Great places in Österlen for photography

Hi,

I've always stressed the importance of focusing on the local area for your landscape photography. Here you have the opportunity of constantly revisiting your favorite spots during the best light. It greatly improves your chances of catching beautiful images instead of only dreaming of those far away places. Besides to become an expert in your field takes a lot of practice and the easiest way to improve is by visiting places close to home.

Below you'll find a short guide to my favorite places to photograph in south eastern Sweden. The area, part of Skåne, is called Österlen and is a favorite location for many artist from all over Sweden. All places mentioned below are within 1 1/2 hour of travel by car from Malmö. Hopefully you'll find it inspiring and add it to your bucket list. For western part of Skåne click here

I'll describe the sights in the direction from north to south, but you are of course free to visit them from the opposite side as well. Most of the places here a connected, meaning you could technically walk on dedicated trails for most of the way in either northern or southern direction.

Below you'll find a summary map of all the destinations mentioned in this blog post.

You can also click the GPS coordinates next to each destination and it will open a separate google map page.

Brösarps backar

Latitud: 55.715218 | Longitud: 14.111767

Best described as a miniature of Tuscany. Small hills with dotted trees and in the summer grassing cows. There are well defined walking trails and on top of some hills you will be able to see the Baltic Sea in the far distance. Great place for photography of both the wider landscape, but also possibilities for close up portraits of individual trees. If you will manage to come here as the fog or stormy weather rolls in it will add another element to your images.

The rolling hills of Brösarp

The rolling hills of Brösarp

The imtimate landsacpe at Brösarps backar

The imtimate landsacpe at Brösarps backar

Haväng / Ravlunda

Latitud: 55.723841 | Longitud: 14.191021
 

A very popular tourist area with a well run hostel called Skeppargården. The Verkeån river exits here in the Baltic ocean and a lot of people visit during the summer for recreation. The beaches are some of the nicest in Skåne. Close by there are also vast areas for walking and exploring, both at the beach but also further inland where you can walk the fields of Ravlunda for miles. Just make sure you check the billboards informing about the drills at Ravlunda as this is a military area.

The fishing huts of Ravlunda

The fishing huts of Ravlunda

The lonely tree at Haväng

The lonely tree at Haväng

Ravlunda during sunset

Ravlunda during sunset

Old historical building, Lindgrens länga at Haväng

Old historical building, Lindgrens länga at Haväng

Vitemölla
 

Latitud: 55.700003 | Longitud: 14.204491

What an amazing beach this place has. Soft sand and the Baltic Sea stretches as far as the eye can see. A lovely place to relax and recharge your batteries. You can walk along the beach from Haväng with great variation where sand, grass dunes and pine forest interlaps as you get closer to Vitemölla

Nice view towards Vitemölla

Nice view towards Vitemölla

The beach at Vitemölla, a nice place for relaxation

The beach at Vitemölla, a nice place for relaxation

 

Stenshuvud

Latitud: 55.656184 | Longitud: 14.268711
 

Stenshuvud is 1 out of 29 national parks in Sweden. It's mainly a deciduous forest with a large selection of walking trails. There's a large visitors center where you can learn about the history and geology of the area. There's a beautiful beach with impressive rock formations. The possibilities for compositions is endless with all those rocks and the waves crashing into the shoreline. Just be careful walking here as it can get slippery especially when photographing closer to the sea. You also have to possibility of going to the top of the mountain for excellent views. The distance is about 1 km.

Early morning light at Stenshuvud

Early morning light at Stenshuvud

Rocky clifs as far as the eye can see

Rocky clifs as far as the eye can see

 

Sträntemölla / Rörum

Latitud: 55.618178 | Longitud: 14.239142
 

In my opinion a hidden gem. You will find a small parking lot on the road from Rörum to Östra Vemmerlöv. Just follow the trail uphill through the forrest and you will get to a small house that used to be a mill. The creek with its waterfall creates a magical atmosphere. You can  continue to the right and reach a meadow with threes and sheeps and the lonely tree upon a hill overlooking Rörum and the countryside.

The waterfall at Sträntemölla

The waterfall at Sträntemölla

Beautiful views at Rörum

Beautiful views at Rörum

During the summer walks you'll have company

During the summer walks you'll have company

Vik - Baskemölla - Vårhallarna

Vik: Latitud: 55.614426 | Longitud: 14.285162
BaskemöllaLatitud: 55.592587 | Longitud: 14.314377
Vårhallarna: Latitud: 55.577713 | Longitud: 14.336794

The walking trail between the fishing villages of Vik and Baskemölla has to be one of the most beautiful ones in Skåne. Right at Vik you have the possibility of experiencing a landscape from a time when the area had a tropical climat. The black lava stones at the beach gives it a surreal experience. Make sure you check out the "priest bathtub ". Most probably a legend, still an impressive formation of lava rocks

The priests bathtub at Vik

The priests bathtub at Vik

About 15 minutes outside  Baskemölla on the road towards Simrishamn is a rocky section of the beach where you find opportunities to photograph the sea with Stenshuvud in the background. 

Once at Vårhallarna there are more volcanic rock formations to photograph. Don't forget that also the intimate landscape where you focus on single rock(s) that can create compelling images. Such possibilities are endless here. I've been coming here for the last 10 years and still manage to find something new each time. 

