The High Coast

The High Coast, a World Heritage Site


The High Coast, a World Heritage Site

Holds the world record for land uplift and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Höga Kusten – the High Coast - is a part of the Swedish coast on the Gulf of Bothnia, situated in the municipalities of Kramfors, Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik.

Since the last retreat of the ice from the High Coast 9,600 years ago, the uplift has been some 285 m - the highest known 'rebound' in the world and makes for some fascinating scenery. The steep cliffs, rolling hills and narrow valleys sit side-by-side calm lakes and deep bays along the coast. The unusual beauty of the countryside, the fishing and the sea has been attracting visitors through the ages and tourism is a mainstay of the region.

As a consequence of the advancing shoreline, caused by the uplift, islands appear and unite, peninsulas expand, lakes evolve from bays and develop into marshes and peat fens. This property is essentially a "type area" for research on isostacy; the phenomenon having been first recognized and studied here.

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