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Dalby quarry - an oasis in the heart of Skåne

The forests of Skåne hide a beautiful, tranquil spot where stone was once quarried, but where nature now grows wild once again. Find inner peace among the high cliffs and deep valleys of Dalby Quarry. In recent years, the former quarry at Dalby (also known as Knivsåsen Quarry) has become a popular spot for escaping the stresses of the city. Here, you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the sound of birdsong. Pack a picnic and get away for the afternoon, and bring your dog for a romp along the surrounding hiking trails. The soaring slopes offer a number of spectacular vantage points across the peaceful valley. On hot days, the area attracts swimmers of all ages. However, we would advise against jumping from the high rocks as unfortunately this has resulted in several accidents. The quarry is located in a protected nature reserve, where 36 hectares of deciduous forest stretches across wetlands and wooded groves. Nature reigns supreme here, and the area is popular with bird-watchers and nature-lovers. During the spring you can pick wood anemones in the forest glades, while in the late summer there are berries and mushrooms galore. The perfect escape from the stress of the everyday life. Find your way from Malmö by... Bike: Follow the cycle path towards Dalby for approximately 11 km, then turn left on Veberödsvägen and continue for 3 km until you see the quarry on the left. Bus: Take the Skåneexpressen number 6 towards Sjöbo, and get off at the Knivsåsen stop. Car: Follow Route 11 to Dalby, and then drive for 3 km on Veberödsvägen until you see the quarry on the left. Just before you spot the quarry you will see some old industrial buildings – take the gravel road here, which leads to the car park.
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Zoos

Why not spend a whole day in the company of animals? Skåne has more than its fair share of animal parks and zoos, so take the opportunity to meet exotic creatures and animals from closer to home. Alpaca trekking Come along on a trip with a difference, on a relaxing trek with these fascinating beasts. The alpaca is a placid, friendly animal and will quickly help you to forget your everyday worries. Evas Strutsar Round off the day with a visit to Sweden’s biggest ostrich farm! Here you can find out all about ostriches, their history and their habits. If you’d like to try an ostrich egg, these are on sale in the shop. Fredriksdal Museums and Gardens Stroll around the farmsteads at this open-air museum, and see how people once lived. You can also meet the animals they kept, such as horses, cows, goats, geese, cats, dogs and sheep. There are plenty of activities for the whole family, and if you don’t know how to walk on stilts it’s time you learnt! Ingelbo Moose Park Here you can enjoy the wonderful silence of the forest as you explore the paths. Sit down, lean back against a tree and have a picnic – bring your own food, or call ahead to order a picnic hamper. After lunch, the children can burn off some energy at the woodland playground. Visit the shop before heading home, and buy moose leather souvenirs and other local crafts. And if you find it hard to tear yourself away, the park also offers bed and breakfast accommodation. Skånes Djurpark Skånes Djurpark is home to more than a thousand wild and domesticated Nordic animals. There’s fun and adventure to be had for the whole family. Set aside a whole day, as there’s lots to discover here. The zoo is situated in the heart of Skåne, surrounded by beautiful countryside and with lots of places to eat a picnic or have a barbecue. Foxes, bears and majestic elks roam around. There are excellent walks and activities for visitors of all ages: a petting zoo, an off-ground adventure course, the chance to see if you can jump as far as various animals, and lots of other fun and games. Tropikariet in Helsingborg (in swedish) Tropikariet is just a stone’s throw from Fredriksdal Museums and Gardens, and is Helsingborg’s most exotic attraction with creatures from all over the world. Some roam free, while others are behind glass. Stick your head up into the crocodile’s lair, and discover the world of this incredible four-legged creature. At the shark reef you can get close to sharks and all manner of fascinating fish. Tropikariet has Australian and South American zones, as well as a Southeast Asian rainforest and a Madagascan area. Ystad Djurpark In the undulating countryside west of Ystad, you can see around 60 different species of animals from around the world: zebras, lemurs, camels, monkeys, birds and reptiles. For younger visitors, there’s also a pet’s corner, pony riding, a playground and a heated pool with a children’s pool for those days when it’s too cold to swim in the sea.
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Fishing trips

