Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Explore the dramatic coastal scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Take in the breath-taking panoramic views along the trail
  • Look for trolls in the enchanted forest of Skuleskogen
  • Visit Slåttdalsskrevan, a gorge cutting the mountain in half
  • Stay in traditional Swedish cottages experiencing local hospitality

Walk along the incredible High Coast Trail, passing mystical forests, dramatic mountain tops and breath-taking panoramic views of the Gulf of Bothnia. The High Coast was created in the aftermath of the last Ice Age, when the ice cap melted and the land was elevated by over 800 metres. This dramatic change created a unique environment and the area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this trip, you will be walking 61 km of the High Coast Trail, exploring enchanted forests and dramatic coastal scenery. Each night you will receive a warm welcome at your accommodation, offering Swedish hospitality and knowledge about the local history.

Day 1: Arrive Härnösand


Your trip begins in Härnösand, the gateway to the High Coast. Most international visitors will be arriving by train from Stockholm (5 hours) and if there is time, you can spend the day exploring this charming town.


Overnight: Villa Sedin B&B, Härnösand


Day 2: Hornöberget to Lövvik


After breakfast you will be transferred to Hornöberget where you get a short briefing before your walk begins. The walk to Lövvik is short with many ups and downs. The trail goes along an old coastal road and through the woods. When you reach your B&B you will be met with a dinner served in the beautiful glazed porch. If you still have energy left, you can visit Strandberget for a spectacular view of the sea and the mountains.


Walk: 10.6 km, 3 hours.


Overnight: Lövvik Bed & Breakfast, Lövvik


Day 3: Transfer to Lidebro, Walk to Lövvik


The lack of accommodation on this part of the trail means that you are staying two nights in Lövvik. You can agree on a time with your host when to be transferred to Lidebro. The trail goes along Halsviken, and you can stop for a swim at Fjärdbotten. 2 km from Lövvik you have the opportunity to climb a 240 m hill known as Valkallen. It offers one of the best views along the trail and from here you can see the mouth of Ångerman river, the famous High Coast Bridge and the nature reserve of Storön.


Walk: 17 km, 5.5 hours.


Overnight: Lövvik Bed & Breakfast, Lövvik


Day 4: Eden to Häggvik

After breakfast, your host will take you to Eden, just north of Lidebro. Today’s walk is easier and allows you to visit beaches and coves as well as beautiful forests. At Ånge you will leave the High Coast trail and walk along a gravel road towards Häggvik, where your overnight accommodation is situated.  You can enjoy the stunning scenery of Gaviksfjärden and Vågfjärden that, after the land elevation, became a lake. Just before reaching your final stop you pass an abandoned factory that used to produce fermented Baltic herring, Sweden’s (in)famous traditional dish. Luckily, the smell of the fish is long gone.


Tonight you will be staying at Mannaminne, the life-time achievement of Anders and Barbro Åberg.  It is a guest house as well as a museum, and you can walk around and explore the buildings before dinner.


Walk: 12 km, 4 hours 


Overnight: Mannaminne, Häggvik


Day 5: Häggvik to Ullånger

The walk back to the trail takes you along Vågfjärden, a beautiful fjord. When you reach Nordingrå you meet up with the High Coast Trail. Passing Köringberget, you can can make a slight detour in order to get a superb view of the fjord.


The walk offers varied terrain and the landscape is constantly changing. You’ll be passing flat rocks, farmland and dense fir tree forests. Before arriving in Ullånger you’ll pass Ringråberget and Erikskojan, a log cabin.


In Ullånger you will be reunited with your luggage and transported to Skuleskogen forest, the mystical forest believed to be the home of trolls. You’ll be staying in a guest house in Skuleskogen for the next 2 nights.


Walk: 17 km, 5 hours.


Overnight: Skuleskogens Pensionat


Day 6: Skuleskogen


You decide today’s itinerary yourself with assistance from the owner of the guesthouse. Depending on your energy levels, you can choose a short walk (5 km) or a longer (up to 15 km).  Slåttdalsskrevan,  a 200 m. long, 40 m deep and 7 m wide gorge that cuts the mountain in half is a real highlight. Another option is Slåttdalsberget, from which you’ll get magnificent views of the national park.


