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Österlenleden

Coastal Hiking in Southern Sweden.

Ever heard of the long-distance hiking trail ‘Skåneleden’? Of course you will not cover the whole trail on this Eurohike hiking holiday. That would be a total of 5,000 kilometres. The route is limited to Österlenleden, the section that leads through the Österlen region in south-eastern Schonen. Along the south coast of the country, past magnificent cliffs and picturesque villages. Especially between Ystad and Alunbruket, the wild sea is your constant companion.

Inland, on the other hand, you can expect untouched nature in all its glory. The leisurely paths lead through oak, pine and beech forests before you finally return to the coast. Miles of white sand, impressive rock formations and the ups and downs of the landscape complete this journey through southern Sweden.

Details about the hiking holiday Österlenleden

Those hiking enthusiasts who travel north will know about the unique flair of this part of Europe. The landscape in Schonen is open and expansive, the gulls and paragliders can be seen above your head.

Dunes upon dunes, white sand as far as the eye can see, and small fishing villages with first-class menus and historic architecture. The south of Sweden from Ystad to Alunbruket will enchant you from the first moment. Not least the special light attracted early painters to this part of Sweden. You walk for about four hours per day, covering an average of twelve kilometres.

The end of the hiking holiday is crowned with the highest waterfall in Skåne. A natural spectacle.

Highlights of the hiking holiday Österlenleden

  • Stenshuvud National Park: At an elevation of 97 metres, the National Park is a real highlight of the hiking holiday. Originally, the same named Urberg Stenshuvud (stone head) served as a reference point for sailors.
  • Tropical climate on the river Verkaån: Due to the unique water system and the naturally occurring rapids, the water is crystal clear. The climate here is warmer than in spring and summer than you would expect from Sweden.

Useful information about hiking Österlenleden

Hilly and with a gentle breeze you can hike along the Swedish coast. Good hiking trails on meadows and forest paths and side roads make the journey pleasant and comfortable. However, you will travel long distances each day by foot and should therefore have a good basic condition. If a stage should be too long, you can shorten it by public transport.

Walking
Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
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Itinerary

The start of your hiking week is the homeland of the renowned detective superintendent Kurt Wallander.

You leave Ystad via the harbour and walk along an esplanade through Sandskogen. You cross the river Nybroån, renowned for silver salmon fishing. The scenery is vast and open and the more you approach the Hammars Backar, the higher the hills become. In perfect wind conditions you get to wonderfully watch seagulls and paragliders. Your route leads you along the sea and past the Ale’s Stones all the way to Kåseberga.

approx. 5.5 hours
21 km
190 m
190 m

Following the Österlenleden-hiking path you walk along the coast until the beach in Löderup. This is where you leave the sea and haed for the nature reserve of Hagestad. Once you arrive in Sandhammaren you return to the coast again, consisting of extensive dune landscaped and inviting sandy beaches along this section.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
22 km
140 m
140 m

Today you walk across beach meadows, past impressive rock formations and picturesque fishing villages. As soon as you reach the fishing village of Gislövshammar the sandy beaches are replaced by slate and limestone. The coastal strip between Brantevik and Simrishamn mainly consists of pastures with bushes. You spend the night in the little fishing town of Simrishamn, where exquisite restaurants invite you to dinner after having explored the historic district.

approx. 3.5 hours
13 km
240 m
260 m

A diverse landscape leads you to endless sandy beaches, lush meadows on the shore with boulders and through orchards, which are very characteristic for this region. Whilst walking through this slightly hilly terrain you come by fishing spots and beech forests. Another highlight is Stenshuvud National Park with a hill of 97 m in altitude, from where you can glance back onto today’s route.

approx. 6 hours
22 km
270 m
220 m

Hiking tour into the idyllic little fishing village of Vitemölla. From there the route leads you along the sea again. You enjoy the route guiding you through the nature reserve Vitemölla Strandbackar to the Verkaån-confluence of rivers, a moor landscape with unusual vegetation due to the sandy steppeland. Then onwards through the magnificent Verkeån-valley on undulating terrain to Brösarp.

approx. 3,5 hours
12 km
290 m
260 m

Across the northern hills of Brösarp you walk into the beech forests of Skåne to the river Verkaån, winding across the landscape with its unique water system. Due to the naturally occuring rapids the water is clean and crystal clear, the climate here in spring and summer nearly has a tropical feel to it. Stunningly beautiful is also the ‚Hallamölla’, the highest waterfall of Skåne.

approx. 4 hours
14 km
640 m
640 m

Characteristics of the route

You walk on hilly terrain along well-maintained hiking paths, mostly along the coast, as well as along paths through forests and across meadows and side roads. A basic fitness level is sufficient, longer stages can in parts be shortened by public transport.