Sometimes you need a little help catching your dinner. Get in touch with the people who know the most about the fishing waters of Skåne: the people who arrange fishing activities. With our long coastlines and our beautiful lakes, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to places to fish in Skåne. Whether you want to try your hand at sea fishing or angle at a lake, the region has plenty of sea and freshwater options. Joining a trip on one of Skåne’s fishing boats is an exciting and unusual adventure, with delicious rewards – as long as the fish bite! Or perhaps simply hooking a fish is enough and you’re happy to release your catch. The waters off the east coast of Skåne are often said to be the best waters for salmon trolling and sea trout fishing. Cod is also plentiful here. Fishing trips leave from both Simrishamn and Ystad. The Öresund Sound is home to garfish, pollock, cod and mackerel, to name but a few. These are excellent fish for cooking on a barbecue. Fishing trips leave from Råå Harbour, south of Helsingborg, to the best fishing waters around Helsingborg and the island of Hven. Trips also leave from Råå with a pre-ordered lunch available on board. Fishing trip suggestions: M/S Amigo – trips to the Öresund Sound, for fresh air and great fishing. Kullabergsguiderna – trips with guides who can show you the best spots for fishing. Helsingborgsbåtarna – join the captain for a fishing trip on board the M/S Tärnö. Landskronabåten – head off for mirror-like waters and try sea fishing off Hven. Fishing camps with Kulladals Fiskecamp. The fishing paradise of eastern Skåne. Abelfishing. Lödde Båt & Kanot Center. Wildwater – fishing trips in Ystad & Österlen. Pdyk – fishing trips in Ystad & Österlen.
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Visit Kristianstads Vattenrike Wetlands & Visitor´s Centre

Step aboard the riverboat, or follow in the footsteps of the famous botanist Carl Linnaeus. The exciting waterways of northeast Skåne are also ideal for fishing and canoeing. Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve is in northeast Skåne. Kristianstad is centrally located in the area, and is easy to get to by train, bus or car. The extensive wetlands pass right through the town, and the visitor’s centre is just 300 metres from the railway station. Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve. In 2011, the wetlands were designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. This is a model area for sustainable development, and few other locations can boast such a rich variety of wildlife. The biosphere reserve is a fascinating destination all year round, with each season bringing its own unique character and experiences. Dotted around the area are 21 sites with birdwatching towers, walkways, information boards and outdoor museums. A number of locations are accessible to wheelchair users. In the springtime you can spot cranes and salmon trout, and the meadows at the water’s edge are buzzing with wildlife. Summer brings a riot of colourful flower-filled meadows, and the opportunity for boating adventures. As summer passes over into autumn, the pike fishing season begins. In winter, Kristianstad is known as the town of eagles: more than 50 sea eagles spend the winter here, together with thousands of geese. Visitor’s centre. The visitor’s centre is on the edge of the River Helgeå, immediately west of the railway station in Kristianstad. The centre is home to exhibitions, a restaurant, a wildlife school and conference facilities. You can look for amphipods, see the fish in the aquarium, gaze out through the panoramic window or take a virtual flying tour. Upstairs is a café and restaurant and a roof terrace, which offers spectacular views of the town, the meadows and the river. The visitor’s centre is open daily from 11:00 to 17:00, except for major holidays. There are also guided tours and information to help you find your way around the wetlands. Eagle safari. Join the eagle safari at Kristianstads Vattenrike on board the safari boat – a thrilling wetlands adventure! You’ll have the chance to see and count some of Sweden’s most fascinating birds of prey, with expert guidance from Jan Olsson. Go on safari with Landskapet Jo (in swedish). Landskapet Jo works actively to preserve sensitive environments. Come on a safari and find out about everything from fishing and bird watching to culture and nature, by boat and bicycle in the wetlands of Kristianstads Vattenrike.
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Trolley cycling in Skåne

In the past, the trolleys were used to transport railway construction supervisors. Today, they have been retired but still moonlight on the rails for those who want to experience Skåne by rail. Go on a creaking journey where everyone can take a turn steering the trolley. Take the family on a day trip with a difference and make sure to fill your picnic basket with goodies. Broby – Glimminge (in swedish). Head along the hot rails in Göingebygden. Cycle through the forests where fighters loyal to the Danish crown once sneaked around in their black floppy hats. Klippan –13 km scenic tour through beautiful oak and beech forests. Option to book a trolley carriage for wheelchair users. Advance booking is recommended. Romelåsens Dressincykling. Trolley cycling along the Romeleåsen valley from Björnstorp to Veberöd. Trolleys seat a maximum of two adults and one child. Hand luggage can be carried. Sankt Olof – Gyllebosjön. Trolley cycling in peace and quiet. Don't forget the obligatory dip inlakeGyllebosjön. Nothing beats the feeling of cooling hot summer feet with a refreshing dip. You can dry off on the way home! Tomelilla – Fyledalen. Experience Österlen from an old railway line. This route heads for Fyledalen, with its rich bird life, and along the way you may encounter woodland inhabitants of all shapes and sizes.
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Paragliding, Slope gliding, and flights of fancy

