Nature reserves

Nature reserves

There are 112 nature reserves in the High Coast region with characteristic ancient forests, ravines rich in different species of plants and animals and endless cobble fields. You will also find Högbonden, a lighthouse island, Sweden’s highest island Mjältön and Rotsidan, one of the High Coast’s most well known nature reserves that is just waiting for you to come and explore it.

Nature reserves

The High Coast’s 12 best nature reserves

There are over 100 nature reserves plus a national park in the High Coast. In other words, there are countless protected areas to discover and they are all well worth visiting. Nature reserves are formed to protect the natural environment, preserve biological diversity, conserve valuable nature areas and species and to provide people with areas where they can enjoy outdoor life. Here is a list of some of our favourites. So put your hiking boots on, pack a lunch and get your map out and enjoy these fantastic places that have been created by nature and culture over thousands of years and that are now being preserved for future generations. Hike carefully!



The mountain with the world’s highest cobble field, 260 metres above sea level, and exceptional views over both Örnsköldsvik and Härnösand.


Magnificent barren coastal environment with huge cobble field Bådamalen out on the point.


Sweden’s highest positioned lighthouse (1909) and an exciting island with plenty of cliffs, deep crevasses and caves to explore.


One of northern Sweden’s most prominent “sydväxtberg”, where plants never usually found this far north grow happily. Amazing views and plenty of unusual flora to admire.


Four kilometres of amazing coast with a smooth, polished diabase rocky shoreline. Perfect for both swimming and storm watching.


A true symbol for the High Coast with the world’s highest ever measured coastline, 286 metres above sea level.

Södra Ulvön Island

One of the archipelago’s most unique and varied wildernesses, with an ancient fishing village and evidence of past mining activity.


The three huge riverbanks Borgen, Svalnipan and Rödskäggsnipan rise upwards like three sentry towers where the Faxälven river flows into the mighty Ångermanälven.

Trysunda Island

Sweden’s most beautiful island with its perfectly preserved fishing village and varied nature. This is an absolute must!


One of the best places to spot rare orchids such as the elusive ghost orchid.


The distinctive red rocks and the magical crystal clear waters of Lake Balestjärn are key symbols of the High Coast.


A place with unique geology with tunnel caves, sea stacks, large stone formations and cobble fields.

Accessible nature reserves

Tips // Nature & outdoor

Accessible nature reserves

There are some nature reserves accessible for everyone. Here are some tips of places that shows the greatness of this world heritage.

Accessible nature reserves

At Västernorrland County Administrative Board's website you will find even more information and maps for every nature reserve in the High Coast.

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