Where the mountains meet the sea
Where the mountains meet the sea
Hike in classic troll forests with towering trees, down through deep valleys, over smooth rocky shorelines and to the top of soaring peaks.
Skuleskogen National Park
In addition to fantastic hiking, Skuleskogen National Park is like a natural geography textbook that will teach you all about how the inland icesheet, land uplift and the ocean’s waves have shaped the landscape. Skuleskogen became Sweden's 19th national park in 1984. Nowhere else in the Gulf of Bothnia is the sea as deep or the islands as high as they are along the High Coast. The beautiful red Nordingrå Granite, the uplifted coastline and the unique conditions for plants that wouldn’t usually grow at these latitudes are all typical of this beautiful national park. You can reach hiking trails and all the sights from any one of the park’s three entrances.
The open cabins in the national park will remain open, however, due to Covid-19, we advise you to avoid overnight stays in the park. We recommend that you instead enjoy one or several daytrips.
The cabins are small and there is little chance of being able to practice social distancing and good hygiene, which increases the risk of the virus spreading. Mobile phone coverage is patchy and if you get sick it could be difficult to call for help and it can also take a long time before help reaches you. Please follow the Department of Health’s recommendations and stay home if you feel at all sick.
There are three entrances to the national park.
The West Entrance (Entré Väst)
The West Entrance is in the park's northwest corner, about 300 metres above sea level. This entrance makes the park very accessible to everyone with its wide paths suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. From the car park, there is a wide boardwalk that goes 200 metres into the forest to a large viewing platform with seating, a barbeque area and information on the park and the High Coast World Heritage Site. From here, you can take a well-maintained gravel trail to the viewpoint Nylandsruten – this is also suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. The trail towards Långtjärnhällorna and on further into the national park continues on after about 300 metres.
The South entrance (Entré Syd)
The South Entrance is on Moberget’s lush southern slopes and is built on the beautiful red Nordingrå Granite. From this entrance you can easily find a place to sit down and admire the magnificent views out over the Bothnian Sea. The High Coast Trail goes through the South Entrance and not far from the entrance the trail takes a detour down to the sandy beach at Kälsviken, which is a popular swimming and picnic spot on hot summer days. The South Entrance is the only entrance into the park open in the winter months.
The North entrance (Entré Nord)
From the car park on the park’s boundary, there is a 70-metre long boardwalk that goes to the edge of the river Salsviksbäcken’s steep banks. Here, at the foot of Krypenberget and surrounded by tall firs and aspens, you will find a barbeque area with seating and information for visitors.
Experiences and things to see
All of the three entrances in the south, north and west give you access to 30 km of hiking trails and countless interesting places and things to see. The South Entrance is without a doubt the most commonly used entrance into the park – it is closest to Skuleskogen’s most popular sight, the canyon Slåttdalsskrevan. But there are other ways to get to the canyon as well. From the West Entrance, the hike is a little longer but there are advantages to this - you will see a lot more on your way there. Once you reach the canyon, you can take a break or even a swim in the idyllic Tärnättvattnen, or you may decide to hike up to Slåttdalsberget to see one of the High Coast’s most beautiful views. From the South Entrance you can also take less challenging trails to Näskebodarna or Tärnättholmarna.
Slåttdalsberget is a mountain made from Nordingrå Granite and it is more-or-less barren. After the ice retreated, the top of this mountain was just under the surface of the sea, and it has been rising up ever since. From here you have a fantastic view of the coast and surrounding forests.
The northern part of the mountain Slåttdalsberget has been divided in two by a 200-metre long canyon called Slåttdalsskrevan. It is a magic place and it needs to be experienced first hand. The canyon was created 1200 million years ago. Molten magma was forced up from the earth’s core and cooled to rock. It was much softer than the granite of the mountain and has since eroded away. Several ice ages, the sea and the land uplift process have helped create the canyon.
Clear evidence of land uplift in the region can be seen here at Tärnättholmarna. These small peninsulas are connected by narrow sand bridges to the mainland, but not so long ago they were small islands. There are cabins here that can be used for overnight stays. On the outer parts you will find smooth rocks perfect for sunbathing, swimming and picnicking. Tärnättholmarna is a 3.5-km walk from the North Entrance to the park.
Nylandsruten and Långtjärnhällorna
Nylandsruten is about 800 metres from the West Entrance and is a so-called till-capped mountain – it has a forested peak and barren sides due to the peak never having been under the surface of the sea after the last ice age, so it has kept its fertile soils, while the mountain’s sides were washed clean by the waves as it slowly rose from the sea. If you look to the east, you will see another one of these mountains. The viewpoint here will give you amazing panoramic views in good weather. You can also see a large part of the national park from the Skag Lighthouse in the northeast, the nature reserve Trysunda in the east and the Ulvöarna islands in the southeast. At the bottom of the steep slope you are met by the dark reflection of Lake Svarttjärn. Enjoy!
About 1.2 km from the West Entrance you can take a loop trail around Långtjärnhällorna. This is an easily hiked trail that primarily follows smooth rocks and board walks. In good weather, you will be able to enjoy fantastic views over the High Coast and the national park.
Näskebodarna is a summer grazing farm that was used from the mid 1800s as an outpost for spring herring fishermen. It is about 3.8 km from the South Entrance and is an excellent day walk. You can barbeque, stay overnight in the cabin or pitch your tent in the meadow. Please make sure you leave the privately owned summer cabins in the area in peace.
The sandy beach at Kälsviken is popular on hot summer days. It is about 1 km from the South entrance to the park. The sheltered bay and sandy soil are perfect for tenting.
Start off at Naturum Höga Kusten
A great place to start your visit to the Skuleskogen National Park is at Naturum Höga Kusten located at the foot of Skuleberget. You will find all the information you need before your visit into the park and also and help and advice you are looking for. They also have exhibitions explaining the unique nature of the High Coast, and information on activities available in the area.
Skuleskogen National Park is located just outside the town of Docksta, which is about 40 km south of Örnsköldsvik. You can drive to all three of the entrances and they are all well signposted from the E4 highway.
Bus number 50 will take you from Härnösand or Örnsköldsvik to the West Entrance. Get off at the bus stop Skule Entré Väst E4 and walk the last 1.5 km to the entrance. You will find the bus timetables on the DinTur website.