Yacht Cruising on Göta Canal from Sjötorp
Cruise the historical waters of Gota Canal
Cruise through locks and tiny lakes in calm sheltered waters with plenty of interesting places and restaurants to visit every day. Starting in Sjötorp in Lake Vänern and ending in Söderköping on the Baltic Sea.
Enjoy the long Nordic summer evenings onboard.
Quick canal facts
Number of locks: 58
Length of the canal: 190 km, 87 km excavated canal
Highest elevation above sea level: 91.8 m
The Göta Canal stretches between Sjötorp on Lake Vänern and Mem at the Baltic, with 58 locks along the way. A total of 190 km, of which only 87 km are man-made. The canal’s highest point, 91.8 m above sea level, is Lake Viken. Combined with the Trollhätte Canal, from Vänersborg to Gothenburg, the Göta Canal forms a water route from coast to coast.
Year of construction: 1810-1832
Builder: Baltzar von Platen
Number of men: 58,000 divided soldiers from 16 regiments
Number of days work: About seven million effective days work in 12 hours
Tools: Plated wood pavers
Cost: Nine million riksdaler. In the 1995 monetary value, the cost of building Göta channel is approximately SEK 12.3 billion