Sjoa (Bridge to Bridge)
|Stretch:||Bridge in Heidal to first downstream bridge|
|Difficulty:||Class II to III-|
|Flows:||30 to 100+ cms|
|Gradient:||63 fpm average|
|Put-in:||Bridge in Heidal|
|Shuttle:||2.5 miles (5 minutes one-way)|
|Season:||May to August|
Norway 2015 – Day 12
For most this run will just be a blip in their day of paddling down from upriver sections through downriver sections. It is however a popular beginner run for area paddlers. With rapids that never are harder than class III-, this run offers a nice low stress way to cut your teeth on some whitewater. It is still fairly continuous, so make sure you can get a boat to shore before taking your newbie friend out on this river.
We had 351.8 m on the gauge. This was a nice fast flow. I imagine at lower flow the rapids are less continuous and becomes better for beginners. For us, the miles passed quickly which got us to the Play Run that much faster.
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No individual rapids stood out worth mentioning… great beginner section or just paddle on through from above.
- Put-in Bridge (III-). Directly below put-in is a small rapid formed by the bridge pillars, there was a good surf wave in the right most channel.
Downstream is a lot of mellow boogie down to the bridge at the top of the Play Run
Take-out: From the confluence of the Sjoa and the Lågen, head up the Sjoa on 257 for 12.8 km. Just after you drive past the obvious gorge section upstream of the rafting companies, look for a bridge on your left. This is take-out.
Put-in: Continue up 257 for 3.9 km. Just before the town of Heidal, turn left on Presgardsbruvegen and quickly hit the bridge over the river.
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