Extend your canal trip
Canal-side guest harbours
There are many guest harbors in the lakes along the Göta canal, both Lake Vättern and Lake Vänern are lined with cozy resorts and lively harbors to dock in. There is lots to see and experience for those of you who travel the Göta Canal, but want to take a break from the canal life to stretch out on more open water.
By Lake Vättern there are Vadstena, Askersund and Hjo within easy reach of the canal ports of Karlsborg and Motala. If you want to make longer trips, there are both Visingsö and Jönköping in the southern part of the lake.
In Lake Vänern, you don't have far to Mariestad or Otterbäcken in Gullspång when you leave Göta Canal in Sjötorp. If you are going down towards Gothenburg, you will pass both Lidköping and Vänersborg on the way to Trollhätte Canal. However, the latter are well worth a visit even for those who turn around in Lake Vänern and go back on the Göta Canal again.
Read more about the lakes Vänern and Vättern
Do you want to know more?
Do you want to know more about how a trip with a pleasure boat on the Göta Canal works?
You might want to know the maximum height to be able to sail your sailboat, or the maximum speed for your new motorboat.
Or perhaps you want to know if we have several different tickets for leisure boats on routes other than Gothenburg-Stockholm?
Try life on the canal!
For those who want to see what it's like to travel on the Göta Canal and perhaps travel through a lock for the first time, we recommend the mini trip.
The mini trip is a special offer that can be booked during the high season for four specially selected routes.
Mini trip Mem - Söderköping
The ticket includes a round trip journey between Mem and Söderköping, as well as three overnight stays in one of the guest harbours. You will experience both the tranquil, picturesque Mem, and the bustling summer atmosphere of Söderköping. Along the way, you will pass 3 different locks.
Mini trip Motala - Borensberg
The ticket includes a round trip journey between Motala and Borensberg, as well as three overnight stays in one of the guest harbours. Take the time to enjoy Motala, one of the largest harbours on the canal, the historical environment surrounding the old Motala Workshop, and the idyllic Borensberg. Along the way, you will pass the Göta Canal's steepest flight of locks, with 5 locks, in Borenshult.
Mini trip Karlsborg - Vassbacken
The ticket includes a round trip journey between Karlsborg and Vassbacken, as well as three overnight stays in one of the guest harbours. Take the opportunity to experience harbour life in Karlsborg, feel the beating wings of history in the old mill town of Forsvik, or the quietly idyllic Vassbacken. Along the way, you will pass 2 locks and 3 bridges.
Mini trip Sjötorp - Lyrestad
The ticket includes a round trip journey between Sjötorp and Lyrestad, as well as three overnight stays in one of the guest harbours. Take the opportunity to experience the bustling, high-season atmosphere at Sjötorp, and the tranquility of the idyllic Lyrestad harbour. Along the way, you will pass 8 locks and 2 bridges.