Skuleskogen National Park, Ornskoldsvik

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Skuleskogen National Park (Swedish: Skuleskogens nationalpark) is a Swedish national park in Västernorrland County, on the coast of the Baltic Sea, in northern Sweden. It covers 30.62 km2 (11.82 sq mi), constituting the eastern part of the Forest of Skule.


The park is characterized by a very rough topology with many rocky peaks, of which the highest is Slåttdalsberget, 280 m (920 ft) in altitude, rising directly from the sea. The topography is also marked by the presence of deep crevasses and caves. This particular topology can be found throughout the entire High Coast (Swedish: Höga kusten), a region of Sweden so named because it constitutes the highest section of the coast of the Baltic Sea. This region is in our day principally known as a favoured site for the observation of the phenomenon of post-glacial rebound. Most of the region was under the sea less than 10,000 years ago, after the ice sheet that blanketed it melted. But thanks to the melting of this mass of ice that had been pressing down upon it, the ground is rising year by year, at a current speed of 8 mm (0.31 in) per year.


Humans have left their mark upon the park, although they probably never established themselves there in great numbers. Numerous Bronze Age funerary cairns are still visible along the ancient coastline. Later, the forest was mainly used as pasture. Things changed in the middle of the 19th century when the logging industry spread throughout Sweden, affecting almost all the forest of the park. This exploitation ceased, however, at the end of that century, so that the current forest is dominated by trees more than 100 years old. This forest has thus been able to recover a part of its ancestral richness, and so contains an important fauna and flora, with several endangered species, such as the lichen Usnea longissima, which is the park's symbol. This geological and biological richness led to the creation of a national park in 1984, followed by the inclusion of the park with the rest of the High Coast in 2000 in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


Today, despite its distance from areas of dense human population, the park is a relatively important site of tourism with 20,000 visitors per year. The principal attraction of the park is the 40 m (130 ft) deep crevasse of Slåttdalskrevan, which is easily accessible by numerous hiking trails, including the Höga Kustenleden, which goes along the whole of the High Coast.
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  • Visited this amazing place on a cloudy day, very quiet, clean air, a bit challenging hike but with right shoes it is a pleasure. Not for small kids as the path is tiresome and difficult for small...  more »
  • Nice walk from Friluftsbyn on the south side of Skuleberget. Walked with a child aged 11 he really enjoyed it too.  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Had a gorgeous visit with a late hike with dinner at the peak. Decended in when the sun set and magical light. 10/10
  • Great and diverse National Park! Though, the routes around Slåttdalsskrevan and Gammbodarna (in both cases the tracks lead through cliffs) are a little difficult, especially when the ground is wet
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