Self-Guided Walking Tours & Biking Tours


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The High Coast in evening light
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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: Walk to Lidebro/Östanö

Enjoy a delightfully fresh breakfast on the porch of your guesthouse before setting off on today's walk. Approximately two kilometers from Lövvik, you’ll have the opportunity to leave the trail for a visit at Valkallen. This is a famous mountain, that is 240 meters high, where you will get the most beautiful view of The High Coast. From this point you will be able to see the mouth of Ångermanälven, the famous bridge of The High Coast and the nature reserve of Storön. The trail continues along the coast, where you can find fantastic rest spots to relax and enjoy the scenery. Leave the coast and head inland, on country roads and forest tracks to your accommodation in Östanö.


Walk: 18 km, 6 hours.


Overnight: Östanö Skafferi B&B , Östanö


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: 15 km, 4.5 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
  • 5 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.

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