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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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#highcoastrunner

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

 

TRAIL RUNNING RESOURCES:

A SELECTION OF OUR FAVORITE VIDEOS:


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

Sailing + hiking to the top of Mjältön island, in the High Coast

 photo: courtesy of  S/Y Dolphin Dance

photo: courtesy of S/Y Dolphin Dance

High Coast sailors are lucky sailors. Why to choose between the sea and the mountains when you can enjoy both?

In the Höga Kusten, sailing and hiking are perfectly mixed up.

During their cruising, sailors head to the heart of the High Coast to hike the most stunning mountain peaks: Skuleberget, Mjältön and the trails of Skuleskogen national park are three of the top hiking destinations in the UNESCO world heritage.

Mjältön is easy to reach by the sea for sailors cruising on the coastline: coming from north, i.e. from Trysunda, the stunning island of the archipelago outside the national park of Skuleskogen or coming from south, from Bönhamn or after a visit of the natural area of Nörrfallsviken. Mjältön is just in front of the west entrance of the harbour of Ulvön, where the deep fjord that brings to Docksta (Ullångersfjärden) opens into the sea.

 

Mjältön island, in the High Coast world heritage

 

Baggviken, Mjältön
GPS position: 63°2,14 N 18°32,4 E

Sailors are usual to moor into the natural harbour named Baggviken and from there to start walking the paths that bring to the peak of the mountain and a small lake. If you're cruising during the summer around the island, you will enjoy also many beaches and small bays around the natural coastline of Mjältön.

 

HerE are some videos made by sailors in mjältön:

 

Drone footage of Mjältön peak and the boats in Baggviken natural harbour

The video is powered by Ottiliana Sailing team and shared after their summer cruising into the Höga Kusten. We already published a blog post about these Finnish sailors and their wooden boat, with great videos that report also their sailing to Docksta and, starting from the pier of Docksta Havet guest harbour, their experiences of hiking to the top of Skuleberget on the new path "Höga Kusten Stigen".

 

Sailor vlogger Mia Wålsten hiking to the top of the highest island in Sweden

The tradition to bring a small stone on the top started during the Sixties and sailors are still doing this to mark the climbing to the peak of Mjältön at 236m over the sea level.

"In this episode I visit the highest island in Sweden, Mjältön, where I climb to the top. It is a stunning view, but my question is why we all carry a stone to the top? Who started this tradition and why? Maybe every person have a different and unique explanation, what do you think? Anyway, a nice place to visit, I highly reccomend it to everyone!"

FOLLOW MIA WÅLSTEN VLOGGER: S/Y ATLA3 (ON YOUTUBE)

 

High Coast Sailors, Patricia & Christoffer show us their sailing to Mjältön and walking to the top

 
Sailors explore the Höga Kusten and hike the trails

Sailors head to the heart of the High Coast world Heritage to hike the most stunning mountain peaks

What's your favorite adventure during your cruising the High Coast? Nature or mix nature and outdoor activities?

Hiking and walking are probably the most favorite activities that engage sailors outdoor involving sport and fitness attitudes. They usually head to the most internal coast to experience the outstanding views from Skuleberget and the trails around Docksta that bring to some of the most stunning peaks of the High Coast archipelago, like Vårdkallberget or Skovedsberget. The area of Docksta is becoming the "outdoor Mecca": did you know that there are at least 4 paths to hike up to Skuleberget? (and 5 to climb it!).

 
 
 

Sailing to the outdoor musical concerts at Skuleberget [calendar]

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If you are sailing in the High Coast don’t miss a great outdoor music experience. It is not anymore just Skulefestivalen on July, 13-14th that will engage passionates to the outdoor concert natural arena at the Skuleberget’s feets!

Starting from June and during the whole Summer, there are plenty of outdoor concerts that you can enjoy in an unique & natural context.

 

Save the dates of outdoor musical concerts at Skuleberget (powered by Skule Naturscen)

 
Link to download a free map of the area of Docksta and Skuleberget

FREE MAP OF SKULEBERGET

 

 

 

Save the dates of the concerts at Skuleberget and start planning your cruising with another reason for a stop in Docksta: here you find the info to safely moor your yacht and enjoy the great outdoors in the area of Skule and Docksta.

Enjoy the High Coast from Docksta Havet Base Camp!

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

Australian Sailors enjoy the High Coast sailing even late in the season

Even late in September - definitely "low" season, for Baltic cruisers - two Australian sailors enjoy the natural beauty of our coastal heritage.

