of the High Coast region is a tapestry of spectacular landscapes. There is no other place in Europe where so many kinds of rock can be found in such a small area. The red Rapakivi granite, which is also known as Nordingrå granite, has become a geological symbol for the region. The High Coast has a unique flora, with mountain and inland plants mixing with coastal vegetation and species freely crossing their southern and northern boundaries. Skuleskogen National Park and the 40 nature reserves around Kramfors and Örnsköldsvik are the habitats of many rare species that are being protected for posterity. With some luck, you might spot elks, roe deer, beavers, badgers, foxes and lynx. And maybe the odd bear or two.
is a strong shaping force in the High Coast. The works of many famous artists, authors and composers draw inspiration from the special light, the singular landscape, the fantastic people and the legendary robbers of Skuleskogen forest. Summertime brings a succession of exhibitions and other cultural events. Regional music is both traditional and innovative. Accordion music is said to have been born on the banks of the river Ångermanälven. The music festival, staged at the foot of Skuleberget mountain, is considered to be one of the best in Sweden. And jazz festivals, concerts and folk musicians’ rallies are highly popular. Throughout the region, visitors can observe traces of ancient history, dating from the Roman Iron Age (about 100 AD) and the ancient farming and industrial communities.
features prominently on tables and menus along the High Coast. Wellknown, local delicacies include fresh fi sh that is smoked or marinated. But, of course, many want their fi sh to be ‘sour’. Fermented herring is indeed a very sour fi sh – a local dish that is famous across Sweden and with a smell that splits the nation in two. You either love it, or loathe it. Fermented herring is usually associated with unleavened, fl at bread, which is another local speciality. It is still baked in the old-fashioned way, in small bakeries out in the villages, as well as at big factories that serve a national and international market.
are always a feasible option for visitors to the High Coast or for those who have the privilege of living here. Your adventure might be a trip down the river in a canoe, a bike ride along winding country roads, a dizzy climb up a cliff face with a harness strapped round you, a ride on horseback at full gallop by the sea or an inspirational hike along national park trails. It might be a more emotional adventure in a World Heritage site, fi lled with the wonders of nature. An excellent way of discovering and enjoying the beauty of the High Coast is to walk along the High Coast Trail. This 130-kilometre-long trail crosses Skuleskogen National Park and is divided into 13 stages. The trail stretches from the High Coast Bridge in the south to Varvsberget in the north and walkers can stop for the night at one of the places along the way.
The High Coast - Highest land uplift in the world
The High Coast (Höga Kusten) was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000. It thus joined many other great sites around the world such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and the Galapagos Islands, all identifi ed as unique cultural and natural sites and protected for future generations. The land rise of the High Coast makes it unique in the world. In no other place on our earth has the land risen as much as here since the last Ice Age. The relative land uplift is 286 metres above the present sea level and the area is currently rising at a rate of eight millimetres per year. This has resulted in a unique landscape with till-capped hills, high expanses of rocky rubble and shingle and exciting caves. People have been living in this area since the Stone Age and have helped shape the landscape we see today.
Härnösand - city by the sea
Härnösand has been a centre of trade and activity from antiquity. The city's beautiful downtown on Härnön offers a variety of shopping, restaurants and cafes. Among Härnösand's numerous scenic attractions from different eras, Östanbäck – the city's oldest neighbourhood – consists of charming wooden houses from the 1700s. In the centre of town is the Cathedral, Sweden's smallest. Härnösand is also rich in cultural attractions such as Technichus, Murberget, Sambiblioteket and the art gallery. Härnösand is situated on an island, which is unusual in Sweden, and helps to explain its unique, lively atmosphere, not to mention its designation as "City Centre of the Year" in 2004. In Härnösand you can really enjoy the seaside. The city also offers no fewer than three harbours right in the centre.
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