Travel journal from Skåne
In paid partnership with Visit Skåne
Having spent many summers in Skåne during my childhood, I associate Sweden’s sourthern most region with blissful memories – especially the unspoiled nature, the always freshly baked “kardemummasnurror”, and the moments spent foresting wild raspberries, mushrooms and cherries. My parents once brought home a bag full of cherry stones and today their garden flourish with a handful of fully grown Swedish cherry threes that produce the darkest and sweetest fruits.
Creating travel guides for my journal is one of my favorite things to do and equally the type of content I can see is creating a lot of value for you. It makes me happy to the bone when I receive holiday pictures from you from a spot you got to know through one of my guides. It reminds me of why its meaningful to write and create content; to help creating great experiences.
Therefore, when Visit Skåne reached out regarding this wonderful collaboration it was an instant yes (!!!). I love getting the opportunity to do more travel guides, and besides that, I had secretly dreamt of making a trip to Skåne for the past year and a half.
I hope the following travel journaling and tips to Skåne will spark inspiration for many of you for your next trip!
We drove from Copenhagen to Skåne via the Öresunds bridge in less than two hours and arrived late in the afternoon in Vejbystrand, the cosy little coastal town were we would stay for the entire 4-day trip.
We stayed at Villa Sigrid, a cute, black tree cottage located on a calm summer house street. Villa Sigrid is an one-bedroom – an intimate space with just exactly what you need; a kitchen, bathroom, living room (with no TV, yay) and a bedroom with an entrance to a wooden terrace where we enjoyed our breakfast or afternoon “fika”.
I did a bit of research prior to our trip to have some ideas of where to go and what to see. But besides seeing some of the more obvious sights I’ll go trough in a bit, we simply went along with the day as we felt like and what seemed suitable for the weather. Having homemade breakfast in the morning at Villa Sigrid and deciding on a direction for the day. On our way to a location we would usually make several unplanned stops at e.g. view points, flea markets and farm shops. I loved the intuitive travel style and felt it was easy to experience Skåne this way; without a grand agenda, but still get plenty of great experiences.
On our first full day we headed north on Bjäre peninsula with Hovs Hallar as our main destination. By looking at google maps we decided on a route that would first take us west to Torekov, then north-east towards Hovs Hallar and finally east to Båstad.
Torekov is a small, beautiful, coastal-town with a long history of; arts and craft; fishing; but also severe storms, ship accidents and piracy. Today it is an idyllic town full of great food and wellness options and people mostly come here to relax. We were immediately drawn to the harbor area and took a slow walk between all the red fishermen houses before we sat down for a lunch at Fiskhuset – an old fish smokehouse decorated with pictures of the owner’s fishing adventures dating back to the 70’ties.
We realized that one of the more well known photo spots was in fact located in Torekov: the scenic yellow fishermen house named “Torekovs Lotshus”. Right next to we found “Torekovs Warmbadhus” – a spa house from 1876 that my mom had told me about. They do all sorts of treatments but the one that caught my attention was the one where you lay in a bathtub full of seaweed. I didn’t succeed at talking Kenneth into doing it this time, but wanted to give away the tip anyway!
After a short drive from Torekov we arrived at Hovs Hallar – a large and beautiful nature reserve located along the coastal line. It’s especially known for its characteristic red and dramatic cliffs and rich plant life. I would recommend to walk all the way down to the beach till the end where you’ll find a small cave. The walk is not too steep or hard - suitable for both elderly, children and animals. Retrospectively, I would have loved to spend a night in a tent somewhere close by or at Hotell Hovs Hallar. I imagine it being a very serene experience to go to bed and wake up so close to this scenery.
After Hovs Hallar we headed towards Båstad via the coast road. On our way we stopped at a few smaller fishing villages and harbors. One worth mentioning and stopping for was Kattvik - a tiny harbor located at the bottom of the hill side making the way down quite steep. It had a small café (however closed when we stopped by) overlooking the harbor and pier where a couple of locals were hanging out in the baking sun and occasionally cooling off in the clear water.
