Experience the diverse nature in Skåne
Hiking in Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden, offers a wide variety of nature experiences, attracting seasoned trekkers and amateur hikers from all over the world. The Scandinavian wilderness with its old virgin forests, rocky coastlines and pastoral landscapes awaits you, so pack your bag and lace up your boots.
The Skåneleden Trail – follow the orange signs
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 sub-trails comprising a total of 89 sections, where some of the sections are connected, making them perfect for circular hikes. The entire trail is marked with orange markers and signs, so you always know which direction to go and will not have to worry about getting lost. To find connections with buses and trains as well as more detailed information about each part of the trail, just check the webpage www.skåneleden.se. Hiking along the Skåneleden Trail gives you unique opportunities to experience the rich Scandinavian wildlife and nature. The coastal sections offer dramatic contrasts between 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.
Being compact in size and close to the large international airport in Copenhagen, Skåne is a convenient place for hiking adventures. Transfer time is minimal, you can get on a train at the airport in Copenhagen and be in the wilderness in less than two hours. If you want to experience different parts of Skåne or if you feel like a change of scenery, everything is nearby and easily accessible by train, buses or car.
Dramatic cliffs and salty sea views along the coastlines of Skåne
The western coast of Skåne is characterized by steep cliffs and rocky outcrops. Make Hovs Hallar your first point of departure, where the ridge of Hallandsåsen meets the sea. The rocks here are volcanic and consist of a reddish gneiss with amphibolite embedded, 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. 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 Naturum Kullaberg Visitor centre on the edge of the peninsula at the Kullen Lighthouse. Hike the 70 kilometre long Kullaleden trail, certified by ERA (the European Ramblers Association) as a Leading Quality Trail, which means it is among the best hiking trails in Europe in terms of physical standard, service level and nature experiences.
Accessible wildlife and civilisation
If you prefer to stay in a hotel in Malmö or Lund to enjoy city life, but still want to get a sense of this region’s impressive nature and wildlife, opt for a day trip to the ridge of Romeleåsen.
The ridge is a popular attraction, comprising several different but equally rewarding hiking routes. Romeleåsen is a horst which was formed 150 million years ago. At this time in history, the south-western corner of Skåne sank significantly and the difference in height is just over 200 metres. Pass by Romeleklint, the second highest point of the ridge, and Järnhatten where the bedrock is exposed.
Romeleåsen is home to a rich animal and birdlife, and you are likely to meet fallow deer as well as red deer along your hike. To travel back in time and get a sense of what life in Skåne was like a couple of hundred years ago, pay a visit to the old-fashioned Kullatorpet, a well preserved 1800s croft which is open for visitors during some weekends and holidays.
Söderåsen and Stenshuvud – trekking in untouched National Parks
Söderåsen National Park is situated 40 kilometres east of Helsingborg in Skåne. The main entrance is in Skäralid, by the Naturum information and visitor centre. There is also a southern entrance and a tourist office in Röstånga. There are bus stops at both entrances as well as in several places along the boundary of the park.
The Söderåsen ridge is ancient and has given this part of Skåne its name. The ridge is 150 million years old. This is an area of enchanting virgin forests, secretive dark waters and steep slopes. You can easily spend a full week hiking, feeling completely disconnected from the modern world; immersing yourself entirely in the magic of these age-old forests, deep valleys and dramatic hillsides. The national park of Stenshuvud occupies 400 hectares, including 80 hectares of sea. The Stenshuvud mountain consists of three peaks, where the northern peak, measuring 97 metres above sea level, is the highest one. The area is covered in hornbeam forests with occasional beech and oak trees and livestock graze parts of the national park to keep the countryside open. The park consists of many different biotypes, everything from sandy heaths and wet meadows to rocky coastland and beautiful sandy beaches. The flora here is abundant with some rare species such as barren strawberry, black spleenwort, pasqueflower and immortelle.
Campsites and facilities
The Skåneleden Trail is well kept and there are campsites with facilities for hikers all along the trail. In most cases these facilities comprise a shelter, a compost toilet, a place to light a fire, wood, a rubbish bin, water and an information board. And it’s all for free. So pack your bag and get ready for unique hiking adventures for free. For more information and help to plan your trip, visit: http://en.skaneleden.se
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.
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.
For more detailed information about the Skåneleden trail, section, distances, hiking suggestions i.e., visit www.skaneleden.se.