Nature & adventure

Rolling fields of oilseed rape, villages with roads winding between timber-framed houses, stately turn-of-the-century seaside villas and long sandy beaches? In northwest Skåne, the area around Helsingborg, we have “extra everything”. There is drama too. Jagged cliffs plunge into the ocean at Hovs Hallar. At Söderåsen, there is wild primeval forest and a towering rocky plateau with a magnificent view. Kullaberg attracts countless visitors with its steep stony slopes and caves. And, serene in the middle of the Øresund strait, there is the fairy-tale island of Ven. READ MORE

Adventure awaits you in the magnificent countryside of the Kullaberg Nature Reserve. Rock climbing. Mountain biking. Diving. Ocean kayaking. Speedboat safaris. But there is also porpoise-watching, birdwatching, and hiking through the most beautiful of beech woods. Only 35 minutes away from Helsingborg!
The natural environment of Kullaberg has been awarded three stars in the prestigious Guide Michelin Green Guide to Swedish attractions. The dramatic mountain landscape is ideal for challenging – sometimes even extreme – experiences like rock climbing, diving, and mountain biking. But the rare flora and fauna of the nature reserve also attract botanists and birdwatchers and Kullaberg is a hiker’s paradise with numerous beautiful trails. One of the paths will take you to “Nimis,” a controversial series of wooden sculptures. Kullens Fyr, the brightest lighthouse in Scandinavia, is located at the very tip of Kullaberg. At the foot of the Kullaberg upland, there is the quaint village of Mölle with its sun, sea and surf. The surfing here is regarded as being amongst the country’s best. It offers perfect waves and, for Sweden, uncommonly high speeds.
You can cycle in the middle of the Øresund strait! Ven is an island rich in myths. It is where the spirit of astronomer Tycho Brahe roams free, and pink mallow flowers sway on grassy banks. Pedal around on your own or with a friend on a tandem. Take breaks where durum wheat is grown, herring is smoked and whisky distilled.

Båstad also has masses to interest walkers and cyclists alike. Pedal along country roads through an ever-changing landscape. Glorious views, green forests and undulating fields greet you on your way. The Bjäre peninsula is marvelous for mountain biking and the rich countryside of the Hallandsåsen hills is only a stone’s throw away. Only 40 minutes north of Helsingborg.

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Hovs Hallar nature reserveis 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 over Laholm Bay, making this an ideal place for birdwatching. The famous scenery around Hovs Hallar is not only a tourist attraction – it has also inspired famous film-makers. The well-known 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! READ MORE about Hovs Hallar

Söderåsen is Swedish nature at its best. Our thick forests are a delight for walkers, cyclists and canoeists. Why not stop and enjoy the view from Kopparhatten, the highest point on the Söderåsen ridge? Admire the panorama of the national park before heading back down. Or put all fear of heights behind you and wander along Hjortsprånget, a narrow ledge of rock that juts out into the deep steep Skäralidsdalen valley.