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Sailing + trail running in the High Coast: best paths around Docksta

If you love to combine sailing, running and the passion for the great outdoors – which better way to do it than in the swedish High Coast?

Docksta is homeland of the outdoor... and for runners there is no exception: each path is pure joy in discovering of the High Coast scenic beauty!

The routes, across hills & woods, are a perfect mix of nordic landscape and stunning sea views.

You will experience the thrill of running through natural sceneries into the heart of the UNESCO world heritage: through real nordic forests, red Nordingrå granite rocks covered by lichene and stunning hill summits. A run here is definitely an unique experience. 

On the way to Vårdkallberget, High Coast

Did you know that there are at least 4 great trails you can run or hike to reach the top of Skuleberget? They will bring you up and downhill on the final segments of the Höga Kusten Trail race course. 

Docksta is surrounded by beautiful walks: on the seafront, on the hills or in the countryside. Skuleberget, Vårdkallberget, Skovedsberget hills offer extraordinary views to hikers and trail runners.

Vårdkallberget has one of the most breathtaking views of the High Coast

Vårdkallberget has one of the most breathtaking views of the High Coast

 

You will love trail running in the High Coast

“Nature running” has been shown to combine the benefit of physical exercise with the restorative effects of being immersed in natural environments.

Running a natural trail is mindful: you constantly have to find your balance, control your steps, adapt your speed and your pace to the variety in terrain and elevation.

Take a deep breath in the woods, it will clear your mind. Pair your breathing with your pace: inhale counting 3, 4... 5 steps and exhale counting 3, 4... 5 steps. Deep breathing will fill the lungs as you run. Here in the north, the air is clean and rich in oxygen: it will be easier to oxygenate the muscles and to have more energy to tackle the hills.

You will likely encounter significantly more hills on the trails than you are used to on urban routes. This is a fun opportunity to add to your standard training. Running hills will make you a stronger runner and will improve your breathing efficiency.

On the physical side, this kind of runs will develop fitness, power, endurance and strengthen different muscles. Trail running will change you in a faster and happier runner.

On a trail, it doesn’t matter how fast your’re running. Enjoy the beautiful place you travel and the moment you’re living: High Coast runners are lucky runners, and now can be your time, too.

Before to start your run or hike, give a boost at your training with 10/15' of basic, bodyweight exercises, like squat, push-ups, planks: they are the best to prepare your body for trail and hill running. 
The short path from Docksta to Skovedsberget pays you back with stunning views of Dockstafjärden.  Here you have a free map >

The short path from Docksta to Skovedsberget pays you back with stunning views of Dockstafjärden. Here you have a free map >

 

Talking with local trail runners - and being runners ourselves (we love it!) - we selected and tested the best paths around Docksta and Skuleberget.

We focus on where the locals train or race and particularly the spots where they have fun.

We highlighted more than 112 km of snaking trails to run, hike or walk starting from the seaside. 

Each path is unique and varied and you can run all the trails starting from the piers of our marina: you should definitely give them a try!

Trail runners enjoy the paths around Docksta

Get ready to explore 10 of the best trail hotspot for beginners & expert runners in the Skule area.


Trail 12km - D+294m

Trailrun to the summit of Vårdkallberget hill

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten

On the way to Vårdkallberget, in the swedish High Coast
Starting from Docksta, this trail heads to the summit of Vårdkallberget.

Trail 7.4KM - D+224m

Trailrun in the forest to reach Skovedsberget, a lookout point over Dockstafjärden

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten

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Train running in the Höga Kusten: 7,4km Docksta - Skovedsberget - Docksta

Trail 11.5km - D+420m

Höga Kusten Trail race segment: running North Skuleberget uphill (12.1%↗️) and Höga Kusten Stigen downhill

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten

This route takes you past the Naturum museum & High Coast Visitor’s Center, goes up to the “Toppstugan” and down to the south side of the hill to the “outdoor village”, FriluftsByn.

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Trail 9.3Km - D+332m

HK Trail segments: vertical running on “Skulebacken” (ski tracks) uphill & downhill

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten

Trail running course of 9km to the summit of Skuleberget via the ski track "Skule backen"

Trail 9.1Km

Vertical runs: extreme (31.5%↗️) uphill to Skuleberget from Naturum museum and downhill via “Skulebacken” ski slopes

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten

It's really a very steep climb but it's the shortest path to go up to the hill and the fastest to go down. Going up, you can take a short detour to reach the cave (the Kungsgrottan or Rövargrottan is famous for being visited by Linné in 1732).

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TRAIL 10.3km - D+457m

Trailrunning up to the summit of Skuleberget (11.3%↗️) via Höga Kusten Stigen uphill & downhill

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten

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Run 7.3KM - D+142M

Warm-up run around the lake Gällstasjön: clockwise round.

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten

The full loop around the lake on is perfect for an easy and hilly run. It offers Skuleberget south side views nearly the whole run and passes through the Church, the Linbana and Friluftsbyn.

