Nature experiences in Värmland

Nature experiences in Värmland: Arvika Canoe and Tourist Centre

Luc Dodeman is the French fireman who met an Arvika girl in Paris. In 1992 the couple visited Arvika and Luc fell in love again.

“In France I used to take part in multi-sports, kayaking, cycling, running, parachute jumping.  I would be out playing whenever I had a free day. Then I came here and knew: Wow! There is plenty of space here to do fun things.

A few years later Luc had convinced the Arvika girl to return to her hometown.  When he settled in Arvika those around him asked what he would do here. Nothing happens here. But Luc did not understand what they were talking about.

“Look around! The nature, the space, the public right of access, the clean water...And everything is completely free of charge!

Luc began to import wine and champagne.  He also moonlights as a guide at the Arvika Canoe and Tourist Centre. He was eventually invited to take over the company. The business at Glafsfjorden is now thriving. Each year around 4,500 guests experience the wild nature of Värmland.

The visitors can experience canoeing trips along 800 km long canoe runs, high-altitude tracks, kayak training, teepees, fishing and bicycle and hiking trips. You can of course bring along your own equipment, otherwise the Arvika Canoe and Tourist Centre offers ready-to-use packs containing equipment and food to live well in nature.

Luc likes to talk with his guests and he always wonders what brought them here. Nature, almost all of them reply. And it is most often the case that they return, exalted with tales of animals and nature.

“If you are raised here you don’t understand how exotic many of the guests’ experiences are”, says Luc Dodeman.

Luc Dodeman at Arvika Canoe and Tourist center
Photo credit: Luc Dodeman at Arvika Canoe and Tourist center
Luc Dodeman at Arvika Canoe and Tourist center
Arvika Canoe and Tourist center
Photo credit: Arvika Canoe and Tourist center
Arvika Canoe and Tourist center
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