The upper Salzach river in Austria is an easy one for packrafting – in August 2019 I went there with a friend who is new to packrafting, so this was an excellent exercise to get a little bit familiar with navigating a river in a packraft.
Winter is normally not the best time for packrafting – the rivers are low on water and it’s quite cold compared to nice summertime trips. But winter can also be “special” – hence we decided recently to do a quick late-afternoon packrafting session on the Lake Züri. A similar trip we did years ago – check it out here.
Lake Inari (Finland) offers endless possibilities of exploring and discovering – which we used in 2012 for a couple of weeks. It is an amazing area in summer as well as in winter which shouldn’t be missed.
We did it again – because it is indeed a nice trip: hiking from Elm over the Segnapass down to the Vorderrhein and then packraft until the Hinterrhein meets the Vorderrhein and finally becomes the Rhein as we know it. Be aware that the Martinsloch is part of the UNESCO world heritage.
When we first packrafted the Lech River in 2013, it was clear that we will come back one day – in May 2018 we did.
Back in 2017 (and also in 2013), we packrafted the Reuss river from Bremgarten to Baden which is indeed a nice trip that I can recommend. This time, we spent one day on the Reuss and rafted from a place called “Root” (no joking – close to Lucerne) down to Bremgarten.
Even in winter you can catch awesome sunny days with perfect rafting conditions – we caught one of those days a few weeks ago and spent a full day packrafting the icy Thur River.