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Canoeing in Sälen


Glide along in a canoe, kayak or packraft. Paddle in Sälen with the Sälen mountains as a backdrop and experience true wilderness. Beginners and families can canoe in peaceful waters, while thrill-seekers can discover challenging wild waters that will get your adrenaline flowing. Whichever kind of tour or kind of paddling you prefer, there are plenty of exciting, wet and wild adventures in Sälen.


Paddling a canoe or kayak in Sälen is a perfect way to explore the natural surroundings from another perspective - the water. Glide along gently or try out wilder waters. The Sälen mountains offers paddling for all levels and tastes. A paddling tour allows you to travel long distances and the Sälen mountain area includes several fantastic canoe routes. The Västerdal river is a popular option for paddling in Sälen, along with the connecting Görälven and Fuluälven rivers.

There are several wonderful day trips to choose from, many of which start in central Sälen. These are easily navigable, which means the whole family can head out together. One trip heads southwards towards Kläppen. It’s around 16km long and follows peaceful waters with excellent fishing opportunities along the way. A shorter 10km half-day tour runs between Sälen and Högstrand. Paddle the Västerdal river and stop along the way at the many sandy beach to swim, fish and picnic.

If you want to try something even more adventurous, why not plan a multi-day trip. A relatively peaceful and simple trip is the 70km-long route between Sälen and Malung. Otherwise there are plenty more challenging tours and routes if you want to paddle in Sälen and the immediate area.

There are several operators you can book guided paddling trips in Sälen with - as well as other exciting water-based adventures. For example, paddle a packraft, a small, inflatable rubber boat which will carry you out on fun, challenging adventures in the Sälen wilderness. Many campsites, cabins and other facilities also hire out canoes and kayaks with all the accompanying gear.

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