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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  • Wonderful beech forest in the sheerest greenery in spring. Feel free to wander past the skåneleden trail down on the beach.
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  • Went for a walk up to an observation deck. Uphill ... ... about one kilometer. Nice view, but windy outside the forest. Show nicely arranged in the House at the parking lot. More walks to choose from and good impression of the scanian nature even for those who do not pass the walks.
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  • Superb fine nature very varied, wonderful beach regardless of the season. Unfortunately, basically the whole national park full of grazing bulls and cows from early spring until november, a flertall incidents and accidents have occurred with serious injuries. So that visitors can enjoy only a very small part of this amazing nature. Only the entrance at the main car park can be used if you are to avoid the bulls and cows.
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  • One of the best national parks in Sweden. Not really big but still enough trails for a whole day. A long sandy beach towards the south with special sand dune hills further from the sea. Rocky beach with a small lighthouse at north side and a high rock hill with some good viewpoints where you can see all the way to Bornholm on a clear day. Interesting Naturum info house by the parking lot.
  • Beautiful national park. Nice beaches. Cultural area with lots of artists. Free paring with kiosk and toilets
  • 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.
  • Beautiful park and an impressive beach.
  • Good variety of paths with different levels of difficulty in splendid nature.
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