A couple of weeks ago, we’ve shared with you our 5 favorite places in Höga Kusten. The High Coast of Sweden is located about 450 kilometers north of Stockholm. This week, we want to share with you some more details, if you are planning on visiting the region up there. In this article, not only you’ll find a detailed itinerary for Höga Kusten but also a packing list for your road trip! We hope this article will make you want to visit this beautiful region of Sweden!
We decided to visit the High Coast of Sweden at the end of June/early July. Since we were aiming for great weather and warmth. And while it was not very warm, we still got to enjoy a lot of nice days, which was great for hikes and picnics! We are also writing this detailed Höga Kusten itinerary adjusted for the summer, but you can surely head there in spring or autumn! The views will be stunning too but you may need to double-check opening hours of cafés/restaurants or ferry schedules.
This article will be split based on our daily activities and the things we did. You can easily mix and match the activities to adjust your trip based on the length of your stay or on your interests. Also in this article, we are not going to talk about the drive up to Höga Kusten (from Stockholm), but there are a lot of beautiful places you can stop at for breaks!
Day 1: Skuleskogen National Park
Skuleskogen National Park was, for sure, one of the highlights of our trip. Located on the coast side, Skuleskogen National Park offers a lot of different hiking paths, including a part of the High Coast Trail. Accessing the park by car is very easy. We chose to park in the South Entrance of the park as it was the closest to our accommodation. There are another 2 entrances to the park – the North, and the West one. The parking was completely free, as well as the entrance to the park.
There are a lot of hikes you can do there, but we really recommend you do them on a “dry” day. The paths are well maintained but if it’s been raining or if it rains, it can get very slippery – especially when climbing is necessary. When planning our hike in Skuleskogen National Park, we wanted to do the whole High Coast Trail section but it was quite a long way, and knowing that our car was at the south entrance, we would have to hike it both ways…
The hike we did
- Started at the south entrance of Skuleskogen National Park, and followed the High Coast Trail (orange marks)
- Just before reaching Slåttdalskrevan (the canyon), we followed the blue path to Slåttdalsberget for the amazing and windy viewpoint,
- Headed back down to Slåttdalskrevan and hiked down towards Tärnättvattnen,
- We stopped at Tärnättvattnen for a break and a picnic. The lake is amazing and the area very pretty – there is also a shelter if you want to stay overnight. If you can, take a swimsuit, it is a great way to refresh after the hike.
- From Tärnättvattnen, we followed the blue path towards Gammbodarna and then took a detour to Tärnättholmarna (the islands).
- From the island, hiked back on the blue path towards Näskebodarna and walked towards Kälsviken.
- Once we reached it, we took the small but very steep black path that connected us to the High Coast Trail and therefore the South Entrance.
Overall this loop was about 15 kilometers.
Day 2: Mannaminne, Gårdsbutiken & Norrfällsviken
When the day started with rain, we were a little sad – but also happy for our legs to rest after the Skuleskogen hike! We spent the morning relaxing in our cabin and looking for places to go and indoor activities to do. And the search happened to be more difficult than anticipated. Höga Kusten is a place known for the great outdoors and hikes!
But after lunch, we headed to Mannaminne open-air museum in Nordingrå. This place gathers random objects found all over the world and recreated a typical Scandinavian village. And while we have not found a big interest in the museum in itself, we found the path to “Stortorget”. A viewpoint located on a hill right above the museum. Due to the rain, it was a slippery hike up but quite worth it! When we reached the top, the view was blocked by the fog… But after just a few minutes, it all cleared up when the sun started to shine again.
After walking around the museum a bit longer, we decided to drive towards Norrfällsviken – a fishermen’s village located on the nearby coast. When leaving the parking lot, we happened to take the wrong turn, and that was the best decision! We have been driving on some quiet roads, with some of the best views, between mountains and lakes. It felt like we were in Southern Germany or Central Europe! And this is how we happened to drive by Gårdsbutiken. It was not planned but it was a great stop! There is a lovely shop where we got some souvenirs (aka food) and stopped for a fika. Even if you are not going to the museum, make sure to visit Gårdsbutiken at least once – it is worth it!!
