From the Ratan guest harbor

We try to be good microtourists, exploring the region where we live. Inbetween all the trees there are actually a few interesting things to see. Today we visited Ratan between the rainshowers – a tiny village (about 50 people live there) that used to be the customs harbor for all of Västerbotten starting in 1767. The harbor has lost this importance, but the guest harbor is still used by tourists and visitors. Ratan is also known for being the site of a 1809 battle between Russia and Sweden, which ended when Sweden ceded Finland to Russia.

Of more interest to environmental historians, perhaps, are the mareographs, tide gauges marking the sea levels going back all the way until the 1700s. Having long data series are particularly important in this region – the High Coast – with exceptionally high levels of land uplift.