Walk: 5-15 km (optional)


Overnight: Skuleskogens Pensionat


Day 7: Onward

After breakfast the owner of the guesthouse will take you to Docksta, where you’ll be dropped off in time for a local bus departure to Härnösand.


From Härnösand there are several train departures taking you back to Stockholm. Ask us to help you coordinate the arrival with your flight departure, or why not spend a couple of nights exploring Sweden’s stylish capital city?

Accommodation

6 nights’ accommodation is included in your trip. You will be staying at carefully selected B&B’s and guesthouses.


You can add extra nights at any point during your stay. We particularly recommend adding extra nights in Stockholm, as the city has much to offer.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

Single rooms are available and a supplement is payable. This trip is also available to solo walkers.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.


Meals


6 breakfasts are included as well as 6 packed lunches and 5 dinners. In Härnösand dinner is not included but there are plenty of options in town.




 

 

 



Villa Sedin, Härnösand



Villa Sedin - Härnösand

This former vicarage was built in 1880 and has been converted into a charming B&B with 4 en-suite rooms sure to give you a good night's rest.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Lövvik Bed and Breakfast



Lövvik Bed and Breakfast - Lövvik

A small b&b where you'll get a warm welcome from the owners (pictured). You stay in private rooms in small cottages with your own bathroom.


 

 

 





 

 

 



Mannaminne - Häggvik



Mannaminne - Häggvik

Mannaminne is not just a guesthouse but also a museum, the lifetime achievement of artists Anders and Barbro Åberg. The whole building has been beautifully decorated and as a guest you are free to walk around it all.




 

 

 


 

 

 



Skuleskogens Pensionat - Skuleskogen



Skuleskogens Pensionat - Skuleskogen

Located in the mystical Skuleskogen, believed to be the home of trolls, this guesthouse offers a comfortable stay close to the national park.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from the 1st of June to the 13th of June, from the 2nd of July to the 19th of July and from the 30th of July to the 31st of August. This is due to accommodation restrictions in Lövvik


Time of Year

The season is short in this part of Sweden due to weather restrictions. However, the walk will be ideal to do anytime between June and August.


Extra Nights

As this is a 6 night stay, we highly recommend adding a couple of nights in Stockholm to discover this stylish city. We can also arrange an extra night in Härnösand at the end of your trip, should you prefer an extra rest day before continuing your journey.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party
we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement
payable. Solo walkers can take this trip, also at a supplement. Please note that in Skuleskogen there are no single rooms, and you would be sharing in a multi-bed room.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded easy to moderate as the terrain is undulating and includes some strenuous hills. However, if you are an active person and undertake preparation before the trip, this walk should be manageable.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The walk is well-marked with signs at cross-roads and orange markings on trees and poles along the trail. In addition to this, you will be provided with a 1:50 000 map and route notes.



Baggage Transfers

Daily door to door baggage transfer is
included in the price of your trip (up to 20 kg).


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with
Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the
activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all
necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat,
sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes
standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof
clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day
pack.

Getting to Härnösand

By Air: The closest international airport is Stockholm Arlanda. Many major airlines such as British Airways, Delta, EasyJet. Luftahansa, SAS and United Airlines fly here.


By Rail: From Arlanda Airport (or the city of Stockholm) there are 3 daily direct departures to Härnösand (4.5 hours) and many mores with a change in Sundsvall. SJ can help you with travel information and tickets.


By Road: Take the E4 from Stockholm (4 hours)


Parking: Let us know if you are arriving by car and we can help you arrange parking.


Getting from Docksta

On your day of departure, your host will drive you to Docksta to coincide with a bus departure to Härnösand (1 hour 20 mins), where you can catch the train to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Included

  • 6 Nights in handpicked B&Bs and guest houses
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 6 packed lunches and 5 dinners (not in Härnösand)
  • Door-to-door luggage transfers
  • Transfers as detailed by the itinerary
  • 1:50000 map and detailed information pack with route notes
  • 24/7 support from our local partner and UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Härnösand and from Docksta
  • Dinner in Härnösand
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement (if applicable).
  • Solo walker supplement (if applicable).
  • Extra nights before, during and after your walk.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend booking as soon as you can, especially as Skuleskogens Pensionat gets booked up very quickly. Many of the accommodations only have a few rooms, and you may need to alter you dates to their availability, as there are few alternatives.

