High Coast Sailor

Sailors can reach the Skuleskogen National Park by bus from Docksta

Skuleskogen National Park: overview of the High Coast archipelago from Slåttdalsberget hill.

Skuleskogen National Park: overview of the High Coast archipelago from Slåttdalsberget hill.

It is easier to reach the Skuleskogen from the marina in Docksta. If your are cruising the Höga Kusten, leave your boat safely moored, take the bus and take your walk to the national park.

Overview of Docksta Havet guest harbour. Photo © Courtesy of Mia Wålsten S/Y Atla3

Overview of Docksta Havet guest harbour. Photo © Courtesy of Mia Wålsten S/Y Atla3

At Docksta Havet sailors find dedicated services and moorings to safely leave their boat during their exploring walks of the surroundings.

From the pier of Docksta Havet, now you can head to the nearest park entrance (named “Entré Syd”) also by bus.

The bus line is called Världsarvsbussen Skule, the line is 243.


The nearest bus stop from the marina in Docksta is Skule Friluftsbyn. From there the bus takes you to the Skule Entré Syd stop, where start the well marked paths of varying degrees of difficulty that lead you to everything worth seeing, within forests, hills, bays.

Main attractions are: Hiking on The spectacular views over the national park´s dramatic landscape and the surrounding High Coast.

The 7 meters wide, 30 meters deep “Hell Gab” crevice, which cleaves the Slåttdal mountain in two.

The southerly entrance of Skuleskogen is the nearest to the Slåttdals crevice (Slåttdalskrevan).

The southerly entrance of Skuleskogen is the nearest to the Slåttdals crevice (Slåttdalskrevan).

The bus ticket costs 25:- sek (swedish crowns) for adults (older than 25 y.o.). You can pay aboard with the credit card.

In the afternoon, the bus makes the last tour from Skule Entré Syd to the Skule Naturum Museum and Tourist High Coast Center at the feet of Skuleberget in Docksta.

Hiking the natural paths into the Skuleskogen forest

Skuleskogen is one of the few remaining large, ancient forests of the coastal region. The red coloured Nordingrå granite cliffs, the large uplift coast and the coniferous forest, with rare species of lichens, characterize per park.

Safe moorings near Skuleberget & Skuleskogen natural areas

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

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.


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).


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


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.


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



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




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!

Docksta is the landmark for Baltic Sea cruisers in the Höga Kusten


When in 2006 the area and the structures of the marina in Docksta were restored, the first goal was to reintroduce moorings, facilities and dedicated services to support sailors & cruisers. It was too long that Docksta was waiting to welcome the long distance sailors again. Second goal was to support sailing experiences within the High Coast and to awake new focus and interest in the natural, cultural and touristic coastal assets of the Höga Kusten / High Coast UNESCO World Heritage.


The beauty of the High Coast waters and its natural coastlines is a great value to share within the international sailing community.

In the Baltic Sea, two general growing trends involve more long distance cruisers:

  • still looking for sailing more close to the Nature, they are escaping from even nice sailing destinations that during the summer are too crowded of boats & people;

  • they don't just love sailing open waters or wild mooring: sailors move inland for great outdoor experiences to share with people onboard.


So, year after year, more boats and crews are sailing up to the northern part of the Baltic Sea and heading to the Swedish High Coast & the Finnish Kvarken Archipelago.

Overview of the piers of the "gästhamn" and Dockstafjärden.

Overview of the piers of the "gästhamn" and Dockstafjärden.

Docksta has become a landmark for many Baltic Sea Cruisers in discovering the best spots: here they can safely moor their sailboats or motor yachts but also can discover the best that the High Coast has to offer ashore.

The guest harbour's location is in the heart of the UNESCO world heritage: in Docksta, we encourage people to pair sailing with walking, biking, hiking (and running!) from the piers.

Sailors start from the marina to enjoy the natural surroundings, the main outdoor activities & the events around Skule mountain.

We highlight them the most stunning paths around Docksta, at different levels of difficulty but overall quite easy and accessible to any family. The national park of Skuleberget is easy to reach from our piers also by bicycle (sailors can also rent our MTB).

We engage them, online and onsite, with free maps for hiking / walking / running

Where is Docksta Havet gästhamn in the Höga Kusten
Docksta Havet overview of the guest harbour

Baltic Cruisers in the Höga Kusten are coming in Docksta from all over the nordic Countries (Sweden, particularly from south of Sweden and Stockholm, Finland, Denmark and Norway), and from abroad (mainly Germany, UK and Holland).

