Naturum High Coast Visitor Centre, Vasternorrland
Vasternorrland, The High Coast, Sweden
Naturum Höga Kusten is located right in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Close by are Skuleberget National Reserve and the Skuleskogen National Park.
Naturum literally translates as ‘nature room’ and the aim at the the centre is to educate visitors about the incredible significance of the site. The epicentre of the Ice Age, in places the ice was over three km thick. Subsequent thawing has led to substantial land lift as the weight of the ice was gradually alleviated. This has produced the distinctive landscape of the High Coast as the land has tilted gradually in response.
The centre itself is absolutely fascinating – highly visual, it offers a detailed look into the changes that have happened, which have caused the land to rise five hundred metres over the last ten thousand years. Visitors can view all displays in Swedish and English and there are many interactive displays. It is utterly fascinating for all age groups.
Staff are highly knowledgeable and can talk in detail about the geology as well as offer advice on the best hiking trails locally. Nearby, there are wheelchair accessible routes where users can reach a vantage point that gives views for miles around.
The centre also boasts an excellent cafe serving locally produced food.
The Naturum is fully accessible with sloped access in and accessible toilets available.