What makes an excursion really successful? Do you sometimes feel a bit stressed that the holiday feels short and you want to get as much done as possible? In addition, everyone in the holiday party should feel satisfied. An equation that is not always easy to solve. Regardless of what you want to do most of all, we can promise that the excursions we recommend will provide memories for a lifetime.
Stenkusten, northern Öland
At Byrum there is Öland's finest rauk area, which consists of about a hundred rauk along a 600 meter long beach strip. The largest rauks in the southern part of the area are upwards of four meters high. Just north of Raukar, there is also a nice swimming area with a sandy beach.
horn's coastal road & horn's cape
The road that runs from Byrum, via Alvedsjö bodar and down to Äleklinta, is generally called the Stone Coast. Here you pass several quarries from a bygone industrial era and here you experience a magnificent view of the Kalmar Sound. At Horns udde, quarrying has been going on since the Middle Ages. The red limestone, "Ölandmarmorn", has been in great demand in the construction of castles and churches.
Hornsjön is Öland's largest lake and has been added as a result of land uplift enclosing the bay that originally existed here. The lake is a popular birding area where you can hear piping plovers, reed warblers and marsh warblers. At Klosterholmen there is a bird tower. You can reach the lake from several directions, for example from one of the car parks at Horns kungsgård.
One of the most beautiful views on Öland, regardless of the season, is looking down from the north towards Jordhamn's grist mill and the small fishing sheds. The scrubbing mill was built in 1905 to scrub or polish limestone. The mill is today the only one of its kind in Sweden. Adjacent to the mill is a scour walk, a predecessor of the mill which was driven by oxen.
Alvedsjö bodar is a harbor with several wooden boathouses. The sheds are built in half-timbered houses with reed roofs. During the 1900th century, the coastal stretch became a summer residence for many writers and artists.
Gillberga village & quarry
In Gillberga village, almost all buildings are made of limestone. Even the mill in the village has a stone base instead of the traditional wooden base. It is not surprising that the limestone was widely used as a building material as the Gillberga quarry is located just south of the village. The walls of the quarry are up to 17 meters high and allow you to see 17 million years back in time, as it took 1 years for each millimeter of limestone to form.
Sandvik is an old fishing community that has long been the center of the stone industry on Öland. Today it is a popular year-round destination with a fine guest harbour. There are restaurants, cafes and a grocery store here. Sandvik's mill is a well-known landmark in the harbor's silhouette. It was built in 1856 and is one of the world's largest windmills.
djupvik - eleklint
The narrow alvarsvägen between Djupvik and Äleklinta winds its way along the crest of the country castle with the alvar and the coast on either side. Just north of Äleklinta is the well-preserved fishing village of Bruddesta. Nearby are also Djupvik and Äleklinta, both of which are old fishing villages with stone beaches all around and today popular excursion destinations with nice bathing spots.
discover on foot
A 5 km long hiking trail runs around Knisa bog, which offers orchid splendor and a rich birdlife. The bog is one of the island's few uncultivated wetlands and is located 400 m west of Knisa village.
Djupviksrundan, 17 km: Sandvik - Djupvik - Fóra - Södvik.
tips for the kids
Visit Byrum's raukar and play pirates between the dramatic formations.