”We have put together what we believe is the very best hike in the world heritage. Each day you can chose between the regular route and the little shorter route.”
”It is easy to find new hikeing buddies on this adventure, but if you prefer to hike by yourself that will be possible too as the route streaches far. A combination of the two is what I would recommend.”
”It’s so much fun knowing that you are part of a group with the same goal. Both during the breaks along the route and in the evenings in the night camp there is such fun and friendly atmosphere. But I also really like that you can adjust the hike after your own preferences.”
Sandra Nilsson, Stockholm
The High Coast Hike
The High Coast Hike provides you with the opportunity to experience some of the absolute highlights of the World Heritage site. You will receive assistance with all practical aspects such as transportation, maps and meals, allowing you to relax. And together with hikers from around the world, enjoy a unique combination of coastal mountains, deep forests, and a beautiful coast.
The High Coast Hike takes you through the highlights of the High Coast and what is considered one of Sweden’s most beautiful natural areas.
Experience the magnificent nature of the High Coast of Sweden. This hike takes you to the very best highlights.
You hike in your own pace. Expect around 6-8 hours of hiking each day. This means you have generously with time to breaks and just soak in the views.
Grand mountains, far streached views, and spellbinding forests. The High Coast of Sweden have been votes ”Swedens most beautiful nature”.
The Community around the High Coast Hike is something that needs to be experienced. You will meet likeminded people from all over the world.
This will be a great adventure. Make sure you have slept at least one night n your own or your borrowed tent. You also need to be able to boil water on your outdoor stove. In order to prepare your body you should have hiked a few times with your packed backpack so your shoulders, back and knees gets used to the weight.
ABOUT THE HIGH COAST HIKE
Most hikers check in already on Wednesday to join the pre-evening where we go through the map and also give tips on the best spots for breaks, the best views, where to find water and the best spot for a swim.
You can also check in Thursday morning before the buses depart. When you check in you will collect your map and food for the entire hike.
The bust to the start takes about 20 minutes and once you get off there will be guides to help you and you can start hiking in your own pace or with others. Usually there is a mix.
During the hike you will meet plenty of guides who will answer any questions. You hike in your own pace, but it is important that you leave the nightcamps latest at 10:00 in the morning. During the last days we suggest you try to start hiking before 09:00 to have plenty of time to hike up to the top of Mount Skuleberget.
CLASSIC OR PLEASURE?
Most people choose to hike the Classic route, but as more and more curious beginners and families with children have chosen to join us, we have also created the Pleasure distance, where there is more time for breaks.
The overnight camps are the same, and often, you’ll meet up during the day. However, Classic takes you up a few more mountains and offers more views, while Pleasure provides even more time to sit down and perhaps take a nap.
If you’ve walked a few miles with your gear, you should definitely choose Classic. If you feel uncertain or are hiking with younger children, you can always start with the Pleasure section on the first day to see how it feels. It’s important to mention that we’ve also planned the Classic route so that you can take multiple photo and snack breaks, and it suits most people with reasonably good fitness.
HOW EXPERIENCED DO I NEED TO BE?
This is part of what makes it special. Some are experienced hikers, while others are curious beginners. It creates a really wonderful atmosphere. Now, you might think there’s a lot of videos, but go ahead and watch this one as well, and you’ll understand why you’ll enjoy it. However, to fully enjoy it, you should have hiked a few miles with a backpack, preferably with the weight you’ll be carrying during the High Coast Hike.
The High Coast Hike combines hiking with stunning views, and we’ve planned the adventure so that you have time for coffee and photo breaks.
HIGH COAST HIKE
HIKING DAY I:
Majestic mountains, canyons and dramatic coastline.
During the first day of the hike Classic and Pleasure will start hiking from different spots but will meet along the trail do enjoy stunning views and nice breaks where you can go for a swim. This is hiking at its best.