Båstad seemed like a well equipped middle-sized town with many cultural options. As with most Swedish coastal towns the harbour area felt like the natural meeting point, and with a serious ice-cream craving we parked the car there and went searching. Tucked away from all the regular "frisko” vendors we found a small booth selling nothing less than the best mango and the best passion fruit ice cream I’ve had in my entire life. No exaggeration. You need to try it!
Besides getting ice cream you should definitely check out the white sand beach next to the harbor. I was completely taken by the sight; the combination of the white sand in the foreground, Hotel Skansen’s cold bath house, and the green lush forest meeting the ocean and making up the back drop. It was this sight that made me realize that Skåne is somewhat very exotic in a Scandinavian way. Lush, fresh, and clean. I’m so sad we forgot to bring our swimsuits – don’t make the same mistake!
Mölle & Kullaberg
We had planned to spend our last full day hiking a trail stretching along the coastal line from the fishing village Mölle ending up at a well known light house at Kullen. This was a “must do” on our otherwise very loosely defined travel plan because of the anticipated dramatic and picturesque nature sceneries. We were especially looking forward to see a certain rock beach and to fly the drone to try and capture this from above.
However, the day we ventured out to do this ended up being very rainy and with non stop thunderstorms. We stopped at the lovely café and pottery Mölle Krukmakeri to snap a few pictures for the guide and fill up our cups with warm coffee for the trail, and before we knew it the rain was pouring down. We waited for a while to see if it would pass, but realized that it wasn’t going to stop for the rest of the day and night. So, we gave in to the nature’s will and stayed for some hours at Mölle Krukmakeri and had a lovely lunch – together with all the other guest who were also caught up in the rain. After lunch we reluctantly headed home, but ended up having the coziest night in; enjoying hot chocolate with whipped cream on the sofa at Villa Sigrid.
Kullaberg | Nature reserve
Kullens fyr | Lighthouse at Kullen
Ransvik Havsveranda | Café next to the sea and concrete platform to swim from. Try the waffles!
Mölle Krukmakeri | Café and pottery. We had lunch, but heard really good things about the neapolitan pizza they serve at night.
Mölle Brandstation | Café next to the harbour front serving lunch, sweets and coffee.
Vejbystrand and around
The little charming coastal town Vejbystrand - and home of Villa Sigrid - is located in between Hovs Hallar and Kullaberg which made it a really convenient base for us. The city has just exactly what you need and nothing more - a grocery store, one or two restaurants, and a few farmshops.
Vejbystrand has a great long sand beach with big sand dunes, and I must say that being able to walk/bike to the beach in a bathing robe was my absolute favorite thing about staying in this town. There is something so soul nourishing about being this close to the ocean. Another great thing is that the beach is facing west so you’ll will be able to catch sunsets from the beach throughout most of the year.
In general, I would say that the trip to Skåne was a pleasant reminder that we don’t necessarily have to travel long and far for grand vacation experiences. There was something truly satisfying and relaxing about Skåne. I guess its the result of many things; the many opportunities to see and be in nature; the intuitive way swedes seems to live a life that is tightly connected to the nature and the seasons - e.g. in terms of food and activities - that rubs off on you as a visitor; and the fact that it is possible for me as a dane living in Copenhagen to drive for just two hours and get this vacation feeling which feels too good to be real.
But it is, and we’re already dreaming of going back to both Malmø and Österlen for a fall or spring trip.
Finally I would like to thank the team at Visit Skåne for being so understanding of my family’s current situation. To give a bit of background story, this guide was supposed to go out around July and there has been no pressure what so ever. Besides offering a partnership that gives the creator full creative freedom, it’s be really comforting to experience such an empathic reaction from a commercial partner in such a turbulent time and it is something worth mentioning. I greatly appreciate it.