the canal’s largest range of artistic crafts.

In Törreboda you will find heated swimming pools, restaurants and shopping, as well as Sweden’s smallest cable ferry, Lina, which is pulled manually
24 metres across the canal. The journey only takes 20 seconds and costs 1 krona! The ferry has been in service during approx. 100 years.

Monday, Töreboda–Karlsborg

2 locks, 2 lakes, 46.2 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda, road bridge opens.
Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
14.30 Brosundet bridge opens (Lake Viken),remote controlled from the Forsvik lock. 15.30 Arr Forsvik.
Cross Lake Bottensjön, 7.4 km.
16.30 Arr Karlsborg.
Night harbour: Karlsborg, after the bridge.

Today`s trip:
The stretch leading to Vassbacken is surrounded by leafy woodlands and farmland, and has no locks. In Tåtorp, the lock is still operated by hand. Just before Tåtorp you pass the latest addition of the Visions of Water art exhibition, Bianca Maria Barmen’s sculpture group Pojken (The Boy), which is based on a historical event, the transport of an obelisk to Lanthöjden in the early 1820s. The obelisk was erected to mark the highest point of the canal, 91.8 meters above sea level.

After Tåtorp you get to a lovely stretch of the canal, Lake Viken, with narrow passages, deep woods and tiny islands.

The Forsvik lock is the eldest lock on the canal, built in 1813. Here you can observe one of Sweden’s most interesting old industrial areas. Discover the industrial history and the cultural heritage of the industrial society in the exhibitions and guided tours of Forsviks Bruk. Don’t miss the re-construction of the canal steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Forsviks Café & Mat is located at the locks, featuring delights like Lake Vättern char with caviar sauce, the Lock Keeper’s smoked whitefish with dill-stewed potatoes, fresh-baked cinnamon buns, delicious carrot cake, etc. You might spend the night here, but note the time for the bridge in Karlsborg.

Tuesday, Karlsborg – Motala – (Vadstena)

Free time/crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.

Today`s trip:
Lake Vättern awaits you, 17.5 Nautical miles (Sweden’s second-largest lake), to Motala. You might like to make a detour to Vadstena first.

This day you can chose to stay in Karlsborg one day extra (after the bridge) or if the weather is good the best way is to cross the lake Vättern and go to Vadstena or Motala.

Karlsborg Fortress. Its circumference of 5 km makes it one of Europe’s largest constructions. View fascinating buildings, visit the museum and join their historical adventure tour filled with special effects and surprises, an experience beyond the ordinary.

Vadstena is a beautiful and picturesque little town, here you will find several major sights like the Castle of King Gustav Wasa, the Cathedral of Saint Birgitta, etc.

There are mooring places in the guest harbour in the moat of the Castle; this is very appreciated by the guests. Normally Vadstena is not a part of Göta Kanal so there is a fee for the guest harbour, but as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter you stay here for free. Just say hello from Pontus J

Motala city harbour is close to the city, there you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, etc. In the harbour you find restaurants as: Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasserie Nostalgi and Café Hamnpiren.

Tip:
Don’t miss one of Sweden’s most popular motor museum, Motala Motormuseum, packed with 2,000 sq. metres of nostalgia.

Wednesday, Motala (Vadstena)–Borensberg

6 locks, 1 lake, 17 km
 (Motala)
16.00 Dep Motala lock.
17.30 Cross Lake Boren, 13 km.
Night harbour: Borensberg marina.

Today`s trip:
Today’s journey continues towards the Old Motala Industrial Area, built by Baltzar von Platen in 1822 as a repair shop to the canal construction and to the Borenshult flight of locks. The Borenshult locks are the second- largest flight of locks in the canal, with five locks and lower down the boats 15,3 meters. Lockage in to the flight of locks is truly exciting. After you cross Lake Boren, you’ll reach the marina in the idyllic Borensberg.

Your journey ends at the Borensberg marina. The marina has a quiet surrounding with some small, good restaurants. Also, just a few hundred meters from the marina is Strandbadet, a family-bathing centre in Lake Boren. You can ask for the way in the tourist office.

