White Sandy Beaches in Skåne

Where on the southern coast of Sweden can you find white sandy beaches?

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

In the Sandhammaren and Hagestad Nature Reserves, between Ystad and Simrishamn!

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

If you want to just visit the beach, go straight ahead! There is no kiosk or café here so make sure you bring your own picnic. Parking is easy. If you look westward toward Ystad you will see Kåseberga and Ales Stenar.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

If you want to go for a walk you can follow the orange markings for Skåneleden Sl4, part 3 which runs through the nature reserves.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

Källa: http://www.skaneleden.se/leden/sl-4-osterlenleden/3-loderups-strandbad-borrby-strandbad/

We recommend a 10 km walk starting where the Tyge creek runs into the ocean in Hagestad nature reserve. There is an interesting mix here of heather meadows, sand dunes, pine forests, old oak trees and of course the Baltic Ocean. .

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

Easiest if you first find the small bridge when you walk eastward...

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

Continue over the heather meadows and sand dunes, past old trees shaped by the wind.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

Walk on the white sandy beaches towards Simrishamn.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

Maybe you want to cool off in the ocean?

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

When you see the lighthouse in Sandhammaren, up in the pine forest, you turn north across the sand dunes.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

There is a small house here that provides shelter from the wind, shade and a nice view.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

The oldest life boat in Scandinavia is also found here in Sandhammaren. More about Sandhammaren next week!

Then follow the orange markings on the trees going north...

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

... and continue westward through the forest and along the pastures. The forest was planted to stop the sand from migrating with the winds. However, in some places the trees have now been cut down, a project called SandLife. The goal is to provide more sand dunes to increase biodiversity, especially among insects that prefer the sun and sand to the darker forest.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren

When you see the Tyge creek again you know that you are close to the parking lot again.

sand beach Hagestad nature reserve Sandhammaren