Nature // The High Coast
Nature // The High Coast
unspoiled & beautiful
NATURE & WORLD HERITAGE
Are you looking for experiences of nature at a high standard? Then our beautiful world heritage site The High Coast of Sweden is a must. Along the coast of Norrland, between Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik, is the world's highest coastline with unique evidence of the land uplift since the last ice age.
World record in land uplift
The land uplift is one of the main reasons why the High Coast became a UNESCO world heritage area in 2000. The world record is measured at the top of the Skule Mountain, where the coast line is now 286 meters higher than the current sea level.
Other places well worth a visit are Norrfällsviken, Skuleskogens nationalpark, Trysunda, Sörleviken and Högklinten. Here you can find high mountains - which are typical for the region, giant cobblestone fields, bays and glacial grooves on rounded rocks. These natural formations are unique demonstrations of how the land has risen after each ice age. The highest island of Sweden, Mjältön, is another scenic attraction and is now 236 meters above sea level. The deepest part of Gulf of Bothnia, Ulvödjupet, is 293 meters deep.
The High Coast is currently rising with about 8 mm per year, meaning that the land is constantly rising.
The nature - foundation of everything
Open sea, steep mountains and deep forests are joining together to form the unique nature of the High Coast. The nature is the most important asset of the destination and a source of wellbeing for both locals and visitors. In 2016, the High Coast was chosen by the public and the Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen) as the most beautiful nature in Sweden.
Some of the greatest attractions are Slåttdalsskrevan, the view from Slåttdalsberget, traces of the land rise, the ancient forest and Naturum.
In the archipelago there are three famous and popular islands, these are Ulvön, Trysunda and Grisslan. Other highlights are Skags and Högbonden lighthouse, as well as Rotsidan and the fishing villages in Norrfällsviken and Bönhamn. If you don’t have your own boat, you can choose from daily ferries, charter services or longer cruises to experience the archipelago. There are also beautifully located sea resorts, such as Smitingen, Gullvik and Storsand that attract many visitors.
Other scenic attractions are the rivers and their valleys, with Ångermanälven being the largest. Ångermanälven is known for its sandy river banks (Niporna) that were created thanks to the land rise, salmon fishing and of course the High Coast Bridge.
One journey, two countries, one world natural heritage
Welcome to The High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago UNESCO world heritage site! Expanding over 2 countries, Sweden and Finland, connected by the Umeå region this is a place for you to enjoy the high and low coast. Read more about the project Spotlight High Low Coast here.