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April 25-28, 2024

Drôme river, France


Win a canoe trip to Lapland!

The Open Canoe Festival 2024 lottery promises to be a memorable one! Our partner Destination Rivières is giving away an 8-day canoe trip to Swedish Lapland (excluding travel). How to win? Register with OCF to enter the grand prize draw.

Canoeing on the Abyalven (Swedish Lapland): nature at its finest.

July 13 to 21 and 22 to 29, 2024

The Far North, just a stone’s throw from France! For 7 days, we’ll be paddling in complete autonomy on the Abyalven, one of Lapland’s most beautiful rivers. Winding its way through the boreal forest, also known as taiga, the Abyalven awaits us with its grandiose landscapes, arctic fauna, calms and rapids. Perhaps the river will offer us one of its salmon to make the evening’s bivouac even more memorable. Whatever the case, we’ll be in good spirits!

Environment and spirit of navigation

Lapland is Europe’s far north. Lapland is home to the ancient Sami people and their transhumant reindeer herding. Lapland is the taiga and its pine trees as far as the eye can see. Lapland is the midnight sun and the northern lights. Lapland is a land of pristine rivers. Lapland is another world, just a stone’s throw from our own.

If the mere mention of the region’s name sends a thrill down your spine, don’t hesitate: we suggest you discover it by canoe. We’ll be canoeing down the upstream section of the Abyalven, a dam-free river that flows all the way to its mouth at the Baltic Sea.

You’ll return home feeling relaxed, with a change of scenery and a wealth of new skills. Let yourself be tempted. You won’t regret it.

You’ll be guided by Aurélien Rateau, a qualified river guide (BPJEPS CKDA), open canoeist, experienced naturalist and experienced expedition organizer.

Destinations Rivières will also be offering one of its two-day technical river courses.

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