This excursion is FULLY BOOKED
Date: 14 June
Cost: 600 sek excl. vat
On this technical excursion we will travel north from Gothenburg to Håverud and travel by boat on the Dalsland Canal and river Upperudsälven. The canal enables ships to travel between lake Vänern and central parts of Dalsland, all the way up to Hånsfors in Värmland, and was of great importance for the industries in the area from the mid-1800s and the century thereafter.
As we arrive in Håverud we will have a look at the aqueduct, the locks, the dams and hydropower plant. We will then board one of the canal ships and travel slowly upstream while guides will tell us more about the intertwined industrial history of iron production, paper mills, hydropower and transport along river Upperudsälven. Along the trip we will have lunch and pass locks at Buterud and Mustadfors, where a very old mill the heart of the Mustad Group, the worlds largest manufacturer and seller of horseshoes and horseshoe nail.
The boat trip will end in Dals Långed at its hydropower plant, originally taken into operation in 1911, owned and recently refurbished by Vattenfall. We will look at the dams, fishways and spillways and learn more about the history of the dams. The masonry spillway was almost destroyed from excess flooding during construction in 1909 – 1910 and the foundation of the dam severely damaged.
We will return to Gothenburg by bus.