Cycling in Mörbylånga
02 June 2021
Ten Excursion Pearls

Mörbylångadalen, southern Öland

The ferry town

Färjestaden is the largest urban area on Öland. In the cozy harbor there are several restaurants and cafes. In summer, there is a lot of activity here and while the sun sets over the strait, with the bridge as a beautiful silhouette, there is the occasional evening dip with a jump from the harbor pier.

Due to its location, the ferry town has always been a center for crossing the Kalmar Sound. The strait is six kilometers between Färjestaden and Kalmar. From the 1200th century there is the first documented traffic. When the ferry traffic ceased, with the creation of the Öland Bridge in 1972, the Kalmarsundsbolaget had operated the strait for 106 years. Today, the strait is served in summer by the cycle and passenger ferry Dessi.

The mill king

Up on the crest of Björhovda, there are three mills in a row. The largest is called Kvarnkungen and is Europe's largest stump mill. Just north of Kvarnkungen stands a mill of the Dutch type, called Drottningen. Further north of Drottningen stands a smaller stump mill, called Prinsen.


The village street through Vickleby is often referred to as one of the most beautiful on Öland. Walk or cycle here on a summer day and enjoy all the hollyhocks and beautiful buildings. Vickleby has a long history as an artist stronghold, with Bo Pensionat and Capellagården in the center. Here you will find restaurants, cafes and galleries.


Beijershamn is one of the most important bird localities on Öland. It started with a pier construction in the middle of the 1800th century that would result in an important port. That was not the case. Due to a faulty construction, the port quickly slammed again. Over time, this created good conditions for a rich birdlife with reeds, coastal meadows and open water surfaces. Today, there are several beautiful walking areas and a large bird tower with a view of the entire area.


The Mörbylångadalen is one of Sweden's most fertile growing areas. The valley, which used to be the bottom of the lake, has given the farmers a natural environment for grain cultivation and the cultivation of other crops such as potatoes, onions and strawberries.

Köpingen Mörbylånga was founded in 1820 and has several beautiful streets with character from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The buildings between the sea and the square consist of period wooden houses with idyllic gardens. In the square there is the typical square fountain and all around there are restaurants and cafes. The proximity to the water and the harbor leaves its mark on the purchase, as do the artists and craftsmen who live and work here. The famous sun painter Per Ekström lived here in his last years.