This beautiful black sailing boat, flying Canadian flag and coming from Vancouver, paid a visit at Docksta Havet Base Camp. High Coast Sailors and their boats have always great stories to share with us! This time was no exception.

The boat was designed by the designer of the two "Gretel", Australian America's Cup yachts, and built in Canada by one of the two sailors onboard. "Skookum I" has a twin sister in Sidney. She was built - and is owned, by the second sailor aboard.

 Skookum I, designed by Alan Payne and built in Canada

Skookum I, designed by Alan Payne and built in Canada

They have been exploring the Höga Kusten World Heritage together for the first time, cruising from south of Helsinki for a quick tour before the winter.

The crew of Skookum I arrives at Docksta marina's pier

During the couple of days spent at the marina in Docksta, they went to the Skuleberget but they have been not lucky with the weather, it was raining and foggy. So, they enjoyed riding to  Naturum and had lunch there.

Skookum I tender bikes are ready to take off the pier for Naturum
 
Free download here the map of the best outdoor activities
in the area of Skuleberget
, starting from the pier of Docksta Havet.
 

It was really nice to have them moored at the Base Camp and have a coffee together at the Sailor's Club House talking about boats & sailing! Here you see the short video we collected when they left the mooring to continue their cruising.

 

Finnish Sailors (on a beautiful boat) cruising the High Coast [VIDEO]

S/Y Ottiliana moored at Docksta Havet Base Camp

We collected some videos shared by the crew of the finnish sailing boat "Ottiliana" during their last summer cruising into the Höga Kusten. Particularly, they report their experience into the area of Skuleberget, the moment of taking off from the pier of the marina in Docksta and very nice moments of sailing into the Ullångersfjärden and Dockstafjärden.

VIDEO I

S/Y OTTILIANA sailing the Ullångersfjärden to Docksta

Höga Kusten tour 2017

HIGH COAST SAILOR'S TIPS | Explore with your boat the more internal coast: sailing to Skuleberget and Skuleskogen National Park >
 

VIDEO II

High Coast Sailors & Friends exploring the top of Skuleberget starting #fromthepier at Docksta Havet Base Camp

Höga Kusten tour 2017

 

VIDEO III

Great sunny & windy sailing from Docksta to discover the stunning coastline of the Höga Kusten World Heritage

Höga Kusten tour 2017

 
 S/Y Ottiliana moored at Docksta Havet Base Camp with on background the Skuleberget

S/Y Ottiliana moored at Docksta Havet Base Camp with on background the Skuleberget

 

Short presentation of Ottiliana and content of her YouTube channel.

FEW INFO ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL WOODEN BOAT "OTTILIANA"
S/Y Ottiliana is a traditionally clinker built cutter rigged sailing boat. Materials used to build her are finnish pine, teak, mahogny, iroko and Siberian larch. Grand Scylla type boat was built in Luvia Sådö boat yard by Björn "Nalle" Nyberg and launched 2003. Here will be shown videos of maintaining and sailing Ottiliana in the Baltic and in the archipelago.
 

Discovering the High Coast | Seaside impressions Vol. 2

 The Ullångersfjärden near Sjöland, Ullånger

The Ullångersfjärden near Sjöland, Ullånger

With this publication we wanted to collect a gallery of images and impressions of one of the most fantastic seaside destination in Sweden, the High Coast / Höga Kusten World Heritage.

Being so many the pictures we thought that deserved to be shared, it ended up in publishing two volumes. Here is the post we made about Volume 1.

They portrait the High Coast coastline in different seasons. Most of the pictures have been taken aroung Ullångersfjärden, but Storsand and Rotsidan are well represented too :)

We hope that these Seaside Impressions lighted up your imagination :) And what not to...

Start planning your next cruise to the High Coast:

There is so much to do and see, but - beyond the basics - a safe mooring in the heart of the High Coast is a perfect base camp to start exploring the area >

Discovering the High Coast | Seaside impressions Vol. 1

 The Dockstafjärden near Sandvik

The Dockstafjärden near Sandvik

With this publication we wanted to collect a gallery of images and impressions of one of the most fantastic seaside destination in Sweden, the High Coast / Höga Kusten World Heritage.

Being so many the pictures we thought that deserved to be shared, it ended up in publishing two volumes. They portrait the High Coast coastline in different seasons including winter - not suitable for sailing unless you want to thrill the fjord on an ice boat. Which is actually possible since Ullångersfjärden and Dockstafjärden are freezing during several months in winter :)

Sailing to Skuleskogen: the National Park between land and sea

One of the best green breaks, in your cruise discovering the High Coast, is a visit to the National Park of Skuleskogen.

