© Mickael Tannus

Nature & Adventure

Sydostleden

A 274 km national bike trail from Växjö to Simrishamn

The trail runs through a varied landscape - from the forests and glistening lakes of Småland, towards Skåne with Österlen and Simrishamn. Sydostleden is Sweden's second national bike trail and runs mostly on car-free roads.

Sydostleden brings you close to nature

The mild climate and terrain makes Southern Sweden ultimate for cycling and nature experiences. Sydostleden is 274 km long and takes you through a constantly changing landscape, from Växjö in Småland, followed by the archipelago in Blekinge, towards the coastal town of Simrishamn in Skåne. (Website in Swedish with Google translate button)

Sydostleden passes through protected biosphere parks, a national park, small fishing villages and cosy towns rich in cultural life and history. There are many hotels and B&B's along the trail, and plenty of opportunities to extinguish both thirst and hunger at a restaurant or cafe. Go for a swim in a lake framed by greenery, have a picnic in the shade of a tree on a sunny beach, or enjoy the wind against your face as you pedal onwards.

You can choose between cycling the whole trail, cycling it piecewise, or make a detour onto another local bike trail such as Åsnen Runt.

Sweden's second national cycle trail

In 2016, Sydostleden became Sweden's second national cycle trail. This means that the trail is of good standard, that it is safe, and that there is a good and wide range of experiences and service along the route. The signage is also of national standard and along the whole route you will find red-and-white signs marked with "2" - no matter from what direction or section you start cycling.

Sydostleden's sections

Sydostleden is divided into seven sections. Choose to cycle one section at a time, merge multiple sections, or cycle the whole trail in one sweep! The trail offers a variety of cultural experiences through diverse nature - be sure to make time for many stops along the way. Read more about the sections below.

© Mickael Tannus

Section Växjö - Tingsryd

Length: 48.6 km
Duration: 2,5 h

The city of Växjö is the northernmost point of Sydostleden. The city is full of vibrant energy and you will find everything from shopping and entertainment to cosy streets, cobblestones and red painted cottages here. The trail's highest point of 203 m above sea level is at the water tower in Växjö.

Many of Sydostleden's paths go on old embankments. They have been closed for a long time, but several station houses and bridges remain as memories of the railroad era.

Read more here

© Mickael Tannus

Section Tingsryd - Fridafors

Length: 28.5 km
Duration: 1,5 h

Once you reach Urshult you have reached the southernmost point of Åsnen, Kronoberg County's largest lake which also happens to be Sweden's next national park. From Åsnen, Mörrumsån flows down towards Fridafors, Svängsta and Mörrum before it flows into Pukavik Bay west of Karlshamn.

Stop for a second and admire one of Småland's longest and most beautiful stone bridges in Blidingsholm, where Sydostleden crosses Mörrumsån.

Read more here

© Mickael Tannus

Section Fridafors - Karlshamn

Length: 31 km
Duration: 1,5 h

This part of Sydostleden takes you through an industrial landscape with old hydro electric plants and mills, but also through some nature reserves and wilderness along Mörrumsån.

Karlshamn is a port and trade city founded in 1664. With its seafront location, it has become a popular bathing and holiday resort.

Read more here

© Mickael Tannus

Section Karlshamn - Sölvesborg

Length: 32.5 km
Duration: 1,5 h

This section takes you through Mörrum, the centre of Mörrumåns famous salmon fishing. After Mörrum you reach Norje, the half-way-point of Sydostleden. In Sölvesborg you cycle on the 760 meter long Sölvesborg Bridge - Europe's longest walking and cycling bridge.

Read more here

© Mickael Tannus

Section Sölvesborg - Kristianstad

Length: 32.9 km
Duration: 1,5 - 2 h

The border between Blekinge and Skåne is crossed in Valje, and outside Valje lies Skåne's only archipelago. From here it's possible to make a detour onto "Banvallsleden" between Sölvesborg and Olofström, or perhaps "Smugglarrundan" in Bromölla municipality.

Read more here

© Mickael Tannus

Section Kristianstad - Brösarp

Length: 52.2 km
Duration: 2,5 h

Between Kristianstad and Åhus, Sydostleden goes through the pantry of the Kristianstad Plain. Here grows rye for Swedish crispbread, potatoes used for chips, and wheat used for Absolut Vodka.

Read more here

© Mickael Tannus

Section Brösarp - Simrishamn

Length: 49.2 km
Duration: 2,5 h

The last section (or first - depending on where you start!) offers lovely views in the hilly landscape. Waterfalls, apple orchards, pastel coloured houses, shopping and beaches - something for everyone to experience.

Read more here