This is the beautiful rainy coastal countryside of Sweden outside the big city. Lund is a city in the province of Skåne, at the southern tip of Sweden. Lund is a cobblestoned old town, with a grand, centuries-old Cathedral built in the Romanesque style. This is the most quaint Swedish town that is quiet countryside. There are beautiful trails and land along the coast and beaches to explore. This is definitely not a tourist hot spot, and if you want to go on uncharted waters in Sweden this is a beautiful peaceful town to do that. We wanted to experience Sweden’s famous “right to roam,” and so we headed to the quiet coast to camp on the land. Dispersed camping for Sweden is more a way of life with their right to roam than in the US where there are only certain designated limited areas.
How to get there
This city is only an hours drive over the bridge border from Copenhagen, Denmark. The drive is 62 kilometers and around 60 minutes. There is a toll to cross countries that costs 45 euro to cross Oresund Bridge leading into Malmo, Sweden. It is best to cross the bridge by bus or train, because the toll is only around 10 euro. Train travel is better as it goes every 20 minutes and takes about 20-25 minutes to reach Malmo, Sweden from Copenhagen airport. If you drive, the bridge toll will be around 45 euro.
Sweden’s Right to Roam
When you are in Sweden you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on almost any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house within 70 meters or land under cultivation. They call it the Freedom to Roam. The Right of Public Access is a unique right to roam freely in the countryside. With this freedom comes the responsibility of taking care of nature, animals and the land including being responsible for your own trash and environmental impact such as bathroom use. If you pack it in then you need to pack it out. There is a very helpful article from Visit Sweden you can read here to learn about the right to roam for your travels.
- You can pop a tent.
- You can collect flowers, mushrooms and berries.
- Driving on private roads is allowed unless there’s a sign that says no access.
- Swimming in lakes is allowed.
- You can access any beach as long as you stay away from private residences.
- You are allowed to catch fish in the five big lakes and along the entire coastline.
Things to do
The Lund Cathedral is a beautiful lutheran church built in the 1100s with a unique astronomical clock & weekend organ concerts. The astronomical clock plays at noon and 3pm daily. The dome inside has gorgeous historic paintings. Kulturen is a history museum that is 2-blocks with exhibits on local history & culture, plus open-air activities & a cafe in gardens. The gardens are gorgeous to walk through and sit in. Lund is a small university town holding Lund University. The campus boasts a huge botanical garden with lots of plants, flowers as well as a beautiful garden cafe. The cafe overlooks a pond with lily pads and lots of window and terrace space outside. There are lots of cool historical buildings to look out for downtown like the Liberiet, Charles XII-house, and the plaza Kärlekens torg ’18 that is the central plaza of downtown. This is the main shopping area with all the cafes, restaurants and boutiques. There is a retro theater Filmstaden and so many beautiful historic churches. Sesam is a great budget kebab spot in town. Espresso House is a good quality coffee chain in Europe, and there is one downtown. They are a higher quality Starbucks with way more modern decor including jungle plants everywhere, leather couches and hygge additions like candles and fur everywhere. Love Coffee is a high quality non chain coffee shop downtown.
Lund Market Hall
This is a gorgeous market hall that is a great place to buy fresh and local produce, cheese, salami and eggs. This is a great spot to grab lunch or a beer. There are so many store and vendor options and filled with light, high ceilings and modern decor that is a trendy spot. There are fresh baked goods and all kinds of other local goods you can peruse.
Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Wed, 10am-7pm Thurs-Fri, 10am-3pm Sat, closed Sundays
The King’s House
This is a beautiful historical landmark in the downtown of this city inside of Lundagard park. This is an old building that is connected to Lund University. The park has benches that ring the historic city park with a fountain, flowers & many trees. The University sits on the eastern side of the park at the edge, and the king’s house is on the northern end of the park.
Nimis Hike in the Land of Ladonia
This is the coolest and most eccentric hike you will ever find! The hike is on a piece of land that is called Ladonia in Sweden. Nimis is the name of the massive driftwood sculpture created by a local artist named Lars Vilks. Ladonia is a micro-nation based around a nine-story high illegally built tower. On July 30. 1980, Lars Vilks started building sculptures made of driftwood in the nature reserve Kullaberg, in the northwest corner of county Skåne. A few days later the sculpture was named “Nimis”. He created for two years before he was stopped by authorities in 1982. There were a series of legal battles began that went on and off until 2004. There is a large wooden labyrinthe that you climb down into the side of the mountain into the seashore. It really is an extraordinarily unique art exhibit and hike. Nimis is the heart of Ladonia, and is a few kilometers northwest of Arild. It can only be reached on foot by hiking in following the path of yellow “N’s” painted. The hike is easy as you pass Himmelstorp, an eighteenth-century farmstead, and become a steep and rocky climb. Wear good hiking shoes definitely! In 1996 on June 2 Ladonia was declared as an independent nation. This was done because the courts held that the Swedish authorities did not have control over the territory and could not prosecute. After that, Ladonia begins accepting citizenship applications and forms a parliament that you can pay to enter. This whole area of land and the background behind it is wacky and definitely an interesting cultural piece. Go hike to see the land of Ladonia in Sweden. The place of artists, rebels, free spirits and creatives. You can read the whole history of become a member of Ladonia here.
Miles: about 1.5 one way so 3 roundtrip (coming back uphill is definitely more difficult and takes longer)
Time: 35 minutes down, longer up
Saxtorp Lakes & Camping
This was the most beautiful park with two lakes and lots of trees, forest and land. The park was 15 miles outside Lund City and was an oasis with no one there. When we arrived there were some fisherman finishing up a day on the lake. We arrived in time to set up camp at sunset with beautiful clouds and a glowing sky. We brought a tent and near the lake there was some flat land out of the grass that was a good spot by the lake. There were forrest trails that went deeper in the woods behind our tent near us going through the acreage of park. The place was a gorgeous spot to camp when you are visiting the town. Had it not been so cold and rainy when we visited we would have swam in the lake as well.
Lomma Ocean Town
Lomma is a harbor oceanside city just outside of Lund which is a bit more inland. Lomma is 6 miles outside of Lund on the coast and north of Malmo on the southern tip. This is a peaceful ocean city that has a beautiful harbor to see the boats. There is a coffee shop with big open windows overlooking the ocean. There are beautiful abandoned docks leading out to the ocean in this area with open sand beach. Lomma Södra Strand is a beach park with lots of open sand and water access as well as Lomma Beach with a pier.