|My pages about the central part of Sweden|
|In the High Coast area:||Other destinations:|
|Barsta Chapel from the 1600s||Skuleberget, a hike towards the top||Fulufallen, a great short hike||Vålådalen, hike Blanktjärnsrundan|
|Fäberget, a hike to the top||Skuleskogen NP, a walk in the woods||Färnebofjärden National Park||Åre, 3 waterfalls|
|Högklinten, a hike to the top||Skuleskogen NP, Slåttdalsskrevan||Hackås, murals from the 1200s|
|Norrfällsviken, endless shingle fields||Ytterlännäs old church from 1200s||Nipfjället, surrounded by reindeers|
|Omneberget, a hike to the top||Nämforsen Rock Carvings|
|Rotsidan, a beautiful stretch of coast||Sundborn, The Carl Larsson Gården|
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.
In total we were able to spend around a week in the High Coast, and below you can get an impression of the places we visited during this time.
An absolutely wonderful surprise. I had no idea about this little chapel located at the coast. From the outside quite modest, but on the inside.... wow! So unexpected and unique.
This picturesque little chapel dates back to 1665 and it is the only one in this area that has been preserved in its original condition. The most stricking part are the paintings on the ceilings, made by Roland Johansson-Öberg born in Sörbyn on northern Ulvön. Simple but colourful against the white ceilings of the chapel. I almost skipped visiting the chapel as it was looking so bland on the outside. But a rainy day made us go here, and I am so happy that I did! One of the most fascinating chapels I have ever seen, absolutely worth a visit.
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.
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.
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