Thursday, Borensberg–Norsholm

17 locks, 1 lake, 48 km
09.00 Dep Borensberg.
17.00 Cross lake Roxen, 27 km.
19.00 Lockage into Norsholm.
Night harbour: Norsholm marina.
Don’t forget to fuel diesel here, this is the last point to do that, also empty the septictank.

Today`s trip:
The lock in Borensberg is operated manually, just like in the olden days. The next stretch features two aqueducts and a lovely agricultural landscape. Afterwards you begin lockage down towards the Berg locks and to the Lake Roxen. This lockage ends with the canal’s greatest sight, the Carl Johan flight of locks. After Lake Roxen, you pass through the lock into Norsholm for the night.

In Borensberg, children and adults are welcome to help the lock keeper open the lock that is operated manually, just like in the old days. It’s lots of fun!
Beside the locks in Borensberg stands the 100- year-old Göta Hotell offering high-class culinary experiences and ranked as one of the best restaurants in Östergötland by the White Guide. Kanalstugan by the bridge exhibits and sells the works of local artisans. The Tjuff- Tjuff Dolphin in Borensberg, designed by Jonas Hellström, is a 50-metre long water sculpture that imitates the movements of a dolphin in the water with five splashing jumps. Now, you come to a long stretch of the canal without locks.

On this part of the canal you might come across some sheep that are working to keep the grass under control, they are employees by the Göta Kanal Company so please don’t disturb them while they are working ; -)

At Ljung’s eastern bridge you will see the old tree-lined walk to Ljung Manor, which was built in the 18th century. The Brunneby Gård manor farm has a garden that slopes down to the canal and a lovely church from 1269. The farm is famous today for its squash, cider and jam production.

If you have the time, take a walk (about 1 km from the marina in Ljungsbro/Malfors) to the Cloetta factory Chocolate Shop. It’s always a good idea to check the opening hours at the Cloetta Chocolate Factory, call 013-28 53 75 before dropping in. At the marina in Malfors you can have a coffee at the Malfors café.

After the aqueduct in Ljungsbro you come to the double locks at Heda, Brunnby, Berg and Oscar and before reaching the lake Roxen you pass the famous Carl Johan, flight of seven locks, which raises and lower boats over 18 metres!

After Lake Roxen, you pass through the lock into Norsholm for the night.

In the Norsholm canal marina, you’ll find Kapten Bille’s which offers a variety of dishes. Here you can also rent canoes, pedal boats, play minigolf and try the sauna. At Brittas och Lennarts Nära Kött (meat market), you can have dinner and buy locally produced meat products. There is also a small café located by the lock in the old lockkeeper’s cottage.

Friday, Norsholm–Söderköping

12 locks, 1 lake, 22 km
09.00 Dep Norsholm.
15.00-17.00 Söderköping

Today`s trip:
The trip to Söderköping passes through a lovely landscape and across Lake Asplången.

The Brådtom lock with cafeteria is a nice place to have a snack and for the children to pet the rabbits, the cats, the dogs, the hens etc.

In the far west of the Söderköping marina is Eva Fornåå’s Rabbit Crossing, a work of art with two groups of bronze rabbits on each side of the canal. “Getting there takes patience, co-operation and helpfulness, whether you’re a bunny trying to cross the canal or a boater hoping for a pleasant journey along it.”

The medieval town of Söderköping is an idyll with a central canal harbour. There are a couple of good restaurants, the view from ”Ramunderberget” and shopping.

Tip: the famous ice cream restaurant Smultronstället; Swedish people love it! Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel that makes dishes from locally produced raw materials, and Söderköpings Brunn with á la Carte menu and a big wine cellar.

There are a lot of funny things to do in Söderköping. A pleasant activity is to stroll around the neighbourhoods of the town where many of the Astrid Lindgren’s movies were filmed. Get onboard the choo-choo train along the canal harbour. Contact the Tourist Office at 0121-181 60 for more information.