Winter seascape putside Vik

Winter seascape putside Vik

Leading lines at Vårhallarna

Leading lines at Vårhallarna

The imtimate seascapes at Vårhallarna

The imtimate seascapes at Vårhallarna


GislövsHammar

Latitud: 55.488053 | Longitud: 14.315682


Located to the south from Simrishamn this small village with its limestone rocks offer great opportunities for some stunning photography. The rocks going of into the distance creates great leading lines where your wide angle lens gets put to work. Many great photos are just waiting to be taken here showing yet another of the many coastal areas of Österlen.

Limestone rocks at Gislövshammar

Limestone rocks at Gislövshammar

Magical sunrise at Gislövshammar

Magical sunrise at Gislövshammar


Löderup strandbad
 

Latitud: 55.385763 | Longitud: 14.11046

Here you will be able to combine photography at the beach with some panoramic viewpoints as well. The area suffers from earth erosion meaning that each year the Baltic Sea takes away a couple of meters of beach sand. In fact this is a problem for the whole coastline in Österlen. However here you will see examples of how efforts a being made to stop it by constructing ramparts and piers from stones. You can incorporate these elements in your photography and a mere 5 minute walk up the hills can provide gourgeous views.

Just a 5 minute hike reward you with this view at Löderup strandbad

Just a 5 minute hike reward you with this view at Löderup strandbad

Beachlife at Löderup strandbad

Beachlife at Löderup strandbad

The good life, time to relax and enjoy the nature at Löderup

The good life, time to relax and enjoy the nature at Löderup

Excellent views towards Kåseberga fishing village. The photos is taken from Löderup strandbad

Excellent views towards Kåseberga fishing village. The photos is taken from Löderup strandbad

Backåkra

Latitud: 55.386455 | Longitud: 14.152267

This place let's you combine beach , open fields and forest photography. The white sand dunes looks amazing contrasting with the soft warm light. During autumn and winter you're often here alone, having the whole place to yourself for exploration. Well worth a visit. 

The warm light and the white sand at Backåkra

The warm light and the white sand at Backåkra

The sand dunes at the beach at Backåkra

The sand dunes at the beach at Backåkra

Long exposure at the open fields at Backåkra

Long exposure at the open fields at Backåkra

I hope this short guide will help you exploring these beautiful part of Sweden. The places mentioned above or of course not complete, they are just the ones I've found so far. Feel free leaving a comment below with your favorite places. For more information about this region I recommend the Visit Skåne homepage. Here you'll find tons of tips of hotels, where to eat and other tourist attractions. Want to learn learn more about landscape photography? Just download my free e-book consisting of 13 steps how you can improve.

I would appreciate if you could share this article so others can be inspired as well. Let me know below if you have any questions or comments.  Feel free to contact me directly if interested in knowing more about photography or about the places mentioned in this blog post.

I also run regular workshops and one on one teachings if interested.

 

Morning photography at Stenshuvud

I have for a long time wanted to photograph the seascape landscape at Stenshuvud national park in Skåne in Sweden. There are some beautiful rocks right beneath the famous Stenshuvud mountain.

My previous visits have been during the afternoon and since the ocean faces the east the light has not been very good for sunsets. This time I went there early in the morning to take advantage of the light during sunrise and it did definitely not disappoint.

I arrived there just before 06:00 when it was still dark. Good thing that my head lamp Petzl Pixa was in my backpack. After a 20 minute fast hike (sweating as I brought way too much clothes) I reached the location. It was hard finding the right composition with only the light from my head torch as assistance. Eventually I found an interesting composition with the rocks leading the eye towards the horison

The sun just below the horizon

The sun just below the horizon

As it slowly started to get lighter it was becoming easier to find my way around. I started looking for a place to take a wider photo of the area. I had to work fast as the light was becoming brighter and brighter by the minute. Eventually I decided to make use of some large rocks that would make it possible to take photos from a higher viewpoint. I had to careful not to fall down as the space on top was very limited.

Standing on top of some large rocks made it possible taking a photo from a higher viewpoint.

Standing on top of some large rocks made it possible taking a photo from a higher viewpoint.

You can see on the photo above that the light was starting to create soft light patterns on the rocks. Therefore I decided to make my way down closer to the ocean to try to simplify my composition. My intention was to put more emphasis on the rocks and pink light from the first sun rays. In the end a low perspective was chosen to include as much as possible of the nicely lit rocks on the foreground.

I picked a low angle to incorporate as much of the rocks as possible.

I picked a low angle to incorporate as much of the rocks as possible.

When the light got stronger i decided to explore the rocky landscape a bit further. I have a tendency to only take horizontal images so I decided to try taking my next photo in vertical mode. Still my desire was to use as much of the rocks as foreground, effectively splitting the images into 2/3 with rocks in the foreground and 1/3 of the images should consist of sky. It was a dangerous operation trying to navigate between the sharp rocks with my camera mounted on the tripod. One wrong move and my camera could get smashed, not to mention the risk of breaking a leg or even worse. The things we put at risk in trying to create emotional images. I made sure to use an 0,9 soft grad Lee filter to darken the sky and avoiding overexposure as the sunlight was much stronger now.

Luckily no bones were broken or equipment damaged and I got away with a couple of vertical images that I am very happy with. Next time I'll for sure be more careful, or that's at least what I'm saying now. When you're out there and nature plays in your hands, it's easy to get caught up in the moment and wanting to share your expeirence with the world.

My first vertical photo of the day

My first vertical photo of the day

My second vertical image of the day

My second vertical image of the day

I hope you found this blog post inspiring and got the urge to explore the beautiful nature in your area. Feel free to make a comment below and send me a message if you have any questions. You can also learn more about landscape photography by downloading my free e-book where I share my experience gained during the last 10 years of landscape photography.

Thank you and good luck with your photography !!

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