Picture of M/S Kind going up a lock staircase along the Kinda kanal

This is Kinda kanal

Kinda kanal is a place for recreation and adventures. Both on the water and on land. Along the entire canal you can experience beautiful views and have various adventures. Kinda kanal is a green and leafy area which, in addition to boat trips, is perfect for hiking, canoeing, cycle tours, cultural experiences or “just chilling”. Nature is there for everyone, and certain places are adapted for accessibility.

The northern part of the lake landscape is characterised by the city of Linköping with proximity to all the city has to offer in the way of life and action. Here it is mostly canal with locks. Many Linköping residents use the central section of the canal, better known as Stångåstråket (River Stång Promenade), for jogging and strolling. Since the Kinda kanal is of national interest, the old charm has been preserved in many places so you can experience authentic locks in a historic milieu all the way along.

Then the further south in the lake system you come, the sparser the houses become and the countryside wilder and hillier. Here you still find yourself in a millennial landscape with a long history. In the Kinda kanal area there are a number of large estates and manors that have made their mark on history and nature. They are all part of, and interspersed with, the magnificent oak landscape (northern Europe’s largest uninterrupted oak landscape) and an important part of the lake landscape.

The Kinda kanal comprises part excavated canal, natural waterways and 6 lakes which are connected together. In total there are 15 locks. All are hand operated by the lock keepers, just as they were when the canal was opened nearly 150 years ago!

There are several locations which are good starting points for adventures in the lake landscape of the Kinda kanal. These localities offer accommodation, food and certain services which are a good base for great natural and cultural experiences. Stay in one place for the whole trip, or combine accommodation and adventures in one or more of the large towns along the way – Linköping, Vårdnäs, Rimforsa, Kisa, Horn and Björkfors.

The Kinda kanal area is the perfect area for those of you who just want to relax, take it easy and enjoy the splendour of nature. Enjoy the sounds and views of nature. Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. In the area it is easy to find your own undisturbed spot.

Take in the tranquillity, breath in the fresh air and find your inner peace. Welcome to destination Kinda kanal!

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S/S Kinda at Hackefors lock in the 1910s. Photo: Sjöhistoriska museét

The history of Kinda kanal

Ever since 1871 the Kinda kanal has been an important and beautiful passage through the heart of Östergötland. As a transport route between the forested regions of the south and the agricultural plains in the north, the canal created totally new ...
Picture of Stångån and Kinda kanal at dusk

Contact Information

Need to contact anyone regarding the Kinda kanal? Here you have contact information for AB Kinda Kanal, telephone numbers for the different locks as well as other useful contacts.


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