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Cycling Sweden's southwest coast – Sydkustleden

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Cycling Sweden's southwest coast – Sydkustleden

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah

3-5

days

3-5 h

/ day

166 mi

2,250 ft

2,275 ft

Beautifully-developed cycle paths, the freedom to roam, deserted sandy beaches, sauna with a seawater bath, picturesque fishing villages and pulsating metropolises – a 260-kilometre (161-mile) cycling tour through Skåne, along the south-west coast of Sweden, is a wonderful adventure. You soon realise that Sweden is a country that welcomes cyclists with open arms. Discover the history of the Vikings, the thriving and bicycle-friendly city of Malmö, countless nature reserves and Swedish delicacies such as Kanelbullar cinnamon rolls.

The Sydkustleden takes you on a journey along a well-developed and signposted cycle route from the charming fishing village of Simrishamn to the lively port city of Helsingborg. Your route passes through the scenic coastal towns of Ystad and Trelleborg via the Skanör peninsula. You then cycle past the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, which connects the cycling metropolises of Copenhagen and Malmö, and continue on to Landskrona, which lies just off the protected island of Ven. From here, you’re a short ride away from Helsingborg, a port city brimming with culture.

In this Collection, I’ve compiled the six stages of the Sydkustleden according to the official route. Ranging in length from 26 and 58 kilometres (16 and 36 miles), the stages follow excellent, safe cycle paths with no steep gradients. Whether you are a beginner, young or old, this route is suitable for everyone. Ambitious cyclists can decide for themselves where to end the stages and how many kilometres they would like to ride.

The freedom to roam in Sweden allows you to decide each evening where you want to pitch your tent. However, you should ask for permission before staying on private property and respect the privacy around residential buildings. You can easily find suitable places to stay en route as there are many shelters and barbecue areas, even complete with sea views and public toilets. This makes wild camping both exciting and comfortable. You can also book cosy accommodation at the stage destinations such as holiday apartments, guesthouses and B&Bs online.

To reach the start of your journey, you can travel by ferry from Ystad or Trelleborg. The fastest ferry connection at the moment is two and a half hours from Sassnitz to Ystad. You can travel via Rostock or Travemünde to Trelleborg. From here, you can take the Swedish regional train Skanetrafiken to the starting point Simrishamn.

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Last updated: November 10, 2021

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    Stage 1: Simrishamn to Ystad – Sydkustleden

    Intermediate
    03:13
    33.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    450 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today your first stage begins along the picturesque south coast of Sweden through the south-eastern part of Skåne, also called Österleden. It starts with 54 kilometers from the charming, original fishing village of Simrishamn to the cozy port city of Ystad. On your tour you will ride on well-developed

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    29.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After yesterday you were already convinced of the beauty of Österleden, today you continue on no less enchanting 49 kilometers to the southernmost city of Sweden. Along the coast you will always find public barbecue areas and fire pits by the sea, which testify to the sense of community of the Swedes

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  • Difficult
    02:24
    20.9 mi
    8.7 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your third stage takes you to the Skanör peninsula, which will enchant you with its secluded, white sandy beaches. The tour is only 33.7 kilometers long and gives you enough time to plan a visit to the exciting Viking Village open-air museum Fotevikens, to simply relax on the Baltic Sea or to cycle even

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    29.6 mi
    9.1 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it goes back down from the peninsula and 48 kilometers to the lively and complex city of Malmö, which is one of the ten most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. You can admire life-size, interesting bronze figures along the coast near Höllviken.

    

    You continue along the fields and you come to a

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    36.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it's 58 kilometers on the longest stretch to date to Landskrona in front of the historic citadel. On the way out of Malmö, you can once again enjoy the ingenious bicycle infrastructure. Then the Sydkustleden takes you away from busy roads and directly to the coast.

    You cycle through the pretty

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  • Easy
    01:42
    16.2 mi
    9.5 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It's hard to believe that your last stage on the Sydkustleden is already starting today. It is only 26 kilometers long and you can plan longer stopovers or an extensive exploration tour through Helsingborg.

    

    On the usual well-developed bike paths, the route first leads you along the coast and on to the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    166 mi
  • Duration
    17:24 h
  • Elevation
    2,250 ft2,275 ft

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