Nature reserve

Svenska Högarna

Nature reserve

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Description

Welcome to the largest marine nature reserve in Sweden! Svenska Högarna is located at the furthest reaches of the Stockholm Archipelago. The weather-beaten islands and skerries lack vegetation, with the exception of Storön ("The Big Island), where junipers, shrubs and forest patches surround the wetlands. There is a lighthouse here, also named Svenska Högarna. There are no public ferries to the island—making it one of most isolated islands of its kind in Sweden.

Svenska Högarna is an important habitat for a range of animals and provides resting sites for migratory birds and seabirds. Murre, razorbill and eider breed here in the spring and summer. There's also a good chance you'll spot grey seal in the sea. In the winter time, you can see long-tailed ducks.

Visit the village on Storön to see the lighthouse and the traditional fishing cottages. Here, you can explore remnants of buildings used for herring and cod fishing during the Middle Ages. There's also an old cemetery, stone labyrinths, a stone-carved compass rose and giant's kettles.

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Facts

Skyddat sedan: 1976, utvidgat 2020

Storlek: 60 971 hektar varav land 104 hektar

Karaktär: skärgård, marina miljöer, kulturmiljö

Kommun: Norrtälje

Markägare: staten samt Edward Sjöbloms Stiftelse Svenska Högarnas Fyr

Förvaltare: Länsstyrelsen

Övrigt: Natura 2000-område Svenska högarna SE0110096

Directions

The Svenska Högarna archipelago and nature reserve is the final outpost of the Stockholm Archipelago in the Baltic Sea, located about 35 km (19 nautical miles) east of the island of Möja.

The islands are only reachable by private boat, boat taxi or chartered boat.

Regulations

In order to protect the Svenska Högarna nature reserve, please respect the following rules. Areas A - C are defined on the map in the original reserve proclamation (in Swedish).

Within the reserve, it is forbidden to:

  1. during the period of February 1 - August 15, traverse or stay within Area A, as marked on the map (see Appendix 1B of the proclamation, "Område A" in Swedish),
  2. during the period of April 1 - July 31, traverse or stay within Area B, as marked on the map (see Appendix 1B of the proclamation, "Område B" in Swedish),
  3. during the period of May 1 - June 30, traverse or stay within Area C, as marked on the map (see Appendix 1B of the proclamation, "Område C" in Swedish),
  4. operate a boat, ship or other watercraft within the area marked on the map in Appendix 1C of the proclamation ("Område med båt- och fiskeförbud, föreskrift C4 & C7" in Swedish),
  5. operate a boat, ship or other watercraft at a speed higher than 5 knots within the area marked on the map, Appendix 1C of the proclamation ("Område med fartbegränsning, föreskrift C5" in Swedish),
  6. anchor a boat or ship in the area marked on the map, Appendix 1C of the proclamation ("Områden med ankringsförbud, föreskrift C6" in Swedish),
  7. fish within the area marked on the map, Appendix 1C of the proclamation ("Område med båt- och fiskeförbud, föreskrift C4 & C7 " in Swedish),
  8. dig, cut, carve, drill, paint, move boulders or in any other way damage rock, soil, stone or the seabed,
  9. break branches, fell or in any other way damage living or dead trees and bushes,
  10. damage the vegetation by digging up plants, mosses or lichens or remove attached algae or mussels;
  11. damage or disturb wildlife, e.g. by climbing trees, trapping, stalking or killing mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians,
  12. bring dogs or other pets ashore that are not on a leash,
  13. make an open fire or use a grill outside of designated sites;
  14. put up a sign, poster or similar,
  15. camp for more than two consecutive days in the same place outside of designated campsites,
  16. moor a boat or ship, by right of public access ("Allemansrätten"), for more than two consecutive days at the same beach or pier (this rule does not apply to landowners and tenants),
  17. discharge waste water, oil and water ballast or other liquid or solid waste from boats or ships,
  18. wash boats or ship hulls,
  19. idle a motor or use an electric generator while moored at a pier,
  20. use a sound system, musical instruments or similar in a disruptive manner,
  21. take off or land by aircraft,
  22. disembark with more than 10 people without prior permission from the reserve management authority,
  23. without prior permission from the County Administrative Board, carry out research activities that may disturb wildlife, such as collecting or trapping organisms (e.g. ring-marking birds) or using sonar or other sound-generating technology.

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Länsstyrelsen i Stockholm

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