Timberrafting In Sweden- Part 1
(Tømmerflåde i Värmland, 6 dage-100km)
6 Days, 100 km downriver, 1 ton raft–and yes, we built it ourselves! 🙂 with guidance and all materials by Vagabond Tours.
Once a boy scout, forever a boy scout! We both love active trips, but he’s the one who’s been tenting in the wild. One of my girlfriends had apparently joked that I’d never survive this trip, but I’m ready to do it again tomorrow!
I’d like to give a shoutout to Vagabond Tours, for arranging trips like this. (Their links at the end of this post.)
Basically, we built a 2-ton raft and sailed it down the Klareven River in Sweden. 6 days / 100 km.
The first night we camped at the Vagabond outpost and had a little practical info on how to put our raft together, general tips on safety and what to watch out for etc.
The next morning, along with others taking this trip, we bussed up to the spot where we’d build our home for the next 6 days on the water.
The timber was ready for us on the shore of the river. The idea was to roll the logs needed down to the water and then to rope the raft together in the water, because when the raft was built, it would weigh about 2 tons and we wouldn’t be able to shove it out.
Morten didn’t feel it was necessary to roll the logs down the beach but instead wanted to carry each individual one down to the water lol. About ½ way through he must’ve gotten tired and started rolling them.
I learned about all kinds of knots and did my bit tying the raft together.
We took the 100km-in-6-days option. The current would take us gently down the river, but we needed to spend about 10 hours a day floating along in order to make it in time.
At night it was recommended that we fasten the raft to the shore, tied to at least 2 trees, to keep it secure at night. Most nights we pitched our tent on the shore, but there was a night where we hadn’t found a good place to tie up our raft and it was getting dark reeeeally fast, so we pitched our tent on the raft for the night.
(the rest of this in part 2—coming soon!)