Lifting off from the ground is an exhilarating experience. Let the upward air currents carry you over the countryside of Skåne. There are several locations in Skåne that offer paragliding, and a number that offer courses and tandem flights. As you drive along the coast towards Ales Stenar, you’ll see a colourful cascade of paragliders in the skies above the Hammar hills. Some of the curved gliders rest on the edge of the cliff, while others glide through the air and float serenely above green hills and pastures. Paragliding is an unforgettable experience, and the view above the patchwork quilt of Skåne is incredible. With the perfect wind, you just have to hop into the equipment and jump off the cliffs. Or, if you’re a little less reckless, you can be lifted up gently by the air, known as slope gliding. Take the next step, and find yourself several metres up in the air.
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Get out in nature

Just getting out and spending time in the countryside, or going hiking is something you don't always have time to indulge in everyday life. That's why we think you should take the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil contrast of Skåne's chirping birds, quiet forests and beautiful meadows. Kullaberg in northwest Skåne offers a dramatic rocky coast and exciting caves. It is also home to beech forests, marshes, cliffs and pastures with highland cattle. In Naturum, you'll find exhibitions on the area's natural history. Söderåsen National Park is a verdant oasis that is growing more lush every year. Part of the popular Skåneleden trail runs through this lush nature reserve. At Stenshuvud you can breathe sea air! One tip is to go up to the park's highest point, the mountain that is popularly said to have been named after the giant who supposedly lived in one of the caves – great views! Do what most residents of Skåne do at some point in their life – walk along the Skåneleden trail. With a thousand kilometres of hiking trail, you cannot get bored. Choose one of seven different routes and put your best foot forward. You probably won't have time to do all the trails during the same trip, but rest assured, they'll still be there next time. Dalby Hage is a protected natural area that consists of the Dalby Söderskog national park and the Dalby Norreskog nature reserve. The Verkeån river glitters like a diamond necklace running through Verkeån Nature reserve, Skåne's largest nature reserve. Don't miss the beautiful Hallamölla mill, sited next to Skåne's largest waterfall. The water drops 23 metres before hitting the ground and continuing its glimmering journey. At Skanörs Ljung on the Falsterbohalvön peninsula, you can wander through beautiful scenery among wild animals. There is also a golf course with unbeatable views. Join some of the many birdwatchers who visit the nature reserve each year to view birds of all kinds and sizes. At the Kristianstad vattenrike biosphere reserve you can fish, canoe or hike. Take a trip on a river boat down the river Helge river or follow the same route Carl Linnaeus once followed. Why not check out the lowest point in Sweden at Nosabyviken? If you want to dig deeper into the nature of Skåne, we recommend skanskalandskap.se and skaneleden.se. And if you want personal guidance, all of Skåne's tourist offices are on hand with their hiking boots to help you.
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Trout, cod, salmon or pike – here they all bite

