As travel restrictions within Europe are gradually being lifted and summer is reaching its peak, it’s time to share with you another great travel destination. In our last article, we have talked about the best places to see in Sweden this summer. Thus, the time has come to present you one of them – the beautiful Höga Kusten. What is there to see in Höga Kusten, you may wonder. Well, I’m ready to answer this question right here.
To give a bit of a background, Höga Kusten (the High Coast) is a region in the East of Sweden famous for its magnificent landscape. It lies about 5h drive up north from Stockholm. Hikers and camper van owners are flooding this UNESCO protected region seeking some glorious views, peacefulness, and adventures. It is worth mentioning that the region is best explored with your own transportation, as public transport options are rather limited. Without further ado, I present to you the top attractions in this region.
Skuleskogens National Park
By far the most popular and well-known attractions in the region. Skuleskogens national park offers fantastic views ranging from cliffs, lakes, pine forests and the open sea. The park has three entrances, namely South, West and North as well as a bunch of trails that differ in difficulty. The main trail (marked in orange) is part of the grand High Coast trail and takes you through all the main attractions. However, it’s rather challenging and requires sturdy footwear.
Depending on the time you want to spend in the park, you may do part of the main trail and return via another one. Make sure to bring water and food as most likely you gonna spend a full day here. Whereas, if you are in for a bigger challenge, there are shelters for sleeping and fireplaces for cooking waiting for you. If you would have to choose one thing to see in this region- this is it, as spectacular views are guaranteed.
If you are not a big hiker and are wondering what is there to see in Höga Kusten – head to Nörrfällsviken. It’s a tiny fishing village with beautiful red cottages located right on the water. We went there without any expectations and were really impressed by its peacefulness, beauty, and proximity to the open sea. There, you can stroll around the town, chill on one of the piers or go through a rocky shore to enjoy the sound of waves. In addition, one of the best fish restaurants in the region is located there.
Trysunda (or another island)
Trysunda is one of a few region’s islands located a half-hour boat ride away from Köpmanholmen. It’s yet another location dedicated more for relaxation rather than adventurous hiking. While there isn’t a ton of things to do, it’s perfect to spend some time relaxing at a sandy beach called Björnviken. In addition, the island has a superb viewpoint with a picnic area on top. As well as a beautiful pier with classic Swedish houses. Though, if you want a more adventurous island excursion, I’d recommend checking out Ulvön. Keep in mind though, that there are fewer departures than usual, so make sure to book online.
Personally, my favorite location of this trip. Skuleberget is a mountain/rock rising 294 meters above sea level making it one of the highest viewpoints in the region. Since the cable car is out of order, the only way to get up there is by foot. There are two options: taking a super steep and very challenging track or going on a longer, yet less steep path. That’s the choice you’ll have to make yourself depending on your physical condition and whether you’re traveling with smaller children. On the top, a cafe called FriluftsByns Toppstuga is located offering some lunch options, great waffles, and various beverages. So, you can treat yourself to a nice, reasonably priced meal or beverage and soak in all the views. Make sure to arrive there during the day as opening hours might be reduced.
The High Coast bridge
Another thing that you should see in Höga Kusten is the famous suspension bridge, which is the longest of its kind in Sweden. While you can only drive on it, you should definitely check it out from one of the surrounding viewpoints. Head to either Hotel Höga Kusten and enjoy a great meal at their restaurant or reach a superb viewpoint on the other side and enjoy the view while having a BBQ in nature. The secret viewpoint is not marked in any way, so reach out to us for directions.
In summary, Höga Kusten is perhaps the best destination that we’ve visited during our time in Sweden. Thus, if you were doubting were to go this summer – this is the answer. In addition, most of the attractions are outdoors and the number of tourists is not that high. So, it’s a very safe place to discover. As always, feel free to reach out to us for more information or itineraries.
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