High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Haute Côte / Archipel de Kvarken, Finland
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The High Coast (Swedish: Höga kusten) is a part of the coast of Sweden on the Gulf of Bothnia, situated in the municipalities of Kramfors, Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik and notable as a type area for research on post-glacial rebound and eustacy, in which the land rises as the weight of the glaciers melts off of it. This phenomenon was first recognised and studied there; since the last ice age the land has risen 800 m, which accounts for the unusual landscape with tall cliff formations. The High Coast is part of the Swedish/Finnish High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago world heritage site (the High Coast was extended with Finnish Kvarken areas in 2006).
UNESCO, while inscribing the area on the World Heritage List in 2000, remarked that "the High Coast site affords outstanding opportunities for the understanding of the important processes that formed the glaciated and land uplift areas of the Earth's surface".
One place to take a closer look at the land rise is in Skuleskogen National Park or on the nearby Skule Mountain.
Today the High Coast of Sweden has become one of the fastest[when?] growing tourist areas in Sweden. (Beaten only by Gotland). The unique nature (led by Skuleberget, Ulvön and Skule National Park), culture (with Skule Festival, MoDo Hockey) and food (fermented herring and flatbread).
The most popular places to visit in the High Coast of Sweden are Skule Mountain, Skuleskogen National Park and the islands Ulvön and Trysunda.
The High Coast of Sweden is excellent for hiking and is seen as one of the best hiking regions in Sweden. Both outdoor magazines (such as Utemagasinet and Outside Magazine) and daily newspapers (such as Svenska Dagbladet) rank the High Coast Trail as the top of Swedens hiking trails. The Höga Kustenleden is a 128 kilometer long trail along the High Coast. For dayhikes Skule Mountain and Skule National park are perfect. If you are looking to hike with likeminded people the High Coast Hike (Höga Kusten Hike) is an annual event suitable for both experienced and new hikers.
The term High Coast was coined in connection with a report on the area in 1974 Prior to that date the area was termed The Ångermanland Coast.
Coordinates: 63°00′N 18°25′E / 63.000°N 18.417°E / 63.000; 18.417
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