Skoved - Skuleberget
Be captivated by the legendary Skuleberget with activities for the whole family - you won't want to hurry from here!
A few kilometres along the trail from the section start in Skoved is a short side trail to a viewpoint overlooking the Dockstafjärden inlet. Further along the trail, just before Docksta, you will pass the Vibyggerå Old Church. It is a white stone church from the Middle Ages and it’s well worth a visit. The church’s exterior is from the 14th century but its interior dates back to the 18th century.
Docksta has most services you might need. Grocery store, hardware store, petrol station, restaurants and accommodation. If you want to stay, check out Docksta Hotell with its lovely rooms overlooking the water or Villa Orrbacken, which is 500 metres from Docksta towards Värns. Dockstabaren is primarily a restaurant but it does rent out rooms and cabins. During the summer there are also passenger boats to the island of Ulvön with the Höga Kusten ferries.
Directly north of Docksta is a side trail in to Norrgällsta, about 1.5 kilometres from the main trail. There are several accommodation alternatives here – Jacobs Stugor and FriluftsByn, which in addition to accommodation also organises a number of different events in the area. From FriluftsByn you can walk the 2.5 km along the trail Södra Bergsstigen up to the summit of Skuleberget. Note! The chairlift is closed due to maintenance and the only way to get to the top is by walking.
At the summit, which is 295 metres above sea level, there is a restaurant named Toppstugan. It’s a great place to enjoy lunch and we suggest you finish with a classic Swedish waffle. Enjoy your meal as you gaze out over the panoramic views of the World Heritage Site. On the mountain you will see signs of the high coastline after the Ice Age – in fact, Skuleberget has the world’s highest coastline at 286 metres above sea level.
Skuleberget has fascinated people throughout the ages. Carl von Linné wrote about his experiences here when he was travelling to Lapland in 1732. The mountain is one of the 12 official places to visit in the World Heritage Site and it has been a nature reserve since 1969. At the foot of the mountain you will find the visitor centre Naturum. Check out their exhibitions on the World Heritage Site and the personnel love to tell you all about the nature in the region. Naturum also has a restaurant – Gastrocafé Skuleberget – and toilets are available here too. There are tables outside where you are welcome to enjoy your own packed lunch as well. There is a wind shelter and campfire site at Vedån. In the summer, a number of concerts are held at the beautiful Skule Naturscen, which is also at the foot of the mountain.
Visiting the summit is a must once you are here. Hike up the popular trail that passes a round cave. Legend has it that the cave was once used by the legendary Skulerövarna – the Skule robbers. It was formed by ice and water when it was at sea level. The trail up the mountain takes about 45 minutes to climb. If you’re feeling adventurous, there is a Via Ferrata here with one of Europe’s largest Via Ferrata climbing operations. There are four routes with varying levels of difficulty. Count on the experience taking 3-4 hours including a safety brief from an instructor, the climb, the pause at the top to take in the views and the hike back down.
There is also beautifully situated accommodation at Skuleberget Havscamping at Veåsand as well. From the Skuleberget rest area on the E4 highway,turn left onto road 879 towards the coast and Skuleskogen National Park. Follow the road for 800 metres until you arrive.
Accommodations & side trails
Looking for a more comfortable place to sleep the night during your hike? Or do you want to explore more on your hike? Here are some tips on local accommodations and sights along the section.
Things to think about
How to get to the starting point? Where to buy a hiking trail guide? How to pack smart? And what do I have to think about when visiting the High Coast Trail? Here are some useful information to prepare your hike.
Getting to the starting point
Buy a hiking trail guide/map
The High Coast Trail hiking trail guide can be ordered here.
Hiking doesn’t require a lot of special equipment, but there are a few things worth thinking about that will help make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
First of all, think about what kind of person you are and what non-essential items you think you won’t be able to do without. And then convince yourself that you will be able to cope without them! Hiking is all about being present, living in the here and now, and taking the time to soak in your surroundings. Once you get in the zone, the only things of importance are having comfortable clothing and shoes, that your pack is comfortable to carry, and that you have something to eat and drink when you need to replenish your energy reserves. However, a camera/smart phone is always good to have along so you can document your adventure.
Find your way
Map, compass, waterproof map case, head torch and GPS.
For documentation & spare time
A pen, notebook and a good book.
Tent, sleeping mat, a small sit pad, sleeping bag, pillow, head torch with extra batteries and a lantern for your tent.
Carrying your load
A backpack has to be comfortable to carry, preferably fitted to its wearer so that it sits well. If you are out on a daytrip or will be sleeping in hostels or hotels, you shouldn’t need to pack more than 30 litres of gear. If you are out for the weekend and need to take a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat, you should be able to fit everything into a 50-litre pack. Your backpack, sleeping bag and tent shouldn’t weight more than 3 kg together, and food and clothing will be added to this. Distribute the weight evenly by placing heavy items against the back. It’s a good idea to take a rain cover for your pack, pack bags and hiking poles.
