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My husband will be posted to Lund for about 2 weeks in mid October, and I'm contemplating whether to visit. We have 2 weekends and have never been to Scandinavia before - can anyone suggest trips to nearby places that are easily accessible by train or bus? Being city folks we're more into countryside where we can do some easy walks, history and architecture. Any suggestions on day trips would also be great for the weekdays when he's working. Many thanks.
Dear VT Member,
You can go to Malmö(more or less 15 minutes from Lund), or went to a different country Denmark(Copenhagen - 45 minutes from Lund).
Please check my page, there you can see some pictures, and more information.
Lund itself is a great little city with one of the most important cathedrals in Scandinavia, university atmosphere of course, and Viking runestones and lots of other heritage (see VT pages).
Since you've never been to Scandinavia, you could visit one of its biggest cities - Copenhagen - in less than an hour by direct train. You can also buy a 1-2 day "Around the Öresund Strait" ticket that allows you to hop on and off trains as much as you like just as long as you keep moving onwards and use the bridge to Denmark one way and the ferry the other. This makes a great day out where you can stop in Helsingoer to see Hamlet's castle (a World Heritage site) and other things.
As for nature, there is Dalby National Park just outside Lund but it is a beech forest and won't be that spectacular in October. Better to catch the bus to Skäralid and visit Söderåsen National Park (see my Klippan page) where Scandinavia meets Europe tectonics wise.
You can also go for a shorter bus ride to Romeleåsen. A ridge outside Lund with hiking paths and great views of the surrounding farmlands. For more "Swedish" scenery (Scania looks sort of Danish to the rest of us), you can catch a train to the province of Småland in just over an hour with lots of spruce forests, the first ever IKEA etc.
Are you American? In that case, you can catch a train to Växjö (again, see page) and visit the Emigrant Museum telling the story of the mass emigration to the US amongst Swedes in the 19th and early 20th century. Lots of Americans go there to look for their roots in the research department too.
Ah yes, Kivik is also nice - have a look at my Kivik page to see the burial site John mentions (and thanks John!) and the House of the Apple. There are some other scenic villages around here too such as Baskemölla. Those are both easy to reach by bus as long as you plan it in advance. It is a bit harder to get to Stenshuvud National Park just south of Kivik which is another great place. The beach below it looks like a mini-Thailand.
I agree that Ystad is nice. Ten minutes by train to Malmö and then another 50 minutes on another train will take you there. The "Stonehenge" in Kåseberga outside is however more difficult to reach by bus.
For all bus times, look at www.skanetrafiken.se
Oh, and that site is for trains too...
Thanks for the suggestions and advice. I'll go check out the links and places recommended.