It’s no surprise that more and more people are visiting the High Coast. For the nature and the tranquillity. For the culture and the people. For the events and the adventure. Perhaps for good.
You are also welcome!
Höga Kusten was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. It is the geological uplift of the land that makes the area unique. Nowhere else in the world has land risen to such an extent since the last Ice Age. The relative height increase is as much as 286 m above sea level and the area is still rising by 8 mm per year. This has resulted in fascinating phenomena such as till-capped hills, rubble fields and exceptional caves. The World Heritage Site stretches from the High Coast Bridge in the south to Skagsudde in the north.
NATURE exhibits extreme variation along the High Coast, with a dramatic coastline and beautiful valleys. Then there are the wooded expanses, the lakes and rivers teeming with fish, the red cliffs of Nordingrå granite, the bays and inlets that cut into the land and the diverse flora and fauna. There are stunning views from high hills, and colours and light that change with the seasons. The region offers endless opportunities for active outdoor pursuits – in a canoe or on a raft on one of the many waterways, on a bike along winding country roads, in a safety harness up a cliff, on a galloping horse by the sea or on a walk along paths that fire the imagination. Or you can try your hand at fishing by the river, lake or sea. Physical tests and emotional experiences are ready and waiting. Over the next hill lies a whole new adventure.
CULTURE is a strong part of life on the High Coast. Many famous artists, writers and composers have been inspired by the special light, the equally special landscape, the fantastic people and the legendary robbers of Skuleskogen. The area carries traces of extremely old history that are accessible to visitors. Nämforsen in the heart of Ådalen has been a key meeting place for millennia, and is home to Northern Europe’s biggest area of rock carvings,
There are many exhibitions and other cultural experiences to indulge in here in the summer, as well as concerts featuring both traditional and less traditional music.
FOOD along the High Coast is mostly based around fish. Fresh fish that is smoked or cured is a well-known local delicacy, but it should preferably be fermented. Fermented Baltic herring (surströmming) is considered a local yet national dish; its fragrance generally divides people into two camps – haters and lovers. Sweden’s ‘surströmming’ premiere traditionally takes place on the third Thursday in August. To the joy and dismay of many. Surströmming is often associated with another local speciality, flatbread.
Photo by: Urban Lidbaum