For those enjoying nature and culture and would rather stay outdoors during their vacation, here are some tips on what to do in Karlshamn. There are many fine nature reserves and interesting sights to visit in fantastic surroundings.
In the Långasjönäs nature reserve, you will find an area called Nytorpet. Nytorpet provides you with hiking trails, exercise tracks, sauna, rowing boats, canoes and barbecue areas. Nearby you will also find Långasjönäs campsite where you can rent cottages or camp with a caravan, camper van or tent. There is a swimming area with accessibility jetty. In the 18th and 19th centuries, there were paper mills, distilleries, sawmills, starch mills in the area. Most of the buildings are now only ruins that are well worth a visit. Långasjönäs Nature Reserve is located about 10 kilometers north of Karlshamns city center. A few kilometers from Långasjönäs, you can explore Taraps giant pots. Geological remains of various sizes, which make for an interesting attraction even for those who are not so geologically skilled.
The nature reserve Sternö-Boön offers experiences for anyone who is interested in nature, cultural history and geology or just out in beautiful and relaxing surroundings. The nature reserve consists of two different areas, Sternö and Boön. Sternö has various hiking trails (accessibility adapted), barbecue areas and swimming area with jetties (accessibility adapted). Boön has information boards with cultural and historical attractions. The small island was once home to Karlshamn’s first defense facility, Gamle Skans, and Sweden’s largest shipyard. At Boön there are countless traces of recent quarrying and modern defense facilities from the Second World War and the Cold War. Just before the intersection towards either Sternö or Boön lies the Bronze Age grave Högarör. The Sternö-Boön nature reserve is about 4 kilometers west of the city center.
The seaside promenade is a lovely hiking trail along the coast in central Karlshamn. It is about 2 km long and starts by the statue of the emigrants, Karl Oskar & Kristina, in Näsviken. The hiking trail goes all the way out to Vägga fishing harbor, where you will find a smokehouse, fish restaurant, café and campsite. Along the trail there are several public barbecue spots and places with great view to enjoy. Along the way you will pass Café Villa Utsikten (only open in the summer, but a very nice viewpoint all year round), paddle courts, Väggabadet (swimming pools), Karlshamn’s Kallbadhus (outdoor swimming bath) and Saltsjöbaden (a nice older building).
The nature reserve Eriksberg’s beaches gives you a fantastic natural experience as you walk along the sea. It is a more advanced hike, where you experience a landscape with both rocky beaches and lush forests. There are also remnants of the many villages of the 19th century that testify to an older cultural landscape. The nature reserve consists of a coastal strip along the Eriksberg peninsula, the eastern part of Dragsö and smaller islands and islets in the surrounding sea. The area has a varied topography with a maximum level about 30 meters above sea level. There are many traces of human activities here, such as house ruins and former fields with remains of hedgerows that would protect the crops from wildlife and domesticated animals. Very close is Eriksbergs Wild & Nature, a 900 hectare fenced area with safari park, restaurants, shop and café.
Visit Tärnö during the summer or go there with your own boat. The archipelago of Tärnö is another beautiful nature reserve. Tärnö is the largest island in the Karlshamn archipelago and lies at the far end of the sea band. The nature varies with rocky fields, pebble fields, overgrown pastures and sandy beaches. High up on Tärnö’s southern cape stands Sweden’s oldest wooden lighthouse. This octagonal building dates from 1910 and is still in operation. From Tärnö’s highest point Drakaberget you can see more than half of the Blekinge coast. There are various hiking trails around the island. On the island, there is also a kiosk, guest harbor and cottage rental. To Tärnö you take the archipelago traffic from the center of Karlshamn or Matvik.
Visit Tjärö during the summer or go there with your own boat. Tjärö is a real archipelago idyll with meadows, grazing cattle, stone fences and lush hiking trails. People on the island, who for generations have kept grazing animals and harvested forest for different needs, have shaped its open nature. Today, Tjärö is a popular attraction and has a special place in the heart of many archipelago friends. Out here, it feels like time has stood still. The fallow red courtyard with manor house, lanes and cottages has become a hostel, hotel, café and restaurant. If you are lucky enough to be at Tjärö one summer evening, you can experience pleasant music evenings on the large wooden deck at the guest harbor and restaurant. There is also a sauna boat and canoes for rent. To Tjärö you can go by archipelago traffic from Karlshamn, Matvik and Järnavik.