The National Park designation is the best a nature area can receive, as well as unique locations of outstanding natural beauty which ensure that nature can be fully experienced.

Skuleskogen is close to Docksta Havet Base Camp so - walking or biking from the piers - it's a fantastic destination after your days of serious sailing around the coast!
 

Explore the Skuleskogen National Park sailing the High Coast in Sweden

Suggestions for cruising in the High Coast:
Sailing to Skuleskogen National Park to enjoy its stunning natural beauty

Sights:

  • The views over undulating forest and the sea.
  • Slåttdalsskreven.
  • The Kalottbergen mountains and their forested peaks and bare slopes.
  • The flora.
  • The Bronze Age barrows. 

Area: 2,360 hectares. 
Established: 1984, extended 1989. 
 

Location: Approximately 40 kilometres south of Örnsköldsvik in Örnsköldsvik and Kramfors municipalities, Västernorrland County.

Visiting Skuleskogen: Signs on European Highway E4 show the way to the national park. There is an access road from the south via Käl, and from the north via Näske. The High Coast Visitor's Center (Naturum Höga Kusten) provides an introduction to the park´s human and natural history. There are 30 kilometres of hiking trails, as well as three sleeping cabins and two shelters that are open year around.

Skuleskogen National Park is a wild and majestic section of Ångermanland’s “High Coast”, where the rolling hills of the Norrland forest meet the northern Baltic Sea. This roadless wilderness offers the visitor magnificent views over sea and forest, beautiful lakes, verdant spruce-clad valleys, and fascinating geological formations which, more clearly than anywhere else, demonstrate how much of modern Sweden has risen from the ancient sea.

This national park is a heavily undulating rift valley adjoining the coast, featuring forest and outcrops of flat bedrock, in untouched condition where vegetation and animals have been able to develop freely. This area will offer the visitor the opportunity of enjoying fabulous experiences of unspoilt nature. Features especially worth seeing are Slåttdalsskreven, a gorge, 200m long, 40m deep and 7 metres wide, the bronze age cairn, extensive shingle fields, interesting vegetation and, not least, magnificent views of the archipelago. There is a total of thirty kms of marked trails which offer the hiker several alternative circular routes. The High Coast trail crosses the national park. Overnight cabins are located at Skrattaborrtjärn, Lillruten, Tärnättvattnet and Näskebodarna. (Font: www.y.lst.se)

 

HIGH COAST SAILOR'S TIPS:

Sailing to the heart of the World Heritage: experience Skuleberget and Skuleskogen National Park >

 

Skuleskogen National Park (1984) and Nordingrå Nature Conservation Area (1983) are classified Category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape: protected area managed mainly for landscape/seascape conservation and recreation - and defined as "Area of land, with coast and sea as appropriate, where the interaction of people and nature over time has produced an area of distinct character with significant aesthetic, ecological and/or cultural value, and often with high biological diversity. Safeguarding the integrity of this traditional interaction is vital to the protection, maintenance and evolution of such an area."

The purpose of Skuleskogen National Park is to preserve in unspoiled condition a coastal landscape of forest, rocky terrain, fissure valleys and steep rolling hills where plant and animal life may develop naturally. (Font: www.naturvardsverket.se)

 

Skuleskogen is a stupendous area. It combines high mountains, ancient forest and sea coast in a landscape which is without equal in Sweden. Pronounced peaks covered with windswept rocky pine forest are divided by deep rift valleys sculpted by the sea and the inland ice.

There are, in spite of the deserted appearance, traces of human habitation. The oldest of these are Bronze Age burial cairns. The inland ice was unusually heavy here, and pressed the mountains down under sea level. The country has been rising from the sea ever since, to reach today's level of almost 300 metres above sea level. There are also bare boulder fields, swamps and tarns in the park.

The fertile stream valleys are home to many species of bird, such as the very rare grey-headed woodpecker. Several Swedish plants have their most northerly limit in Skuleskogen, for example the decidious trees maple, lime and hazel. The trees are probably relics from warmer ages when deciduous forest was found this far north.

The foremost sights of Skuleskogen are the views of the rolling forest and the sea, Slåttdalsskrevan ravine, Kalottberget mountain with its forested top and treeless slopes, the flora and the Bronze Age burial cairns.

(Font: www.naturvardsverket.se and www.y.lst.se)

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

hiking and nordic walking on the Skuleberget
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! :)