Hotell Höga Kusten: Magic views and gastronomic experiences
By Malin Norman
The High Coast is world-renowned for its nature and dramatic landscapes. The world’s highest coastline offers plenty of outdoor activities, but also two fantastic hotels with stunning views, culinary experiences and a wide range of events.
Right next to the High Coast Bridge is Hotell Höga Kusten, Sweden’s first wind-powered hotel. Built in 1994 by the municipality Kramfors, the hotel immediately attracted curious guests and builders who were working on the construction of the bridge, which took place from 1993 to 1997.
In 2005, Mats Löfroth took over the hotel, and ensured a new prosperous phase. “The hotel is in a fabulous location, it’s the ideal starting point for discovering the area,” says Fredrik Björk, restaurant manager at Hotell Höga Kusten. “In addition to absolutely stunning views, the hotel also has an excellent restaurant, and lots of fun activities and events throughout the year.”
The hotel has 28 rooms, all with a view of the High Coast Bridge and the river Ångermanälven, and is a popular destination for conferences, with great facilities and technology plus activities and experiences for groups of different sizes. Guests can enjoy the relaxation area and sauna, as well as the spa massage pool outdoors, again with amazing views. Options for outdoor activities include kayaking and canoeing on the river, and perhaps a round of frisbee golf.
The ambition of the hotel’s restaurant is to provide extraordinary gastronomic experiences with a magic view. “The restaurant has an innovative approach, in close collaboration with local producers,” says Björk. “We like to try unexpected combinations and introduce new dishes, but we also serve local delicacies, such as hand-picked chanterelles and lingonberries.”
At Hotell Höga Kusten, you can expect an exciting programme of events, such as stand-up comedy with Jacke Sjödin, live performances and themed weekends. For instance, a gourmet weekend with Jessie Sommarström, winner of Chef of the Year 2022, and wine tastings with Maya Samuelsson, the renowned sommelier and educator who appears on TV4’s Nyhetsmorgon. Hotell Höga Kusten also organises gin tastings together with Hernö Gin, producer of the what’s considered by many to be the world’s best gin, and whisky tastings with High Coast Distillery, the world’s northernmost whisky distillery.
Stay at the mansion by the river bank
The smaller sister hotel, Björkuddens Hotell & Restaurang, is located two kilometres from Hotell Höga Kusten, right by the river Ångermanälven and with a view of the High Coast Bridge.
The building was initially constructed as a school in 1892 by director Seth Kempe, with bricks shipped from the UK. Over the years, the building has had several owners and purposes, from a school to housing. At one point, it was used as a sewing factory, and in 1952 it became an inn with the name Björkudden. Since then, it has been used as a hotel and restaurant under the ownership of different local families, and undergone a number of renovations. Finally, in the spring of 2019, Mats Löfroth took over Björkudden and will no doubt continue developing its interesting story.
Not surprisingly, the mansion-like building is a popular location for weddings and other celebrations, as well as themed weekends and conferences. The restaurant promises culinary experiences and classic Swedish dishes made from premium local produce, such as salmon from the river, and boasts a beautiful interior with chandeliers and white tablecloths. The terrace is a nice spot to be at on warm summer days. The lush garden is perfect for hosting wedding parties and corporate events, and the area is ideal for activities such as kayaking and canoeing.
Amongst popular themed events at the mansion are the murder mystery weekends, an exciting concept where guests solve a murder case, and they each get to play a role with clues and tasks to perform during dinner. Björkuddens also hosts gourmet weekends with a five-course dinner, and French weekends with an inspirational journey through the wine districts of France, including a tasting of wines selected by sommelier Ebba Andersson.
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