The Österlenleden Trail (Ystad – Alunbruket)

€1095 per person
Below details of the classic 8-day tour version are given. Get in touch with us to check details for the 7-, 6- and 5-day programs.

Österlenleden (The Österlen Trail) is one of the most popular hiking routes in Sweden. It is a circular trail from the town of Ystad in Sweden’s southern coast and back. Join us on this exciting self-guided walking tour covering the southern and eastern sections of the route from Ystad to Alunbruket. Тhe bigger part of the hike is coastal, but some sections of the route will take you inland through dark green forests with majestic oak, pine and beech trees. Enjoy sandy beaches, peculiar rock formations, and the typical lush shore meadows. The highlights of the hike are the unbelievable viewpoints Hammarsbackar and Stenshuvud which will leave you speechless. You will enjoy the local culture and hospitality in charming small locally-owned hotels and guest houses.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (5-7) Days I Level: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in small privately owned guesthouses, hotels or B&B. All the rooms have linen and towels. Most of the rooms are equipped with shower and WC (depending on what is available at the time of booking some nights WC/shower may be shared). Breakfast is included everywhere, plus 1x light evening meal in Alunbruket. Door to door luggage transfer between accommodations; Transfer Alunbruket - Brösarp station; A detailed info pack, in English; Route notes of the trail, in English; One map 1:50 000 for the group leader; GPS tracks; Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Travel to Ystad and from Brösarp; Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks; Travel insurance;
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, mid-October
Day 1. Arrival in Ystad
Individual arrival to Ystad by train or bus. Do not miss to walk the cobblestone streets of this wonderful town after check-in.
Day 2. Ystad - Kåseberga (21km, 5hrs, +150m/-150m)
On your first independent walking day, you reach the Ystad harbor and follow the promenade to Sandskogen. You will cross the curious Nybroån creek and continue inland pass Kabusa. Soon you will reach Hammars Backar and rejoin the coastal trail and enjoy the hilly landscape. The area is usually filled with kites and wind gliders. A highlight of today’s walking route are the Ale Stenar (the stones of Ale) megalithic stone ship monument. The overnight is in the beautiful village of Kåseberga, dinner is ordered at the accommodation, payable on spot.
Day 3. Kåseberga - Skillinge (22km, 5hrs, +150m/-150m)
After a healthy breakfast, you follow the self-guided hiking route to the shores of Kåseberga and rejoin the Österlenleden trail. Do not miss to visit the Ale Stenar if you didn’t get the chance to do so the day before. Follow the small paths along the coastline to the beautiful Löderup beach. Bid the ocean farewell for a while as you enter the Hagestad natural reserve. Breathe in the incredible smell of the pine, oak and beech trees as you walk the lilly-covered glades of the forests. You will rejoin the coastal trail at Sandhammaren and enjoy the diversity the dunes and vast beaches bring to the landscape. Your path turns north as you walk across sandy beaches to the old fishing village Skillinge. Your self-guided walking route then leads you inland for about 1 kilometer towards your accommodation. The dinner is pre-booked at the accommodation, payable on spot.
Day 4. Skillinge - Simrishamn (13km, 3hrs, +250m/-260m)
Today’s independent hiking route will take you through lush coastal meadows, peculiar rocks, and idyllic fishing villages as you advance towards the village of Gislövshammar. From there, the sandy beaches make way for rocks and sandstones. Take the time to contemplate the beautiful hilly coastal landscape and breathe the fresh salty air. You can even opt to go for a swim along the way. The overnight is in the unique Simrishamn fishing town. Explore the cobbled streets of the old town and try some of the local delicacies in a traditional restaurant.
Day 5. Simrishamn – Kivik (22km, 5,30hrs, +450m/-240m)
Today’s self-guided walking trail will take you through a diverse landscape of sandy beaches, bouldered coastal meadows and beech forests. You will pass the famous Tobisvik with its distinctive homogenous sand home to the iconic crab population living in holes under the sand. Continue walking past lush flowery meadows towards the old town of Knäbäckshusen where you will find a fishing hut transformed into a chapel. Continue towards the Stenshuvud national park and its 97m mountain perched in the middle of the shore forests. Continue along a small tarmac road passing apple plantations and cider factories on your way to Kivik where your next overnight will be.
Day 6. Kivik - Brösarp (12km, 3,30hrs, +290m/-260m)
Today’s section of the independent walking itinerary is meant for relaxation. You will gently walk along the Vitemölla natural reserve passing the beautiful stream spring Verkaån. You will finally reach Haväng where the landscape resembles a moorland with curious vegetation due to the peculiarity of the sandy steppe land rich in limestone. The trail turns west towards the mainland following the valley of the Verkeån river towards the hilly backcountry of Brösarp. Your accommodation in Brösarp is equipped with a spa where you can pamper yourself with an afternoon of thermal delights.
Day 7. Brösarp – Alunbruket (14km, 4hrs, +620m/-550m)
Your last self-guided hiking day on this itinerary will take you further inland following the Verkaån river from the hills of Brösarp and through the beech forests of Skåne. Reach the magical Hallamölla waterfall, the highest waterfall in Skåne and take some time to relax and enjoy this magnificent natural site. At the end of the trail, you will reach the Andrarum alum mine, once one of the most important industries in Sweden. The overnight is in a small rural B&B near the old mine.
Day 8. Departure day
After breakfast, an organized transfer will take you to the Brösarp bus station from where you will continue your travels.


1095 Euro/person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 520 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 695 Euro (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Daily arrivals between the beginning of April till mid-October. The walking is easy - moderate. The trail consists of paths, beaches and, small country roads. Österlenleden is well-marked: follow the orange circles. Walking along the coast you follow the sea. There are signs when the trail changes direction. Total walking distance is 103 km/64,4 miles. Normally the guests can buy a lunch package at the accommodations, please ask upon arrival. Connection to Ystad: The closest airport is Malmö Sturup (44 km) or Copenhagen (90 km). From Copenhagen you can go by train to Ystad. You have to change trains in Malmö. If you arrive by car we will provide information about parking in Ystad. Connection from Alunbruket - Brösarp: From Alunbruket we will arrange a transfer to the bus station in Brösarp. From Brösarp you can continue by bus to Kristianstad, Ystad or Malmö and from there - proceed your journey by train, bus or car. The closest airports are Kristianstad (27 km), Malmö Sturup (83 km) or Copenhagen (113 km).
Accommodation in small privately owned guesthouses, hotels or B&B. All the rooms have linen and towels. Most of the rooms are equipped with shower and WC (depending on what is available at the time of booking some nights WC/shower may be shared). Breakfast is included everywhere, plus 1x dinner in Alunbruket. Normally the guests can buy a lunch package at the accommodations, please ask upon arrival.

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