After this, Norrfällsviken is just a short drive away. We stopped again along the road as we were amazed by the scenery. The views are very peaceful, especially in the sunlight! We arrived in Norrfällsviken and parked there, just before the fishermen’s village (parking was free). And we walked away from the village. When arriving at the village, you will drive by some beautiful green areas covered in lupins, with the village in the background. This was/is one of my favorite views. We walked all around the village, and towards the nature reserve, reaching the open water! The ground is covered in beautiful pink rocks, contrasting with the water and the waves. When going to the nature reserve, make sure to wear good shoes!
Day 3: The High Coast Trail, from Skoved to Skuleberget
Third day and a lot of ambition! We wanted to do at least one complete section of the trail and oh boy we sweated! Since we had a car, we needed to find a section we could do in a day. So hiking the section and going back the same route to get back to our car. We decided to start in Skoved (free parking at the start of the section), finishing in Skuleberget. Hiking up Skuleberget was not part of this section but we felt we had to do it as it is the highest point in the region. And I mean… we were already there!
This section was roughly 7 kilometers (without going up Skuleberget) and was not too complicated. There is a nice viewpoint with a shelter at the start of the section, it is a small detour but very nice, and there was nobody when we went there. We also walked through the village of Docksta, which is a great place if you want to stop for a break.
Once we arrived down Skuleberget, there are a few paths to go up. The cable cars being under maintenance, the only way to get there is by foot. We choose to go through probably the hardest path… This was without knowing it! The start of this path is right by the Naturuum and the starting point of Via Ferrata. This was probably the hardest thing we’ve done during this whole trip. A good physical condition is recommended for this path. However, there are other paths, like the one we used to get down (following the cable cars) are much easier.
Arriving at the top of Skuleberget & After-Hike
While the hike was nice, it was not the most impressive. However, arriving at the top of Skuleberget has been the highlight of the day. There is a restaurant “Friluftsbyn Toppstugan” at the top of the mountain, which is the best reward one can dream of when hiking! We’ve had lunch there – 3 options to choose from for mains and a lot of different drinks, desserts, ice creams… All the options are reasonably priced and the portions are good! There is also a terrace from where you can relax and admire the view (as well as eat your own food). We really recommend you check it out!
Lastly, and after hiking back the same road to our car, we’ve had a quick stop at Mjälloms bakery on our way home. Mjälloms is known for its very thin flatbread, which is super good! There are tours you can go on to discover their factory but we have not been on any since we got there quite late.
Day 4: Trysunda (archipelago)
Not every day is a hiking day! And visiting the High Coast archipelago should be on your itinerary for Höga Kusten! Initially, we wanted to visit Ulvön, which is famous for the surströmming (fermented fish), as well as the nice beaches and nature reserves. But due to COVID19, there are a lot fewer boats going there. The boat we could have taken to Ulvön was very late and we could not spend much time on the island. So, instead, we decided to go to Trysunda, a small island, where only a handful of people were going to. We took the ferry from Köpmanholmen and sailed for about 30 minutes.
The pier of the island is right in the bay, with the village all around. This is a very picturesque island! From the pier, we went on a viewpoint, located only a few steps away! The view on the bay from there is fantastic. And we continued our way to the next viewpoint! It was maybe a 5-10 minute walk from the center, with the path right by the church. The hike up is really easy and worth a visit, and there is also a picnic table on top which we used. It is probably the best lunch view one can dream of!
Following our lunch, we went to the white sand beach of Björnviken. It is a very peaceful and quiet beach on the north side of the island. No one else was there and we’ve spent most of the afternoon relaxing there, with a book!
On our way back to the pier, we stopped by a small shop to get some ice cream! In the village, you can find this shop and a couple of other places to get a fika or lunch by the water! There is also a hotel where you can rent a room to stay overnight!
Day 5: Västanåfallet (waterfall)
Västanåfallet is the second-highest waterfall in Sweden, and somehow not really advertised. This place has been recommended by the reception of our campsite, and while we were hesitant to go, we thought “why not”. And that was a great decision! Our campsite was located in the town of Ramvik, and though it is ‘fairly close’ from the waterfall, the drive took almost one hour!
