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RIVER CANOE – Guided Tour

Paddle along a beautiful stretch of gorgeous Raundal River on our fun “River Canoes”. Take your entire family or friends on a relaxing and outstanding river canoe tour adventure in Norway!

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Paddle along a beautiful stretch of the gorgeous Raundal River. Join our fun and flow Canoe trip.

Take your entire family or friends on a relaxing and outstanding adventure! Outdoor Norway will take you on a stunning trip to discover the magnificent Raundal River from an inflatable canoe.

You will paddle alone in the canoes while our guide is close by with his kayak, guiding you down the river.

Your 5km “fun-flow” experience starts where the Marine Canyon finishes at.

Our friendly experienced guides will accompany you while you ‘go with the flow’ and paddle down this picturesque river and enjoy the outstanding scenery.

Your tour will finish at Palma Fossen; a 15m high waterfall on the Raundalselva river, here you will find a Salmon Ladder that helps the salmon to swim all the way up the Raundalen. There the shuttle back to Voss awaits you.

Flow Canoes

Our fun Flow Canoes & Rafts provide you with the perfect way for you and your entire family to enjoy this breathtaking scenery.

The section of river we paddle contains many fun rapids in the Class I-II category as well as many beautiful pools for you to relax and float through while enjoying the crystal clear water.

Our qualified guide will provide instruction (dry land and on-the-water) so that you not only have a great trip but learn skills that you can apply to future paddle adventures as well.

 

Location

Voss

Season

May - Oct

Price

1 100 NOK (Adult)
990 NOK (Youth)
890 NOK (Child)

All equipment + guide

Included

Duration

3 hours total
1-1,5 hours canoeing
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Difficulty

Beginner to intermediate

Requirements

5+ years

Recommendation

This tour is suitable for beginner and intermediate adventurers.
Details

For River canoe tour

  Itinerary

  1. Check-in at our Outdoor Base 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
  2. Gear up
  3. Scenic drive to Raundal river.
  4. Safety instructions.
  5. Warm-up and practice.
  6. Off to the rapids!
  7. Load equipment back into the van.
  8. Scenic drive back to our Outdoor Base in Voss.

Guest requirements

  • +5 years old (the guardian signs waiver for minors)
  • Basic swimming skills
  • Max 120 kg weight
  • Good physical health

Before your trip, please inform us or your guide of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy, etc.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

  • Swimming clothes
  • Thermal underwear if cold
  • Footwear that you can get wet
  • Change of clothes
  • Suncream

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional river guide
  • Top quality equipment
  • Reinforce Inflatable Canoes
  • Canoe paddles
  • PFD (personal flotation device also knowing as life-jacket)
  • Splash jacket
  • Wetsuits (if it’s a warm day 25 degrees and above it’s ok with your own sports clothes)
  • Footwear in neoprene
  • Transport in and out of the river
  • A fantastic river canoeing in Voss, The Adventure Mecca of Norway

SEASON PERIOD

May until October

TRIP TIMES

10:05  &  14:15 –  daily

 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scenic view of the mountains surrounding the river and the crystal clear water you are paddling in.
  • Many fun grade 2 rapids and many other grade 1 rapids.
  • Palmafossen – 15m high waterfall on the Raundal River.
  • Fish Ladders are one of the most commonly used methods to grow the fish population in Norway. These ‘Ladders’ help by allowing the fish to access larger areas of the river upstream which they otherwise could not access due to large obstacles in the river that they can’t swim up – e.g. waterfalls. By helping the fish to come up such previously impassable obstacles, it gives them more space to breed and feed.  Fish Ladders have great significance for the maintenance of biodiversity and productivity. In the current situation with many endangered stocks of salmon and freshwater fish, this is particularly important.
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Still have questions?

FAQ

Is prior experience required for river canoeing?

No, it isn't necessary.

The majority of our guests are first-timers, and our trips, equipment, and briefings are tailored to make beginners feel comfortable. Our experienced guides will offer a safety orientation before you embark on the water and will provide continuous guidance throughout the rapids.

What is the best time of year to go river canoeing?

The ideal time for river canoeing varies based on the river's conditions:

The rivers typically fluctuate from May to October. High water levels occur usually from June to mid-July, coinciding with the snow melting season. This period offers exhilarating rapids, especially for avid river enthusiasts.

However, the Raundal Canyon boasts breathtaking scenery throughout the entire summer. Since the Raundal River isn't dam-controlled, water levels vary, ensuring an excellent experience throughout the season. So, whether it's the thrill of powerful rapids or the beauty of the canyon, any time during the season is a great choice for river canoeing.

What safety measures are in place for children aged 5 to 10?

