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.
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.
Haväng / Ravlunda
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.
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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
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.
Sträntemölla / Rörum
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.
Vik - Baskemölla - Vårhallarna
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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