Stenshuvud national park covers around 400 hectares, including 80 hectares of sea. The mountain has three peaks and the northern one is the highest and most popular for hiking with its magnificent views over the sea.
The park is covered in deciduous forests, particularly hornbeam trees, and has a beautiful beach where you can swim in the summer and go for walks all year round. Say hello to the grazing livestock in the national park who will be happy to welcome you.
The 59 stones are placed in the formation of a ship. They are 67 metres long and 19 metres wide at the widest point. The monument is believed to originate from the early Iron Age (500-1,000 AD).
Feel the history when you stand on the hill looking over the Baltic Sea. You’ll probably have your own theory about why these stones were placed here over 1,000 years ago. Gaze over the rolling landscape or watch the paragliders soaring through on wind through the steep hills.
Stenshuvud is home to a diversity of sandy heaths, wet meadows, rocky coastland and beautiful sandy beaches. There is a bog and alder marsh on the west side of the hill. The abundant flora includes rare species such as barren strawberry, black spleenwort, sand pink, pasqueflower and immortelle.
The Stenshuvud Beach
Billed as Skåne’s most exotic beach, it’s a magnet in summer. The fine sand and shallow sea make it a paradise for families. But be careful of the currents when you swim further out.
Stenshuvud is home to a diversity of sandy heaths, wet meadows, rocky coastland and beautiful sandy beaches. There is a bog and alder marsh on the west side of the hill. The abundant flora includes rare species such as barren strawberry, black spleenwort, sand pink, pasqueflower and immortelle
Blue Trail (1 km)
The blue trail is a pleasant stroll down to the sea. Start and finish at the Naturum Visitor Center and follow the blue marks. This trip is customized for people with physical difficulties. Skirt the fringes of the orchid meadow with its summer floral splendour. Walk on to the beach and check out the Krivareboden eel fishing hut that used to be a starting point for fishing before Skåne became part of Sweden.
Red Trail (2 km)
This is the classic Stenshuvud trail to the top of Stenshuvud through a beautiful hornbeam forest . Before the top you pass an ancient castle wall before the view of the sea and Hanöbukten bay. Hike down the steps and follow the yellow trail back for a longer walk, either along the alder marsh on the inner side of the hill or follow the edge of the sea southwards. This part of the yellow trail is rocky so be careful.
Yellow Trail (4 km)
This trail takes you from the main entrance northwards through the hornbeam forest, past the alder marsh, the north entrance and arboretum, then back through the oak forest on the east side of Stenshuvud. You pass the sandy beach before the trail turns towards the main entrance and Naturum. This trail is rocky in places.
Orange Trail (0.5 km)
The orange trail starts from the north entrance and takes you through the arboretum that was planted by Carl Ekenstam at the end of the 19th century. The trail is adapted for the disabled.
Purple Trail (3km)
If you’ve been to Stenshuvud a few times and want some variety, this is one of the most beautiful places you can find. The vantage point on Kortelshuvud gives you a view over Stenshuvud and the sea. Walk the loop through a birch forest, hornbeam forests, meadows filled, pastures and the wonderfully long valley along the north branch of the Rörum river.
The Skåneleden trail takes you through the national park from Kivik in the north to Simrishamn in the south. Follow the orange markers with the letters SL4 (Skåneleden trail section 4). From the north this trail goes through Stenshuvud, down to Naturum and then along the beach towards Simrishamn.