In the guest harbour they find fresh water to refill their tanks and electricity to recharge the boat's batteries, comfortable toilets & showers, a washing machine & dryer to refresh onboard linens & laundry. Docksta village offers useful commercial facilities and shops easy to reach from the piers and connections with the bus lines, the main road (E4) or local TAXI services. On average, they stop at the moorings for a couple of nights.


At Docksta Havet Base Camp, sailors find support across three main assets:

Welcoming them with facilities and quality services for crew and boats moored at the guest harbour.

Informing them about the best outdoor activities & natural assets in the area of Skuleberget and Skuleskogen.

Engaging them in nautical activities & pop-up events on the "waterfront" playground in Docksta and in the Sailor's Club House.

At Docksta Havet Base Camp we care of boat & crew:  if possible,  we assist sailors during their docking  and help them while they are mooring the boat.

At Docksta Havet Base Camp we care of boat & crew: if possible, we assist sailors during their docking and help them while they are mooring the boat.


Skippers, crew and their Guests are welcome into the Sailor's Club House:


For sailors entusiasts that are dreaming to sail the waters of the Höga Kusten UNESCO world heritage in Sweden, online we share topics about sailing and outdoor from the High Coast. 


Highlighting what High Coast Sailors love to do:


SHARING MAPS & TIPs to get the most:


Docksta Havet is HLR: Cruising Association Honorary Local Representative for the High Coast

    Docksta Havet CA Honorary Local Representative for Cruising Association in the High Coast.jpeg
    CA Cruising Association crest.

    CA Cruising Association crest.

    The network of CA Honorary Local Representatives (HLRs) aim to support Cruising Association members while they are visiting or planning to visit specific harbors/ports, or areas like the Höga Kusten, by providing helpful assistance, information and advice - plus a friendly welcome! - to yachtsmen and their crew.

    CA Baltic Section of Cruising Association

    CA Baltic Section of Cruising Association

    Founded in 1908, the Cruising Association ("CA" website is www.cruising.org.uk) has several thousand members, of whom about 900 are "CA Baltic section" members that means they have sailed in Baltic Sea, or are interested in sailing in all the Countries bordering the Baltic Sea - Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands also form part of the section). Quite a few members are non-British, and/or non-UK-based.

    The aim of CA is to encourage cruising in sail yachts and motor yachts. What is really impressive is how CA Members like and are effective to share experiences, knowledge, and fun to get the most out of their cruising. Information is distribuited through the section's newsletter, website and the forum. For info, please contact the Section Secretaries, Graham and Fay Cattell, at baltic@theca.org.uk or CA staff at office@theca.org.uk.


    Docksta Havet Base Camp is a guest harbour member of the Riksföreningen Gästhamnar Sverige (RGS), its quality is certified 4 stars out of 5.



    Here you can reach or contact us:

    Docksta Havet AB
    Hamnen 10 - 87033 Docksta - Sweden
    phone: +46 76 3136628
    email: dh@dockstahavet.se

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


    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


    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!


    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.


    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


    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


    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


    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 ;)


    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!"



    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]


    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





    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

    "Winter Wonderland" recalls the perfect Höga Kusten sailing memories

    #winterwonderland is becoming a very popular tag. No surprise.

    Winter view of the Docksta Havet Base Camp

    In the Swedish High Coast people are getting crazy for the beauty of this Winter.

    Now that the days are getting longer, looking outside the frozen piers of the marina becomes easy to start remember the... Summer!

    A winter view of the docks

    Looking at some of the short videos we shot last summer from the pier, we chose a couple of them to share with you, right now that the fjord is about to freeze all the way out to the sea :)


    Overview #fromthepier of High Coast Sailors preparing their boats to leave the mooring in a beautiful morning to head in discovering the beauty of our coastal heritage.


    no matter if Winter Wonderland or Summer Wonderland...

    Summer view of Dockstafjärden from the piers of Docksta Havet Base Camp

    ...the High Coast by the seaside is always magic! So why don't you start to plan your next cruising in the High Coast from here:

    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.


    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 >


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

    Höga Kusten tour 2017



    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.

    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.

    The skötbåt of Wille Norberg is back home in Docksta

    Our skötbåt in the main room of the Docks at Docksta Havet Base Camp

    Some months ago we launched an appeal on this website trying to rebuild the history of our fishing boat at Docksta Havet.
    We had many feedbacks and first of all we'd like to thank you all for helping :-)
    The most probable track we had is the following, and we really have no reason not to believe it's the one.
    It's very fascinating indeed the link we found with Sandvikens Fiskeläge (we told about in March), since our boat is supposed to be stationed there in the fishing base camp of Docksta fishermen.
    The photo database of the Länsmuseet of Västernorrland, we - by the way - suggest you to visit in Härnösand, has been key helpful in our research. The pictures that enrich this article come from there, and is in the additional description of one of them that we understood our boat's origin.