A paradise for anglers awaits in the waters of Skåne, along kilometres of coastline and in beautiful lakes. We can boast first-class coastal fishing, our saltwater trolling waters have attracted the attention of the international angling press, and our well-run fishing camps offer excellent fishing experiences. Ivösjön is Skåne's largest lake, a popular haven for fishermen. Öresund is home to pike, cod, eel, salmon, herring and garfish. Along the southern and eastern coast of Skåne, you can fish for trout direct from the shore in spring, summer and early autumn (March is the first month for salmon and trout). Best known is perhaps the river Rönne, where salmon and sea trout make their way forty kilometres upstream from the estuary, as well as the eastern and southern coasts, which are familiar waters to trout fishermen. The record for sea trout is almost 10 kg! Northeastern Skåne also has a varied coastline, there are also several rivers (the rivers Helge, Vramsån, Almaån, Skräbeån and Holjeån) and lakes to go fishing in. The river Lödde, just south of Landskrona, is considered some of the best pike-fishing waters in Europe. The river Lödde also contains adult perch and offers opportunities for angling for whitefish. Whether you are a novice or an experienced fisherman, few destinations can offer such varied fishing as Skåne. Some places where you can fish lake Ivösjön – Fishing in Skåne's largest and most species-rich fresh water. River Nybroån – East of Ystad, where you can fish for sea trout. Lake Ringsjön – In the heart of Skåne lies lake Rinsjön, whose deep waters promise plenty of chance of a catch. River Kävlingeån – Near Lund, known for its large pike. Lake Finjasjön – Outside Hässleholm you can hire a boat and fish for perch. Fishing licences and depth maps You can fish freely anywhere along the coast of Skåne using a rod or other hand-held equipment. In other waters, lakes and rivers, you need the permission of the fishing rights holder in the form of a fishing licence, etc. Information on where you can buy fishing licences is available from the local tourist offices or on the Sportfiskarna website. Sverigefiskekortet (on the Sweaskog website) also sells fishing licences for many Swedish waters. The County Administrative Board of Skåne offers depth maps of some lakes. You can download depth maps via the link below. The maps are only for personal use and may not be used commercially or copied to other websites, blogs or similar.
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Adventures in Tykarp cave

In the Swedish children’s film Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, the heroine goes with Noddle-Pete to fetch beer from the cellar and meets Birk. We can’t promise any beer or encounters with robber’s daughters, but we can promise the same mystical world as seen in the film. Down here, twelve metres below ground, the farmhands and maidens have quarried limestone for centuries, breaking off blocks with hammers, wedges and pickaxes, and carrying them to the surface by hand. Quarrying began during the 18th century, and continued here until 1888. A mystical world remains here: a 10,000 m² labyrinth of passageways and pillared caverns, all carved out by human hands over the centuries. The mine has been used as a film set on several occasions, most famously for Ronia the Robber’s Daughter. The atmospherically illuminated caverns are eleven metres below ground. The temperature here is a constant eight degrees. Guided tours, storytelling sessions and bat tours are arranged from time to time. There is also a café and a gift shop. If you want to stay overnight, camping and cottages are available in the surrounding countryside. During the winter months, the cave is also home to various species of hibernating bats, seeking refuge from the cold and noise of the outside world.
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Climb around in Skåne

Put on a colourful helmet and feel the tingle of excitement when the instructor helps you into the harness and ropes so you can challenge yourself. The heights here will get your heart pumping with adrenaline! The favourite is Kullaberg nature reserve, where the lush green forest meets the rocky crags before the billowing water takes over, surrounding the reserve. Views to make nature-lovers weak at the knees and activities to suit all kinds of adventurers. If you prefer mystery, you can take a tour of the reserve's caves. Skåne has a wide range of activities for the energetic. Take a break from your lazy days and reach new heights. Climb here! Kjugekull Nature reserve with over 1000 kinds of problems to challenge technical climbers. Impan at Gladsax An old quarry that offers skilled climbing just outside the small town of Gladsax in Österlen. Kullaberg Fifty or so cliffs along the dramatic coast of northwestern Skåne's beautiful nature reserve. Soffabacken A cliff in a ravine at Söderåsen ridge in central Skåne with wonderful climbing. Sporrakulla Stenbrott Cliff walls that offer great climbing edged with graffiti designs. Stapelbäddsparken The artificial climbing wall here is perfect for a rainy day. Vadema Cliffs offering tough climbing for even experienced climbers. There is both crack and friction climbing.
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Romelåsen, the beautiful national park

The mountain ridge of Romelåsen starts just after Lund, near the town of Dalby. This is a nature reserve with beautiful hiking opportunities. The route with orange markers is part of its distance route, the Skåneleden. They snake through the landscape along meadows, dark green leafy and aromatic evergreen forests. The climb to the highest point, the 175 meter high Romelklint, might be a little steep, but is definitely worth the effort. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Öresund and the Baltic Sea. On the former railway tracks between Björnstorp and Veberöd, you can take a fascinating tour on a railbike. The vehicle has room for two. The 16 kilometer distance is easy to pedal.
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Trail Humleslingan and Lake Ivösjön

