Between June and August, two companies operate trips along the Klarälven River on sixteen-square-metre timber rafts, each of which holds two people; book ahead no matter which company you choose. Their prices are roughly the same, but with Vildmark i Värmland you build the raft yourself, supervised by a member of staff, using the 3m-long logs and the rope provided; no other materials are allowed. Once you’re under way, you’ll find the water flows at around 2km/hr, which gives you time to swim, fish and study the countryside and animals (beavers and elk are plentiful). At night, you sleep in a tent either on the raft (which is moored) or on the riverbank. Each company will give you details of where to meet and assemble when you book; departure points vary depending on the length of the tour – full details are on the websites.
Sverigeflotten Transtrand 22, Branäs
t 0564 402 27, w sverigeflotten.com. 1 day 960kr (overnight 1360kr), 2 days 1800kr, 3 days 2500kr, 6 days 3000kr; tents, kitchen equipment and canoes can be hired for an extra charge.
Vildmark i Värmland Röbjörkeby 7, Torsby
t 0560 140 40, w vildmark.se. 4 days 2750kr, 7 days 3310kr. Rates include tent and canoe; there's an extra charge for kitchen equipment.