Taking a nice trip in a canoe on the river Gudenåen is an ideal way to experience the beautiful landscape around Horsens. Gudenåen is Denmark’s longest stream and is more than 150 km long.

Do not miss the stretch past Voervadsbro and Klostermølle which many call the most beautiful part of Gudenåen.

There is ample opportunity to stop along the river and enjoy the local nature or stay the night before continuing. For example, go to Voervadsbro and stock up on delicious local produce in Sdr. Vissing Torvehal and the smoke house Det lille Røgeri.

Or go to the enchanting Klostermølle where you can drive all the way down to Gudenåen and put out canoes and kayaks.

Stretch your legs and go for a walk up to the vista point Sukkertoppen where you will be rewarded with stunning views of Mossø, Gudenåen and parts of what is known as Søhøjlandet or the Danish Lakeland.

At Klostermølle you can spend the night in the open air. The story of the place is amazingly exciting. For example, visit Tørreladen which belonged to the local paper factory and read stories about the mill, Møllen, and much more.

Sailing is permitted from 16 June to 31 December. 

Sailing on the stretch from Tørring to Klostermølle/Mossø is only permitted during the period 16 June to 31 December. You may use a private canoe or kayak with valid entrance permit. You can purchase this permit at https://gaeste.sejladspaagudenaaen.dk/.

Distances on Gudenåen

Did you know that a day-trip in a canoe is approx. 15-20 km?

  • Tørring – Åstedbro: 15 km
  • Åstedbro – Brestenbro: 6 km
  • Brestenbro – Vestbirk Hydro-power plant: 7 km
  • Vestbirk Hydro-power plant – Voervadsbro: 7 km
  • Voervadsbro – Klostermølle/Mossø: 6 km
  • Klostermølle – Ry: 10 km

You can go canoeing or kayaking at Klostermølle

From Klostermøllevej you can drive down a new gravel road at the driveway to Klostermølle to the part of Gudenåen which was dug as a canal by the monks in the 1200s.

The channel is the part of Gudenåen that is used for sailing today and is also known as The Forced Stream.

At the turning point you can unload canoes and kayaks and then park the car in the parking lot at the old truck garage at Klostermøllevej only approx. 100 meters from the point of unloading.

You are not permitted to sail against the current on Gudenåen between Tørring and Klostermølle but, if you come from Mossø, you are permitted to canoe or kayak against the current on The Forced Stream on the short distance from the camp site to the point of unloading.

From the point of unloading you may also pull up vessel and pick it up by car.

Try kayaking on the inlet Horsens Fjord as well

Sailing a canoe on the Gudenå is great, but for a completely different kind of sailing experience, try jumping into a sea kayak and explore one of the most beautiful inlets in Denmark. Horsens Fjord has perfect conditions for kayaking, and if you wish to experience the beautiful landscape and the islands of the inlet, then you can rent a sea kayak at Horsens City Camping at Husodde Beach.