In the northeastern part of Skåne, deep into the dense forests you’ll find Lake Ivösjön, Skånes largest freshwater lake. The area around Lake Ivösjön offers a great variety of activities for the nature loving visitor, both on land and in water . Experience the beautiful hiking and biking trails, paddle in Ivösjön and along Holjeån or go fishing; in the ocean, in lake Ivösjön, or in streaming water. In Lake Ivösjön you will find quaint islands, beautiful bays and stunning beaches. Paddle between the different parts and find your very own little cove where you can stay completely undisturbed. Visit and explore places you can not reach by car, bike or even on foot. Experience the solitude and silence of the wilderness while all activities and if you’re looking for something less soothing, exhibitions, entertainment , and anything else that happens in the area are not far away. If you are more of the hiking-type you’ll find the 5.5 mile long trail ”Humleslingan" beautifully surrounding the lake. Along Hulmeslingan you will find Sweden's only place for drying hops along with some 40 other tourist attractions. In the northern part of Ivön you will find an old china clay and limestone quarry with significant fossil occurrences. Find shell and skeletal remains of oysters, sea urchins , turtles , sharks , tail lizards and other reptiles. Rent a canoe and other necessary equipment at Wetlandi and let the adventure begin! Hike, bike , ride , paddle or go fishing. Experience Ivösjön and Humleslingan stunning scenery and activities.
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Go on a safari in Skåne

Discovering Skåne on an organised safari allows you to discover the very best that nature has to offer. Come and see some of our most beautiful scenery and our fascinating wildlife. Alpaca trekking Head out into the pasture, where around 70 alpacas watch with curiosity from a distance. The most curious of them all is Aladdin, a shaggy white creature with a habit of creeping into photographs. Despite appearances these are not your typical cuddly toys, but you can still get up close enough to gaze into the large, dark and kindly eyes of these magnificent beasts. Once the alpacas are wearing their muzzles and halter straps, it’s time for a relaxing walk through winding woodland paths. Bat safari A group of twenty people gather outside Christinehof Castle. It’s a late summer’s evening in Österlen. There’s not a breath of wind, and it’s still warm. The bats have spent the daytime hanging in hide-outs such as the castle’s attic. As darkness falls they wake up and head out to hunt for flies, moths and especially mosquitoes. But before that, nature guide Eva Ditlevsen takes the visitors on an inspiring and informative tour of Borstakärr wetlands. Black grouse safari It’s early in the morning as we gather outside Kuskahusen Gårdshotell. Very early indeed. But we want to reach Linderödsåsen before the black grouse cocks start fighting over the hens. The sun hasn’t risen yet, but the moonlight is doing its best to compensate. A tawny owl hoots, and as bird guide Benny Ahlnér describes our imminent adventure he is accompanied by a song thrush. “And now we can hear a robin, too,” he says. “The day has officially begun.” In the Österlen morning mist, as we make our way along twisting asphalt and gravel roads, we spot fallow deer, roe deer and hares. A little while later we reach Fjällmossen, where the black grouse live amid what could just as easily be a northern Swedish mountain bog. The countryside here is home to both breeding cranes and cloudberries. Cameras and binoculars are set up in and around the birdwatching tower, and there is a hushed silence of anticipation as we take our front-row seats. Crane safari Nostalgia knows no limits. Year after year, cranes return to the same spot for a few busy weeks. And we humans are fascinated by the graceful pairs of cranes who, through their mating ritual, strengthen their lifelong bonds. They bow, twirl and skip around each other, just like dancing humans. In recent years, Pulken in northeast Skåne’s Kristianstads Vattenrike wetlands has become Sweden’s southernmost gathering place for cranes. It has therefore also become a focal point for a growing number of visitors with an interest in wildlife and nature. Cameras and binoculars are set up in the birdwatching tower, but you can also bring your own. Porpoise safari “That’s where we’re heading, out there,” says guide Mattias Abrahamsson, as he points at the channel over towards Denmark. Beneath the dramatic cliffs of Kullaberg, at Paradiset Marina, we put on our life jackets and climb aboard Kullabergsguiderna’s RIB boat. We’re off to look for porpoises. These relatives of the dolphin swim around in the waters of the northwest coast of Skåne. Of course, there’s no guarantee that we’ll actually see them, but we have high expectations! Pea safari (in swedish) Think about a safari in Skåne, and you’ll probably picture adventures involving porpoises, eagles, alpacas and other exotic creatures. And quite right, too – but you should also plan to head off into the green kingdom of the humble pea. Especially if you have children! We approach the pea field, which is the size of 60 football pitches. The threshers work hard to gather the day’s harvest. Soon, a bus full of families will arrive to help. We are each given a freezer bag and put on our blue plastic shoe protectors before heading out into the green field. Eagle safari We pull on our survival suits and lined boots, and climb aboard the inflatable boat. It’s time for an eagle safari in the Kristianstads Vattenrike wetlands. The engine runs on biofuel and hardly makes a sound as we chug our way through the parts of the water system with the most eagles. The wintry wind whips at our cheeks, while weak rays of sunlight do their best to compensate. Here, just above the surface of the water, you can get a whole new view of the hardy winter bird life. We spot our first sea eagle after just a couple of minutes. It’s sitting on a tree a short distance away, looking out over the ice where a goose has had a tough night, with the cold and the shortage of food. After a while, the boat stops. It’s time for a coffee break. We return to dry land a few hours later, rosy-cheeked and filled with new impressions. We’ve captured plenty of images, both with our cameras and in our memories. What a wonderful winter’s day!
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Skåne by bike

