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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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  • There are great hiking trails to suit all tastes. You can climb the stenshuvud different peaks with nearly 100 m height, you can go down to the sea and the beach, or you can go for long walks on the Moors. There are also exhibits in the visitor centre to watch.
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  • Has for many years been visiting stenshuvud and it still delivers. Winter and spring has its own charm with havsöringafiske from the rocks or with waders in the sea. This spring's big event is when the plant is in bloom. Love to walk up on your head and look out over the landscape. In the beech forest on the way up, children have much to do and, above all, with a conclusion with ice cream
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  • Very nice National Park with the great variability in nature. From the main entrance is a short lättpromenerad way, partly by wide footbridges, down to the fantastic beach which invites you to a marvellous beach walks and swimming in the summer. May, however, be current from time to time, so keep that in mind. From the North entrance (found right after Hustler) is just over a kilometre up to the lookout stenshuvud. Incredible view, don't miss it! A little tougher hike in relatively steep hill but there are stairs that facilitates the walk. I can (unfortunately) do not recommend getting to the park via public transport, but have the experience that it is best to take your car and go circular routes in the Park. I have tried to take the bus to Simrishamn (hpl "Kivik square") and go down to the northern entrance, about three kilometers. From the North entrance, you can take a nice walk in the Park down to the main entrance and then has to go three-and-a-half kilometres out to the nearest stop in Mellby (hpl "Mellby school"). Outside the Park, go on the paved road and it is a rather boring walk, anyways later bit out from the park up a hill when it is tired and just wants to go home. In addition, bus departures are limited. Easy to park at both the North entrance and the main entrance. Toilets are located at the main entrance and restrooms are located at the North entrance. The trails in the Park are well marked. Fine visitor centre at the main entrance.
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  • Great place for a short or long walk (2-6 km). Huge diversity in plant life where the scenery changes all the time. Wonderfull view from the top of the cliff and a nice sandy beach.
  • Incredible diversity in a very small area. Sandy beaches and green forests, frogs and orchids, just beautiful!
  • Highest peak in Skåne! Definitely worth a visit, whole area is a national park. Why not go to the beach and enjoy the ocean.
  • Absolutely lovely! Contains a lot of different types of nature and also beautiful beaches.
  • Incredible beaches (water is very cold but you can swim if you want to), free museum , nice trails (from 10 - 90 minutes), free parking, cute café.