Saturday

Now it`s time to say goodbye and we hope that you have had a great time on the canal and hopefully we will see you again. We meet you up in the guest harbor in Söderköping (above the lock in Söderköping) at the latest 8.00 am (Swedish time 8.00). If you have forgotten to empty the septic tank in Norsholm you have to lock down the first lock to do that, there you will find the pump out station. Please, make sure to carefully clean the boat and empty all the trash on-board.

Kind regards,

Pontus Björsner

  1. Please, also read the ”Skippers Guide” which you can find enclosed with this letter, you will also find it on-board.

Phone numbers:
Pontus: +46 70 54 69 169


In case of emergency call: 112

 

 

 

 

 

The western rout Sjötorp - Sjötorp

Routplan: Sjötorp – Sjötorp

During the pre-order season, you and other boats travel with a set schedule. The group is accompanied on the journey by a lock keeper, who opens and closes locks and bridges and helps if you have any questions. The specified arrival times are approximate. The lock keeper and travellers jointly decide on lunch breaks. The Göta Canal Skippers’ Guide and the Göta Canal app provide information on marinas, locks, filling stations and more. Notes, as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter there will be a special rout with an extra day, that do not includes guests with there own boats.

Sunday, Sjötorp

17.00
You will pick up the boat and get familiar with the boat and the small town Sjötorp, a picturesque and pleasant canal community on Lake Vänern. Don’t miss the smoked salmon at Maltes Fisk och Delikatesser. Kajutan and Kanalkrogen are two agreeable restaurants adjacent to the canal. Café Baltzar offers a selection of coffee and tea in a cosy environment. A lovely activity is to rent a bike at Sjötorps upplevelsecenter and cycle along the canal. One exciting activity is taking the whole family to try out Kanalbolaget’s floating wood-burning sauna. For more information and reservations, contact the lockkeeper in Sjötorp.

The Canal Museum at the shipyard basin is a must for canal-enthusiasts. Bengt Olson’s mighty granite sculpture, Water Stairs, was erected in honour of Göta Canal’s 175th anniversary.

Monday, Sjötorp–Töreboda

16 locks, 19 km
08.30 The Canal office in Sjötorp opens. Check- in.
09.00 (9.30) Dep Sjötorp.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Töreboda marina.

Today`s trip:
Your canal journey begins in the idyllic canal town of Sjötorp. After three locks, you arrive in Lyrestad. The Lyrestad marina has an old warehouse, Hamnmagasinet, in which the top floor is a local history museum. At the café Kaptenskan you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and also buy some décor. After passing Lyrestad you come to the grand Norrqvarn hotel.

Norrqvarn offers an exciting experience area with a great deal of activities and the children’s favourite place, with the Mini Canal, Enchanted Tree Stumps, etc. The restaurant at the Norrqvarn Hotel serves dishes à la Carte by the canal side. They have great food in a relaxing environment. Here you find a 500-metre cultural walk showing how the canal construction was done in Norrkvarn.

The Riksberg locks and the Hajstorp lock area are well-known tourist attractions before you reach your night harbour in Töreboda.

Hajstorp, this is a very small and beautiful place. At the Hajstorp lock area, a memorial stone was raised for the opening of the Västra Götaland part of Göta Canal in 1822. The old canal warehouse, Kanalmagasinet in Hajstorp, features the canal’s largest range of artistic crafts.

In Törreboda you will find heated swimming pools, restaurants and shopping, as well as Sweden’s smallest cable ferry, the Lina, which is pulled manually
24 metres across the canal. The journey only takes 20 seconds and costs 1 krona! The ferry has been in service during approx. 100 years.

Tuesday, Töreboda–Karlsborg

2 locks, 2 lakes, 46.2 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda, road bridge opens.
Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
14.30 Brosundet bridge opens (Lake Viken),remote controlled from the Forsvik lock. 15.30 Arr Forsvik.
Cross Lake Bottensjön, 7.4 km.
16.30 Arr Karlsborg.
Night harbour: Karlsborg marina or Forsviks marina.