Hire a bike and take a short ride through a dense beech or in a forest. Skånespåret track take you into the heart of the Skåne countryside. Travel through nature reserves and wild meadows, or wander slowly along a sandy beach with the wind at your back. Experience the Skåne countryside, all the birds and other animals. Skånespåret consists of 800 kilometres of cycle tracks and is part of the national Sverigespåret cycle network. It has been developed by cycling promotion organisation Cykelfrämjandet i Skåne and is signposted so you don't get lost. Most stretches are fairly quiet, so you can truly relax. Visit Cykelfrämjandet to find information on which route is best for you.
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Hiking in Skåne

A short walk through a dense beech forest or several days of hiking staying overnight in tents or constructed shelters and cabins. The Skåneleden trail take you into the heart of the Skåne countryside. Hiking is probably the best way to explore the landscape and nature of Skåne. The network of hiking trails, the "Skåneleden" is a 1000 km long hiking trail through Skåne that guides you through the most beautiful parts of this area. The Skåne trail, consists of five sub-routes, which are each subdivided into 80 day stages. Plenty of resting places and accommodations for overnight stays can be found along the way. It is almost impossible to get lost. All routes are clearly marked with orange markers. Maps are available for each stage, with tips for sights worth seeing. In addition to the Skåneleden, a foundation manages the 20 hiking areas in a 10,000 hectare area to the south. Nature in Skåne has a great deal to offer both the novice and experienced hiker. Travel through nature reserves and wild meadows, or wander slowly along a sandy beach with the wind at your back. Experience the Skåne countryside, all the birds and other animals. Beautiful scenery and excellent resting places keep the momentum going.
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Eurorando 2016 comes to Skåne

Europe’s biggest walking event, Eurorando, is held every five years and will be coming to Skåne on 10-17 September 2016. Around 5,000-7,000 ramblers from across Europe will be making their way here. Hiking is a hot travel trend right now. Skåne is proud to be hosting Eurorando, which goes to show just how varied the walking opportunities are here in southern Sweden, particularly with the Skåneleden Trail, which is more than 1,000 km long. Helsingborg will act as the hub for the event. Preparations are now under way to select the 50 or so stages for visitors to explore, from paths including the Skåneleden Trail. The European Ramblers’ Association (ERA) chose Skåne in recognition of its varied terrain, the rich cultural offering and the region’s ability to organise and plan world-class events. Helsingborg will be the main hub, thanks to its strategic location and excellent accommodation, as well as its proximity to the Kullaleden Trail which has won international recognition thanks to its Leading Quality Trail certification.
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The cliffs of Skåne