How fit do I need to be?

As this is a self guided walk, you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. There are many ups and downs on this walk, so practising hill walking beforehand is recommended. However, if you undertake training before trip you should be able to manage these walks.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfers are included on this tour as per the itinerary, so you only need to walk with a small back-pack.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. Our info packs have a list of all equipment to bring on your walk. The High Coast can be cold even in the summer, so we recommend extra layers.

When is the best time of year?

June to August are the summer months, an ideal time to do this walk.

Beautiful Hiking and Great Attention to Detail

5

My daughter and I wanted to escape the summer heat and humidity. Sweden in late August was a perfect choice. The hikes were challenging enough and we hardly saw a soul the entire time until we ended our hike at Skuleskogen National Park. Our hosts were wonderful. Since it was near the end of the season, there were not a lot of other hikers so we got a lot of special care and attention by our hosts. Because the area is so remote, our hosts not only provided breakfast but dinner and lunch as well. We had a small glitch at our stay at Mannaminne when the restaurant closed early because it was the end of the season. We called our local outfitter, Anna-Lena, who quickly took care of the problem. The restaurant was opened for us and we had a great dinner. Our Macs Adventure specialist, Jess, was also incredible. She did not had a long lead time to plan our trip but she did a great job and kept me informed the whole time on the logistics.

MEP

Washington, DC

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High Coast fun but dot your i's and cross your t's

4

This trip was an amazing experience , we started it at the beginning of July and did not see another soul on the trek until the last day in Skuleskogen National Park ! 5 days of hiking on our own , brilliant the forests and lake and countryside are awesome and the Swedish people are very friend with superb english. We had a rather long train journey from Stockholm they should have taken 4 hours but took 9 this meant we arrived at our first accommodation late and missed the restaurants in Harnosand we had to go to a local supermarket and get some snacks. However the first accommodation although clean and pleasant was not a hand picked B&B but really a hostel, we could have stayed in a Swedish STF hostel for a lot less money and with interaction with the staff, bread was out overnight, we had to wash our dishes and sort our own breakfast out, not exactly what we were expecting very disappointing and misleading info from Marc's adventure. The rest of the accommodation was as expected and very nice. The second night we didn't eat in the guesthouse as expected in the advertising we were directed to a local restaurant that had only just opened and it wasn't at all clear what we had paid for already and what we had to pay extra for , I think we got ripped off the first night by virtually paying for the whole meal that should have been included ! Don't hesitate to go on this trek but please confirm with Mac's exactly what to expect, so of this trip did fulfill our expectations by misleading information, or no information.

Mike W

Chester

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We recommend it!

4

Wonderful experience, nice area. However, the communication with Macs Adventure was not fluid. We had to talk to several people during the enquiry/booking process, which slowed down the communication and converted it to a more error-prone process.

Lali

Barcelona

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Beautiful scenery, felt like we were in the wilderness.

5

The whole holiday was really well organised and the Nicola at Macs Adventure was so helpful. The information pack was brilliant and the local company Vandra were also excellent. Very professionally organised holiday. Thanks so much, myself and my husband so enjoyed the holiday. Fabulous scenery, great routes and our B and B hosts were amazing. Food at the B and Bs was excellent, exceeded our expectations. It was a real taste of the Swedish landscape​ but also the culture.

Walking team J&M

Limerick, Ireland

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A wonderful holiday away from it all!

5

A well-organised trip with excellent accommodation and food throughout. Walking is varied and challenging enough to be interesting but without being too daunting; the route is extremely well-marked and we were in no danger of getting lost at any stage! Route notes and photos are very helpful. Would strongly recommend walking poles as there's an amount of uneven ground (rocks and tree roots). We combined the trip with a stay in Stockholm before and after - a perfect mix, combining a lovely and fascinating city with a week completely away from it all. It was our first multi-centre walking holiday and we're looking forward to more!

C&C

Warwickshire

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The High Coast: Trolls & Enchanted Forests

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