Marika Ottosson, 42 years old, living on Öland since 2020, works as a photographer and shares below her absolute favorite places for photography on Öland. Remember that you don't need to be a photographer or have a system camera to capture these beautiful places, the mobile works just as well. Experience and enjoy!
Photographer Marika Ottosson tips about her favorite places to take photos
When you turn down towards Äleklinta, it is a must to stop and photograph all these wonderful camels walking around the "Öland savannah". Catch their banter and why not get the perfect shot of the camels at sunset.
Has a beautiful stone beach with a bathing jetty, cozy little fishing huts and of course gorgeous windmills to photograph with the sea in the background. In the spring, the blue fire also blooms here.
An old fishing camp with small stone houses, they usually have boats pulled up on the stone beach so you can take that classic nice boat photo. There are big, beautiful height differences here and the sunset is absolutely magical. If you are here in autumn, the fog can spread out majestically.
If you want to experience turquoise water, you should stay in Djupvik. Here, too, you have a stone beach with pulled up old boats and stone houses. Footing stones, old rusty boat accessories. A classic image from this place is the three small stone houses with Öland's wall and the sea in the background - fantastic place!
Are you looking for that feeling of being abroad stuck at home? Here you can experience turquoise water, stone houses, restaurants and mills. Although the places may sound similar in writing, each place is completely unique, different lights, colors and stones. Your camera will get hot!
Here on the beach you will also find an old round stone bunker which is a fun subject to photograph. The harbor and all its boats are unique in Sandvik along the rocky coast.
Port of Jordhamn
Could probably be one of Öland's most beautiful photo motifs with its Skurkvarn. You can't miss Öland's classic image here! The hill to the north of the mill that winds so beautifully in the picture with the scrub mill and the sea. Feel free to play with the depth of field here with some leaves in the foreground to give the image extra feeling. I haven't experienced it myself, but they are a must in the future for me too; Northern Lights! Here you can catch the northern lights, surely it sounds like a dream?
Here we have gray wooden fishing huts with thatched roofs. Blue heather pops up in the sea and a big black old wooden boat on the beach. A perfect photo spot where the sun warms a little extra if your traveling party wants to have a cup of coffee on the beach benches.
Here you have big differences in height! From the road you get a fantastic view of the entire beach with blue heather on the horizon. The beach has nice big stones and the water is turquoise some days. Along the beach you also have large boulders that spread out. Bring your camera, because here you can take a lot of nice pictures. If you are here at sunset, you can count on staying for a while. Magically.
If you are on Öland, do you of course want to take raukar home with you in your camera? Don't forget to photograph them from all sides, and you'll have extra subjects to take home with you.
Byxelkrok and Neptuni fields
Little red fishing huts and big boulders that the waves crash into. Magical all seasons! In the spring the blue fire blooms, in the summer you have incomparable sunsets and in the winter the red cabins shine beautifully in the snow.
A bit eerie almost, but what views and what a nice lighthouse - a must if you, like me, are ridiculously fond of lighthouses!
Here you will find a beautiful red lighthouse and ancient remains. Find fun and different angles of the lighthouse by moving around the ruin. On the east side, you can capture nice astrophotographs in the evening.
Take a photo of the old sauna standing out in the water, a fun photo motive. There is also a white sandy beach and the cozy little village - Össby. Well worth a visit!
Of course! I'm not a bird photographer but here you have a place to walk around with your camera whether you shoot birds or not. The lighthouse can be captured from any number of directions and angles. A favorite of mine is photographing the lighthouse with the small straw huts in the foreground. At Långe Jan, you can really create magical images!
Honestly, who doesn't like seals? If you want to photograph seals, this is the place for you.
A place me and the family often take a walk by. Everyone enjoys walking here, but of course you've packed your camera to take pictures when the family is enjoying themselves. Large sand dunes and striking views. Here you really capture pictures that make people wonder where you've been - a unique place!
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