Today`s trip:
The stretch leading to Vassbacken is surrounded by leafy woodlands and farmland, and has no locks. In Tåtorp, the lock is still operated by hand. Just before Tåtorp you pass the latest addition of the Visions of Water art exhibition, Bianca Maria Barmen’s sculpture group Pojken (The Boy), which is based on a historical event, the transport of an obelisk to Lanthöjden in the early 1820s. The obelisk was erected to mark the highest point of the canal, 91.8 meters above sea level.

After Tåtorp you get to a lovely stretch of the canal, Lake Viken, with narrow passages, deep woods and tiny islands.

The Forsvik lock is the eldest lock on the canal, built in 1813. Here you can observe one of Sweden’s most interesting old industrial areas. Discover the industrial history and the cultural heritage of the industrial society in the exhibitions and guided tours of Forsviks Bruk. Don’t miss the re-construction of the canal steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Forsviks Café & Mat is located at the locks, featuring delights like Lake Vättern char with caviar sauce, the Lock Keeper’s smoked whitefish with dill-stewed potatoes, fresh-baked cinnamon buns, delicious carrot cake, etc. You might spend the night here, but note the time for the bridge in Karlsborg.

Wednesday, Karlsborg – Motala – (Vadstena)

Free time/crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.
9.00 the Karlsborg bridge opens (remote-controlled).

Today`s trip:
If your night harbor has been Forsvik, it takes about one hour to get from there to Karlsborg. After Karlsborg, Lake Vättern awaits you, 17.5 Nautical miles (Sweden’s second-largest lake), to Motala. You might like to make a detour to Vadstena first.

This day you can chose to stay in Karlsborg one day extra (after the bridge) or if the weather is good the best way is to cross the lake Vättern and go to Vadstena or Motala.

Karlsborg Fortress. Its circumference of 5 km makes it one of Europe’s largest constructions. View fascinating buildings, visit the museum and join their historical adventure tour filled with special effects and surprises, an experience beyond the ordinary.

Vadstena is a beautiful and picturesque little town, here you will find several major sights like the Castle of King Gustav Wasa, the Cathedral of Saint Birgitta, etc.

There are mooring places in the guest harbour in the moat of the Castle; this is very appreciated by the guests. Normally Vadstena is not a part of Göta Kanal so there is a fee for the guest harbour, but as a guest of Göta Kanal Charter you stay here for free. Just say hello from Pontus J

Motala city harbour is close to the city, there you will find a wide variety of shops, restaurants, etc. In the harbour you find restaurants as: Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasserie Nostalgi and Café Hamnpiren.

Tip:
Don’t miss Sweden’s most popular motor museum, Motala Motormuseum, packed with 2,000 sq. metres of nostalgia.

Thursday, Motala (Vadstena) – Karlsborg (Forsvik)

Crossing Lake Vättern, 32.5 km.
18.00 Karlsborg, road bridge opens, remote controlled from the Forsvik lock.
Journey on to Forsvik, 7.4 km.
Night harbor Forsvik (Karlsborg)

Today`s trip:
Cross Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second-largest lake. Karlsborg is home to the impressive Karlsborg Fortress. Crossing Lake Bottensjön takes you to Forsvik, the home harbour of the paddle steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Don’t miss the Karlsborg Fortress. Its circumference of 5 km makes it one of Europe’s largest constructions. View fascinating buildings, visit the museum and join their historical adventure tour filled with special effects and surprises, an experience beyond the ordinary.

At the harbour of Karlsborg is the restaurant Idas Brygga, which has been titled among Sweden’s Best Restaurants and ranks high in the White Guide. The traditional Kanalhotellet serves à la Carte dishes during evening time with canal view. Karlsborg is also known for its pleasant cafés, including Nymans Café, Café Tant Lotta and Soldathemscaféet. Got an urge for smoked fish? Visit Klangahamns Fisk in the harbour to purchase their tasty fish.