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Trail 13.6km

Around Vårdkallberget, seaside ring to run across Norrfjärden and Dockstafjärden.

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten


TRAILRun 12.2km - D+313m

>10k around Herrestaberget hill training from Docksta to... Docksta!

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten


Trail 6.6km

Challenging climb up to Herrestatjärnen and (fun!) fast descent run to return in the village.

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten


Trail 11.8km

Out-and-back trail takes you past the two lakes at Skuleberget’s feets.

starting from Docksta Havet, Höga Kusten


Enjoy in Docksta the Höga Kusten Trail race on September, 1st 2018!
Visit hogakustentrail.se >


 

Join the "High Coast Runner" club on Strava

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Sharing running experiences within the High Coast World Heritage in Sweden.

 

TRAIL RUNNING RESOURCES:

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Docksta Havet guest harbour overview

your boat safely moored

to experience the best trail runs aronud Docksta & Skuleberget

Trail running in the High Coast is a great experience for a runner!

Sailing + outdoor fitness: in the High Coast, sailors stay active!

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Not only to approach race sailing, sailors need to train arms, legs and core to supports their performance on board. Sailors need to move more even while cruising and to do regular physical activity and exercise.

A long day on the sea involves a lot a confidence in boating routines, but it’s really important also to keep your body trained and to boost your endurance because the work to do onboard is sometimes heavy.

At the same time, the spaces to move your body on a boat are really limited and people spend many hours (too much!) basicly just sitting, while steering, trimming or just standing on the deck while sailing.

Any fitness activity that involves physical movement brings benefits: walking, biking or exercises like weight lifting or bodyweight workouts are great for counteracting long periods of sitting during cruising.

 

Boaters prove to be increasingly aware of the importance to stay fit while sailing, so here are highlighted many occasions to get moving during cruising holidays in the Höga Kusten.

 
High Coast sailors love nordic walking

Sailing + PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Walking or hiking, if you’re not confident in running, are perfect physical activities to keep you in motion and to break the time you spent boating. Plus, sailing the High Coast, you can enjoy these activities exploring great outdoors immersed in the nature.

Many sailors love to add poles to their walks: they provide balance and stability and reduce impact on the knees and hips. Practicing Nordic Walking you engage up to 90% of your muscles by activating your core and upper body instead of just the lower body during normal walking. Using poles, you burn plus 20-46% more calories than standard walking.

Have you forgotten to add them to your luggage? Don’t worry, you can ask for a pair of poles in the Sailor's Club House!

 
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Sailing + CYCLING

Sailors have offen a pair of folding bikes as tenders: cycling is a smart way to explore and having fun moving your legs. It’s great for sightseeing or to commute to shopping during your cruise along the coastline. 

Starting from your mooring at the marina in Docksta, you have many opportunities to ride: cycling to discover the area around Docksta & Skuleberget and reach the museum “Naturum”, to commute to the southern entrance of the Skuleskogen national park or just to enjoy few kilometers on the sunny terrain roads along Dockstafjärden. We’ll provide you with helpful tips & maps of the best destinations.

If you need a bike more for a guests onboard or you feel that carrying bikes on your boat is a big waste of space, while mooring your boat at Docksta Havet you find mountain bikes for rental.

 

Walking, Hiking, Biking: here we share thE maps:

 
Plank exercise is a perfect exercise for sailors

Sailing + EXERCISE

Bodyweight exercises - pushup, squat, lunge, plank - can be done almost anywhere. And doing them on the red granite of Nordingrå just adds fun.

sailors enjoy bodyweight workout while cruising the High Coast
 

Beginner Bodyweight Circuit Workout

 

Planks are the best exercises to practice on the pier for core strengthening: you engage multiple muscle groups but it also works gluteus and hamstrings. Planks support posture and improve balance.

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A resistance band is a perfect tool to keep aboard when wanting to exercise while cruising: it enables you to do full body workout without using weights or other heavy equipment. 

Another great system to train is a set of TRX straps: they deliver an effective total body workout, they are portable and you can use them anywhere you want: for example by anchoring them on a tree or even onboard on the mast of your sailing boat.

Early morning over the pier, when the air is fresh and the water usually is calm is the perfect moment to start breathing and relax and then to perform few minutes of your daily fitness routines. You’re welcome to enjoy them on the piers or the grass at the marina!

 

WITH JUST 3/4' of NITRIC OXIDE RELEASE WORKOUT you will work all 16 of your major muscle groups

Nitric Oxide Release Workout (by Dr. Mercola) is a smart and highly effective 4 short series of easy exercises: Squats, Tin Soldier, Snow Angel and Military Press that everybody can do on a daily basis.

Snipe sailor hiking at Docksta Havet Base Camp

Snipe sailor hiking at Docksta Havet Base Camp

 
Sailors training at the gym in Docksta

Sailing + WEIGHT LIFTING

While your cruising, don’t let being away from the gym prevent you from working out.

In Docksta, you can keep your session going on thanks to the local passionate gym.

