A summer isn't a summer without a dip in the blue of some kind. The High Coast is a great place for a swim with its many coastal bays and inland lakes – the opportunities to cool off in the water are countless.
Kilometre after kilometre of sandy beaches, green meadows and warm smooth rocky coastline can be found along the High Coast. There are plenty of lovely bays that are popular with summer visitors, while some beaches have barely been discovered. Here are some tips for some of the High Coast’s best swimming beaches for sunny days.
The beach Salusands havsbad is conveniently located by the E4 motorway and is very popular among sun lovers and surfers. Minigolf, a kiosk, food and a camping ground are all right there close to the beach.
In Noraström outside Kramfors is another lovely sandy beach called Hörsångs havsbad. There is a big camping ground here with pedal boats for rent and a kiosk.
Smitingens havsbad is a classic popular sandy beach that is one of the best in northern Sweden. Only five kilometres from Härnösand. Shallow water, café and volleyball. Close by are good hiking trails so you can work up a sweat before taking a well-deserved dip in the sea.
Gullviks havsbad is one of Örnsköldsvik’s most popular sandy beaches. There are barbeque sites, volleyball nets, a large playground and a camping ground for those who want to stay for longer. A kiosk and restaurant can also be found here.
Storsands havsbad is a shallow bay with a lovely sandy beach, soft sand dunes and tall pine trees. Close by is a well-signposted nudist beach.
Freshwater lakes or pools
If you need a little more warmth before you want to jump in the water, there are lots of great swimming spots in inland lakes that are usually a bit warmer than the sea. And if you need the water to be even warmer before you jump in, there are also a few heated pools in the area. Here are some tips for lovely inland lakes suitable for swimming and pools in the area.
Lake Snippersjön is located on route 335, about 10 km from Örnsköldsvik. Its little sandy beach is surrounded by pines.
You can put out your picnic blanket on the little lawn, barbeque and fish from the jetty at Vallsjöbadet in Ramsele-Vallen just outside Sollefteå.
Stallarna is a lovely little lake to swim in west of Härnösand – you will often find local families enjoying a sunny day here. There are barbeque sites available.
At Storsjöbadet in Skog outside Kramfors you will find a lovely sandy beach. There is a kiosk in case you need a snack and a jetty great for diving off.
At Mellansels Camping you will find three heated pools for play and exercise. Slides, a playground, golf and beach volleyball are also here and there are both camping sites and cabins that you can rent.
Flogstabadet is located just outside central Kramfors and is a great place for families. It has three pools, slides, a children’s pool and sauna.
Risöbadet is a large heated pool perfect for everyone, including families. Slides, golf, playground, volleyball, kayaking, go carts, climbing, restaurant and much more.
Even more places for swimming
The question is not whether or not you shall take a swim but rather where to take a swim. Allehanda has put together all places for swimming in the High Coast. (swedish only)
5 hidden gems!
In contrast to many of the High Coast’s popular beaches, we have found a few hidden gems that might be a bit different but they are all fantastic in their own right.
On the peninsular Balesudden outside Örnsköldsvik is the little Lake Balestjärn. It’s a lovely little lake that you can get to by boat or on foot, well known for its crystal clear water and swing rope you can jump in from. A few hundred metres from the lake you can also find beautiful bays on the sea with both smooth rocks to lie on and a sandy beach.
In Häggdånger, south of Härnösand, there is a two-kilometre long bay called Byviken. It's a lovely place with shallow water and a sandy beach. The swimming area is surrounded by grey, unpainted fishing huts that are typically seen along this part of the coast.
Sågsand is a lovely swimming spot located by Hensön’s eastern beach. The ferry over to the island is free of charge.
Skrubban is a fantastic place to visit if you have your own boat. Try jumping from the cliffs here! It’s deep enough, we promise!
One place that simply must be visited if you like sunbathing is Rotsidan. It is beautiful but it can be a bit slippery getting into the water.
Lilla Norge (Little Norway) is a small island in the middle of the river Ångermanälven between Nyland and Sandslån. There are barbeque sites here and a very shallow bay with a sandy beach. You need a boat to get here.
On the point Fjälludden on the island Genesön, lovely smooth rocks make great spots to swim from and watch the boats travel through the narrow passage Sandlågan. Fjälludden is one of Örnsköldsvik’s latest additions to its list of guest marinas and has a sauna, cabin for overnight stays and barbeque sites. You can get here by both car and boat.