For undesired visitors
Mosquito net/mosquito hat, bug spray, tick remover.
Eating & cooking
Water bottle, camping kitchen (burner and pots), fuel, lighter/matches, knife, cup, cutlery, little wisp, pot handle, washing up liquid, dish brush, freeze-dried food, multi tool, coffee/tea, salt and pepper, energy snacks (e.g. dried fruit and nuts), rubbish bag.
Footwear & socks
Worn-in outdoor training shoes or running shoes are great for daytrips with lighter backpacks. It can be a good idea to use waterproof shoes with Gore-Tex, for example, on wet days. If you are going to hike long stretches and have a heavy backpack, light hiking boots are recommended as they give you more stability and better ankle support. Many hikers prefer to wear two pairs of socks – a thin inner sock and a somewhat thicker outer wool sock – this helps prevent blisters. Sports socks that are shaped to the foot and don’t fall down are preferable.
Applying the layering principle is a good idea. Your base layer should keep you warm and wick away moisture from the skin (wool or synthetic), the mid layer should wick any moisture further away but keep warmth in (wool or fleece), and the outer layer should protect you from wind and rain as well as keep you warm. Garments to pack might include a long-sleeved base-layer top, a short-sleeved base-layer top, long johns, underwear (briefs, sports bra), woollen socks (thin + thicker), hiking trousers, warm sweater (fleece or wool), airy shirt in functional fabric, hat and/or buff, windproof gloves, rain gear (jacket and pants), waterproof pack bags for underwear, swimming gear.
A stitch in time
Needle and thread, duct tape, multitool, steel wire, strong thin cord that can double as a tent guy rope, patches for tent and any inflatable mats.
Hygiene & first aid
First aid kit, toothbrush and toothpaste, plasters for blisters, paracetamol, toilet bag, fast-drying towel, toilet paper, soap, sunscreen.
For when you reach civilisation
Wallet, phone, sunglasses, binoculars, waterproof pack bag for electronic devices.
Things to think about when visiting the High Coast Trail
The Right of Public Access gives visitors to the Swedish countryside the right to roam freely. But with this freedom comes responsibility. “Don’t disturb, don’t destroy” is the key concept to follow. Please think of the following when you are on the High Coast Trail:
- Don’t walk over gardens or cultivated land.
- Respect animal and bird life, leave nests and young in peace.
- Close all gates behind you when hiking through grazing land.
- You can swim anywhere other than by houses or where specifically forbidden.
- No littering.
- Only light campfires in designated places. Put your fire out with care! Avoid lighting campfires when the fire risk is high.
- Dogs are welcome along the trail but must be kept on a leash when hiking.
- You must have a fishing licence for fishing in lakes and watercourses (streams and rivers). No fishing licence is required for fishing in the sea.
In Skuleskogen National Park you need to follow specific rules and regulations that have been put in place to protect the park’s flora and fauna. You may:
- not light campfires anywhere other than in designated campfire sites from May 1 – September 30. You may only burn wood that is supplied or that you have carried in with you.
- only tent at designated sites and for a maximum of three nights at the same site during the period May 1 – September 30.
- only travel by foot in the national park.
- not cycle, with the exception of the coastal trail between the South Entrance and the North Entrance.
- fish in the sea but not in the rivers and lakes.
- have your dog with you but it must be on a leash at all times.
The High Coast Trail has been divided into 13 sections. Choose to hike one section at a time, combine several hikes for a longer tour or hike the whole trail.
The High Coast Trail has been divided into 13 sections so that each section has at least one option to stay overnight under a roof – though accommodation ranges from basic cabins to serviced hostels and hotels. There are also simple wind shelters and huts along the way for hikers to use. It doesn’t cost anything to stay in these, they can’t be booked in advance and you can’t refuse other hikers who would like to stay as well. Camping with tents is permitted almost everywhere along the trail, as long as you don’t disturb the surroundings. Be aware, however, that once you are in the Skuleskogen National Park, tenting is only permitted in designated areas.
The trail is easy to follow thanks to the numerous orange markers on trees and posts. In addition, there are metal signposts with High Coast Trail symbols where trails cross or fork.
All the sections are well maintained so unless you are unlucky you won’t need to get your feet wet at all. Despite this, we still recommend wearing hiking boots or similar sturdy footwear on the trail. Cycling is permitted, but in Skuleskogen National Park you are only allowed to cycle along the coastal trail that passes Näskebodarna.
At times, it can be difficult to find drinking water, especially in the peak of summer, so plan carefully using your trail map as a guide, it has water sources clearly marked. The quality of available water can also vary somewhat. There are some grocery stores along the way so you can plan ahead where you can replenish your supplies.
Regardless if you are a beginner or an experienced hiker, there will be sections perfect for you along the trail. We want you to have a fantastic time on the High Coast Trail – take your time and enjoy yourself, you are about to experience some of the World Heritage Site’s absolute highlights.