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Ystad
  Season 1
01.03.2021 - 30.11.2021

Arrival daily
Österlenleden, 8 days, SE-SEWYA-08X
Base price
999.00
Surcharge solo traveler 185.00
Surcharge single room 569.00

Category: Mid-range hotels, lovely inns and B&Bs

Season 1
Mar 1, 2021 - Nov 30, 2021
Arrival daily
Österlenleden, 8 days, SE-SEWYA-08X
Base price
Surcharge solo traveler
Surcharge single room
999.00
185.00
569.00

Category: Mid-range hotels, lovely inns and B&Bs

Season 1
Mar 1, 2021 - Nov 30, 2021
Ystad
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Alunbruket
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
125.00
85.00
119.00
99.00
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Ystad
  Season 1
Mar 1, 2021 - Nov 30, 2021

Arrival daily
Ystad
Double room p. P. 125.00
Surcharge single room 85.00
Alunbruket
Double room p. P. 119.00
Surcharge single room 99.00
Prices per person in EUR

Services and infos

Services

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included  
  • 1x evening meal in Alunbruket
  • Luggage transfer (1 luggage per person)
  • Return transfer Alunbruket – Brösarp

 

 

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-tracks available
  • Service hotline
Infos

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Copenhagen Airport, via train (www.sj.se) in approx. 1.5 hours to Ystad (1x change of trains in Malmö).
  • Parking: public parking spaces at the harbour, approx. EUR 2 per week, no reservation.
  • Included transfer from Alunbruket to Bösarp. From Brösarp via bus in approx. 1 hour back to Ystad. Alternatively, via bus and train in approx. 3 hours to Copenhagen (1x change of trains).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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Ratings

4.8 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
5 stars
Susanne F. AT | 09.08.2019
Absolut empfehlenswert - wunderschöne Natur - liebliche Unterkünfte
Wir waren als Familie am Österlenden unterwegs, die Anreise über Kopenhagen war wirklich sehr einfach selbst zu organisieren. Beginnend in Ystad waren alle Unterkünfte gepflegt, sauber und wirklich lieblich und einzigartig gewählt. Jeden Tag waren wir gespannt, was uns am Ende der Etappe erwartet. Der Gepäcktransport hat wunderbar geklappt, die Reisetaschen waren immer schon vor uns in der nächsten Unterkunft. Die Wanderetappen selbst waren auch für unsere (sportliche) 11-jährige Tochter kein Problem und die traumhafte Landschaft hat uns alle drei in den Bann gezogen. So abwechslungsreich hätten wir uns eine Küstenwanderung nie vorgestellt. Der Österlenden ist wirklich ausgezeichnet markiert und wir hatten keine Probleme den Weg zu finden. Es war insgesamt ein traumhafter Urlaub, am liebsten wären wir weiter gewandert!
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Liebe Wandergäste, vielen Dank für dieses schöne Reisefeedback, wir freuen uns, dass sich ihre ganze Familie rund um wohlgefühlt hat :-)
4 stars
Weber M. LI | 01.08.2019
Österlenleden, die Küstenwanderung
Den Österlenleden bei schönem Wetter zu gehen ist ein Genuss.
5 stars
Brigitte G. AT | 28.09.2018
Österlenleden im September
Schöne, entspannte Tour in Südschweden. Nette, teils sehr malerische Quartiere. Organisation einwandfrei geklappt (problemloser Gepäckstransport, Transfer am Abreisetag auf die Minute pünktlich). Besonders gut gefallen haben uns die teilweise bewaldeten Dünenlandschaften, der Nationalpark Stenshuvud und die Hügeln rund um Brösarp. Bei manchen Etappen längere Asphaltstrecken auf Radwegen und Nebenstraßen. Im September haben leider die kleinen Cafes/Lokale entlang der Strecke nur an den Wochenenden geöffnet.
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Lieber Wandergast - wir freuen uns sehr über Ihre positive Rückmeldung! Die Streckenführung wird von uns immer einmal im Jahr überprüft, daher werden wir dies natürlich gleich für nächstes Jahr notieren. In unseren Reiseunterlagen weisen wir darauf hin, dass Sie in den Unterkünften nach einem Lunchpaket fragen können, da es in der Nebensaison vorkommen kann, dass es nur wenig andere Verpflegungsmöglichkeiten auf dem Weg gibt. Wir würden uns freuen, Sie mal wieder auf einer unserer Wanderreisen begrüßen zu dürfen!
5 stars
Christina Stöffler AT | 03.08.2018
Südschweden von seiner sonnigsten Seite
Wunderschöne Wanderstrecke an sehr abwechslungsreichen Küstenabschnitten. Immer mit dem Meeresrauschen im Ohr erlebt man Südschweden von seiner lieblichsten Seite. Auf keinem Fall missen möchten wir die letzten beiden Tage, wo der Österlenleden ins Innere des Landes führt. Ob entlang der Küste, durch Sanddünen, Apfelplantagen oder herrliche Wälder - man erlebt den Charme Südschwedens hautnah. Sehr schöne, handverlesen ausgesuchte Unterkünfte luden zur Ruhe nach einem anstrengenden Tag oder zu netten Gesprächen mit den schwedischen Gastgebern ein. Es wäre großartig wenn man den Österlenleden bis Ystad zurückwandern könnte.

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