WALKING TOUR IN KULLABERG SOUTH OF SWEDEN
WALKING TOUR IN KULLABERG SOUTH OF SWEDEN (travel inspiration)
Prepare for the simple, sweeping vistas along the sea, dramatic cliffs and picturesque villages. Immerse yourself in the charms, history and natural beauty of the Kulla region in southern Sweden, with its impressive views, picturesque fishing villages, pristine countryside, seals and whales! A 7-day hike offering great variety as you pass through open landscape, dense forests and coastal scenery. A chance to enjoy local dishes, local culture and local traditions as you weave your way through spectacular scenery.
Day 1 – COPENHAGEN – HELSINGBORG
Arrival to Copenhagen airport, transfer to Helsinki by train and check in at the hotel, which is walking distance from the station. At reception you’ll be met by knowledgeable staff who will give a presentation of the week’s experiences and issue maps and information material. You will start your first hike to the beautiful Sofiero Palace and park, once the summer residence of the Swedish royal family. Crown Princess Margareta (whose paternal grandmother was Queen Victoria) married future King of Sweden Gustav VI Adolf in 1905. Margareta was also very interested in garden art, and when the royal couple had been given the run-down Sofiero Palace and its gardens as a wedding present, she and her husband Gustaf Adolf put a lot of time and effort into making the garden bloom once more. The family spent their summers at Sofiero.
Take the bus back to Helsingborg or take a walk!
Day 2 – HELSINGBORG – VIKEN
Check out early from the hotel. Your luggage will be collected later and delivered to the next hotel on the itinerary no later than 16:00. The Kullaleden trail starts from the medieval tower “Kärnan”, the surviving part of Helsingborg Castle, which was built in the 1310s, when Skåne was Danish. Kärnan, together with Kronborg Castle in Denmark on the other side of the Sound, played an important role as guardian of the Sound, collecting duties for the State from every passing foreign vessel. The Sound has its narrowest point at Helsingborg, and you’ll enjoy a clear view of the Danish coast as you walk towards Kullaberg.
Your walk today takes you alongside the sea, on the beach, through small village communities, harbors and the forest. Try freshly smoked fish or visit gardens and the picturesque fishing village of Viken.
Day 3 – VIKEN – MÖLLE
Start your walk in the morning heading towards Mölle and Kullaberg by the small community of Nyhamnsläge. Why not take a break with your own packed meal or buy some provisions here. There’s a well-stocked food shop close to the trail. In the summer there’s a café with a waffle kiosk in the harbour. After another 2 km you reach the village of Lerhamn. The old windmill stands proudly on the hill just inland. Immediately after the harbour there’s a small path leading into the forest and up to the park and Krapperup Castle. Here there’s not only a wonderful park – open all year – but also a café offering tasty cakes and light meals. The castle houses an art gallery and a small shop.
The area has rich bird and animal life, including a real rarity, the European fire-bellied toad. Between the villages of Nyhamnsläge and Lerhamn, the hiking trail continues through an area of pasture that is a conservation area. It often has cows grazing on it, which contributes to retaining the original flora and fauna.
Next is Mölle, a well-known resort that became infamous as a den of iniquity in the early 20th century as both men and women bathed together on the same beach. The striped black and white bathing costumes can still be purchased in the small harbour shop as an amusing souvenir. Overnight in Mölle.
Day 4 – MÖLLE – KULLABERG
Enjoy the morning by the harbour at Mölle. You can also try your hand at kayaking on the sea!
Check out at lunchtime, and walk alongside the sea down the mountain towards Ransvik, approx. 20
minutes, where there’s a café serving waffles and simple meals. From there the walk continues up
towards the top of the mountain, Kullen Lighthouse.
The section from Mölle to Kullen Lighthouse takes approx. 1,5 hours and offers fantastic views, forest and cliffs, beyond the hills, birch and juniper forests. Not especially steep, even though you need to climb up a few steps in some places. You reward will be fantastic view from the lighthouse on the sunset and the sea.
Your hotel, Kullagårdens Wärdshus, is close to the trail, approx. 1 km from the lighthouse. Kullagården
used to be at the disposal of the person responsible for running the Kullen Lighthouse. It started operating
as an inn in the early 19th century. A guest book has been preserved from the beginning of the 1810s,
which confirms that many of the visitors came from far afield.
Kullagårdens Wärdshus is widely known and popular for its excellent cuisine.
Day 5 – KULLABERG
After a good night’s sleep up on the mountain, adventure awaits. Kullaberg offers visitors a fantastic
natural experience. Indeed, the Guide Michelin has awarded Kullaberg a prestigious three-star rating in
its guide to Swedish sights.