    Which kind of boat it was?
    It was the first question. It's a fishing boat: more particularly, it is a skötbåt, the typical boat to fish Baltic Herring with nets. Here below we add the fact file about the skötbåt from the Skellefteå Society of Rustic Boats.

    Fisherman sorting out strömming on a skötbåt

    Known as a word since 1600. 'Sköt' is the name of the net that is used to catch Baltic Herring. The boat is around 7,2 m x 1,7 and was clinker-built, originally with four board. Since we have no archipelago it was used on open sea, but near the coast. Was sailed with square sails and later on spritsails. Here below a more detailed description in swedish.

    Fishermen fishing on a skötbåt

    Förekomst Skötbåten har funnits i många hundra år utefter norrlandskusten. Storleken cirka 24-26 fot (cirka 8 meter) har varierat något i utförande såväl i norra som i södra länen. Olika båtbyggare har traditionellt utformat sina båtar efter eget huvud. Med tiden har vissa detaljer förändrats, till exempel rakare, rundare eller mer eller mindre fallande stävar. Olika båtar blir därför ibland svåra att hänföra till en viss båttyp.
    Särdrag Skötbåtens form gjordes så att sen skulle vara lätt att ro och möjlig att segla ibland. Samtidigt skulle den bära stora fångster och gå bra i grov sjö. Norrlandskusten har ju dålig och bitvis ingen skärgård, man är ute på öppna havet direkt. Därav kravet på sjövärdiga båtar.
    Byggare Under tidigare århundraden byggdes båtarna av sina ägare med medhjälpare under vinterhalvåret. Senare blev det fler och fler som specialiserade sig, skaffade mera hjälpmedel och verktyg och byggde under större delen av året, till exempel Viklundarna från Bjurön.
    Under höstarna sökte man självvuxna krokar och rotben, vridna träd för kinningar och övrigt lämpligt båtvirke. Allt virke fick lufttorka minst ett år. Det vanligaste träslaget var furu, men även granbåtar tillverkades
    Motorn Då motorerna började monteras i fiskebåtarna kring 1910-1920 blev man tvingad till lite modelländringar. Kravet blev "större bärighet i akterskeppet". Akterstäven fick en något tjockare och annorlunda utformning, så att motoraxeln kunde monteras genom akterstäven. Propellern skulle ha sin plats. Detta ledde till en förändrad form på akterstäv och roder, samt fastsättning av detta.

    Modernisering I slutet av 1940-talet började man bygga små akterruffar. Det blev bekvämare. Med motor blev det också längre resor ut till havs. Strömmingsfiskarna låg ju ofta kvar vid skötarna (strömmingsnäten) under nätterna.
    Under 1950-talet började man även underlätta vid bärgandet av skötar. Det monterades rullar, antingen på förstäven eller på sudbandet. Skötarna drogs upp över dessa.

    Font: Skellefteå Society of Rustic Boats (Skellefteå Allmogebåtar)

    Who was the first owner?
    Probably was a boat of Wille Norberg, a fisherman from Docksta. But here is the picture we were talking about and below the description as published by the Västernorrlands Länsmuseet:

    © Länsmuseet Västernorrlands bildarkiv

    © Länsmuseet Västernorrlands bildarkiv

    Från Sandviken, Nätra Socken, Örnsköldsvik, Ulvön, Ångermanland, Västernorrland
    Fotot är daterat till 1940
    Fotograf: Bo Hellman
    Bildnr: U1050

    Övrig information om bilden: 
    Wille Norberg från Docksta blev så småningen ensam fiskare i Sandviken. Här syns hans skötbåt och i förgrunden en sidorull som skötarna drogs upp över. 
    Julius Söderberg har hjälpt mig med texten till bilderna från Sandvikens fiskeläge. 
    Uppgifterna har lämnats vid besök 2004-10-22 av Birgitta Wedin. 

    Kommentarer från Internetbesökare: 
    Sven Bodin: NORBERG, WILHELM, Docksta, f. 7 jan. 1909 i Vibyggerå, son till Nils Norberg och Karolina, född Viberg. Gift 1 juni 1940 m. Mary Nyberg. Barn: Börje Wilh. Ragnvald. Fiskets art: strömming, laxfiske. 1 motorbåt, 1 roddbåt. Redskap: skötar, sillnät, krok, fisknät, laxlinor, laxrevar. Brodern Gustav Norberg deltar i fisket. Näringen har inom släkten bedriven i 4 generationer.

    So that's it. :-) The fishing boat of a fisherman from Docksta. Quite expected - you may say. But in the reality to reconnect the traces of the history of a boat is never "expected". Now we know definitely more, and we've a base to start from for the deepening.