For children between 5 and 9 years old, there's a stable raft option available, particularly advisable when the river water level is moderate or high. Upon check-in, our guide will assess this alongside the guardian. In instances where the river water level is high, for safety purposes, the use of a more stable vessel becomes mandatory.

Do we need to be physically fit to go river canoeing?

Yes, we suggest that all participants in our canoeing experiences have good physical health.

If you have any medical concerns but still wish to go river canoeing, we always advise consulting with your doctor beforehand.

Will I be at risk of falling out of the canoe? If I do, what should I do?

Our primary goal is for everyone to stay safely in the boat, but surprisingly, some actually enjoy the thrill of going overboard. It can be initially disorienting, yet exhilarating. Many people have taken multiple trips and never fallen in, while some experience it on their first outing. It's a part of the river canoe experience.

Before entering the river, you'll receive thorough guidance on handling an unexpected dip and how to navigate the water confidently. By following your guide's instructions, your unexpected 'swim' might just become the highlight of your adventure—a tale to share with friends later on!

Is the trip appropriate for seniors?

There's no upper age limit for our tours; as long as you're physically fit, you're more than welcome to join us!

Additionally, our scenic float offers an incredible river experience for those who prefer a gentler ride and aren't keen on Grade III rapids.

What should I bring with me for a fjord kayak tour?

Before your activity, you will receive a detailed list of recommended items to bring, including appropriate clothing and gear for the activity.

For river canoe tours, attire should be weather-appropriate and might include:

- Swimwear (to wear under the wetsuit)
- Thermal underwear (if cold)
- Extra clothes for changing after the trip
- Towel
- Sunscreen

Regarding weather conditions:

Whitewater rafting is fantastic whether it's sunny or rainy!

When does your season start and end, and what is the best time of year to go river canoeing?

We kick off our river canoeing season once the river is free of ice, continuing until the snow starts to fall! Typically, this runs from early May to late October, but it's all in the hands of Mother Nature! You can find our current opening dates and times on our webpage.

The ideal time for river canoeing varies based on the river's conditions:

The rivers typically fluctuate from May to October. High water levels occur usually from June to mid-July, coinciding with the snow melting season. This period offers exhilarating rapids, especially for avid river enthusiasts.

However, the Raundal Canyon boasts breathtaking scenery throughout the entire summer. Since the Raundal River isn't dam-controlled, water levels vary, ensuring an excellent experience throughout the season. So, whether it's the thrill of powerful rapids or the beauty of the canyon, any time during the season is a great choice for river canoeing.

Should I tip my guide?

Tipping isn't customary in Norway, as it is e.g. in the USA. Our guides put in considerable effort to ensure your experience is both enjoyable and safe, maintaining the high standards set by Outdoor Norway.

While tipping is recognized as a standard practice in the industry and is always welcomed, it's never an obligation. It's entirely up to your discretion whether you choose to leave a tip. Your appreciation for the service provided is greatly valued either way.

How do you know the water level of the river?

The Raundal River has a gauge near Palmafossen that provides hourly updates to Norway's Department of Hydrology (NVE). They monitor water levels for various reasons like flood prevention and electricity pricing, and this information is accessible on their website. We also keep track of the river flow through an app for continuous monitoring.

What is the water temperature?

It's challenging to pinpoint the exact temperature at any given time, so here's a breakdown for reference:

- May: Ranges between 5°C to 8°C due to the melting season.
- June: Still melting, varying from 7°C to 12°C.
- July: Typically between 11°C to 19°C, influenced by remaining snow in high mountains and the Hardangervidda plateau. If little snow remains with hot air temperatures, water can be warmer by mid-July. Some summers, guests opt-out of wearing wetsuits by then.
- August: Ranging from 10°C to 17°C.
- September: Varies from 9°C to 15°C.
- October: Usually between 8°C to 13°C.

We provide our guests with essential gear like a wetsuit (John), wetsuit jacket, neoprene river boots, and a water-resistant/wind-resistant jacket to ensure warmth.

Fun fact: if you ask a Vestlander (a Norwegian from the west), they might simply say, 'The water is fresh.' This implies it's never too cold, always suitable for adventure—all you need is the right equipment.

Can I leave my bag/luggage at the base?

Yes absolutely, that's not an issue at all.

We have shelves available for storing your belongings while you're out on a tour. Rest assured, there's always a member of our staff present at the base, so your items will be securely looked after— nothing goes missing on our watch!

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes.

Upon joining any activity, a waiver acknowledging risks must be read and signed. For minors, a parent or guardian is required to sign the waiver.

Meeting point

Summer Outdoor Shop address:
Evangervegen 14
5704 Voss
Norway