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Tourist information

Örkelljunga is situated in the northwestern part of the province of Skåne. The municipality of Örkelljunga is a recreational area, which contains beautiful lakes and forests. The short distance to Denmark and the European continent makes Örkelljunga not only a suitable municipality to live and work in but also a tourist destination with the opportunity to make day trips in the surroundings.

Welcome to Örkelljunga

In Örkelljunga you can find several shops and supermarkets and other necessities such as ATM-machines, a pharmacy and medical care. You find supermarkets in the villages of Skånes Fagerhult; some of the villages also have ATM-machines. Common credit cards are widely accepted.

Stay in Örkelljunga

Choose from a variety of cottages. The cottages are beautifully placed in the forest and often also by the lake.

Sights of interest

Fantehåla and the legend about the church bell in Örkelljunga

When the church needed a new church bell they asked a man from Copenhagen to do the job. The man sent his apprentice Fante to Örkelljunga with a silver bell. However, when the bell rang, people could hear it all the way to Copenhagen. The master went to Örkelljunga and when he met his apprentice he killed him. Fantehåla derives from the legend about Fante and the church bell in Örkelljunga. Fante drowned at Fantehåla. But what happened to the church bell? Once, the bell rang so loudly and flew out of the tower into Lake Prästsjön. There was a spell on the church bell, which meant that nobody could speak during the process of pulling the bell out of the water. When the church bell was spotted someone forgot about the spell and said, "there she is!" The bell fell immediately back into the water and has been there ever since.

Örkelljunga skansar

Another war took place in the 17th century. Gustaf Otto Stenbock built Örkelljunga skansar 1657 while he was waiting for help. The Danish leader withdrew when he saw the Swedish camp. A border stone in Sjöhult shows the former boundary line between Denmark and Sweden.

Örkelljunga borg

According to the legend, a medieval castle at Lycksta outside Örkelljunga was built by the Danes to protect the border between Denmark and Sweden. This was probably where the settlement between the Danish king and the Swedish dukes took place in the year 1300.

Ingeborrarp Friluftsmuseum

Ingeborrarp is an open-air museum. The permanent exhibition shows how life on a farm could be 150 years ago. Nearby, you can visit Ryggåsstugan. This place shows the way people lived at the end of the 19th century. There is also an iron ore museum with a permanent exhibition near Krökatorpet in Ingeborrarp. The well-known restaurant Ingeborrarps Värdshus is situated in the area too.

Rya Kyrkoruin

The ruin of the old Romanesque church in Rya south of Örkelljunga is a great place to visit if you want to feel the wings of history. The church was founded at the end of the 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century. Nowadays weddings and concerts are popular events during the summer season.

The water mill in Sönder Össjö

The water mill in Sönder Össjö is located in beautiful surroundings near Skånes Fagerhult in the northern part of the municipality. This is the most preserved mill of its kind in the area. The water mill was used until the 1930's and is daily open throughout the year.

Walking routes

Beautiful nature is one of the major trademarks of the municipality. Whoever wants to experience nature can find it in Örkelljunga. For example, you have the possibility of hiking due to the large amount of different walking routes.


The area is located outside Örkelljunga, near Åsljunga and opened in 1972. It is popular not only for walking but for barbecues and swimming too. Facilities such as fireplaces and toilettes are available in the area.


The area is located in Örkelljunga. Pinnån is a small creek, which springs from Lake Hjälmsjön, where signs from the Stone Age can be found.

Grytåsa strövområde

Grytåsa strövområde is an area southeast of Örkelljunga that is pacted with 11 km of hiking, cicling and riding routes. The area is also home to Lake Flinka with its fantastic birdlife.


Skåneleden is the most frequently walking route used in Skåne. It takes you to beautiful places throughout the province and passes through the municipality of Örkelljunga. You find facilities like fireplaces, shelters and toilets along the way. The route is marked with signs in orange.

Snibe Stua - Bölinge naturreservat

Snibe Stua is located between the two municipalities of Örkelljunga and Laholm. The area is made of rocks and cliffs. According to the legend, the giant Snibe and his wife Kitta lived in one of the caves, which is called Snibe Stua. Every Sunday the church bells in Örkelljunga and Våxtorp disturbed them when they were taking a nap. Therefore, they tried to throw rocks on the churches so the noise would stop. However, when the church bells even rung on weekdays they gave up and moved away. After they left a family of trolls inherited the caves. The legend tells you that they were nice to the people and often changed foods with one another. Bölinge naturreservat is a walking area located next to Snibe Stua and consists of several routes perfectly made for walking.


There are about 20 lakes in the municipality and each one of them has a charm of their own. Fishing is a major sport activity and we offer different possibilities such as put and take and regular fishing. The lakes are situated throughout the municipality and contain different species. Permits can be bought at the tourist office in Örkelljunga for the following lakes.
Örkelljunga: Hjelmsjön
Åsljunga: Åsljungasjön, Hultasjön, Hålsjön/Trollsjön
Tockarp: Vemmentorpssjön
Skånes Fagerhult: Fedingesjön, Fagerhultssjön
Skånes Värsjö: Värsjön

Örkelljunga Skyttepaviljong

Örkelljunga Skyttepaviljong was probably built at the beginning of the 20th century. The citizens of Örkelljunga amused themselves with dancing and other activities. There are no pictures of the building because dancing was considered as a sinful activity. However, dancing continued to be an activity every Sunday. When the protests became more powerful and the economy became bad the saloon was sold to the Order of the Good Templars. They moved the saloon but kept it as a dancing saloon. Later on, the chairman of the board bought Örkelljunga Skyttepaviljong and made it a theatre called Scala. During World War II, a soldier was in the area and wrote a song about the saloon, which became famous in Sweden.