Göta Canal CruiseSweden
From $1,785 USD
May 25 - August 26, 2018
4 Days / 3 Nights
Classic 4-day cruise aboard from Stockholm to Gothenburg. Travel Sweden's Blue Ribbon, pass two aqueducts, 66 remarkable locks, enjoy guided tours.
Experience Sweden's Blue Ribbon on our Classic 4-day Göta Canal cruise aboard M/S Juno, the world's oldest registered ship, from Stockholm to Gothenburg. During the cruise we pass two aqueducts, 66 remarkable locks, three canals, one river. See the locks in Trollhättan, the famous lock staircase at Berg, and the canal's oldest lock in Forsvik. Optional guided tours at Karlsborg Fortress, at Birka, the Viking City, and on Björkö Island in Lake Mälaren.
May 25 - August 26, 2018
Stockholm - Gothenburg, 4 days
June 7, 16, 28
July 6, 14, 23
August 1, 9, 18, 26
Gothenburg - Stockholm, 4 days
June 3, 12, 24
July 2, 10, 19, 28
August 5, 14, 22
Main Deck C
from $1,785 per person in double cabin
from $1,975 single cabin
Shelter Deck B
from $2,125 per person in double cabin
from $2,350 single cabin
Bridge Deck A
from $2,675 per person in double cabin
from $3,185 single cabin
15 % early booking discount on regular cabin prices if booked by Dec 15, 2017. For bookings made Dec 16, 2017 – March 15, 2018 an early booking discount of 10 % will apply. These discounts cannot be combined with any other offers. Rates are per person, May 25 - August 22, 2018.
- Four days and three nights on board,
- including one night at the quayside
- Full board: three breakfasts
- Four two-course lunches
- Three three-course dinners
- Tour guide
- 5 longer stops for excursions
- International airfare
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal items
- Travel insurance
- $25 Service fee
- Departure Stockholm, Skeppsbrokajen 103 at 09:00
- Arrival Gothenburg, Packhuskajen 10 at 16:00
- Cruise also available in reverse order, Gothenburg - Stockholm
- Age minimum: 7 years. Children must have their own bed.
Please see our offers for all Göta Canal Cruises:
- Mini Canal Cruise, 2 days, aboard M/S Wilhelm Tham
- Göta Canal Highlights, 3 days, aboard M/S Wilhelm Tham
- Classic Canal Cruise, 4 days, aboard M/S Juno
- Grand Sweden Cruise, 6 days, aboard M/S Diana
Day 1 DEPART STOCKHOLM - TROSA
The Classic Canal Cruise starts or ends in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. The ships are docked at Skeppsbrokajen 103, Gamla Stan.
2 Hammarby Lock
The Hammarby lock in Stockholm connects Lake Mälaren with the Baltic Sea. This is the first or the final lock on the journey.
3 Lake Mälaren
0.3 meters above sea level. In the Viking age, Sweden's third largest lake wasn't a lake, it was a part of the Baltic Sea. Here boats could sail far into Sweden to reach the many cities around the coastline making Mälaren a very important fairway and trading route. Around 1200 the mouth of Mälaren had become so shallow that boats had to be dragged over it to pass. It was about the same time that Sweden's capital Stockholm was founded on that very spot. In Lake Mälaren there are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Drottningholm Palace where the King and Queen of Sweden lives and Birka, the Viking City.
4 Drottningholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace, home of the Royal family since 1981, is also found on the World Heritage list. We pass the palace if time admits.
Sädertalje lock, 135 meters long, is the largest lock in Scandinavia.
6 The Baltic Sea
Between Mem at the outlet of Göta Canal and Södertalje we cross open water for a short bit and then weave through the archipelago.
The small town of Trosa dates all the way back to the 14th century. It was then known as a fishermens' village. Regular steamer traffic from Stockholm and Nyköping began in 1860, bringing large numbers of summer visitors. At the Classic Canal Cruise from Stockholm you will be able to enjoy a walk around the canals and alleys of Trosa (approx. 2.5 km).
Day 2 STEGEBORG - MOTALA
The ruins of the Stegeborg Castle are beautifully situated on a small island overlooking the bay of Slätbaken. The fort dates from the early Middle Ages and was built to guard the inlet to Söderköping.
On 26th Sept. 1832, the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Mem amid great pomp and circumstance in the presence of King Karl XIV Johan and his family. We now go through the first of the 58 narrow locks on the canal.
3 Söderköping Lock
The idyllic town Söderköping was founded in the early 1200s and was very important during the Hanseatic period. The town also has a long and very interesting history as a spa.
There are eight locks in the short distance of around two kilometers. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs between the locks.
5 Lake Asplången
27 meters above sea level
6 Norsholms lock
Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.
7 Lake Roxen
33 meters above sea level.
8 Berg, Carl-Johan
The Carl Johan lock staircase is the longest in the canal with seven connected locks. The lock staircase will lower the boat 18.8 meters from the Berg guest harbor to Lake Roxen. Here we board the ship again before steering out on the lake.
The convent of Vreta dates from about 1100 and was the first nunnery in Sweden. Its importance was later superseded by the convent founded by Saint Bridget (St. Birgitta) at Vadstena. The old convent church at Vreta is one of Sweden’s most interesting, offering many medieval treasures. Today, it is used as a parish church and is therefore not always open to visitors.
9 Berg (Heda)
The ship has passed all 15 locks in the Berg lock system. It is time to board for departure.
10 Ljungsbro, aqueduct
We pass the first of two aqueducts in the canal. The Ljungsbro aqueduct was built in 1970.
11 Kungs Norrby, aqueduct
The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 as part of the national route 36.