The first day Classic hikers will be taken buy bus to the West entrance of Skuleskogen National Park while Pleasure will be dropped of by the South Entrance.
The bus rides take approximately 20 minutes, and when you step off, you can immediately set out to enjoy the magnificent nature of the High Coast. The hike takes you over the impressive Mt Stampberget and Mt Slåttdalsberget, down through the Slåttdalsskrevan Canyon – towards Tärnättvattnet. In the evening, we light campfires at the overnight camp by Tärnättholmarna, surrounded by the sea.
Classic: 16 km
Pleasure: 8 km
Time: appr 7 hour hike (exl breaks)
Other: Outdoor seminar with Woolpower.
Highlights: Nylandsruten, Skrattabbortjärnen, Mt Stampberget, Mt Slåttdalsberget, Slåttdalsskrevan, Tärnättvattnet, Tärnättholmarna.
When you reach the night camp you need to check in at the Checkpoint. Then you’ll find a great place to pitch your tent for the night. Later you can attended outdoor seminar with Woolpower, take a dip in the ocean, chill by the campfire or take a nap on the cliffs with ocean view.
The first night takes place at one of the World Heritage’s most delightful camping spots. If you want some tips on how to create a truly cozy overnight camp, check this out.
– How to Have a Cozy Nigth in a Tent >>
The tent is pitched and the sleeping pad and bag are layed out. Maybe go for a dip in the ocean. Maybe just relax and enjoy your surrounding.
HIGH COAST HIKE
HIKING DAY II
Beaches, deep forests and mountains with amazing views.
We will wake up by the coast and then Classic hikers will set up the first mountain to get more views while Pleasure continue hiking along the coast with plenty of beaches. Both routes lead to the beautiful Kälsviken Bay which is a perfect spot for lunch. Then we continue into the woods and our nightcamp at Dal. In the evening we hike up Mt Gyltberget for more amazing views and a seminar with Naturkompaniet.
We will wake up with the ocean as your neighbour. You have plenty of time, and you check out from the overnight camp and begin your hike between 08:00 – 10:00. There is no common start; you simply set off when you feel ready, but no later than 10:00.
After you’ve checked out from the camp, if you are hiking the ”Classic” route, you head towards ”Lilla Såttdalsskrevan” and Tärnättgrottan. It’s a somewhat steep start, but the reward comes when you hike with your gaze towards the overnight camp you just left and the archipelago of the High Coast. If you’re hiking ”Pleasure,” you follow the coastline to Kälsviken’s shallow sandy beach, where you connect with the ”Classic route.”
You’ll have your best lunch break at Kälsviken’s sandy beach before hiking into the forest toward the overnight camp at Dal. After setting up your tent, we’ll hike up Gyltberget for an outdoor school session with Naturkompaniet and enjoy breathtaking views. This will be an incredible day.
Classic: 13 km
Pleasure: 9 km
Time: Approx 6 hours hiking (exl breaks)
Other: Outdoor seminar with Naturkompaniet
Highlights: Tärnättholmarna, Tärnättgrottan, Kälsviken and Mt. Gyltberget.
Once you’ve arrived at our second overnight camp, you have plenty of time to set up your tent and relax a bit. Then, we hike up to Naturkompaniet’s course location without our backpacks and enjoy the views. From here, we can also see Skuleberget, which is where we’ll hike on day three.
Our second nightcamp is located at a wide stretched field in the forest. If you want to wash off you can walk a couple hundred meters to Dalsjöfallet. And seriously, who doesn’t want to take a refreshing shower in a cute waterfall?
At the top of the viewpoint mountain next to the overnight camp, Naturkompaniet offers courses in outdoor life. Expect approximately 30 minutes of hiking without your backpack.
HIGH COAST HIKE
HIKING DAY III
The High Coast Hike, Mount Skuleberget and After-Hike.
