Sweden, indeed the whole of Scandinavia, is a paradise for the outdoors. It is not for those seeking the exotic in distant lands, or high altitude peaks and passes, or the romance of bags being transported by mule, camel or fellow human beings. It is, however, for those seeking the definite article itself: real nature, back to a wilderness and ancestry long left behind. A place where quality of landscape, peace and tranquility still reign, yet at the same time in Skane - and the Bjare Peninsula, in particular - you are able to find the comforts of the 21st century alongside days gone by.
A number of long distance trails have been opened over the past couple of decades in Scandinavia ranging from the Arctic Trail in the far north, which passes through
The Skaneleden links together four main footpaths: Ridge-to-Ridge, North-to-South, Coast-to-Coast and Osterlen, which form a trail system over 930 km long. The entire trail system is divided into about 70 one-day walking stages. With the exception of certain stretches of the Osterlen trail, each stage normally boasts a night shelter with a toilet, water for washing and drinking, and firewood. A walk for the hardy, the backpacker and the seeker of cooking over open fires, to be sure, but for those who no longer take pleasure in the ‘all day and all night outdoors’ adventure, here in Bjare a loop of the trail passes through where even the Swedes are now beginning to come. Using the walk of around 60 km to link up art, culture, history, the ocean and the organic nature of its food and drink, the Skane Gourmet Trail is coming into being.