A stone hillock of tightly packed stone columns. What is this?
Well, it’s a basalt knoll, which is the remains of a volcano.
It is lava which has solidified in the pipe at the volcano's
opening. This volcano was active 110 million years ago
and the knoll consists of tightly-stacked hexagonal basalt
columns which were formed when flowing lava at the
time cooled and solidified. Basalt is a black, hard, basic
and hard wearing kind of rock.
”Rallate” roughly means ”step in” or ”stagger to” and
probably comes from the time when there was once a
roadside tavern here. The Rallate cottage was here in
1810-1895. It wouldn’t have been much more than an
earth cellar which the brook ran straight through.
Handy for when the washing-up needs to be done...
Söderåsen National park
Söderåsen National Park
Come and enjoy the open views, deep rift valleys, shady deciduous forests and flowing waterways. This is northern Europe's largest area of deciduous forest. It is home to various types of beech woods, such as heath beech, meadow beech and hornbeam woods. Impressive slopes bear witness to where the power of nature has been at work. Söderåsen is a rock horst, which was formed when the surrounding bed-rock subsided some 150 million years ago.
The park has a particularly rich variation of flora including many rare species. A large area of Söderåsen streches across the municipality of Svalöv. The national park covers the south east part of Söderåsen and there are two entrances to the park - one at Röstånga and one at Skäralid.
A ridge for all seasons!
Whenever you choose to visit Söderåsen, on foot or by bike, you will always be awed by its beauty.
Sprintime on the ridge greets you with its light verdure and a carpet of wood anemone as far as the eye can see. Summertime tempts you with sugar-sweet wild strawberries, raspberries and sun-kissed blackberries. From the early days of Autumn to the first touch of frost, the area offers an abundance of wild mushrooms. There are no less than six different species of chanterelle mushrooms here. You will need to have a good mushroom and toadstool reference book with you.
In wintertime, the ski centre high up on Söderåsen offers you a welcome. Anyone who enjoys cross-country skiing will discover lots of fine opportunities for a day in the snow.
The vulcanos of Jällabär & Rallate
Between 100 and 200 million years ago was Söderåsen pushed up while the surrounding countryside sank. Thus emerged the hills and canyons that can be experienced in Söderåsen National Park near Gällabjär. At that time there were active volcanoes in Scania, and Gällabjär is the largest of about Skåne 50 volcano residues or ruins volcano in Central Skane.
This volcano is very close to our apartment and a perfect daytrip distination.
There is nothing more beautiful than cruising in the national parks of Skåne, here you will find good roads that bend around beautiful landscapes and there are many small oases where you can take a break to "fika" the swedish word for having coffe and cake .
Use the link here to plan your tours or download one of the many tours for free use.