Sweden’s High Coast might not be well known, but it is UNESCO listed as a World Heritage Site and the perfect choice for a road trip. Get away from it all in this quiet and unspoilt area of Sweden just a five hour drive north of the capital’s Arlanda airport. Here are 5 reasons to visit Sweden High Coast.
5 Reasons to Visit Sweden High Coast
It’s home to the highest coastline in the country
Take a trip up Skuleberget on the chair lift and you’ll find iron rings marking what once was the coastline, 286 metres up the mountain. Glaciers once covered this part of Sweden, but when the ice melted, the pressure it had been placing on the ground was eased and the land bounced upwards. Learn more about the processes which shaped the landscape at the excellent Naturum visitor centre near Docksta.
It’s a great place to get away from it all
The High Coast boasts miles of spectacular beaches. From the pink granite cobbles of Norrfallsviken to the flat rocks at Rotsidan, the shoreline is austere and relatively undeveloped. There are plenty of well marked hiking trails enabling you to explore the surrounding forests and hills. If that sounds like too much effort, there’s a scenic drive that’s just waiting for you and your hire car.
You can step into a fairytale world
Skuleskogen National Park is home to the impressive Slattdal Canyon, a deep cleft in the landscape that was featured in the film Ronja Rovardotter (Ronia the Robber’s Daughter), based on the children’s story by Astrid Lindgren. With its trailing lichens, forest creatures and gnarled trees, a visit to the place may well inspire you to come up with a tale of your own, but be careful as you cross the hillside cobble field.
Stay the night in a traditional red cottage
Sweden’s known for its red-painted cottages. Pay a visit to the picturesque village of Bonhamn and you’ll find a perfect crescent of such homes around its peaceful harbour. Better still, you can rent one yourself. I recommend the warm welcome from Hans and Karin at Roda Stugan, a spacious and well-equipped cottage located in the village of Berg, an easy drive from the High Coast’s must-see sights.
Take to the water for a breath of fresh air
If you can drag yourself away from the mainland, there are several boat trips worth taking to the islands just off the coast. A short hop from Bonhamn takes you to the century-old lighthouse on Hogbonden. For a longer trip, take the ferry from Kopmanholmen out to Ulvon for a taste of island life, High Coast style. It’s as charming as it is soporific. Some boats run all year but there are more departures in the summer season.