My travels around the world

Central part of Sweden

Skuleskogen National Park, 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.

Skuleskogen NP: a walk in the woods

High Coast, Sweden

Skrattabborrtjärn, Skuleskogen

Skrattabborrtjärn

Map Skuleskogen hike
height map Skuleskogen 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: https://www.komoot.com/tour/221308605

Starting point: Parking at the west entrance of Skuleskogen National Park

GPS starting point: N63.1213144, E18.417183 (click to open coordinates on google maps)

Type: Two short loop trails, combined with a longer out-and-back trail

length: 8,1 km.

total height difference: 140 m

Highest point: 340 m, Lowest point: 250 m

Trail signs: Blue markers on trees and stones, signs, well marked

Difficulties: Especially the 2 short loops are very easy to hike; lots of boardwalk. The out-and-back trail to the "Skrattabborrtjärn" is a bit more demanding, but still an easy hike. This part of the hike is also where you will find the main height differences.

Simone & Åke, July 2020, Skuleskogen National Park, High Coast, Sweden

 


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