Overview for The Österlen Way
The Österlen Way is a circular trail in south-east Skåne (Scania), one of Sweden’s signature trails, starting and ending in Ystad, 56 km from Malmö. Our itinerary gives you the opportunity to walk the southern and eastern part of the trail between Ystad and Alunbruket. Most of the time the walk follows the coast of the Baltic Sea but at some points, the trail takes you inland into forests with oak, pine and beech. The undulant hilly landscape culminates at Hammarsbackar and Stenshuvud where you will enjoy fantastic views. During your walk, you pass through charming fishing villages and stay at small idyllic B&Bs and family-run hotels.
Itinerary for The Österlen WayGo to top of page
Day 1: Arrive Ystad
You travel to Ystad by train or by bus. After check-in at your accommodation you will have time to explore the city of Kurt Wallander, the famous character created by Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell.
Day 2: Ystad to Kåseberga
The first day you leave Ystad via the harbour to continue along an esplanade through Sandskogen.
You will cross Nybroån – a creek famous for its sea-trout fishing. The landscape is open and as you approach Hammars backar the hills will get higher and higher. You will continue along the shore and close to Kåseberga, the trail will be passing below Ale Stenar (the stones of Ale). The extra diversion to the old, beautifully situated village of Kåseberga, is well worthwhile. The last stretch you will walk inland until you get to your accommodation.
Note that the standard accommodations in Kåseberga are 1.6 km from town; they do not have restaurants but can arrange catering on your request. It is more convenient to have dinner in Kåseberga before going to the accommodation. Upon request in advance, the owners might be able to pick you up from Kåseberga or drive you back for dinner. The accommodations also offer rental bikes.
- Walking for the day: 21 km, 5-6h, ↑185m ↓185m
- Accommodation: Ejagården B&B, Vinkille B&B or similar; optional upgrade: Kåseberga Gårdshotell & Spa
Day 3: Kåseberga to Skillinge
After breakfast, you return to the shore at Kåseberga. If you didn’t visit Ale Stenar yesterday, you once again have the opportunity to do so. Leaving Kåseberga you continue your walk along the coast following Österlenleden. The trail is easy and you walk along the coast on soft ground and narrow paths until you reach the beach in Löderup. Maybe you feel like having a dip in the sea? This is where you leave the ocean behind to follow the trail into the nature reserve of Hagestad. Then you will return to the coast at Sandhammaren with big dunes and vast beaches. In the afternoon you will reach the old fishing village Skillinge. In about 1 km you will reach your accommodation.
Dinner at the accommodation is served on request, please order in advance (payable on-site). Skillinge Hamnkrog www.skillingehamnkrog.se is open during the summer season. It is also possible to have dinner at Karnelund Krog www.karnelund.se which is a famous restaurant. Reservation in advance is necessary. Please ask the hosts about a transfer.
Day 4: Skillinge to Simrishamn
Today you will follow small paths and country roads. You will be passing picturesque fishing villages on your way. When you reach the small fishing village Gislövshammar, the sandy beaches will be replaced by shale and sandstone. Today ́s walk is not a very long one so you might want to take a break and go for a swim or just relax for a while. The seafront between Brantevik and Simrishamn mainly consists of bushy pastureland. Finally, you reach the famous fishing town of Simrishamn. We would suggest that you end the day by having dinner at one of the nice local restaurants. After that, you might want to take a stroll through the old town and visit the harbour.
- Walking for the day: 13 km, 3h, ↑240m ↓260m
- Accommodation: En gaffel kort på Maritim, Hotel Svea or similar
Day 5: Simrishamn to Kivik
Today ́s walk will be varied and includes walking over sandy beaches and over bouldered shores. At Knäbäckshusen you will walk through the old village and get a glimpse of the fishing hut that has been rebuilt into a small chapel. The walk from Knäbäcken to Stenshuvud will be delightful. When you have left the northernmost part of the national park and rounded the cape you will walk along a small tarmac road until you reach Kivik.
Day 6: Kivik to Brösarp
You start your walk along the country road that leads from Kivik to the small and beautiful fishing village Vitemölla. The trail continues along the sea. You will get a lovely walk through the nature reserve Vitemölla strandbackar. At Haväng the trail turns away from the sea and continues westbound. You will follow the magnificent winding valley of Verkeån and walk into the undulating hilly landscape of Brösarp. At the accommodation in Brösarp, there is a spa where you could get a massage or relax in the jacuzzi.
- Walking for the day: 12 km, 3h, ↑290m ↓260m
- Accommodation: Brösarps Gästgifveri & Spa or similar; optional upgrade: Talldungens Gårdshotell
Day 7: Brösarp to Alunbruket
The last day, the trail will take you via the northern hills of Brösarp into the beech forests of Skåne. You will be walking close to the stream Verkaån, with its unique water system that meanders through nature. The natural rapids make the water clean and crystal clear. During spring and summer, it almost feels as in the tropics due to the vegetation and the light straining through the foliation. The trail will pass the highest waterfall of Skåne, Hallamölla before you reach your accommodation (dinner included).
- Walking for the day: 14 km, 4-5h, ↑620m ↓550m
- Accommodation: Alunbruket B&B or similar
Day 8: Departure
Departure or an extra day on request. Complimentary transfer to Brösarp Bus Station is included.
Hotels for The Österlen WayGo to top of page
Accommodations on this tour include a mix of charming 3 and 4-star hotels (some have spa facilities) and guesthouses. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days as well as one dinner. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the hotel you are staying at (notification in advance required by some accommodations – see the itinerary for details) or at the village restaurants.
Travel for The Österlen WayGo to top of page
The closest international airport is Copenhagen in Denmark.
Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily, so do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airports
It is easy to reach Ystad by train from Copenhagen with a change of trains in Malmö (90 km total, 1.5h).
After a short transfer from Alunbruket to the Brösarp (included), you can travel by bus to Tomelilla, Simrishamn or Ystad. From the chosen destination you can continue your travel by train. The closest international airport is Copenhagen (120 km from Brösarp).
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
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Trip Info for The Österlen WayGo to top of page
Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
The grade is easy to moderate and the longest day is 22 km. Total walking distance is 103 km. The walking is not challenging (3-6 hours per day) but it is sometimes an undulating landscape. The ground varies from narrow paths, over beaches and forest roads to smaller village roads and shorter sections along country roads (read more about difficulty grades).
Österlenleden is well-marked. Walking inland and through forests, you follow the orange circles. Walking along the coast you follow the sea. There are signs when the trail changes direction. Comprehensive route notes and maps are supplied. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available to start on any date between early March and the end of November.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15–20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.
- Good hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Several T-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
Included for The Österlen WayGo to top of page
- 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary
- 7 breakfasts
- 1 dinner in Alunbruket
- Detailed journey documentation and practical information: personalised trip notes and map (emailed before departure and a hard copy provided at first hotel; one set per room)
- Luggage transfers (up to 20 kg per person) on all walking days
- Transfer Alunbruket – Brösarp station on Day 8
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Single supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room (subject to availability)
- This trip is available to solo walkers; solo traveller supplement applies as accommodation and transfer costs are not shared
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Entrance fees for attractions and museums
- Flights and airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- All lunches and dinners (except for the Alunbruket dinner which is included)
- Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
Extensions and Optional Extras
- Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
Reviews for The Österlen WayGo to top of page
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