Stunning scenery awaits if you come to Hovs Hallar and Kullaberg. These two nature reserves are high on the list of scenic excursions in Skåne. Hovs Hallar Nature Reserve is the steepest coastal section of the Bjäre Peninsula, and has been described as a magical, almost otherworldly place. The shore is lined with fantastic rocky beaches and caves. Jagged outcrops, sun-warmed boulders and weathering rocks combine to give a barren, wild impression that is reminiscent of the far north of Norway. Here you will find paths and vantage points towards Laholm Bay, making this an ideal place for birdwatching. You can snorkel your way along, floating above the underwater wildlife of the Kattegat, or maybe go bouldering on the rocky ledges at Rödehall. The famous scenery around Hovs Hallar is not only a tourist attraction – it has also inspired famous film-makers. Hovs Hallar was the backdrop for Ingmar Bergman’s famous scene where the knight plays chess against Death. Are you brave enough to visit? The famous scene from Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal where Max von Sydow plays chess against Death at sunrise was filmed here. Just how Bergman managed to film a sunrise over the sea on the west coast is something you’ll have to figure out for yourself. Kullaberg Nature Reserve. Swim, fish or play golf. Go birdwatching, diving, rock climbing or caving. Kullaberg is a paradise for all nature-lovers. Here you’ll also find Nimis, a unique artwork which has proven highly popular – particularly with children who love climbing. (Be sure to supervise them!) The magnificent natural environment of Kullaberg has been awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide to Swedish sights. Bouldering on Kullaberg is a popular summertime activity, with the cooling sea at your feet and the choice between shade on the north side and sun on the south side, whichever you prefer. The cooler temperatures are particularly suitable for climbing. There is a campsite at Mölle, but camping under the stars on Kullen itself is the best option. Buy a copy of the guide on sale at the kiosk, as it can be hard to find your way around if you don’t know the area. If you’re looking for even more adventure, you can go on a porpoise safari, take a tour of the caves, or walk through the rolling landscape. Visit Ängelholm and go on a tour of the River Rönne, or visit Hembygd Park. Round off the day with a trip in an old fishing boat from Torekov, and see the seals at Hallands Väderö.
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Skåne from the saddle

Plenty of farms in Skåne offer riding tours, and this is a fantastic way of discovering the region’s spectacular countryside. Are you ready to ride? Here you can find details of places that will enable you to see Skåne from horseback. Söderåsens Turridning. 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. Hallamölla Gård, Brösarp. Ride at a “rack” gait all year round on wonderful little Icelandic horses, through the spectacular scenery of Österlen around Verkeån Nature Reserve. After an hour on horseback, a picnic awaits – on the grass or on the snow, depending on the time of year – after which you’re ready to set off again through forests and across steams. Riding packages are available that include a three-course dinner and overnight accommodation. What could be better than fine dining and a good night’s rest after a few hours in the great outdoors? Brönne Islandshästar. Ride around Hovdala Manor House and Lake Finjasjön, south of Hässleholm, on sturdy, alert, wonderful Icelandic horses. Make your way at a “rack” gait through beautiful countryside, and hold on tight to the large, shaggy mane as you gallop along. Riding tours are available for both experienced and novice riders, as well as riding packages lasting several days, including food and overnight accommodation at the village school. Riding camps are also arranged for children and young riders. Kvarnbacka Turridning in Fulltofta and Visseltofta (in swedish). Fulltofta Nature Reserve, with its woodlands and countryside, is located in central Skåne. Here you can ride on Icelandic horses along winding paths, through pale green beech forests and across bubbling brooks. Various tours are available, including barbecue tours, coastal tours, wilderness tours and horse and carriage tours. You can even go on a history tour in Visseltofta with Kvarnbacka’s horses, through forests that were once the domain of the Snapphane, and past the sacrificial stone, Bronze Age grave fields, remains of crofts and the remedy tree.
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Surfing in Skåne!

One of the best things about Skåne is that you’re never far from the sea. If you fancy riding along on the crest of a wave, surfing is a great way of livening up your leisure time. Here are some suggestions for where to surf in Skåne. Surf’s up in Skåne! A good day on the water should result in salty hair and sunburnt legs (in the summer time). Go surfboarding, windsurfing or maybe even kitesurfing, which involves using a large kite to zoom along on the water. Whether you’re an expert or a complete beginner, there are surfing centres at locations such as Helsingborg, Landskrona, Lomma, Mölle and Österlen. You don’t need to go to Australia or Hawaii to master riding the waves – you can do it in Skåne! Kullaberg and Mölle (Northwest Skåne). Surf along southern Sweden’s only rocky coastline! Surfers come here from Denmark and Germany for the high waves and the beautiful surroundings. Naturally, you can surf along the whole of the coastline. Kåseberga (Ystad & Österlen). Experience the southwesterly winds along the coast of Skåne. Here you can surf on fantastic waves as they roll towards the harbour. Recharge your batteries with a meal of fish from a local smokehouse. Löderup (Ystad & Österlen). Feel the soft, light sand between your toes. See whether Skåne’s surfers are organising any cool events in the area, or just surf by yourself. Höllviken (Southwest Skåne). The bay features strong winds and playful waves, making this a popular meeting place for all kinds of surfers. There’s a good chance of meeting like-minded people and making contact with the local surfing community.
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Adventures by boat, kayak or canoe

