The Skåneleden Trail is a marked long distance hiking trail, measuring more than 1000 kilometres through the countryside of Skåne. It consists of five separate subtrails comprising a total of 89 sections, where some of the sections are connected, making them perfect for circular hikes. The trail is always marked with orange markers and/or signs, so you always know which direction to go and will not have to worry about getting lost.
Experience the diverse nature in Skåne
Hiking along the Skåneleden Trail will present you with unique opportunities to experience the rich Scandinavian wildlife and nature. The coastal sections offer dramatic contrasts between the rocky shores, sandy beaches and the open sea, while the hillsides of mid-Skåne offer lush green beech forests, fascinating rock formations and a rich and abundant flora and fauna. The lakes in the north-east of Skåne are surrounded by deep virgin forests and historic sites that will give you a sense of remote seclusion.
Reach the trail by bus or train
Most sections of Skåneleden are accessible by car or train. This is a particularly great thing since you do not need your own vehicle to go hiking on the trail. But if you do have a car, you can park it in one place, hike from there for as long as you would like and then take public transportation back to your car. Easy peasy!
Experience the true wilderness in the North East of Skåne
If you are interested in more serious trekking, and want to experience remote wilderness with beautiful open meadows with a sense the tide of history; the northeastern part of Skåne is the place for you. In this part of Skåne, the trail takes you through the dense Göinge Woodlands, where the pro-danish Snapphane-guerilla once fought against the Swedes to keep Skåne under Danish rule, passing beautiful country estates and open savannah like meadows and planes. During summer, you can stop by any of the many lakes for a refreshing swim before you continue your quest for historic ruins. Keep your eyes open for rare birds, animals and plants; the many small streams and the wet grounds in combination with the seclusion makes this part of Skåne home to plenty of rare species.
Views from dramatic cliffs along the coastlines of Skåne
The landscape of Skåne is commonly referred to as flat, but that is just partially true. Steep cliffs and rocky outcrops characterize the western coast of Skåne, and you might want to make Hovs Hallar your first point of departure. Here, the ridge of Hallandsåsen meets the sea and the rocks of volcanic origin consist of a reddish gneiss with embedded amphibolite, created when magma once forced its way up through the bedrock. The water has shaped the rocks in dramatic formations and you will pass imaginative stacks and caves on your hike.
Hike one of the best hiking trails in Europe
You will get an equally impressive experience trekking further south, through the nature reserve of Kullaberg with its breath-taking views over the Öresund and Kattegatt waters. For an in-depth guide to the animal and plant life of this area, pay a visit to the visitors centre Naturum Kullaberg on the edge of the peninsula at the Kullen Lighthouse. Here you can hike the 70 kilometres long trail of Kullaleden, a trail certified by ERA (the European Ramblers Association) as a Leading Quality Trail, which means that it is among the best hiking trails in Europe in terms of physical standard, service level and nature experiences along the trail.
For more detailed information about the Skåneleden trail, section, distances, hiking suggestions i.e., visit www.skaneleden.se.