Söderåsen National Park is the largest unbroken area of protected woodland in Northern Europe on a designated area of about 16 km2 (6.2 sq. miles). It’s a popular destination for nature lovers wanting to spend time hiking and leaving the stresses of the modern world behind.
The National Park was established in 2001 and is situated on and around a ridge in the centre of Skåne, about 40 kilometres east of Helsingborg. The countryside is varied and offers everything from leafy deciduous forests and precipices with high cliffs to streaming watercourses and panoramic views.
Naturum Visitors Centre
Naturum Visitor Centre in Skäralid in the national park is the place to get more knowledge about the geology, plants, animals and cultural history of the park. Visit the exhibitions, talk to the staff, join a guided tour or walk the Nature path (800m) around Skärdammen. At Naturum you can find information about rambling paths, picnic spots and local regulations.
Pick up a folder about other national parks in Sweden while you’re there. Immerse yourself in the magic of ancient forests, deep valleys and dramatic hillsides.
Skåne's "Grand Canyon"
The National Park’s best-known viewpoint is Kopparhatten with an awesome view over the valley. It is the highest point in the park at 200 m (660ft) and is often called Skåne’s Grand Canyon. The hill has a dramatic landscape with ravines up to 90 m (300 ft) deep. You can drive all the way up to Kopparhatten to capture the view over the hills. It’s no problem for people with mobility issues.
The flora and fauna of Söderåsen
The National Park's landscape dates back 70-80 million years. It’s characterized by beautiful beech forests, clear streams, high cliffs and volcanic faults. The park has a rich variety of flora including rare species of mushrooms, insects, water creatures, mosses, birds and bats.
Every season has its own charm. White, crispy winter mornings. The burst of green buds in spring. The fiery colours in the autumn woodlands.
The forest, comprises different types of wood such as beech, oak and ash. Many characteristics of primeval forest have been preserved, making it rich in insect life. The flora contains species such as hollow wort, enchanter's nightshade and tall meadow-rue.
"Get blown away by the leafy deciduous forests, mighty scree with high cliffs, streaming watercourses and wide views."
- The park's main entrance is in Skäralid, where you'll find hiking information boards and the Naturum Visitor Centre. Address: Skäralid 747, 264 53 Ljungbyhed
- The second entrance is in Röstånga. The tourist office provides you with maps and information. Address: Nackarpsdalsvägen 4, 268 68 Röstånga
Get here by bus
Bus Nr. 518 stops at both entrances and at several places along the national park and gives you a gateway to the Söderåsen area. For more information about buses and timetables visit Skånetrafiken’s website.
Enjoy the outdoors
A hike through the untouched wilderness of Söderåsen is a soothing break from the fast pace of modern life. Wander among the ravines and deciduous forests, follow the dark and bewitching streams and experience a magical atmosphere. The Skåneleden long-distance path cuts right through the area and the trails are well marked. Sites not to miss are Odensjön, a lake in the Nackarpsdalen valley and the vantage points of Kopparhatten, Hjortsprånget and Lierna along the Skäralidsdalen valley.
Biking in Söderåsen
If mountain biking through woods is your thing, then Söderåsen is your place. There are plenty of great cross country and downhill bike trails, and the uphill riding will give your legs a serious workout. Check out Klåveröd for some real heart-pumping trails.
Please note that you can ride on dirt roads and asphalt roads in the national park, but not on hiking paths. Check with the local tourist information office for any local rules that apply.
Trolley cycling is a great way to glide through the countryside. The round trip is 13 kilometres and takes you through scenic oak and beech forests. Wheelchair users can also book trolley carriages. Read more at Veteranjärnvägen's website.
The Rönne å river offers calm streams, exciting rapids and abundant wildlife – perfect for a canoeing adventure. The tour starts in Rögnaröd/Djupadal and ends at the canoe centres in Ljungbyhed. Glide through forest and open landscapes, rapids and still water. You'll find more information about paddling in Söderåsen at Rönneådalen's website. The canoe centre at Stockamöllan offers tours from their centre to Klippan along the river.
Ride on powerful Haflinger horses with comfortable western saddles for beginners. Tours are adapted according to your experience level. Ride all year round – in swirling snow through the forest – or lush scenery in the summer. Stop for refreshments along the way. Learn more and book at Söderåsens Turridning.
There are plenty of other things to do in the Söderåsen area. Fishing, summer tobogganing, geocaching and golfing to name but a few. See you at Söderåsen.