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THREE CANOE ROUTES IN NORTHERN UPPLAND

ALONG EVERY CREEK, A NEW WORLD AWAITS. A HERON LIFTING OFF ON HEAVY WINGS, A CURIOUS FOX, PERHAPS AN OTTER. THE GENTLE STREAM BRINGS YOU PAST BURIAL GROUNDS FROM THE IRON AGE, THROUGH THE DAMS OF THE MILL COMMUNITIES, OVER THE SPREAD OF WATER LILLIES IN THE MERES AND UNDER THE NOBLE BRANCHES OF DECIDOUS TREES.

These three routes present the most beautiful and accessible leg of each river. They are ideal for beginners or families. The surroundings are close at hand for most part of the route, and rest areas and shelters can be found along the way. The water levels along these routes are always adequate, though the water level can vary from springtime floodings to the low waters of late summer. Some shorter stretches may be slightly obstructed by water plants, but these points can normally be passed without any trouble. All canoe routes lie under certain regulations in regards to the embankment you will have to pass. Despite this fact, the water level can vary from springtime floodings to the low waters of late summer.

REGARDING THE RIGHT OF COMMON ACCESS

To be allowed to travel on waters and wander through woods and lands without asking permission is a benefit whose equivalence can be found in few other countries. The right of common access is based on a general agreement that vegetation, animal life and people shall be respected. Please note that your dog must be on a leash from the 1st of March until the 20th of August. During the rest of the year, please keep your dog under supervision to prevent it from disturbing animal life.

REGARDING FIRE

Open fires should always be limited to fire pits prepared for this purpose, which can be found along the routes. When a fire ban is announced, no fire is allowed!

REGARDING BIRDS

Lakes and streams are often lined with birds' nests during spring and summer. During this time, you should avoid landing at these spots along the canoe route. The black-throated diver and the osprey are very sensitive to disruption. 

KOLARMORAÅN

THE  VÄLLEN - BYSJÖN ROUTE

The Kolarmoraån route, starting at lake Vällen, is 18 km long; a sufficient day tour down to lake Bysjön. The first part of the route passes through habited woodlands with outback features. The river and the lakes are lined with coniferous trees and spots of broad-leaved deciduous thees and grove vegetation. There are several rest areas around the lakes where you can swim. Fishing with a permit is also allowed.

Parking and launching areas can be found at Björnsundet where road 611 passes Vällen. Another launching spot is the swimming area at Måviksbadet. Shelter and toilet facilities are available at the northern shore of Aspdalssjön lake, a few hundred meters past the road bridge. Both the arctic loon and the osprey nest by the lake or in nearby vegetation, so please take care when approaching the islands in early summer. Down stream in Aspdalssjön there are stretches of close water vegetation, but this shouldn’t pose any major problems. Once you have passed Bysjön, the route ends and the Harboholm river joins on. If you choose to finish your paddling tour here, there is a swimming area just ahead of the bridge where you can land your canoe. A few kilometres north up Vällen you will find the delta of the Kolarmora river. If you carry on paddling approximately 200 meters up the lake, you will reach an embankment that you can easily cross by carrying your canoe. There are also two shelters, a fire pit, and a toilet. This beautifully located rest area is also used by hikers of the Uppland Trail.

KOLARMORAÅN - BYSJÖN–NÄRDINGEN

At this end there are a few passages which are trickier to pass. Embankments, currents and shallow waters may require some reconnoitring, carrying or wading. Once you have entered lake Närdingen you can paddle north towards the sea, which you will reach after some time and effort. If you chose to go south you will have a fairly easy paddle to the Ununge height, which is a good place to finish. Further information regarding this route can be found at the Norrtälje Tourist Information; please see back.

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Tämnatrån, photo: Anders Olander

TÄMNARÅN

THE  TIERP-STRÖMSBERG ROUTE

This route startsin Tierp and stretches for about 8 kilometres. To reach the launching spot by the river, leave the Tierp main road by the crossing opposite the hospital and carry on for about three hundred meters down the road. Spacious parking and room for potential camping is available. This route is ideal for beginners, families and school classes. No rapid waters or falls, no shallow waters or areas obstructed by vegetation, and always plenty of water. The route at large is wide and accessible and is completed in a few hours, one way.

A few hundred meters before Strömsberg, on the east river side, there is a good landing spot if in need of a break, where it is possible to light a barbeque and to camp. Strömsberg is the end of the Tämnarån route. Keep to the left, and land at the parking lot ahead of the dam. The mill community of Strömsberg was founded between the years of 1643–45 and today hold an unique position with its near complete mill environment, including a smithy, a coalhouse, a hut, a roastery and residential houses.

