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A scenic view of the forest-rich High Coast landscape reaching into the ocean with a cabin the foreground.
Hiking in the High Coast, High Coast, Ångermanland
Photo: Friluftsbyn Höga Kusten/


The High Coast – a UNESCO World Heritage site

The High Coast (Höga Kusten) is a part of the Gulf of Bothnia and characterised by its steep granite cliffs and rocky islands rising from the sea.

UNESCO World Heritage site

The High Coast, in the Ångermanland province of north eastern Sweden, is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique and highly scenic land and seascape and its distinctly red Nordingrå granite cliffs and rocks.

On the vertical rebound

Due to a combined process of glaciation and glacial retreat stemming from the last Ice Age 9,600 years ago, the once compacted land is now steeply moving on up and dramatically reclaiming its right to vertical space. Technically, it boasts an approx. 295 m rise or ‘rebound’.

How to do it

The area included on the World Heritage list stretches over 100 km from north to south, with the Skuleskogen National Park at the centre. The High Coast is best explored by foot or bike.  But you also get the fantastic views by car, starting from the towns of Örnsköldsvik or Härnösand. In the summertime, there are also boat and ferry tours operating along the coast.

High Coast Hike

The High Coast Hike is a 40 kilometer long hike and folk festival through the highlights of the High Coast. The Hike has quickly become the second largest hike in Sweden and attracts hundreds of hikers from all over the world. Bring your family, friends or colleagues on an adventure and experience the unique combination of coastal mountains, ancient forests and glimmering coastline.

To do

Activities in the area include guided wild bear or beaver safaris, archipelago exploration by kayak, fishing, horse riding, and coastline cycling and hiking. You can also visit Sweden’s second highest waterfall (90 m) at Västanåfallet nature reserve.

A must try

The High Coast is home to Sweden´s most peculiar delicacy, fermented herring. Love it or hate it, the surströmming premiere traditionally takes place in August.

Getting here

You can travel to the High Coast by air, bus or train. Read more on Getting to and around - the High Coast