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Facts about the canals

Sweden and Norway together have eleven canals. Each has its own character. Each canal has its story to tell and its own particular environment. Wide canals with modern locks that we must share with commercial shipping, small passages which have been blasted out with manually-operated locks, linked systems of lakes which invite us to sail in beautiful, untouched natural landscapes, aqueducts and bridges...



       
Maximum size of boats
   
Built Length Number of locks Difference
in level
Length Beam   Height   Draught Charts Recc. length
of journey,
days
The Bergslag Canal
1850-1857 64 km
34,5 NM
6 17 m 20,7 m 3,6 m 2,6 m 1,2 m Sjökort/Karta + farledsbeskrivning Bergslagskanalen 1-3 days
The Dalsland Canal
1864-1868 254 km
137,2 NM
31 66 m 22,75 m 4,05 m 15 resp
12 m
1,8 m Båtsportkort/
kanalbeskriving
Dalslands kanal
4-7 days
The Göta Canal
1810-1832 190,5 km
102,9 NM
58 91,8 m 30 m 7 m 22 m 2,82 m Båtsportkort / kanalbeskrivning
Göta kanal med Vättern
5-7 days
The Hjälmare Canal
1629-1639 13 km
7 NM
9 22 m 30 m 7 m fri 1,95 m Nr 114 Hjälmaren 0,5-2 days
The Kinda Canal
1865-1871 90 km
43,2 NM
15 50 m 24,5 m 4,5 m 3,09 m 1,5 m Sjökarta best:
013-12 99 00
bokhandeln
3-7 days
The Strömsholm Canal
1777-1795 109 km
59 NM
26 100 m 18 m 5 m 2,5 m 1,35 m Båtsportkort/
kanalbeskriving
Strömsholms kanal,
nr 1132
5-7 days
tur och retur
The Säffle Canal /
the Viking Route
1837 80 km
43,2 NM
1 0,6 m 42 m 7,5 m 16 m 3 m Nr 134 Vänern 2-4 days
The Södertälje Canal
1819, 1924 6 km
3,2 NM
1 0,8 m 135/
124 m
19/
18 m
40,5/
34 m
6,8/
6,5 m
Nr 6181 1-3 hours
The Trollhätte Canal
1800, 1844,
1916
82 km
44,3 NM
6 44 m 88 m 13,2 m 27 m 5,4 m Nr 1351 2-3 days
The Halden Canal
1852-1860 80 km
43,2 NM
8 39 m 24 m 6 m 5,7 m 1,6 m Båtsportkart for
Haldenkanalen
2-3 days
The Telemark Canal
Første
etappe:
1854-1861
Andre
etappe:
1887-1892
105 km 18 72 m 31,4 m 6,6 m til Dalen
12,8 m
til Notodden
16 m
2,4 m Båtsportkart for Telemarkskanalen. Skien – Notodden
t/r 2 – 3 days
Skien – Dalen
t/r 6 – 7 days


Quick links

The Association of Swedish and Norwegian Canals

Facts about the canals