The Right of Public Access

The Right of Public Access is a unique opportunity to move freely throughout the Swedish countryside. But along with rights come responsibilities. Consideration and care must be given to nature and wildlife, to landowners and the others with whom you share the Swedish countryside.

The Right of Public Access is a unique opportunity which allows everyone to move freely throughout the Swedish countryside. When cycling, however, consideration and care must be given to nature and wildlife, to landowners and other visitors. The main rule is: Do not disturb – do not destroy. When cycling close to a house, it is important to remember that those living there should not feel disturbed by your presence. In national parks and nature reserves, special rules for cycling may apply. It may be completely forbidden or allowed only on certain trails. You will find the rules posted on information boards in these areas. You can also contact municipal or county administrations for more information. As a guest enjoying the Swedish countryside, it is always up to you to find out what the rules are in the areas you visit. Read more about the Right of Public Access here.

Spending the night under the stars

Camping under the night skies in fresh air is a wonderful experience. According to the Right of Public Access, you can pitch your tent in the countryside for one night before you have to move to a new place. If you are part of a larger group with many tents, you must have the landowner’s permission. Keep in mind that you may not disturb or intrude upon the landowner or damage nature in any way. Choose hardy ground to pitch your tent, and do not camp on land used for grazing or any type of agriculture or cultivation. Your campsite must be located well away from people’s houses. In national parks and nature reserves, special regulations for camping may apply. You are responsible for finding out where you may camp. There are several excellent campsites along the Sydostleden Trail which you can book in advance. These can be located using the planning/map tool.

 

Lighting fires

Once you’ve settled in, a campfire can add to the outdoor ambience. You may light a fire in nature as long as there is no ban on open fires. Bans on open fires are especially common during the summers when it can be dry. Please check out the updated trail status applied to each section on this website to know if there is a ban on open fires. Remember that you are personally responsible for the fire and can be held liable for any fire damage. Whenever possible, use the purpose-built grill areas, or reduce the risk of your fire getting out of control by preparing a temporary grill area on an appropriate surface. Always extinguish your fire or the embers with water, and remove any custom-built grills before you continue on your way.

 

Fishing along the Trail

There are several inland waterways along the Sydostleden Trail suitable for fishing. But fishing is not allowed everywhere. Fishing with hand-held equipment is normally permitted along the seashore. For all other waters in Skåne, you need a fishing license. Read more about fishing in South Sweden here.

 

Picking berries and gathering wood

In most places it’s okay to pick berries, wild flowers, herbs, mushrooms or cones from evergreens, please be aware that these thing can differ in a national park, nature reserve or on privately owned land. Always read the signs and keep yourself updated what is allowed in the area that you are located. However, you may not harvest living trees or remove any parts from them, including twigs, branches, bark (inner and outer), leaves, acorns, nuts and resin. This means you cannot cut down trees for firewood or to build a shelter.

 

Rubbish

Arriving at a place of natural beauty, only to find that others have literally trashed the view by littering is never fun. Please keep this in mind as you travel through the countryside. Do not litter - always carry your rubbish out with you until you can dispose of it appropriately. Not only will you preserve and protect the experience of others, you will also help to keep wildlife safe from injury. Plan ahead and take the opportunity to dispose of your rubbish in rubbish bins when passing through towns and communities.