Forsvik Lock, Gota Canal

Motala, Karlsborg

In Forsvik you find the oldest lock of the Göta Canal, from 1813. Sights are also the Hjulångaren Eric Nordevall II and the nice working environment and the exhibitions in Forsviks Bruk.

The building of the lock required a workforce of approximately 500 billeted soldiers. A number of Russian deserters also took part. According to an old myth, Russian prisoners of war were forced to work on the excavations for the Göta Canal. The truth is that the canal was built by 58,000 billeted soldiers who sweated and struggled during the 23 years it took to complete the waterway through Sweden. Although there were a small number of Russians involved, there were no more than about 160 Russian deserters at the same time at Forsvik.

Formal name: Karl XIII

Built: 1813

Technical facts: Forsvik Lock has a rise of 3.5 metres, which is the highest for a single lock on the Göta Canal.

Contact information

AB Göta kanalbolag
Box 3
59121 Motala
Phone: +46-141202050


Opening hours

2018 Göta Canal is open:
Booking season May 2 - June 10
High season June 11 - August 15
Booking season August 16 - September 30