One week ago we went to a packrafting trip on the Emån River which is located in south-east of Sweden and flows into the baltic sea. We started our trip in Högsby and paddled all the way down to Påskallavik, spending one night in Fliseryd in our Hilleberg Anjan tent.

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In Högsby we inflated our Packrafts. Unfortunately, it was raining the whole morning but once we were in the Packraft it was fine.

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Packrafting Eman River Sweden alpacka raft werner shuna paddle petzl meteor helmet

Packrafting Eman River Sweden alpacka raft hmg porter 4400 water bottle

It’s a good idea to have a bottle of water, GPS and camera in a waterproof bag attached outside on the backpack.

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Konstantin in his yellow Alpacka Raft Denali Llama on the Emån river

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Finally, in the afternoon we also got some sun which lifted our spirit.

Also the scenery changed from occasionally which made paddling even more interesting.

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There were even possibilities to manouver your packraft through kayaking slalom gates.

Fliseryd Hilleberg Anjan 3 tent hyperlite mountain gear Porter 4400

In Fliseryd we had to step out of the boat since there was a dam. We decided to walk a couple of kilometers and pitched our Hilleberg tent in a forrest.

Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler

Our breakfast - Snickers and tea prepared with our backcountry boiler

Fliseryd Camping Gustaf Ulfsparres Stifteles

The next morning we continued our hike and passed by the official camping place Jungnerholmarna Fliseryd for caravans. It seems that there has been a production of batteries in the past and the whole area had been cleaned of toxic materials.

Fliseryd Transistor

Fliseryd Camping

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We decided to continue our hike for a while as we were paddling the whole previous day

Emån River Snails

Snail romance on the trail

Emån River Hiking Fliseryd montane minimus jacket

Searching for a way back to the river.

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Once we found a way back to the river we inflated our packrafts again.

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The second part of our trip was more demanding and there were more rapids than on the day before.

Emån river relaxing nature

However, there were also spots where we could just relax (and paddle).

Nice scenery…but behind those bushes was a deadly trap waiting for us…black flies! We decided to leave the packrafts only if really necessary.

At one spot the river splited into two and we decided to take the river which is was more narrow. However, a tree lay on one rapid where Patrick fell off his packraft and we were looking for an opportunity to have a break and to dry our stuff.

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Konstantin exercised a little bit with his packraft in case he would fell off his boat as well.

Emån River Packraft

After our break we enjoyed more rapids.

Påskallavik Packrafting alpacka raft

We finally got out of the river in Påskallavik where we got immediately attacked by black flies again.

Påskallavik Sunset hiking

After we deflated our packrafts we decided to walk to the city center and to stay the night at the coast.

Påskallavik Harbour sailing ship

Even so we slept under the open sky we were able to sleep well until 9 am.

Påskallavik sleeping bag camping harbor cumulus panyam 450

In general, the route seems to be manageable also for “experienced beginners” if you know where to step out and skip the risky parts (especially where the dams are or if you see obstacles like a fallen tree on a rapid). If you have only time for 1 day we would definitely recommend the part between Fliseryd and Påskallavik.

GPS Data Day 1 GPS Data Day 2 Detailed route description and map

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