You can stay the night in Karlsborg or continue to Forsvik. Note the time for start in Forsvik, it takes about 1 hour to get to Forsvik, please be in time.

Friday, Forsvik–Töreboda

2 locks, 1 lake, 39 km
09.00 Dep Forsvik. Cross Lake Viken, 22.8 km.
13.00 Dep Tåtorp lock.
15.30 Arr Töreboda.
Night harbour: Töreboda marina.

Today`s trip:
The Forsvik lock is the eldest lock on the canal, built in 1813. Here you can observe one of Sweden’s most interesting old industrial areas. Discover the industrial history and the cultural heritage of the industrial society in the exhibitions and guided tours of Forsviks Bruk. Don’t miss the re-construction of the canal steamer Eric Nordevall II.

Forsviks Café & Mat is located at the locks, featuring delights like Lake Vättern char with caviar sauce, the Lock Keeper’s smoked whitefish with dill-stewed potatoes, fresh-baked cinnamon buns, delicious carrot cake, etc.

After Forsvik you get to a lovely stretch of the canal, Lake Viken, with narrow passages, deep woods and tiny islands. In Tåtorp, the lock is still operated by hand. Just after Tåtorp you pass the latest addition of the Visions of Water art exhibition, Bianca Maria Barmen’s sculpture group Pojken (The Boy), which is based on a historical event, the transport of an obelisk to Lanthöjden in the early 1820s. The obelisk was erected to mark the highest point of the canal, 91.8 meters above sea level. The stretch leading to Törreboda is surrounded by leafy woodlands and farmland, and has no locks.

In Törreboda you will find heated swimming pools, restaurants and shopping, as well as Sweden’s smallest cable ferry, the Lina, which is pulled manually
24 metres across the canal. The journey only takes 20 seconds and costs 1 krona! The ferry has been in service during approx. 100 years.

Saturday, Töreboda–Sjötorp
19 locks, 19 km
09.00 Dep Töreboda.
15.00 Arr Sjötorp.
Night harbor Sjötorps marina (you stay in the basin between lock 2-3 and 4-5)

Today`s trip:
The Hajstorp lock area is a well-known tourist attraction, as are the Riksberg locks. After passing the grand Norrqvarn hotel, you come to Lyrestad. The last part of your canal journey is lockage down to Sjötorp, a picturesque canal community on Lake Vänern.

At the Hajstorp lock area, a memorial stone was raised for the opening of the Västra Götaland part of Göta Canal in 1822. The old canal warehouse, Kanalmagasinet in Hajstorp, features the canal’s largest range of artistic crafts.

Norrqvarn offers an exciting experience area with a great deal of activities and the children’s favourite place, with the Mini Canal, Enchanted Tree Stumps, etc. The restaurant at the Norrqvarn Hotel serves dishes à la Carte by the canal side. They have great food in a relaxing environment. Here you find a 500-metre cultural walk showing how the canal construction was done in Norrkvarn.

After passing the grand Norrqvarn hotel, you come to Lyrestad. The Lyrestad marina has an old warehouse, Hamnmagasinet, in which the top floor is a local history museum. At the café Kaptenskan you can enjoy a good cup of coffee and also buy some décor.

The last part of your canal journey is lockage down to the small town of Sjötorp, a picturesque and pleasant canal community on Lake Vänern. Don’t miss the smoked salmon at Maltes Fisk och Delikatesser. Kajutan and Kanalkrogen are two agreeable restaurants adjacent to the canal. Café Baltzar offers a selection of coffee and tea in a cosy environment. A lovely activity is to rent a bike at Sjötorps upplevelsecenter and cycle along the canal. One exciting activity is taking the whole family to try out Kanalbolaget’s floating wood-burning sauna. For more information and reservations, contact the lockkeeper in Sjötorp.

The Canal Museum at the shipyard basin is a must for canal-enthusiasts. Bengt Olson’s mighty granite sculpture, Water Stairs, was erected in honour of Göta Canal’s 175th anniversary.

