Pleasant trip on Denmark’s only river
A canoe trip on the Gudenå river is one of the special experiences that can be scaled up and down and done at exactly the pace that suits you and your companions.
A perfect distance for families with small children on a day trip, for example, from Tørring to Åstedbro. It takes about 4-4.5 hours to paddle the distance. With slightly older children on board, you could take the Tørring-Gudenåcamping Brædstrup in 6-6.5 hours.
Here’s how to get started and have a successful day trip by canoe.
Step 1: Book your canoe(s)
It may well be a little busy during high season, so your trip requires a little planning well in advance. In the southern part of the Gudenå river, sailing is only allowed from 16 June to 31 December - this is of course done to spare an important natural area.
There is also a limit on how many there can be on the Gudenå river per day. Therefore, book a canoe and sailing permit well in advance, so you are guaranteed a beautiful trip on the beautiful river. Contact Tørring Canoe Rental - they have everything under control.
Step 2: Head off towards Tørring
Your micro-adventure starts in Tørring. Order a packed lunch in advance at Tørring Camping and pick up your canoe equipment from Tørring Canoe Hire, which is just across the road.
You can sail on the Gudenå river from 8 am to 6 pm in the evening. Departure time depends, of course, on how far you plan to paddle and whether you should take the Gudenå Bus back. It has a fixed schedule, so be sure to check it.
The short trip from Tørring to Åstedbro
The shortest trip you can take is 4-4.5 hours. It is possible to take a break about halfway and enjoy a packed lunch in the middle of the countryside. Here you end up in Åstedbro, where there the cosiest little tent site and B&B run by Tina and Peter. Lunch can be eaten here to the sound of the Gudenå’s rippling, and it doesn’t get much more idyllic. The Modstrøms bus picks you up at 4.54 pm and takes you back to Tørring.
The slightly longer trip from Tørring to Bredstenbro
This stretch is still easy and suitable for beginners. However, it just takes a little longer (6-6.5 hours) and is not suitable for the impatient. Here you end up at Gudenå Camping - - a fun campsite on the banks of the river. You could consider taking an overnight stay in one of the cottages or 2 nights in the pitched time-out-tents and have pure relaxation and Gudenå idyll. If, on the other hand, you just want a day trip, you must reach the Gudenå Bus by 4.43 pm.
The Gudenå Bus
There is a bus during the 2022 summer holidays to pick you up at the final destination and drive you back to your car. Absolutely free! Read more about the Gudenå Bus here.