Göta Canal - Hike and bike package, 3 days

Lyrestad, Mariestad

Göta Canal is usually associated with boats and not everyone knows what a fantastic hiking and biking experience the canal can offer.  We have combined these activities in a package that lets you experience the nature, locks and canal environment up close, while enjoying the food and accommodation offered along Göta Canal.

Day 1

Arrival Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens.


Walk along the Cultural Path in the Norrqvarn area. Map with information about Norrqvarn. Distance: 500 metres.

Dinner at Norrqvarn. Main meal of your choice.

Day 2

Breakfast buffet.

Hike along Göta Canal with self-guided tour material about the Norrqvarn-Sjötorp section. Car-free walking path. Distance: 9.2 kilometres.

During the day, you will pass historic sites, locks and old lock guard huts. In Lyrestad, you can visit the old harbour warehouse Hamnmagasinet and antiques and interior design shop Mooi.

Lunch at Restaurang Kajutan in Sjötorp.

At Sjötorp, where Göta Canal enters Vänern, there are locks, a canal museum, shops and cafés.

At Sjötorp's Upplevelsecenter, you will collect your bike for the ride back to Norrqvarn.

Dinner at Norrqvarn. Main meal of your choice.

Day 3

Breakfast buffet.

Check-out by 11.00.


Hike another section along Göta Canal.

Bike or hike from Sjötorp to Surö Bokskog (beech forest).

Go canoeing in Göta Canal.

Hike in Tiveden national park.

Göta Canal

Today, Göta Canal is one of Sweden's most visited and appreciated destinations. Göta Canal stretches 191 kilometres from Sjötorp by Lake Vänern, north-east of Mariestad, to Mem on the Baltic Sea, just east of Söderköping. In the province of Västergötland, the canal joins Sweden's two largest lakes Vänern and Vättern, starting in Sjötorp and finishing in Karlsborg. The canal has 58 locks and runs through an ever-changing natural environment.

Hiking along Göta Canal

A hike along the canal is a serene experience. The slow pace allows you to enjoy the unique canal environment of boating, locks and street life. You will walk along the gravel towpath along the canal. Accommodation, eateries and interesting attractions are plentiful along the route.

Walking along the canal is an activity that can be enjoyed all year round. Here, you will encounter a fantastic natural environment and the towpath is free of cars.

During the peak season, the canal carries both pleasure boats and passenger boats, while the towpath is also used by a lot of cyclists.

Contact information

Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens
Norrkvarns Slussområde
548 93 Lyrestad
Phone: +46-50150770
Fax: +46-50150771

E-mail: reception@norrqvarn.se
Website: http://www.norrqvarn.se

Price information

Price: 1780 per person (sharing a double room)

Additional fee if not sharing a room: SEK 400

Included in the package:

Göta Canal hike and bike package

2 nights hotel accommodation

2 breakfast buffets

2 dinners with a main meal of your choice at Norrqvarn

1 lunch at Restaurang Kajutan, Sjötorp

Hike with self-guided tour material

1 day bike hire


Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens offers:

  • Hotel rooms
  • Rooms with shared bathroom
  • Troll tree stump lodges
  • 25 rooms and 70 beds in total
  • Restaurant offering a seasonal menu. Certified Västsvensk Mersmak restaurant since 2012.
  • Children’s miniature canal
  • Bike and canoe hire
  • Culture Walk
  • Wi-fi
  • Guest harbour service


Where road E20 crosses Göta Canal at Lyrestad, 20 kilometres north of Mariestad, follow signs for Norrkvarns slussområde (Norrkvarn locks area).