Sunday, Sjötorp

Now its time to say goodbye and we hope that you have had a great time on the canal and hopefully we will see you again. We will meet you at the upper basin (between lock 2-3 and 4-5) at 3 pm.

Again; it is crucial that you respect the agreed time. Here, you will find a pump out station for the septic tank, diesel and fresh water. Again, please don’t forget to empty the septic tank, to refuel the boat (diesel and fresh water), and to clean the boat before our staff makes the final check of the boat before handing over the boat to new clients.

Stay in the basin and don’t lock down to lake “Vänern”.

Kind regards,

Pontus Björsner

  1. Please, also read the ”Skippers Guide” which you can find enclosed with this letter, you will also find it on-board.

Phone numbers:
Pontus: +46 70 54 69 169


In case of emergency call: 112 

 

Östra rutten Söderköping - Motala - Söderköping

Rutt Söderköping – Motala – Söderköping

Under bokningssäsong på Göta Kanal åker ni i konvoj tillsammans med andra båtar. Ni kommer följa ett schema med tider i ett lugnt och härligt tempo. Det är viktigt att ni respekterar tiderna och har en god dialog med slussvakt och övriga båtar för att resan ska bli så trevlig som möjligt. Som gäst till ”Göta Kanal Charter” har ni en extra dag på kanalen, detta gäller inte för övriga båtar. Så bli inte förvånade att ni kommer behandlas som VIP gäster J. Ni hittar karta och skepparguide i en länk på hemsidan, dessa kommer även finnas i båtarna. Det är väldigt bra om ni har läst på lite redan innan ni kommer.

Söndag, Söderköping

10.00 Ni hämtar upp båten och vi går igenom hur båten fungerar, det tar ca: 20-30 min.
Nu har ni tid att testköra i hamnen och handla, packa båten och bara njuta och ta det lugnt.

Ägna söndagskvällen åt staden, restaurangerna, utsiktspunkten på Ramunderberget etc.
Det finns mataffärer inte långt från hamnen, har ni testat Smultronstället? Dom har hur stora glassar som helstJ. Bondens Crêperie och Lanthandel som har närproducerad mat, Söderköpings Brunn med à la Carte och stor vinkällare etc.

Ta en guidad tur med choo-choo tåget längs kanalen eller bara gå en sväng i de mysiga kvarteren där många av Astrid Lindgrens filmer blev inspelade. Turistbyrån har mängder med tips, tele: 0121-181 60.

Söderköping–Berg, måndag
15 slussar, 2 sjöar, 55 km
09.00 Avg Mem
Ca: 09.30 Söderköping, håll koll efter båtarna från Mem och följ med konvojen.
16.00 Ank Norsholm.
Därefter färd över sjön Roxen, 27 km.
Natthamn: Bergs gästhamn, Roxen.

Dagens etapp: Det var i Mem den stora invigningen av Göta kanal ägde rum år 1832. Medeltidsstaden Söderköping är en idyll med central kanalhamn. Färden fram till
Norsholm och Roxen går genom ett vackert landskap och över sjön Asplången. Efter Norsholm går färden vidare över Roxen till Berg.

Berg–Borenshult, tisdag
16 slussar, 1 sjö, 34 km
09.00 Avg Carl Johans slusstrappa, Berg.
15.00 Ank Borensberg.
Därefter färd över sjön Boren, 13 km.
Natthamn: Borenshults gästhamn.

Dagens etapp: Färden börjar med kanalens största sevärdhet, Carl Johans slusstrappa, som består av sju slussar och lyfter och sänker båtarna drygt 18 meter! Efter ytterligare fyra dubbelslussar i Berg, kommer en sträcka som bjuder på två akvedukter och ett vackert jordbrukslandskap fram till Borensberg. Här öppnas slussen för hand, som förr i tiden. Efter färd över sjön Boren, väntar natthamnen nedanför Borenshults slusstrappa.

Borenshult – Motala (Vadstena), onsdag
6 slussar, 2 sjöar, 44 km
08.00 Avg Borenshults slusstrappa. OBS tiden!
10.00 Ank Motala hamn.

