After hiking north along the coastal trail of Skuleskogen National Park, we turned south after lunch at Éntre Nord (North Entrance) onto the Höga Kustenleden (High Coast Trail), which passes further inland through the park. The snow in the northern section of the park along with varied scenery along the High Coast Trail, weaving along streams and up through forests, provided a nice change of scenery.
About a third of the way along the High Coast Trail to the South Entrance, we reached Tärnättvatten lakes – two beautiful higher elevation lakes with a lingering surface of ice.
There were a couple park huts (free on first come basis) along the lakes, the red one above literally only feet from the water.
As we were making our way to Slättdalskrevan, an amazing gorge in the middle of the park, we were laughing among ourselves at other travels we’d met who said they had to turn around at the gorge due to the amount of snow. Priding ourselves on the ease we felt on the trail while carry our large and full backpacks, for lack of better words, we put our foot in our mouth once we actually reached Slättdalskrevan and had a couple ‘oh shit’ moments.
The gorge was indeed magnificent, and the 5+ feet of snow with rushing water beneath was slightly disconcerting once we accidently discovered it. Multiple times.
On the other side of Slättdalskrevan are wooden stairs leading out, with a small trail leading up to panoramic views of Skuleskogen, Tärnättvatten lakes, and the Baltic Sea.