In this itinerary for Höga Kusten, we really try to give you different options of things to do and places to explore. And this place is really worth going to! You might not spend a lot of time there but on a sunny day, it is great to stop! You can walk around and climb up by the side of the waterfall, reaching the top, and why not having a picnic!
The afternoon turned out to be pretty cold and rainy so we headed back to our cabin. But in the same area as the waterfall, there is a gin distillery (Hernö Gin), which you can visit! The place was closed at the time we were there but it might be worth checking it out!
Day 6: Valkallen Loop (hike)
The last hike we really wanted to do on this trip! And probably the closest to our cabin! The viewpoint of Valkallen has been another recommendation from our campsite’s reception. This viewpoint is part of the High Coast trail and we found the viewpoint quite accessible. Of course, it takes a bit of endurance and energy to go up, but it is quite easy compared to other hikes we’ve done.
Going only to the viewpoint was not much (we thought) and wanted to make the most of our hike since the sun was up. We started the hike around 8.30 AM so we’ve had plenty of time and therefore made up our own loop. This happened by mistake when taking a wrong turn, but turned out just great!
- Start in Lövvik (there is free parking there)
- Hike to Kulberget, this is a shelter and a very nice viewpoint where you can see the bridge and surrounding nature.
- Continue the hike until you reach the road in the area of Skärsätter (coordinates are roughly 62°48’40.8″N 18°02’12.3″E), there turn left and keep walking till you reach the big road. Continue on the road towards Lövvik.
- Keep walking following the High Coast Trail (orange marks) and turn right when marks indicate so. The path is quite uphill. Shortly after, blue marks will be available to get to Valkallen. Follow the marks until you reach the shelter and viewpoint.
- For the way back, you can follow the blue marks, and then the High Coast Trail marks, straight back to your car!
This loop was about 12-13 kilometers long. You can easily adjust it to your physical condition and make it shorter or longer!
Day 7: Örnsköldsvik spa & Barbecue at a viewpoint
The last day before the long drive back home! The weather was not on our side on that day, so we decided to head to Örnsköldsvik spa “Paradiset”. We went there for a few hours to enjoy some quality time together. As well as relax after a week of hikes, walks, and explorations. The entrance to the spa includes the entrance to the water park of the swimming pool. It is a great place to spend a day if you don’t want to be outside.
From there we started to drive back and stopped at Fjällräven’s outlet store, just outside Örnsköldsvik. There are a lot of other brands available and this is the place you want to visit if you need camping equipment!
Lastly, and maybe the best part of the day… The picnic and barbecue in the best possible place! To celebrate our last day in Höga Kusten, we just went across the street from the campsite, climbed up, and made a great barbecue there. Of course, you should not grill anywhere in nature, but there is a grill there that is free to use. The place is magical, with a perfect view of the sea, hills, and the Höga Kusten bridge! You can use the coordinates 62°47’58.8″N 17°53’13.5″E to get there.
Day 8: Sundsvall & drive back
Every good thing comes to an end, and so our week in Höga Kusten ended! But on the way back, as we left early from the campsite, we stopped in Sundsvall. We drove by it on the way to Höga Kusten but did not stop as we were getting tired of the road and there was still a long way to go. But we could not miss it on the way back!
Our first stop was Norra Berget, a park with a lot of activities (great for kids), with restaurants, animals, and shops. But the main reason why we went there is that it is located on a hill, above the city. We got some great views of Sundsvall and even climbed a tower to be even higher up! The park is a very peaceful place, especially in the morning. It is also completely free of charge.
After Norra Berget, we went to the city, walked around, before we headed back on the road to Stockholm!
The Höga Kusten Packing List
It might be a bit tricky to know what to pack if you’ve never been to Sweden, especially up north! So we’ve made this packing list for you based on what we’ve packed… And what we wish we’d have packed! You can also save/print this list if you need to!
In this detailed itinerary for Höga Kusten, we try to include all the places we have been to. We have not loved all of them, but most of them are worth a visit! Like many places, the High Coast of Sweden is best visited with sunny and warm weather.
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