Dagens etapp: Borenshults slussar är kanalens näst största slusstrappa med fem slussar.
I Motala gästhamn är det nära till stadens utbud av butiker. Ta en tur till Vadstena, som gäst till Göta Kanal Charter har ni fritt i gästhamnen även här.

Motala–Borensberg, torsdag
16.00 Avg Motala sluss.
17.30 Färd över sjön Boren, 13 km.
Natthamn: Borensbergs gästhamn.

Dagens etapp: Borenshults slussar är kanalens näst största slusstrappa med fem slussar. Efter sjön Boren väntar gästhamnen i idylliska Borensberg.

Borensberg–Norsholm, fredag
17 slussar, 1 sjö, 48 km
09.00 Avg Borensberg.
17.00 Färd över sjön Roxen, 27 km.
19.00 Inslussning i Norsholms sluss.Natthamn: Norsholms gästhamn.

Dagens etapp: Borensbergs sluss öppnas för hand som förr i tiden. Sträckan därefter bjuder på två akvedukter och ett vackert jordbrukslandskap. Därefter börjar nedslussningen mot Bergs slussar och Roxen. Den avslutas med kanalens största sevärdhet, Carl Johans slusstrappa, som består av sju slussar, och sänker och lyfter båtarna drygt 18 meter! Efter sjön Roxen blir det inslussning i Norsholm till natthamnen.

Norsholm–Söderköping, lördag
12 slussar, 1 sjö, 22 km
09.00 Avg Norsholm.
15.00-17.00 Söderköping.

Dagens etapp: Färden från Norsholm fram till Söderköping går genom ett vackert landskap och över sjön Asplången. Medeltidsstaden Söderköping är en idyll med central kanalhamn.

Söderköping, Söndag

Efter en förhoppningsvis underbar vecka är det dags att lämna över båten. Vi träffas kl. 8.00 och kollar igenom allt.

Kontakt: Pontus 070-54 69 169

Enkelrutten Vadstena/Motala - Söderköping

Ruttplan: Vadstena/Motala- Söderköping

Under bokningssäsong på Göta Kanal åker ni i konvoj tillsammans med andra båtar. Ni kommer att följa ett schema med tider i ett lugnt och härligt tempo. Det är viktigt att ni respekterar tiderna och har en god dialog med slussvakt och övriga båtar för att resan ska bli så trevlig som möjligt. Ni hittar karta och skepparguide i en länk på hemsidan, dessa kommer även finnas i båtarna. Det är väldigt bra om ni har läst på lite redan innan ni kommer.

Tisdag, Vadstena – Fjuk – Motala
12.00 Hämtning av båt i Vadstena.

Vadstena – Fjuk 11 km, Fjuk – Motala 18 km

Vadstena är en mycket trevlig och mysig medeltidsstad, här får ni en plats i vallgraven intill Gustav Wasas slott. Det är nära till stadens utbud av mysiga restauranger, minigolf, Heliga Birgittas Kloster, Klosterkyrkan etc.

I Motala gästhamn är det nära till staden med shopping, restauranger etc. I den fina gästhamnen hittar ni restauranger som Hamnkrogen, Restaurang Wettern, Brasseri nostalgi och Café Hamnpiren.

Tips: Missa inte Motala Motormuseum, ett av Sveriges populäraste motormuseum med 2000kvm nostalgi.

Onsdag, Motala – Borensberg
16,5 km 6 slussar
16.00 Avg Motala sluss.
17.30 Färd över sjön Boren, 13 km.
Natthamn: Borensbergs gästhamn.

Dagens etapp:
Efter första slussen i Motala fortsätter resan i Motala förbi det gamla industrilandskapet Motala Verkstad, byggd av grundaren till Göta Kanal, Balzar von Platen. Glöm inte tuta när ni åker förbi hans grav. Sedan kommer ni till den näst största slusstrappan i Borenshult som tar er ner ca:15 meter till sjön Boren, här finns glasskiosk minigolf etc. Efter sjön Boren väntar gästhamnen i idylliska Borensberg.

