Close to the city of Umeå in the north of Sweden you can find an area that perfectly epitomizes the country’s amazing landscape. The UNESCO World Heritage site Höga Kusten (engl. High Coast) is a very special coastal area and a great place for everyone eager for experiencing untouched forests, lonely beaches and, of course, steep cliffs.
During the last ice age the whole area was covered with thick glaciers putting a huge weight on the rocky surface. When the ice molt, this pressure ceased to exist, giving rise to the largest surface lift Earth has ever seen. Several thousand years later, the surface was 300 m higher than it used to be, which unveiled a unique and rangy landscape.
Today, a 128 km long hiking trail, the Höga Kustenleden, spreads between the cities of Örnsköldsvik and Hörnoberget. It winds around the coastline and passes the nature reserve Skuleskogen. Alongside the hiking trail you will find an amazing infrastructure. Not only can you sleep in small huts but you will also find a lot of wood ready to be put in the oven. With this, it is possible to visit Höga Kustenleden even in autumn or in the winter months – and our planned camping trip turned into an almost comfortable one.
Our 55 km and 4 days long hiking trip led us from Örnsköldsvik along the coast of the Balitc Sea to Bjästa. We slept two nights in a lovely cottage at the beach Bodviken, that we reached after an exhausting 20 km walk on the first day. Due to beginning fatigue, we decided to stay another night in the cottage and do a round trip to a rock peak on a peninsula, where we had an amazing view at the archipelago. On the next day we continued to Köpmanholmen where an other cottage waited for us. A day trip on a second peninsula concluded the journey.