Göta Canal Mini Cruise, 2 days from Motala

Göta Canal CruiseSweden

From $585 USD
June 28 - August 12, 2019
2 Days / 1 Nights

Göta Canal Mini Cruise, 2-days through the scenic Östgöta part of the Canal, from Motala on the shore of Lake Vättern to the idyllic town of Söderköping.


The Mini Canal Cruise is the shortest journey on the Göta Canal, an unforgettable experience on board M/S Wilhelm Tham through the beautiful Östgöta section of the canal. Travel from Motala by Lake Vättern to the idyllic town Söderköping, or vice versa. This trip is an ideal and peaceful mini-vacation in Sweden. Cruise slowly through the idyllic landscape, meet people onboard from different parts of the world. You can also book a return trip by bus.


June 28 - August 12, 2019


Motala - Söderköping, 2 days
June 28
July 2, 13, 17, 28
August 1, 12

Söderkoping - Motala, 2 days
June 27
July 1, 12, 16, 27, 31
August 11


         Main Deck C

  • from $585 per person, in double cabin

  • from $795 single cabin

    Shelter Deck B

  • from $770 per person in double cabin

  • from $935 single cabin

    Bridge Deck A

  • from $955 per person in double cabin

  • from $1,115 single cabin

Rates are per person, June 28 - August 12, 2019.


  • Two days and one night on board (dock for the night at the locks in Berg)
  • Full board and lodging - 1 breakfast, 2 two-course lunches and 1 three-course dinner
  • A visit to Runstorp Manor House

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Departure Motala 11:00
  • Arrival Söderköping at day 2 at 16:00
  • Return trip by bus approx. 1.5hrs (to be booked in advance)

    Cruise also available in reverse, Söderköping - Motala
  • Departure Söderköping at 11:00
  • Arrival Motala day 2 at 16:00
  • Return trip by bus approx. 1.5hrs (to be booked in advance)

Tour Options

  • Return trip by bus, approx. 1.5 hrs, booked in advance $20

    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


1 Depart Motala
It was Baltzar von Platen who drew up the plans for Motala, and today it is called “the Capital of  the Göta Canal”. 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, as well as a number of museums, including the well-known Motala Motor Museum. We pass Baltzar von Platen’s grave along the canal.

2 Borenshult Locks
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.

3 Lake Boren
Our boat slowly traverses Lake Boren (73 meters above sea level).

4 Borensberg
In the idyllic village Borensberg there is a hand-operated lock,after which we see the well-known Göta Hotel from 1908. Just past the hotel there is a small gazebo leaning out over a sharp bend in the canal, known as the “Helmsman’s Horror”. This gazebo featured on a stamp in 2003.

5 Långkanalen
We travel 20 kms without passing any locks through the astonishing Östgöta scenery. We pass two aqueducts, eight bridges, Ljung castle and Brunneby manor.

6 Kungs Norrby, Aqueduct
Two more recent aqueducts have been built to carry the canal, this one at Kungs Norrby was built in 1993 as part of the national route 36.

7 Ljungsbro Aqueduct
We pass the second aqueduct on our journey. This one was built in 1970 over the new road into the community.

8 Berg (Heda)
We start our descent down 40 meters in the lock system of Berg (15 locks) towards Lake Roxen. Here you can stretch your legs between the locks, or walk along the canal to Vreta convent ruins and church.

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 serves as a parish church and is therefore not always open to visitors.  

9 Arrive Berg (the basin)
We dock for the night in the harbor 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.  


1 Depart Berg (the basin)
We leave the harbor basin and continue our journey. Take the opportunity to go for a morning swim in Lake Roxen or walk along the canal while the ship goes down the locks. 

2 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.

2 Lake Roxen
This lake is 33 meters above sea level.

3 Runstorp
Runstorp is a manor house dating from Sweden’s period of greatness. The owners Louise and Eddie Uggla take us on a tour of their house with its Gustavian drawing room and interesting library, all while relating anecdotes from its history. Runstorp is not open to the public, which makes this an exclusive visit.

4 Norsholms lock
Here the canal crosses the main railway line between Stockholm and Malmö.

5 Carlsborg-Mariehov-Duvkullen
There are eight locks in the short distance of around two kilometers.

6 Söderköping
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 interesting history as a spa. Today, it is also known for its ice cream parlours. The Mini Canal Cruise and the Great Canal Cruise start or end in Söderköping. The boat docks by the lock at Kanalgatan/Slussgrand.