If you want to do things at your own pace, hiring a canoe or a kayak is a great way to get out and about. Skåne’s many rivers and lakes are the perfect way to explore, whatever your age. Immeln Come to Skåne’s third largest lake, from which a canoe trail leads to other nearby lakes. In the evening, you can cook the fish you’ve caught on a camping stove and enjoy being at one with nature. For details of equipment and tours, visit Immelns kanotcenter. The River Rönne is ideal for short or longer canoe trips. Start at Stockamöllan, and paddle your way along through lush scenery, down rapids and past monasteries. Kanotcentralen in Stockamöllan offers equipment and tours. Kristianstads Vattenrike is in northeast Skåne. Kristianstad is centrally located in the area, and is easy to get to by train, bus or car. The extensive wetlands pass right through the town, and Kristianstads Vattenrike has 21 sites with birdwatching towers, walkways, information boards and outdoor museums that you can visit all year round. The Ivösjön archipelago Cruise between the 40 islands! Jump off, have a barbecue or stay overnight at a fixed campsite. Don’t miss the Humlelslingan tourist route, which runs around Lake Ivösjön. Along the way, you can sample the local juice, beer, wine and fruit drinks. Hire your canoe equipment from Wetlandi. For more spontaneous holiday celebrations, a pedalo can be hired in the summertime from Malmös Kanaler, at Åhus beach and at Höganäs Harbour. Pedal your way around and enjoy the tranquillity.
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Bicycle on Ven!

The small island between Landskrona and Denmark is incredibly beautiful, with cliffs that drop straight into the sea, beaches, quaint cottages, cosy cafés and fun hills for cycling down. If you arrive by boat from Landskrona, follow the stream of people up the hill to get to the bike hire facilities. You'll see lots of yellow bikes. Rent a tandem, a bike with a trailer, a bike with a baby basket or an ordinary two-wheeler. On the other side of the cycle path is Ven's ice cream factory, where you can cool off before continuing along the gravel road to Gamlegård, football golf and fun adventures. Further down the same road you will come to Ven's attractive cliffs. Cycle back the same way and take the only tarmac road that crosses the island and start your sweaty journey upwards, past the Tycho Brahe Museum, observatory and gardens, cafés, restaurants and the church. Then you have a glorious descent with a steep slope and thrills all the way down to the harbour. Here you will find a fish smokehouse, beach and restaurant for those wanting to stop and rest a while. Why not pop into the old church at the top and look out over the beautiful view? Continue around the island or head for the centre and discover Ven goat's cheese, galleries and the whisky destillery Backafallsbyn. Winding paths, birdsong, fields that shine bright green and shimmering gold surround you before you arrive at new beaches and a campsite – you can then cycle alongside the sea before arriving back where you started and can return your bike. Ven has cabins, a campsite and guest houses for visitors.
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Christinehof Ecopark

Includes the 18th century castle of Christinehof and the castle environs, Alunbruket's unique industrial environment, Verkeån nature reserve, Borstakärr's wetlands, Hallamölla and lake Verkasjön. Hiking trails are plentiful, and there are also footpaths suitable for disabled visitors. The cultural landscape around the 18th century castle of Christinehof offers open pastures, wetland habitats, and meandering streams. Guides and information, watch the birds from the bird-watching tower, and much more.
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Stenshuvud national park

Österlen is the location of Sweden's most southerly national park. The park offers delightful walks and a 97-metre-high viewpoint over the sea, beaches and apple orchards. Naturum hosts an exhibition describing the park's flora and fauna. Stenshuvud is one of most diverse national parks in Sweden, known for the variety of species living there. The park is home to smooth snakes and tree frogs. The beach here is outstanding and the park is ideal for picnics in the countryside, or relaxing walks along the trails.
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