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 allows you to walk the southern and eastern part of the trail between Ystad and Alunbruket. Most of the time, the walk follows the Baltic Sea coast, 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. You pass through charming fishing villages during your walk and stay at small idyllic B&Bs and family-run hotels.
- Sweden’s largest preserved megalithic monument Ale’s Stones (Ale stenar)
- Picturesque fishing villages
- Stenshuvud National Park
- Hallamölla waterfall
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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 | 21 km
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. In 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.
Day 3: Kåseberga to Skillinge | 22 km
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. Again, reservation in advance is necessary. Please ask the hosts about a transfer.
Day 4: Skillinge to Simrishamn | 13 km
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.
Day 5: Simrishamn to Kivik | 22 km
Today ́s walk will be varied and includes walking over sandy beaches and 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 | 12 km
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.
Day 7: Brösarp to Alunbruket | 14 km
On 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. It almost feels as in the tropics during spring and summer 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, 4-5 h, ↑620 m ↓550 m
- Accommodation: Alunbruket B&B or similar
Day 8: Departure
Departure or an extra day on request. Complimentary transfer to Brösarp Bus Station is included.
What to Expect
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.
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- Hotel Anno 1793 Sekelgården, Prins Carl (Ystad)
- Ejagården B&B, Vinkille B&B (Kåseberga)
- Sjöbacka gård, Östangård B&B (Skillinge)
- En gaffel kort på Maritim, Hotel Svea (Simrishamn)
- Agda Lund, Kaptenshuset B&B (Kivik)
- Brösarps Gästgifveri & Spa (Brösarp)
- Alunbruket B&B (Alunbruket)
*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.
Difficulty & terrain
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 the beginning of March and the end of November. Daytime summer temperatures normally range from 15°C to 25°C. The air is relatively humid, making warm days feel warmer and cold days colder. The best time to visit is June-August with the warmest month being July with an average maximum temperature of 20°C.
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Our recommended airport for this tour is Copenhagen
By train or bus
Arrival: It is easy to reach Ystad by train from Copenhagen with a change of trains in Malmö (90 km total, 1.5 h).
Departure: 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).
- 7 nights in private rooms 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 (1 pc 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
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, 6 dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras & supplements
- Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights
- Optional upgrade in Kåseberga and Brösarp – on request