At the far end of Öland's north-eastern headland is the nature reserve Trollskogen, an old coniferous forest characterized by grazing that really lives up to its name. Gnarled pines and old rough oaks grow here. The magical feeling is enhanced by all the ivy that climbs on the ground and over tree trunks.
The grazing of the cows gives the Trollskogen an open and open character, and here grows the rare yarrow, but also the small almond-scented linnea. The presence of old hollow trees and a lot of dead wood means that many insects, tree fungi and lichens thrive in the Trollskogen, e.g. the rare crown lichen. Nesting birds include common crow and lesser crossbill. Here is also Öland's safest place for tall tit, one of the island's rarest breeding birds.
PEBBLES AND FISHING WATER
On Öland's north-eastern headland, mighty cobblestone seawalls have been shaped by wind, waves and ice sheets over the millennia. In the surrounding coastal waters, flounder and scrub skate play. Grankullaviken constitutes a very important "nursery" for many fish species.
Since prehistoric times, the northeastern cape has been of great importance to the people with the rich supply of fish and Grankullaviken as an important port. The prehistoric graves lie like a string of pearls on older seawalls along both sides of the headland. The headland's strategically important location is also marked by the fortifications from the 1400th century, when the Danes tried to capture the former Örbovik naval base. At the narrowest part of the headland there is a hunting wall probably built by Johan III in the 1500th century.
NATURUM THE WILD FOREST
The renovation of the Trollskogen nature center, one of Sweden's oldest nature centers, has been completed for a few years now. Before that, the exhibitions had been set up in loggers' huts. Now there is a combined building that also houses a café and meeting room. With its location on Öland's most north-eastern headland, the Trollskogen naturum has around 70 visits annually, and therefore it is now time to make this investment to meet the increasing visitor pressure.
Welcome to Trollskogen on foot!