Build a wooden raft and glide down peaceful Umeriver! Together as a team, you tie up timber logs using rope and some easy-to-learn knots. Afterwards, you spend a wonderful day on the river enjoying the view, relaxing and watching river birds sail past. Sometimes, you need to paddle to steer the raft. Book a picnic basket and enjoy an on-board picnic or play a team game on the way. Half-way, you can stop at a local beach to take a swim. At the finish point, you undo the raft and we give you a ride back to the Lodge. This beautiful day trip is ideal for groups of friends or to celebrate a fun and relaxing bachelor-/ette party.
Experience a fun and active day out and build your own raft on beautiful Umeå river. This day trip starts at 08.00 in the morning and you will be back at Granö Beckasin around 19.00 – depending on current speed / wind on the river.
In the morning, we meet at Granö Beckasin and you receive your rafting gear and building instructions. You do the building yourself but our experienced raft building guide will be with you during the whole building process and explain all steps. Since we got special building frames, you can build the raft on dry land and let it slide into the river later, once it’s finished. This is a big advantage because it’s much more comfortable.
Depending on how fast you build, the building process takes in between 2-3 hours. For the day trip, you build a single raft section with an approximate size of 3,5 x 3,5m. In the process, you assemble 3,5m long wooden logs with ropes into three whole layers and add two benches and railings to it. Every raft consists of around 50 logs which you roll onto the building platform from a nearby pile. Our raft building guide will show you some smart techniques to lever the logs in a way that saves energy and protects your back.
After the build, it’s exciting to launch the raft from the platform into the river as most members of your building team can sit on top and ride as passengers into the water. This has proven popular with children of all ages 😉 Meanwhile, the remaining team on the shore drags the raft including passengers to a nearby jetty for parking. Then you can screw on the motor bracket, place the motor and arrange your gear onboard.
If you have booked a picnic basket with us, you can pick it up now before setting out on the river to start your adventure. On the raft, you steer with paddles and a long wooden pole. In case of headwind, you can also use the motor as a backup. It is easy to know where you are because you get a detailed map from us for orientation. How exciting or relaxing the rafting tour will be, varies on the different river sections. Sometimes, you will have action-filled paddling sequences when you fight to get out of a backwater or steer the raft towards the other shore. Then there are sections where you are just peacefully drifting along and can enjoy the beautiful landscape. If you are interested in birdlife, bring some binoculars.
Depending on season, you can watch some terns, snipe birds, Canada geese or Eurasian curlew that breed on the little river islands. Umeriver has wooded shores and the trees often grow all the way down to the water. It is crossed by two beautiful wooden bridges and you can see some farms and cabins on your way downstream.
Half-way, there is a fantastic picnic spot where you can park the raft and have a break if you like. It’s a public recreation area with a sandy beach to go swimming, a campfire hut and a very clean and well-kept outhouse.
This is where you would stay overnight if you chose the two-day rafting trip. After the picnic break, you continue rafting downstream until you reach Ottonträsk bay. There you cross onto the eastern shore and park the raft inside of the floating wooden enclosure. Give us a call that you arrived and unload your gear to the shore. Undoing the raft is quite easy and takes less time than building it. All you have to do is to open the knots and push the logs down in the river. You coil the ropes and leave the logs floating in the water. Our guide will then drive you back to Granö Beckasin where you hang up the wet ropes to dry and return the equipment.
Minimum 2 adults that can swim.
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