The final day and the shortest stage, but perhaps the most challenging. We start by hiking the High Coast Trail to Skuleberget. Then, we hike up to the top of the World Heritage site, with some of Sweden’s absolutely most beautiful views. There is usually a small celebration at Toppstugan before we descend and prepare for the After-Hike in FriluftsByn with campfires and live music.
We hike along part of the High Coast Trail to Mt. Skuleberget. Here is where the dramatic finish begins. Chose between Grottstigen or Östra Bergsstigen to reach the top.
Grottstigen is significantly steeper but offers steps on parts of the trail. You will make it by cheering eachother on and take lots of breaks. Very soon you’ll reach the top.
If you want you can leave your backpack with your guide before starting the climb up Mt Skuleberget. You’ll then get your back pack back when you reach Friluftsbyn.
That feeling. We’ve been out for three days and we have now reached the goal. Pretty sure this adventrue will feel like a week as it has been jam packed with so many fun and memorable experiences together with new and old friends.
The last stretch is the most dramatic finish ever. From the overnight camp in Dal, we follow the High Coast Trail towards the magnificent Skuleberget. You can decide for yourself whether you want to hike the steep Grottstigen, passing the King’s Cave (not suitable for dogs), or the Eastern Mountain Trail that goes on the northern side of Skuleberget.
Once at the top, a reward awaits in the form of perhaps the most beautiful views in the World Heritage site. After reaching the summit, we hike down the High Coast Trail to FriluftsByn, where we celebrate the accomplishment at the After-Hike
Classic: 10 km
Pleasure: 10 km
Other: Families can leave their kids backpacks at check-out in the morning and get them back in Friluftsbyn.
Time: Est 4 hours
Highlights: Parts of the High Coast Trail, Mt. Skuleberget and the reward at the Top Cabin, shower and have a great time at After-Hike
The first 7 km are pretty easy terrain as we follow the High Coast Trail. The last kilometres you start to see the magnificent Mt. Skuleberget getting closer and closer.
The views from the top of Mount Skuleberget has been voted the most beautiful spot in Sweden.
Finish line. Hugs, photobombing, cheers, and sitting down with something delicious at Toppstugan.
After enjoying the views from the top of Skuleberget, we hike down to FriluftsByn to celebrate our achievements.
HOW TOUGH IS THE HIGH COAST HIKE?
Well this is very individual and depending if you hike the Classic or the Pleasure routes. First of all, lets just say that looking at kilometers could trick you since we will hike along coastal mountains.
But we have created two routes through the absolute most beautiful spots in the High Coast of Sweden and if you come prepared and in decent shape you will be able to take the Classic Route.
However, if you are not that used to hiking with a backpack, know that you can get sore knees or a sore back or hike with children we recommend you to take the Pleasure route the first day to get a feeling of te terrain. In order to enjoy the High Coast Hike you must have hiked with your packed backpack a few times. Most people who have to quit the hike have not prepared for the hike. If you come prepared, this will be an amazing experience.
Wed: Pre-Evening >>
Thur 16 km or 8 km about 6-8h*
Fri: 13 km or 9 km about 6h*
Sat: 10 km about 4h* + After-Hike >>
Sun: Sleep-in travel home.
* Each day, add 2-3 hours for breaks, food, photographing, relaxing, swiming etc.
WHAT TYPE OF ADVENTURE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Many come by themselves and return for the great outdoor community. Others bring their friends, family or partner and combine time with eachother and getting to know people from all over the world.
Start the video to get a feeling of what you are about to experience.
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The High Coast Hike attracts hikers from all over the world.
Here are four reasons why you will love the adventure:
Over the stretch of three days you will experience the highlights of the High Coast of Sweden.
Get together on Wednesday and the grand After-Hike celebration with live music on Saturday.
Get new skills and make outdoor life more enjoyable. We invite some of Swedens leading outdoor companies.
There is plenty of time for breaks and chilling with likeminded people from all over the world.
HIGH COAST HIKE, SWEDEN
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