At Pat’s Gym, strength-based exercises with free weights are not just for bodybuilders. Here people are aware of the importance of fitness training.

Weight lifting is a central activity to stay fit and healthy at any ages. It is recommended to improve the strength and muscular endurance to support your daily activities. Working with weights gives special satisfaction. Not only athletes and body builders achieve fun and benefits!

The gym in Docksta is open 24/7 and provides also one session of training with a daily pass formula without membership. Even sailors choose it to perform a full strength training using professional fitness tools for weight lifting during their mooring at Docksta Havet guest harbour.

 

Are you ready to pump iron as a pro sailor?

 
Sailors experience trail running while cruising in the High Coast

Sailing + TRAIL RUNNING

Running or even better trail running (if you’re a lucky sailor boating along the High Coast) allows you to add just light gear to your sailor’s bag: transpirant T-shirts & pants, a hat to protect you from a bright overhead sun or from falling rain, a hydration backpack and a good, light pair of off-road running shoes.

In the High Coast, your cruising can bring some of the most exciting experiences of running in the Nature you never can even imagine.

Every run in Docksta is unique and an enjoyable experience. You can easily head out on a trail in the woods or a sunny road by the seaside, reaching the beautiful view on Vårdkallberget, hill running up and down the Skuleberget on the best segments of the Höga Kusten Trail race.

There are several trails that we suggest sailors, on distances from few kilometers to half marathon, that they can run, jog or simply walk starting from the pier of the marina.

 
In Docksta, you can rent a radio controlled yacht

Sailing + RADIO YACHING RACING

There is a new opportunity to spend a great time by the seaside on the waterfront of Docksta: during the summer, you can have fun racing radio-controlled sailboats: at Docksta Havet Base Camp, you can rent & sail fast DF65 radio yachts in a dedicated arena, with floating marks and different courses.

 
High Coast sailors explore and climb Skuleberget

Sailing + OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Sailors start to see Docksta as the biggest opportunity to practice outdoor activities while cruising the High Coast: you can hike on the paths of Skuleskogen national park or join the climbers at Via Ferrata to reach the peaks of Skuleberget, bike or run many roads or trails by the seaside, or just walk the Höga Kusten Leden in the woods. There are outdoor contests and races to join during the summer, like the Höga Kusten Hike and Höga Kusten Trail or the Swedish Outdoor Festival (Utefest) in September.

Many other events engage you outdoor: starting from the musical concerts at Skuleskogen Naturscen to the Wednesday Evenings at the Toppstugan, the best events you can join in the Höga Kusten around Docksta [see the calendar] are held outdoor and are surrounded by the Nature.

 
Stay active with 10000 steps walking daily while sailing

HIGH COAST SAILORS RECOMMEND:

For optimal fitness, remember to daily walk 10,000 steps and incorporate regular exercise like strength training into your routine. As a sailor, you are not exempted ;)

 
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sailing to Skuleberget

to experience the High Coast at its best

Enjoy the High Coast from Docksta Havet Base Camp!

your boat safely moored

to experience the outdoor activities at Skuleberget

Nordic walking is a fun fitness activity for sailors in the High Coast

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Explore the High Coast from Docksta Havet's piers

Nordic walking is a fun and effective fitness activity that crews can integrate into their existing nature walks during their summer cruise on the High Coast

Walking is especially important to rebalance the many hours we spend sitting, working, driving or at home. And of course, after a few days of sailing, a refreshing nature walk can be a great opportunity to "break" the routine aboard. The crews of boats that target the High Coast summer, usually plan several day trips or walks on the beautiful shorelines during a cruise.

Many boats choose to stop a couple of nights in Docksta just for the opportunity to explore Skuleberget mountain. A hike to the top or to the cave, a visit the Naturum Höga Kusten Museum and the area south of Skuleskogen National Park or just the discovering of the surrounding area of Docksta are an excellent opportunity to involve the crew and the family in a different and exciting afternoon.

We noticed that some crews, particularly from Finland, integrate this technique of Nordic Walking into their nature walks, making use of the poles similar to those used in skiing.

Nordic Walking is a form of aerobic training of great effectiveness, which involves much of the upper-body muscles as well as a great overall cardiovascular workout. It activates more core muscles than normal walking, automatically enhancing the strength, muscle power, balance, stability and increased endurance by using the poles.

The technique involves "just" the inclusion of poles in the normal and natural walking. On YouTube you find several videos which - at various levels - illustrate the Nordic Walking technique and how you can experience it.

The specific poles for Nordic Walking are very lightweight and come in two types; one piece non-adjustable version and telescopic adjustable versions. The telescopic poles are adjustable in length according to your height and thus can be easily placed on board. The appropriate equipment should include: the poles, normal hiking shoes and outdoor clothes for walking or trekking.

The possibility to choose the intensity and difficulty of routes makes it an activity suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. There are several opportunities to practice nordic walking in the surroundings of Docksta so... it's time to moore the boat and take a (nordic) walk! :)