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The Österlen Way

6 Days & 5 Nights 4.6 Read 8 reviews
  • Discover hidden Sweden in the idyllic Österlen region.
  • Enjoy walking along the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea shores.
  • Visit Ale Stenar, a stone ship erected during the Nordic Iron Age.
  • Sample local delicacies in this food Mecca of Sweden.
  • Explore Ystad, home to Henning Mankell’s ‘Wallander’ detective stories.
The Österlen Way takes you along the coast of the Baltic Sea, visiting picturesque fishing villages and white, sandy beaches along the way. The unspoilt beauty of this region attracts artists from all over the world, drawn here by the special light and absolute tranquillity. Österlen has a thriving cultural scene and you can visit art studios and one-of-a-kind boutiques in towns and villages along your walk. The fertile lands of Österlen have led to a flourishing restaurant scene with locally sourced ingredients. Some of Sweden’s best restaurants can be found here, but for those who prefer a more traditional dining experience, you can sample fresh sea food in many of the villages along the way.

What To Expect

If you are interested in food and culture and prefer a gentler walk on flat ground, The Österlen Way is the trip for you. A mixture of historic small towns and peaceful walks along the Baltic Sea shores, you will see a side of Sweden that few international visitors know about.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Groups > 10, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded easy to moderate as it includes some longer walks (up to 22km, though this can be shortened). The terrain is generally flat and easy to walk. Most of the walks follow foot paths and coastal paths.

Navigation

Much of the walk is way-marked as this is a national trail. You will be supplied route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.

Accommodation Information

5 nights' accommodation is included in your trip. You will be staying at carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses and small hotels, all of which offer en-suite rooms.

You can add extra nights at any point during your stay, and we particularly recommend extending your stay in Ystad - please contact us for details.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

Single rooms are available and a supplement is payable. This trip is also available to solo walkers.

Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.

Meals

5 breakfasts are included. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way. Most of the accommodation offer dinners as long as this is pre-ordered or you can dine in nearby restaurants.

Included
  • 5 Nights in handpicked B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels with en-suite rooms
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Door-to-door luggage transfers
  • Transfer from Kivik to Simrishamn Railway Station
  • 1:50000 map and detailed information pack with route notes
  • 24/7 support from our local partner and UK office.
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Ystad and from Simrishamn
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Local transfers if not part of the itinerary
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Extra nights before, during and after your walk.

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of April to the end of October.

Time of Year

Österlen has a distinct tourist season that lasts between the end of June (Midsummer) and mid-August. The area will still be beautiful in the spring and autumn, but fewer shops and restaurants stay open.

Extra Nights

As this is a 5 night stay, we highly recommend turning it into a 7 day trip by adding extra night before, during or after your walk. We particularly recommend additional nights in beautiful Ystad, or by staying in Copenhagen to experience this unique Scandinavian city. Just ask us for more information and we'll be happy to book that for you.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers can take this trip, also at a supplement.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Copenhagen is the best airport for both the start and the finish.

To get to Ystad, take the train from the airport to Malmö Central Station (20 mins) where you can connect to Ystad (50 mins). Trains are frequent and run until midnight.

To get to the airport from Simrishamn, take the train to Malmö Central Station (1h 30 mins) and connect to Copenhagen Airport (20 mins). Trains are frequent and run from 6am.

Copenhagen Airport is served by many major airlines including British Airways, SAS, EasyJet, and Lufthansa.

By Bus/Rail: Skånetrafiken services the Skåne region and there are many options if arriving by train or bus. If you are coming from a different region, SJ can help you with travel information and tickets.

By Road: If coming from Denmark, take the E65 from Malmö. If arriving by ferry in Trelleborg, head north on route 108 before connecting with the E65.

Parking: Let us know if you are arriving by car and we can help you arrange parking.

Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip (up to 20 kg).

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Ystad Day 2 Ystad to Kåseberga 14 miles / 22 km Day 3 Kåseberga to Skillinge 14 miles / 22 km Day 4 Skillinge to Simrishamn 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Simrishamn to Kivik 14 miles / 22 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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