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Stenshuvud National Park, Kivik

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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 3.9km2.The hill is 97m 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.According to local folklore, the hill got its name ("Sten's head") from a giant living in the cave Giddastuan.
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  • This place has it all. A fantastic beach. Clear, clean ocean. Great nationalpark (forest). Sublime walks. A great visitors center with activities for all ages. Nice parking. Onsite snacks and icecream...  more »
  • The way up (90 m) is very easy and you pass pastures with a small stone tomb. Very nice view from the top. If you go back along the coast, you first go down steep stairs and then a very rocky path. Go...  more »
  • Wonderful beach with the finest sand you will ever find. The Baltic sea is always cold though. Nice locally made ice-cream.  more »
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  • A beautiful and quiet national park. The trails are very serene and enjoyable to walk. The view of the Baltic from the top of the hill can't be beat in Scania. The combination of the forest, beach and meadow offer a great glimpse into the wildlife present in the region.
  • My favorite park in Sweden so far. Great tracks, beach and very tourist friendly.
  • Beautiful nature with several different trails. Water is cold but nice to dip your feet in.
  • Great trails,views, scenery and beach!
  • So beautiful, You can see the island of Bornholm (Denmark) when You look to the south and The coastline of Blekinge in the north, when the weather is clear. This cliff by the sea is perfect for walking and birdwatching!!!