My travels around the world

Central part of Sweden

Rotsidan on the High Coast

Summer 2020, and our original travel plans for this year have totally disappeared due to the Covid19 epidemic. But slowly a new travel plan developed to a destination that has been on our wishlist for quite some time: a visit to The High Coast of Sweden. A beautiful stretch of coastal landscape about 7 hours drive to the north of where we live, with a beautiful national park called Skuleskogen, and a unique area declared a UNESCO heritage site.

After the last glaciation, the land has elevated a total of 800 metres. The land, previously weighed down under the weight of a glacier, lifts at rates that are among the highest in the world! And as a consequence islands appear and unite, peninsulas expand, and lakes evolve from bays and develop into marshes and peat fens. And walking around in the High Coast you can see a lot of evidence of this land rising, which makes hiking in this landscape fascinating.

All the photos in the collage below are clickable, so you can view the larger photo.


High Coast, Sweden

the High Coast

Rotsidan is a 4 kilometer long irresistible strip of coastline. But is this a walk or a beach? Your pick! At Rotsidan you will find 4 kilometers of cliffs and beautifully cut flat stone slabs, alternating with cobblestone fields. Sun worshipers come here with towels, families with children on an excursion, picknicks are enjoyed here. But also lots of people that make the hike along this part of of the coast, adjusting the distance to as long as they like to walk, or going to the total stretch of 4 kilometers.

There is a trail that goes 100 meters into the forest and is actually part of the "World Heritage Trail" / "Värlsarvsleden", a beautiful long-distance hike of 100 kilometers going through this area.

Map Rotsidan hike
height map Rotsidan hike

We have an app on our phone that records our walks, which is quite fun (the App is called Komoot). The map on the left side is our recorded walk.

If you want to do the exact same hike as we did, you can find the link here:

Starting point: Parking with Rotsidan

GPS starting point: N62.850573, E18.378624 (click to open coordinates on google maps)

Type: Loop trail / out-and-back trail. We made it a semi-loop trail; walking at the shoreline on the flat stone slabs, but on the way back partly walked on the hiking trail through the woods.

length: 4,5 km. But you can shorten this to your liking. But also can make it longer if you first walk to Barsta and than follow the coast out to the headland

total height difference: 30 m

Trail signs: blue markers, ok marked. But it is hard to get lost as it follows the shoreline :-)

Difficulties: No height differences at all, which makes the hike easy. But stretches of the hike passes cobblestone fields and also the rocks can get slippery when wet.


Simone & Åke, July 2020, Rotsidan on the High Coast, Sweden



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