I Borensberg ligger den 100 år gamla Göta Hotell som erbjuder en högklassig matupplevelse, restaurangen blev rankad som en av de bästa i Östergötland av White Guide. I den nya gästhamnsbyggnaden i hamnen ligger cafét Kaffeteriet och turistbyrån. Här kan ni njuta av nybakat, spela golf eller bara ta en glass.

Borensberg är ett litet samhälle med små fina restauranger mataffär mm. Och inte långt från gästhamnen ligger Strandbadet, ett trevligt bad i sjön Boren med sandstrand.

Torsdag, Borensberg – Norsholm
17 slussar, 1 sjö, 48 km
09.00 Avg Borensberg.
17.00 Färd över sjön Roxen, 27 km.
19.00 Inslussning i Norsholms sluss.
Natthamn: Norsholms gästhamn.

Dagens etapp:
I Borensberg öppnas slussen för hand, som förr i tiden. Sedan kommer en sträcka som bjuder på två akvedukter och ett vackert jordbrukslandskap fram till Berg. Vid Ljungs östra sida går en lång allé som leder till Ljungs Herrgård, den byggdes på tidigt 1800 tal. Brunneby Gård har en lång historia av att tillverka egen äppeldricka, marmelad, cider etc. Den fina gamla kyrkan är byggd 1269.

Tips: stanna till i gästhamnen i Ljungsbro/Malfors. Därifrån är det ca 1 km till Cloettas Chokladfabrik med fabriksförsäljning. Glöm inte att kolla öppettiderna på tel 013-28 53 75.

Efter fyra dubbelslussar i Berg, innan sjön Roxen kommer ni till kanalens största sevärdhet, Carl Johans slusstrappa, som består av sju slussar som sänker er ned drygt 18 meter till sjön Roxen. Vid vågbrytaren in till hamnen ser ni den 9 meter höga Dubbelgångaren, en skulptur gjord av Kent Karlsson. Gångavstånd från hamnen ligger Vreta Kloster som invigdes år 1289 och som fortfarande idag är i bruk.

Nu återstår navigering över sjön Roxen till Norsholm, starta plottern och håll koll på sjökortet.

I Norsholm finns Kapten Billes, Brittas och Lennards närproducerad kött och mat samt cafét vid slussen. Här finns också en mindre mataffär.

Glöm inte att tanka och tömma septiktanken här.

Fredag, Norsholm– Söderköping

12 slussar, 1 sjö, 28 km
09.00 Avg Norsholm
15.00-17.00 Ank. Söderköping

Dagens etapp:
Färden från Norsholm fram till Söderköping går genom ett vackert landskap och över sjön Asplången. Medeltidsstaden Söderköping är en idyll med central kanalhamn. I Mem var den stora invigningen av Göta kanal år 1832.

Stanna en stund på cafét vid Brådtom sluss, här kan barnen träffa kaniner, katter, hönor och hundar. Väldigt mysigt!
Västerut från Söderköping ser ni Eva Fornåås Kaniner i brons som försöker korsa kanalen och som konstnären säger krävs det tålamod, samarbete och vänskap, precis som en resa på kanalen i hyrd båt J

Återlämning av båten

Efter en underbar tur med massor av minnen och upplevelser är det dags att säga hej då och vi hoppas att snart få se er igen. Vi möter upp er i Kanalhamnen före slussen i Söderköping. Sök gärna en plats så nära slussen som möjligt. Ni har fyllt på bränsle, vatten, städat och tömt septiktanken.

Obs. För dieselbåtarna är sista möjligheten för tankning i Norsholm.

Ni som har hyrt en Delphia båt får hjälp med tankningen i Söderköping som ni betalar kontant för.

Ni kan när som helst före och under resan kontakta oss för att få tips och råd.

Er kontaktperson är Pontus Björsner 0705 46 91 69.

Vid olycka eller nödfall ring: 112

Varmt välkommen till Göta kanal. Vi ses!