Stenshuvud National Park

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Stenshuvud is a hill in the southeastern corner of Sweden, in the province of Scania, close to Kivik in Simrishamn Municipality. Since 1986, it is one of the National parks of Sweden. The park covers an area of about 3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi).

The hill is 97 m (318 ft) high and faces the Baltic Sea. Since the surrounding landscape is relatively flat, it can be seen from a great distance and has traditionally been used as a landmark for seafarers. Many visitors trek up the hill to enjoy the view which is very good in clear weather.

Most of the area is covered with broadleaf forest, especially European hornbeam. The park also contains heaths, meadows and swamps. Because of the mild climate and varied habitats, many different animal and plant species can be encountered in the park. The park contains unusual Swedish wildlife such as the hazel dormouse, Eurasian golden oriole, European tree frog and agile frog. There are about 600 vascular plant species, including several types of orchids and the very rare barren strawberry.

Below the hill there is a popular beach for swimming. Close to the top are the remains of a ruin of a 5th- or 6th-century fortress.

View from Stenshuvud southwards to Knäbäckhusen.

According to local folklore, the hill got its name ("Sten's head") from a giant living in the cave Giddastuan.

At the north of the hill is the Hällevik arboretum.

Getting there

The closest big cities are Malmö and Copenhagen. Both cities have international flights but Copenhagen have the most accessible routes throughout the world.

A drive from Copenhagen will take less than 2 hours depending on your starting point.

When to visit

The national park has something to offer in all seasons. Spring and summer are the two most popular seasons. The visitor center has limited opening hours during fall and winter. Therefore, during winter you will be on your own. It is generally a small national park and you will be safe to explore it on your own.


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Park size

3.9 km²

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Map of Stenshuvud National Park

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Sights in Stenshuvud National Park

Some national parks contain more than just natural wonders. This list shows you some of the sights that are located in the national park. This includes museums, cathedrals, bridges, dams and much more.

Visitor/Information centres in Stenshuvud National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Hiking trails in Stenshuvud National Park

Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.

Natural Sights

Most national parks have there own trademarks. This goes for both natural sights and man-made. This section will list any popular sights in nature.

Wildlife in Stenshuvud National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Bears in Stenshuvud National Park

Bears in Stenshuvud National Park

No bears in the park

This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.