Exploring the High Coast of Sweden Part 2

Have you have read the last post? Don’t miss the first few days of our camping adventure.

Right now, it’s crazy important to plan your dream trips. Just google it – according to National Geographic, just thinking about vacation can boost your mental health. Imagine that!

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/2020/05/planning-a-trip-is-good-for-you-especially-during-pandemic/

To spread out our 10-day camping vacation, we booked spots at three different campgrounds. The last one at the highest point (which is the southern part of the High Coast). Next time, we will plan to visit a higher point for some winter-to-spring camping.

Our second campground was Sörfjärdens Camping, only an hour north of the first. It promised a friendly community, newer amenities and I was sold on the promise of a beautiful beach.

And we have arrived at homebase #2…Sörfjärdens Camping!

Upon arrival, the friendly woman in the office told us to park in any open spot! That was new. Usually you hope for the best available, according to your own requirements. We wanted to be on the beach, but didn’t notice that the campground was 1km inland. Bummer. This was the first camping spot without a water view, so it already had a mark against it.

Most of the campgrounds in Sweden are family-friendly. We prefer the areas where we can meet people, have a drink and listen to great music over a card game or storytelling over a fire. We walked around to check out the spots, when some friendly campers jumped up and invited us to park nearby. so, we picked that one.

We were excited to get set up and get the most of the early afternoon sun that was beaming down on us. It fell into place easily – we had it down after only one practice! I really like setting up the tent and outdoor furniture, while Andy enjoys levelling out the legs and getting the water system set-up. A few more campers – an RV, and some teenagers with a tent showed up to fill in the empty spots around us. Our camper faced away from our neighbors, so we never really got to know them.

We walked up to the front entrance of the campground. There is a row of brand new cabins up the middle. I saw someone cleaning the floors in one and noticed they had bathrooms! You don’t see that a lot. We checked out the Service house – bathrooms, showers and kitchen area. We found out that the showers were separate rooms – only one was available with a toilet and sink. Good to plan out ahead of time. They were somewhat clean, but could have been better. It would be great if they had another section with private bathrooms. Many campgrounds have them and they are really great if you don’t have your own bathroom (on wheels).

We took a walk down to the beach, through the small beach community. There was a cute coffee shop barn with retro cars and other items and a bridge with a perfect view of the riverside dwellers. They were closed, so no coffee for us. 😦


We walked for a while and finally came to a cute restaurant / bar on the edge of the water. This could not be the beach I saw in the photos online. The GPS confirmed that we had walked quite far out of the way to reach this point. We sat and rested for a few, enjoying the quiet lapping waves. Because a beach is a beach to me!

Unfortunately, opportunity was missed and there was no chance of getting a vacation cocktail or snack, since the restaurant was closed! Wasn’t this high season? We could not figure it out. If it were open, it would have been popular!


We finally got back on the dirt road towards the beach, which was much closer to the campground. It was really a sight – we plopped down for some sun-worshipping on the powdery white sand. The water was very cold, but I managed to hold my breath and go for it – it was worth it, to cool off. We listened to some tunes on our amazing waterproof bluetooth blackweb speaker and just relaxed.

We made it back in time for grillin’ and a beautiful sunset between the campers. It was a quiet night and I was getting sick of walking back and forth to the bathrooms across the campground. I felt like I was on a walk of shame. I started to picture what our camper would be like with a working bathroom.

Day 2, was cool and windy. We drove around trying to find a kayak spot to drop in, with no luck. After last year’s whitewater adventure, we were keen to find more running water. Then we found a building that said Granforsbruk – an axe factory and museum! It was built next a rapid-running creek. I was so excited as we parked the car and walked up, only to find it was closed. (What is going on here? Nothing is open.) Really sorry we missed that.

Granforsbruk (Axe Factory & Museum)

We turned around and started to head back when I saw a sign for ‘Tourist Information’. We were bored enough to check it out and I am so glad we did! It turned out to be a larger library and giftshop with handmade items from local artists. The man and woman working there were very interested in our plans and helped us find some possible spots to drop in our kayaks. I was so impressed – they gave us a handful of catalogs, maps and guides that made our trip much more interesting. Thanks again to Turistinformation Upplev Nordanstig for an awesome visit!

We drove to Hudiksvall, one of the possible drop-in locations they recommended. It started to get seriously windy and the clouds were rolling in as we parked. We walked along the harbor lined with red boathouses. This felt like a true village.

The red paint on those houses is called ‘falu rödfarg’ in Swedish. It’s famous characteristic Swedish color is made from the iron mines in Falun, a small mining town up north.

The restaurant was not open for dinner yet, so we checked out the local boutique.

This shop was filled with so many inspiring oddities. The art in frames you see above, was on exhibition in the upstairs gallery. Those are handmade wool sculptures (a type of embroidery). This store gave light to the crafts and trades that are still alive in the tiny towns of sleepy Sweden.

On our way back to the campground, we came across an old replica gas station. This guy had collected every old gas-station-related item he could, just for Swedish authenticity. He had a tire shop in the back – and this got him a lot of attention and business. He was friendly and came out to chat and show us around.

This location wasn’t our favorite. But it gave us a nearby beach and the opportunity use our new resources to plan and enjoy the local history. This was turning out to be more of a fun road-trip than I thought!

We got up early the next morning and I set up an outdoor breakfast before we headed up to our next spot on the High Coast of Sweden.

Fresh bacon and eggs!

Watch for my next post, where things start to brighten up on the adventure horizon with amazing weather and some hidden finds while kayaking.

See you soon! Don’t forget comment or let me know if you have any questions!

//Gina

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arrow graphic by Gina Hildinger

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