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What's it like
A deep-water wave or hole depending on flow, just below the Faukstad drop at the take-out of one of Norway's most popular whitewater runs. The hole works best from May to early August but September rains can also bring the level up for it to work. It changes at different levels from a small green wave to a stonking big hole, too big for most of us:
The Sjoa river has 4 good sections ranging from a grade II play run to grade IV drops. Heidal, the nearest settlement, is home to several rafting companies and within an hour of the Sjoa you can find 30 other river runs. Mostly meltwater so bring your woolies for the summer and ice-axes for spring. In winter you can ski down the upper section. The Sjoa Kajakksenteret in Heidal (a Wavesport outfitter) is a paddler-friendly hangout and source of information and contacts.
How to get there
3 and a half hours north of Oslo. 1 and a half hours north of Lillehammer.
Take the E6 from Lillehammer and turn off left for Sjoa, follow this road (the 257) for about 5 kms. The Kajakksenteret is in Nedre Heidal, on the left. 100 meters downstream of the Kajakksenteret you'll find the playwave. The put in for the play run is about 7 kms upstream at the Harlaug Bru bridge.
Sjoa Kajakksenteret (Norwegian).
Mix of Norwegians and many foreign boaters. 5 raft companies, commercial duo trips and river boarders. Few fishermen. Nice friendly people and lots of free play spots.
This is the site for the annual Sjoa Festival, normally held in July.