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Questions and answers

Here are common questions and answers and things that can be good to know when planning a canoe trip in Rogen and Femundsmarka national parks, everything from packing tips to questions about fishing licenses and nature.

 

Information updated 2020-06-02

Please note that the opportunities to travel and stay in different countries and within Sweden may be limited in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic. Therefore, be sure to keep track of the latest information and recommendations from the authorities.
 
Wich tour should we shoose?
On the Swedish side, there are great alternatives for both those who want to experience the wilderness and loneliness, while there are easier trips that can be carried out together with the family. Depending on which trip you choose here, there is the opportunity to both paddle in calm smaller waters and still get to do the adventure of your life in areas where few people left footprints.

To paddle one of the trips that ends in Norway, we at Topsport recommend  that you have very good experience of outdoor life, good fitness and good equipment. In addition to long stretches, often in arid terrain without trampled paths, large watercourses pass through harsh weather conditions, which demands high safety.
 
Does anything special apply in Rogen, which is both a nature reserve and a Natura 2000 area?
Yes, then special regulations (in addition to the right of public access/ the Swedish environmental code, see below) apply to you who stay in the area. Read more at the county administrative board about what applies in Rogen's unique environment.

 

What is the Swedish Environmental Code?
The purpose of the Environmental Code is to promote sustainable development. It is applicable to all persons and operators who undertake activities or measures which could impact on the fulfillment of the objectives of the Environmental Code. Read more at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Is there a road to Rogen nature reserv? 
You can drive by car all the way to lake Käringsjön, about 8 km from Käringsjövallen. The road and parking fee is paid in cash at Käringsjön. From Käringsjön there is a well-marked trail to Rogenstugan, that belongs to STF (the Swedish Tourist Association).

Is there a grocery store in Rogen?
No, the entire Rogen nature reserve is wilderness. Food and outdoor shops are located in Funäsdalen. Fishing licenses can be redeemed at the Tännäs Fishing Center and on site at Lake Käringsjön.

Is it possible to rent a cabin in Rogen?
Yes, in STF Rogenstugan and STF Skedbrostugan. (Please note that STF has mandatory booking in the summer of 2020).

At Käringsjön there are also some cottages. Contact Kerstin or Per-Roger at Käringsjön on +46 684-28022.

Can you tent where you want?
Yes, you can tent wherever you want as long as you follow the Swedish Environmental Code.

Can you make a fire wherever you want in Rogen?
No, you can only make a fire at marked places. The nature guard in the area refill with logs on a regular basis. If it is out of wood, there is plenty to pick on the ground. Do not break any twigs or branches on trees.

Does my cell phone work in Rogen?
Most phone abonnemang works. If you climb a height, the opportunities for getting conection are increased.

What wild animals can you find in Rogen?
Bear, wolverine, lynx, wolf, moose, beaver, reindeer, eagle and even the unique muskox if you are lucky.

Are the wild animals dangerous?
No. It is perfectly safe to leave food in the tent. It is very rare to get closer than a hundred meters.

Do I need fishing licence?
Yes. Most lakes go on the county administrative board's licence (Ruhtven Sijte Sami village), which you can buy at Käringssjön, Tännäs Fishing Center or Topsport in Funäsdalen. Here you can also get information about fishing methods and rules. It is possible to catch char, trout, grayling, pike and perch. Both spin and fly fishing work great throughout the summer season.

Can rubbish be left in Rogen?
No. Everything you carry with you, you take back.

Are there a lot of portaging?
Yes. The longest ones are up to 800 meters, but most are quite short.

Is there a doctor in Rogen?
No, but in Funäsdalen. The emergcy number is 112.

Is there a nature guard in Rogen?
Yes. Here your find contact information to the nature guards.

What does the nature/environment in Rogen looks like?
The Rogen area is a vast lake system among low mountains. The pine and birch forest is very old with messy trees. On the very rocky ground are many fallen logs. Some areas consist of healthy bogs.

Can you drink the water in the lakes? 
Yes, you don´t even have to boil it. The temprtature is normally between 7 and 14 degrees Celsius in the summer.  

Can you compare canoeing i Rogen with canoing in the Swedish areas Värmland och Småland? 
No. Rogen is much more barran with more logs and stones, fewer trampled paths and fewer people and therefore higher demands on fitness and experience. One should expect to be able to manage completely on your own and not to meet other people for several days.

Is it always good weather in Rogen?
Yes and no....during the summer the temperature is often between 10 - 20 degrees Celsius during the days. During the nights it can get much colder. Expect frost degrees in late September. Sometimes the wind can make it tough for  canoeists. In a few minutes it can change from quite calm to big waves and cool. Stay close to land and use life jacket. 

How long is the paddeling season?
It starts at about one week before the Swedish midsummer holiday i June until mid September.

Are there mosquitoes?
Yes, bring mosquito oil. Especially from midsummer and a few weeks ahead.

When will the nice autumn colors come?
Usually in late August.

Can I drive a car to Käringsjön?
Yes. Don't forget cash for road, 40 SEK, and parking, 20 SEK/day, fees. Pay in cash at Käringsjön. 

Can I paddel kayak in Rogen?
Of course. However, expect significantly more strenuous portaging. It is often faster to travel with Canadians.

Do I need years of experience in wading in the wilderness?
No, but we recommend that you have some experience of wilderness life.

Can I bring the kids with me?
Yes, you know your children and their abilities best yourself.

Will I meet a lot of people in Rogen?
Yes and no. Some times in July there are a lot of people in the area, but it never gets crowded. In June and September you are alone.

 

Equipment and packing list

What equipment should I bring?
In the list below are the things that should be included. Pack with light weight and low volume is clever:
Matches, Compass, First Aid kit, Map, Food, Kitchen, Kitchenware, Water Bottle, Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping pad, Boots, Sandals, warm Lingerie, Socks, Fleece Sweater, Hat, Gloves, Backpack, Rainwear, Mosquito Oil, Camera, Fishing Sunglasses  binoculars, sun oil.

Can I use a canoe cart?
No, the trails are often very rocky and bad, so it's best to have your hands free and carry the canoe upside down.

Do I need special expedition equipment?
No, but rainwear and warm underwear should be included in the pack.

What kind of shoes should I use?
Bring boots for wear and sandals for wading and canoeing.

Do I need to bring first aid kit?
Yes, and be sure to have the knowledge to use it properly.

Should I pack everything in a backpack?
Yes, everything becomes much easier and the portagings go much faster if you have all the packing on your back and hands free.

Should I pack everything in large plastic cans with screw caps and carry in my hands?
No. All bearings require twice as much time then. If you do not have a good rain cover for your large backpack, you can pack waterproof bags inside. Most people with too much gasket and plastic cans often come back after a few days of fighting.

Will there be place for an extra person in the canoe?
This is not something we recommend even if our canoes are approved for it. If you still choose to sit three people in a canoe (one sits at the bottom of the canoe) you have to think about packing extra light and smooth.

What happens if I destroy a canoe?
There is insurance that you redeem in connection with renting at Topsport Funäsdalen. Otherwise, you are fully liable for compensation.