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: Slåttdalskrevan

High Coast, Sweden

Slåttdalsskrevan, Skuleskogen

Slåttdalsskrevan

One of my absolute favourite hikes in this area: the "Slåttsdalskrevan" hike, combined with "Tärnättvattnen" and "Näskebordarna" on the way back. A hike that has it all: quiet old forest, amazing views over the coastline, the famous Slåttdalsskreva crevice with the Trollporten ("Trolls' Door"), having lunch on a sandy beach, walking through wetland and beside lakes. A beautiful landscape, but also a very popular destination! Especially during July and August when it can get very overcroweded. So we opted to start early, 6 o'clock in the morning, hiking shoes on and ready for our hike :-). Starting this early means you will hardly meet any people and can enjoy the National Park as it deserves to be; in quiet, with nothing else than nature surrounding you.

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/222090951

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

GPS starting point:: N63.110369, E18.436666 (click to open coordinates on google maps)

Type: Loop trail

length: 11,2 km.

total height difference: 270 m

Highest point: 290 m, Lowest point: 40 m

Trail signs: start with orange markers (hiking trail "Höga Kustleden") on trees and stones, signs, well marked. After the Slåttdalskrevan, when you reach the lake, the trail will follow the blue markers.

Difficulties: Some steep sections, high blocks and tree roots in and around "Slåttdalskrevan". However, I didn't find it as challenging as has been indicated by quite a few reviews I read online. Sturdy shoes recommended (hiking shoes) and I personally was very glad I had my hiking pole with me on this hike. Note that some sections can be slippery. Second half of the hike (after lake "Tärnättholmarna") is far less demanding than the first half.

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

 


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