One of my favourite rivers in Voss is definitely the Raundalselva. It has a number of different sections which are runnable at a huge range of waterlevels. So no matter what the flow you will always have some awesome whitewater to paddle.
In 1986 the parliment put environmental protection on the Raundal watercourse. However in 2010 various proposals were put forward to remove the environmental protection in order to 'develop' the Raundal river. Kayakers, Rafters and environmentalists banded together to protest and oppose the damming of the Raundalselva. Luckily after two years of deliberation the final decision was in favour of retaining the environmental protection and against damming the river.
Added bonuses of the Raundalselva: it's safe to drink the water; many beautiful rapids; abundant epic scenery; and something for everyone, whether you're after big waterfalls, big boofs, or a marathon of paddling the entire river in a day. Maybe a quick after work 'Marine Juvet' run? Or some fun surfing on the numerous waves on the play section. The Raundalselva has something for everyone.
These photos are from one of our favourite evening sections – the rafting run. It's sometimes called the 'Playrun', but this is no place for playboats, as it has some chunky rapids in it.
Take a look over this map at just how much quality whitewater can be found up the Raundalen valley ...
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Hopping back and forth between Rotorua (New Zealand) and Voss (Norway) is Toni’s way of following the summer and the water to where the boating is best. After graduating with a degree in Biological Science, she boarded a plane, then a kayak, and found that nothing else is quite as good as being on the river.