In the idyllic village Borensberg there is a hand-operated lock. Shortly before the lock we pass a small gazebo leaning out over the canal in a sharp bend known as the “Helmsman’s Horror”, and after that we see the well-known Göta Hotel, built in 1908.
13 Lake Boren
Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren, 73 meters above sea level.
The Locks Of Berg
The locks of Berg are located north of the city of Linkoping. The whole lock system consists of no less than 15 locks, connected with Lake Roxen. The whole Berg lock system is called "The Big Lift". The locks can raise or lower ships 28.8 meters.
At the Mini Canal Cruise we dock for the night in the harbour basin between the locks of Oscar and Carl-Johan. The evening offers the possibility to take a walk along the canal, or to go for an evening swim in Lake Roxen below the Carl-Johan lock staircase.
9 Convent of Vreta
The convent of Vreta dates from about 1100 and was the first nunnery in Sweden. Its importance was later superseded by the convent founded by Saint Bridget (Saint Birgitta) at Vadstena. The old convent church at Vreta is one of Sweden's most interesting, offering many medieval treasures. Today, it is used as a parish church and is therefore not always open to visitors.
On the Classic Canal Cruise and the Grand Sweden Cruise you have the option of joining the tour guide on a walk (app. 3 km) to the ruins of the convent of Vreta and to the church. As an alternative you can walk along the canal on your own or take a swim in Lake Roxen.
10 Ljungsbro Aqueduct
At Ljungsbro we pass one of the two aqueducts on our journey. This one was built in 1970. The canal crosses over the road so you can look down on the cars while you pass.
On the Great Canal Cruise from Soderkoping we stop overnight at Ljungsbro.
11 Kungs Norrby, Aqueduct
The aqueduct at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 and leads over the national route 36.
At Borensberg there is a hand operated lock. The well-known Gota Hotel, built in 1908, is close to the lock.
13 Lake Boren
Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren (73 metres above sea level).
The lock staircase at Borenshult is the second longest in the canal, with five locks connected and a total rise of 15.3 meters. Here you might hear the nightingale sing.
15 Arrive Motala
It was Baltzar von Platen who drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called “the Capital Subject to changes. Please note! All times stated are approximate. In 1822 an engineering works, Motala Werkstad, was established here to serve the canal and is today considered to be the cradle of Swedish industry. Here you also find the head office of the Göta Canal Company, responsible for operation and maintenance. You can walk to see Baltzar von Platen’s grave, about 1km along the left side of the canal.
Day 3 MOTALA - LAKE VANERN
1 Depart Motala
We leave Motala and head out into Lake Vättern.
2 Lake Vättern
With a length of 135 km and a width of 31 km, Lake Vättern is Sweden’s second largest lake, 89 meteres above sea level. The lake is unusually deep and its water is very clear.
2 Karlsborg fortress
We visit Karlsborg Fortress, initiated by Baltzar von Platen and built 1819 -1909. Here you can enjoy an interesting guided tour of the fortress and the beautiful Garrison Church.
Forsvik has a very interesting industrial history. The lock, built in 1813, is the oldest one in the canal. The impressive iron bridge dates from the same year. In the lock we are sometimes greeted with songs and flowers by the Kindbom family, a religious group. From here on we will be going downwards!
4 Billströmmen/the Spetsnäs Canal
Through two narrow, wood-lined passages and small lakes full of water lilies, we steer out into Lake Viken.
5 Lake Viken
The beautiful Lake Viken (91.8 meters above sea level) serves as a water reservoir for the western section of the Göta Canal.
At Tåtorp there is another hand-operated lock. From here on we will be going downwards!
7 The Berg Canal
This part of the canal is called the Berg Canal and originally had a sharp bend which was straightened in 1930-33.
8 The Obelisk
An obelisk marks the highest point (91.5 meters above sea level) of the Göta Canal.
The railway line between Stockholm and Gothenburg crosses the canal here. Töreboda also proudly presents Sweden's smallest ferry, "Lina", which travels back and forth across the Göta Canal.
At Hajstorp there is a lock system consisting of four locks in beautiful surroundings. In 1822 the western section of the Göta Canal was inaugurated at Hajstorp. Here you can see the old home of the Canal Engineer. If you want to stretch your legs this is a good place, Hajstorp to Godhögen lock is app. 1.5 km.
At Sjötorp there is a set of eight locks, and also the remains of some old shipyards. We visit the old warehouse, where you can find a shop selling, among other things, clothes and home décor, a café and the Sjötorp Canal Museum. In the museum you can see old pictures of Sjötorp, the interiors of several old ships, and also learn more about the building of the canal. There is also a map of all the sunken ships in the Lake Vänern. Enjoy a lovely walk along the locks.
12 Lake Vänern
44 meteres above sea level. Lake Vänern is Sweden’s largest lake and the third largest lake in Europe, after the Ladoga and Onega lakes in Russia.
Day 4 TROLLHÄTTAN - ARRIVE GOTHENBURG
The Trollhättan Canal Museum is located in a storehouse from 1893. Learn more about the fascinating history of the Trollhätte Canal through the interesting exhibition and film shown here. You can also take a walk through the beautiful old lock area. The impressive lock staircase at Trollhättan consists of four locks, and has a total drop of 32 meters. Of the three parallel lock systems here, only the biggest one (from 1916) is still in use.
2 Lilla Edet
Stroms lock at Lilla Edet was built in 1916 and is located by the River Göta. The original lock was opened in 1607 and was the first lock in Sweden.
3 Arrive Gothenburg
Our cruise ends at Packhuskajen 10, near the spectacular Opera House and the Maritime Centre in Gothenburg.