Trail running & rock climbing in Kullaberg Nature Reserve (Sweden)

Sunset looking out to Åkersberget in the Kullaberg reserve. Photo credit © Siena Anstis.

Trail running Mölle to Arild. Kullaberg Nature Reserve (about 2.5 hours from Malmö by train/bus) boasts endless options for trail running and beautiful rock climbing routes over the sea. For a dedicated long-distance runner, I would recommend running from the Mölle bus station to Kullens Fyr via the coastal trail, which starts around here. There is a restaurant at Kullens Fyr for food and drink (but check opening hours) and fresh tap water outside the Naturum center. From Kullens Fyr, the run to Arild is beautiful (especially during the spring, although the weather was constantly fluctuating making it a bit wet/slippery in some areas). There seem to be different options, but I took the Skåneleden trail (a section of about 16km) which mostly tracked the coast. There are several ascents leading to beautiful views over the sea. As spring is finally here, all the new green leaves created a wonderful resplendent roof over the trail. The Skåneleden was relatively quiet, even on the weekend, and well-marked. Running back from Arild, you could double-back and cover the same distance, or take the early exit back to Mölle.

The sunset from Åkersberget in the Kullaberg reserve. Photo credit © Siena Anstis.

Climbing, camping. We also spent some time camping and exploring rock climbing options in Mölle. The camping area has moved from the Josefinelust wind shelter (although that’s another option if you’re without a tent) and is now located near the parking lot near Kullens Fyr. The location was not ideal due to noise at night (yes, someone had a loud party in the reserve), but otherwise fine. The camp site is small – a plus, if you arrive on time – and has space for eight tents. There is water nearby at the Naturum center and several areas for making a fire and cooking, but bring your own wood/coal. Further, the campsite is only a few minutes away from a few top ropes and a beautiful view of the sea at Åkersberget.

Rock climbing on the ‘slab’ near Åkersberget in the Kullaberg reserve. Photo credit © Siena Anstis.

In terms of rock climbing, I found English information to be somewhat lacking and/or unclear (although 27crags does map out a bunch of routes, as does this website). It turns out most of the routes in Kullaberg are for traditional climbing because of concerns regarding conservation. Further, a bunch of climbing areas are closed until mid-July for birds (namely Visitgrottan, and I believe anything between Djupadal and Valdemarsgrottan). However, there are some bolted and partially bolted routes.

We were also (very) happy to find with some detective work that there are several walk-in accessible anchors that we could use to set up a top rope. For kids, I would highly recommend a slab near Åkersberget which had an ‘easy’ to access top rope. If you are standing here and facing the water, the slab is to the left and Åkersberget itself is to your right. Here is a description with pictures. At Åkersberget, just across from that slab, is another accessible anchor for a 7 grade route called Franska Trick that can be done via an accessible top rope. The bottom half was easy, but we got stuck on the smooth plate towards the finish. A work-around is the crack to the right or left, which makes the route a lot easier. Further, it looks like there is another accessible anchor for an easier route based on this Swedish website, but we didn’t try/look for it.