TÄMNARÅN - THE COMPLETE ROUTE

A good place to start your paddling tour is at Ubblixbo or at Sjölunda, where the bird life of Tämnaren lake will not be disturbed. Between Ubblixbo and Ullfors the water levels may be low during dry summers, and some parts of the route may be difficult to get past due to water vegetation. By the (old) E4 motorway and by the energy plant there is no passing under the road!

Downstream, towards Strömsberg you will encounter some rapid waters and falls that may be difficult to pass. When reaching Östra Vad the safest and easiest option may be to use a trolley to pull your canoe past the area, in case of very high or very low water levels. If you chose to do so you pass via the country road on the east side of the river. About one and a half kilometre up the road the Västland church is located. Here you will find shelter, fresh water and toilet facilities. If you wish to end your paddling tour in the mill dam, keep to the left when you pass the roadbride, before you reach Karlholm.

 

 

 

Fyrisån Photo Berndt Godin

FYRISÅN

THE  VATTHOLMA–UPPSALA ROUTE

Fyrisån travels south from the spring lakes of Österbybruk and the Dannemora lake through the woods of Uppland, passing the burial mounds of the iron age, the agricultural communities and the city of Uppsala to finally reach Mälaren.

The route starts downstream by the Vattholma dam. Spacious parking is available on the east side near the water gates. Follow the signs to the launching area approximately 75 meters downstream. Avoid launching by the dam - the seabed is rocky, and there are also some old iron rubble and strong currents to watch out for. Soon enough you will reach the influx from Vendelån, and the water level will rise.

During early spring the grounds between Vattholma and Storvreta often floods and thereby serves as important resting spots for ducks, gees and swans. To avoid disturbing the bird life you can launch your canoe near the bridge by the northern approach to Storvreta, parking by the school. Eventually you will reach the Ekeby dam. Decent landing spots can be found on the west side of the embankment, where several launching places are also available depending on the water bearings. In late summer heavy vegetation may cause some problems downstream.

By Ensta, the paved neck of the fall initiates a shorter stretch of the river. With good water bearings an experienced paddler should have no problems passing. Alternatively, there is a landing spot on the west riverbank, as well as handy transportation for about fifty meters down towards the shelter where safe launching can be made. The eastern beach should be avoided as the grounds are not ideal, and the beach also borders private land. By the Ulva mill you can land by the pontoon to the right of the dam (please note: this is not the pontoon belonging to the house) and launch below the millhouse. Downstream there is an embankment which may be difficult to pass during low water levels. Regardless of the water level you are better to pull your canoe past this spot, along the side of the embankment. Spacious parking facilities and launching areas are available here, especially if you are set to paddle north.

FYRISÅN - THE COMPLETE ROUTE

Dannemorasjön is a good place to start your paddling tour. Lilla Ralby situates parking facilities and a bus stop near the launching spot. For the first mile travelling south you will pass high reeds, but still experience some wilderness. A shelter can be found north of Skyttorp. An alternative starting point is by the Skyttorp bridge, where there is a small parking lot. When water levels are high the current may be strong through Vattholma, and you are best to land by the road bridge just north of town. The route ends at Fyrishov in Uppsala. Paddling through Uppsala is not recommended!

ACCOUNTABLE FOUNDERS OF THE CANOE ROUTES, AND RESPONISBLES FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THESE:

Upplandsstiftelsen

Telephone 018-611 62 71

Website www.upplandsstiftelsen.se

Information can also be found at Uppsala Turistbyrå/Uppsala Tourist Information

Fyristorg 8, 753 10 Uppsala

Telephone 018-27 48 00 www.uppland.nu

ROUTE TÄMNARÅN

Tierp – Strömsberg:

Maintenance and information:

Tierps kommun, Kultur & fritid

Telephone 0293-18 000

Maps: Terrängkartan

Söderfors 12HN 

ROUTE FYRISÅN

Vattholma – Uppsala

Maintenance and information:

Uppsala kommun

Maps: Östhammar 12ISV

Uppsala 11INV

 

ROUTE KOLARMORAÅN

Maintenance and information: Uppsala kommun

Norrtälje kommun, Turistbyrån/ Uppsala council, Norrtälje council, Tourist information

Telephone 01767-719 90 www.norrtalje.se

Maps: Terrängkartan

Östhammar 12ISO, Grisslehamn SV

 

CANOE RENTAL

Friluftsfrämjandet in Uppsala

Sunnerstastugan

Telephone 018-727 60 86 alt.

018-32 06 01

Fyrishov stugby

Telephone 018-727 49 60

www.fyrishov.se

 

Kanotcenter in Östhammar

742 21 Östhammar

Telephone 0173-216 92

www.kanotcenter.se