Join us in the morning on Sweden’s first whale safari! In the sea around Kullaberg, you can often spot the
porpoise – a small toothed whale that looks like a dolphin.
During tumble safari tour goes mostly along the northern Kullabergs coastline. This is probably Sweden’s
most dramatic coastline with caves, enchanting coves, high cliffs and impressive rock formations and can
only be experienced by boat. It also breed the peregrine falcon. After a day of adventure, it’s great to get
back to the cosy hotel for a nice dinner and a good sleep. The next day brings the most challenging
section of the hiking trail.
Day 6 – KULLABERG – ARILD
Check out and put together a small packed lunch. The trail today takes us to the northern part of
Kullaberg, where forest dominates, although here and there the landscape opens up and offers wonderful
views over the bay towards the Bjäre Peninsula. The slopes here are also a little longer, albeit not so
difficult as to raise the pulse.
Along the path is the Josefinelust cave, with signs showing the way and explaining all there is to
discover! After Josefinelust, continue towards the “crossroads” at Djupadal, where you can turn off
towards Mölle and be back down by the harbour within approx. 20 minutes. Or you can continue towards
Arild, approx. 7 km, past forest lakes, pass (or not) the path up to the highest point in Kullaberg, “Håkull”
– there are signs explaining and describing the way there. Carry on through the beech forest, up and down
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the hills, for approx. 2-3 hours until you reach Himmelstorpsgården.
This half-timbered farm around a courtyard was inhabited from the mid-17th century until the mid-20th
century. In the summertime there’s a café at the farm, with home-baked cakes or sandwiches. You can
enjoy these with either a nice cup of coffee or home-made fruit juice.
From here, it’s another hour’s walk – mostly downhill – to Arild.
Check in at the hotel in Arild and enjoy a nice dinner.
Day 7 – ARILD – UTVÄLINGE – HELSINGBORG
Check out and start the last day of walking between Arild and Utvälinge, a relatively gentle section covering approx. 21 km. If you prefer a shorter walk, you can take the bus, e.g. at the half-way point at Jonstorp.
The settlement of Arild reaches up towards the plateau. The coastal section by Arild offers a unique landscape. The coastline consists of cliffs with flat rocks, pebbles and stack-like formations. Close to the harbour in Arild is Arild Chapel, the only preserved independent chapel in Skåne from the Middle Ages. Arild was discovered in the mid-19th century by artists, while the main influx of people took place towards the end of the 19th century. People were captivated by the light from the sea, the attractive village setting with its local fishermen and its surroundings.
After walking for about one hour, you reach the small community of Skäret, where there are two restaurants, famous for their fine food and pastries. The Swedish royal family used to stop off here for a coffee on their way to the summer palace at Sofiero. You soon come to the small harbour at Jonstorp, where you pass the harbour promenade and the bathing site, continuing towards the nature reserve and exciting bird areas. (Arild-Jonstorp approx. 10 km). From here, you can easily turn off towards the centre of the village, where there’s a bus stop.
It might also be a good idea to take a break for lunch in the village’s famous restaurant and guest house: Tunneberga. This part of the Kullaleden trail passes through a number of nature reserves with unique bird areas by the mouth of the Görslövsån river. In the early morning or evening you might experience thousands of geese taking off or returning from the nearby meadows. You cross the river by means of a suspension bridge. You soon arrive in Farhult, where there’s a wonderful, long, sandy beach with very shallow water and dunes. In the summertime there’s a beach restaurant offering simple lunches and barbecue evenings.
Before you reach Utvälinge and your bus back to the city, there’s one more historical café that’s well worth a visit, Albertsgården in Norra Häljaröd. Here you’ll find typical Swedish home-baked bread and cakes, served with freshly brewed coffee in the old half-timbered building. In the evening you check into the hotel in Helsingborg once more.
Day 8 – HELSINGBORG – COPENHAGEN
Optional sightseeing in Helsingborg area: Depending on when you arrive or prefer to return to Copenhagen you can take the ferry to Denmark and visit the picturesque Danish town of Helsingør/Elsinore. In addition to the cobbled pedestrian streets with welcoming shops, there’s one of the best-known castles in the world: Hamlet’s castle, or to give it its real name Kronborg Castle. Autumn 2013 saw the opening of Denmark’s new maritime museum, which tells the story of Danish shipping down the ages in a dramatic way. The museum is in Helsingør, in the old dry dock at the shipyard. The spectacular museum was designed by the world-famous BIG firm of architects. Taking the train south from Helsingør, in approx. 15 minutes you’re in Humlebæk, where there’s another world-famous museum: Louisiana. Train and ferry back to Helsingborg. Detailed day by day program, distances maps, propositions for lunch breaks and dinners and other useful and necessary information can be sent to you on request.