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 mi). The park is a popular destination for nature lovers who like to spend a spend a full week of hiking, feeling completely disconnected from the modern world.
The National Park was established in 2001 and is beautifully situated on and around a ridge in the center of Skåne, about 40 kilometres east of the city Helsingborg. The nature here is varied and offers everything from leafy deciduous forests and precipices with high cliffs, to streaming watercourses and wide views.
Naturum Visitors Centre
Naturum Visitors Centre in Skäralid is a staffed information centre for visitors of the national park. At Naturum you can gain more knowledge about the geology, plants, animals and cultural history of the park by visiting the exhibitions in Skäralid, talking with the staff, joining the guided tours or walking the Nature path (800m) round Skärdammen in Skäralid, with information signposts for adults as well as children. Naturum supplies information about rambling paths, picknick stops and the local regulations to consider. They have folders about other national parks in Sweden as well.Travellers who come here immerse yourself in the magic of age-old forests, deep valleys and dramatic hillsides.
Skåne's "Grand Canyon"
In Skäralid you will find the National Park’s most known viewpoint, “Kopparhatten”, providing an awesome view over the valley that Swedish hikers refer to as “Skånes Grand Canyon”. It is the highest point in Söderåsens at a height of 200 m (660 ft). This part of the hill has a particularly dramatic landscape, with up to 90 m (300 ft) deep ravines. This location is also accessible for travellers with mobility problems since it is possible to drive all the way up to Kopparhatten for a view over the hills.
The flora and fauna of Söderåsen
The National Park's landscape dates 70-80 million years back in time and is characterized by beautiful beech forests, clear streams, high cliffs and their faults. The park has a particularly rich variation of flora including many rare species of mushrooms, insects, water creatures, mosses, birds and bats.
Every season here has its own charm. From white, crispy winter mornings, the burst of green buds in spring, to the fiery colours in the autumn woodlands. The forest, is made up of different types of wood as for example beech, oak and ash. The ground of the forest is covered with a notable amount of plant species. The area is rich with mushrooms, insects, water creatures, mosses, birds and bats. Because of the rugged landscape, many characteristics of primeval forest have been preserved, such as an abundance of dead trees. This makes the insect life rich, with many rare beetles. The flora is also extremely rich, with species such as hollowwort, 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.
Enjoying the outdoors
Hiking in Söderåsen
A hike through the untouched wilderness of Söderåsen provides a soothing break from the fast pace of modern life. Wander around among the ravines and deciduous forests, follow the dark and bewitching water streams and experience an atmosphere verging on the magical. Some of the sites well worth visiting here are Odensjön, a lake in the Nackarpsdalen valley and the vantage points of Kopparhatten, Hjortsprånget and Lierna along the Skäralidsdalen valley.
Biking in Söderåsen
Söderåsen is a perfect location for those who enjoy mountainbiking in the woods. Söderåsen also offer plenty of great bike trails with everything from cross country to downhill biking. The area’s many long downhill tracks are perfect for the speed-freak, while the uphill riding will give your legs a serious workout.
For navigation you can use the marked hiking trail of Skåneleden as your guide. Along the trail you will find a number of hidden gems while cycling from Krika to Odensjön.
Notice that it is forbidden to bicycle anywhere except on designated roads and paths.
To go trolley biking is a great way to quietly glide through nature. The round trip is 13 kilometers long and will take you through the scenic oak and beech forests. There is also the possibility to book trolley carriages for wheelchair users. Read more at veteranjarnvagen.se.
The Rönne å river offers calm streams, exciting rapids and abundant wildlife – perfect for a canoeing adventure. This tour starts in Rögnaröd/Djupadal and ends at the canoe centers in Ljungbyhed. During the paddle, you get to glide through both forest and open landscapes, through rapids and still water. You'll find more information about paddling in Söderåsen at ronneadalens.se (in Swedish).
Horse back riding
Ride on powerful Haflinger horses, with comfortable Western saddles for beginners. Tours will be adapted accordingly for more experienced riders. Ride all year round, in whirling snow through the forest or through lush scenery in the summer. Stop for refreshments along the way, and enjoy the moment. Learn more and book at Söderåsens Turridning »
There are plenty of things other things to do in the Söderåsen area. Like fishing, summer toboggan, geocaching and golfing. Get blown away by Skåne's leafy deciduous forests, mighty scree with high cliffs, streaming watercourses and wide views. Just pack your bag and off you go!
Useful information and rules
Read more about Söderåsen and special regulations on:
- The park's main entrance is in Skäralid, this is where you'll find hiking information boards and the visitor centre Naturum. Address: Skäralid 747, 264 53 Ljungbyhed
- The second entrance is located in Röstånga where a tourist office can provide you with maps and information. Address: Nackarpsdalsvägen 4, 268 68 Röstånga
Get here by bus
The bus Nr. 518 stops at both entrances and also on several places along the national park boundary.