The lock at Svanfossen
Pleasureboat in the lock
© Pictures by Anders Arnholm, 2001
In the water system of Glomma and Vorma you can go by boat from Rånåsfoss dam and power station just south of Årnes in Glomma to Lillehammer at the northern end of lake Mjøsa. There is only one lock lifting boats up 3 meters at Svanfossen in Vorma between Årnes and Eidsvoll.
Already in 1854 a lock was built at Sundbyfoss by Eidsvoll. In the same year Norways first railway was opened between Oslo and Eidsvoll. The Sundbyfoss lock was built so that goods could be transported from Årnes to the railway in Eidsvoll. But this traffic was less important when Årnes had its own railway connection in 1862 between Lillestrøm and Kongsvinger.
The Sundbyfoss lock was removed when the Svanfossen lock was built 1903 to 1906 with a regulation dam at the same place. The lifting difference varies with the water level between 1 and 3 meters. There could even be the same water level below and above the dam when the spring flood is exceptionally strong.
The lock is 60 meters long and 6 meters wide, opened in 1906, but closed down in 1972. The lock was then in decay. But there were also very few boats that passed, for a number of years less than 10 boats each summer. During the 1980ies the number of leisure boats on lake Mjøsa increased very much. In 1991 the association Friends of the Waterway was founded with the expressed goal to get money to restore and reopen the Svanfoss lock. And the opening took place already in 1993. In the same year the Glommen and Vormen Steamship Company was founded, the passenger boat Elvekongen was bought and put into traffic between Årnes and Eidsvoll. The boat is in scheduled traffic every summer, followed by a growing number of leisure boats.
At Eidsvoll, but in the opposite direction, that is on lake Mjøsa, you can sail with the worlds oldest paddle steamer in scheduled traffic every summer. SS Skibladner travels over 100 nautical miles.
Aources: Frode Lund and Jahn Børe Jahnsen. Ole Kofoed-Olsen, Med egen båt på Sveriges kanaler och norske kanaler, 2002.
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