Hike in the World Heritage, Ottenby Hiking Trails
Hike in the World Heritage, Ottenby Hiking Trails

Hike in the World Heritage, Ottenby Hiking Trails

Vast meadows, rolling waves and deep greenery. Welcome to Ottenby's nature reserve. One of the country's leading birding locations. Here you will meet orchids as well as summer gilts and seals.

In addition to the beautiful nature, there are also plenty of relics that remind us of life in the place from several thousand years ago. During the herring fishing periods (from the 1100th to the 1500th century) there was a teeming population here when upwards of 900 people lived in Kyrkhamn. This was then one of Sweden's most important fishing locations. At the Långe Jan lighthouse in the far south is Naturum Ottenby, a visitor center. Here you get information and inspiration for your visit to Ottenby nature reserve. Join guided tours or receive tips on how best to experience the area on your own. In addition, there is a beautiful and interactive exhibition for the whole family. Always free entry!

Welcome to the restful greenery! On the 1,5 kilometer long Skogsuddeslingan you enter one of the most beautiful parts of Ottenby lund.

By following the green markings, you get to experience some of the most beautiful places in Ottenby's nature reserve during a relatively short hike. Old oaks grow along the hiking trail. In the spring, the birdsong in the grove is almost fairytale-like.
From the forest you then approach the Schäferian meadows. They tower behind the greenery. They are fantastic to view - not least from the bird tower that is along the hiking trail. By climbing up the bird tower, you get a wonderful view out to the meadows and the sea behind. The bird tower is also a good place for a picnic - whatever the season.
For those interested in plants, there are plenty of plants to look at along the loop. Bumblebee flowers, crow's wrens and brambles are just some of the species that can be seen on the grasslands south of Södra Lundparkingen.

Get here: Park at Södra lundparkeringen and follow the green markings south of the car park
Gold grain: The view from the bird tower. The silence under the treetops.

Finnslättsvägen lies through Ottenby grove under the crowns of the oaks. A trip through the forest is an experience all year round.

Finnslättsvägen runs from Södra lundparkeringen to Norra lundparkeringen. In other words, it takes you through large parts of the leafy deciduous forest. The road is marked with orange markings on the nature reserve map and consists of a gravel surface. The surface may be uneven in places but must be accessible with a wheelchair. Seasonal changes can, however, affect accessibility along the route. In case of particularly high water in the grove, the water can flow over the road in some places. Maintenance work is now underway to improve accessibility in the grove.
Ottenby Lund offers rich nature experiences. In Norra Lunden along the Finnslättsvägen you can often hear the whistling of the summer gilt in June. Lesser flycatchers and collared flycatchers also breed here.
By following the dirt road from the Norra Lund parking lot east, you get a beautiful insight into the life of the forest. The cows often go and graze among the trees. When you approach the bird tower in the east, you also get a view over the meadows down to the sea.

Get here: Park at Södra lundparkeringen or Norra lundparkeringen and follow the gravel road that starts from the parking lots
Guldkorn: The northern grove with its particularly rich bird life is an experience. The greenery is also magnificent there.

Follow the broken path down towards the sea in the east. At the coast, the waders await.

You hear them from the sky! You see them on the ground. The Ängsvaktarstigen is a paved path where you can get around with a wheelchair. Maintenance work is underway to improve accessibility. Bird life is really close here. The single snipe can be heard high above. Both red spov and large spov are often seen. Once you arrive at the coast, you will see the sand dunes. Many species breed here. One of them is the elegant cutting edge that you often see from afar.
The meadow ranger's path also allows you to look out to the south. The view towards Långe Jan and the Schäferian meadows is hard to beat. Sometimes the fallow deer can be seen grazing in the large meadows. Throughout the year, flocks of birds move over the fields.

Get here: Follow the gravel road into Ottenby grove from the Södra grove parking lot. The road is marked in orange on the map. There is disabled parking here.
Guldkorn: The view south towards Långe Jan. The sand dunes in all their glory.

Walk out towards the sea in the west. Here you can meet the beauty of the sunset at the Orminge rør lake mark.

Few hiking trails take you back into Ottenby's rich history in the same way as the Västra Markslingan. Storspoven's song echoes across the expanses, the Öland stoke stretches up and the old burial grounds bear witness to ancient times.
The hike starts at Kungsstenarna. These stones mark an Iron Age burial ground. Then you head further out towards the coast past stone walls and grazing animals. A wonderful view awaits you at the Orminge rør sea mark. The lighthouse Långe Jan towers in the south. There are also historical remains at Orminge rør. This place has been the seat of a large farming clan during the Iron Age. The sea mark that stands here today is built on the old burial mound.
Even those interested in geology can find a lot to take a closer look at along the Västra Markslingan. In the rock slope down towards the sea, you can see two layers of bedrock. The lighter limestone and the darker alum slate.

Get here: Park at the Södra Lund parking lot and walk west towards Kungsstenarna. Follow the red markings.
Gold grain: The slope down towards the sea and the coast. The calm at sunset.

Stroll under the strong crowns of the oaks. In spring, the birdsong is deeper than the greenery.

By hiking the 3,9 kilometer long Norra Lundleden, you get right through Norra Lunden. Here you can hear the magical flute song of the summer gilt from May to June. The collared flycatcher and the lesser flycatcher are also usually heard singing in Norra lunden. You also walk along the places where the forest meets the neighboring meadows and pastures. There the forest is more open and several interesting plants can be found.
Ottenby grove is the largest contiguous deciduous forest area in southern Öland. It shows. There is a peace in walking under the trees. The cows who often graze inside the grove think so too. The hike takes you past the smaller wetland Prästtorpsjön and then out to the bird tower that looks out over the northern parts of the Schäferian meadows. Both during the spring bird chorus and during the autumn flocks of geese on the Schäferian meadows, nature experiences await along the Norra Lundleden. In the grove, fallow deer can often be seen wandering past. If you're lucky, you can experience the rut up close during the fall. Then the fallow deer fight over territory in the reserve. It can go really wild!

Get here: Park at Norra Lundparkeringen. Then follow the yellow markings.
Guldkorn: The lush greenery along the avenue road in Norra Lunden. Birdsong in the spring. If you're really lucky, you'll hear the summer gilding!

Walk along the sea and through Ottenby's rich history. The Kyrkhamnsleden is a slightly longer trail for those who really want to experience the varied nature of the reserve.

From Kungsgårdsparkeringen in the north to Öland's southern cape in the south, the 5,7 kilometer long Kyrkhamnsleden runs. If you are going to walk back and forth, the walk will be 11 kilometers long.
The Kyrkhamnsleden is truly unique. If you start at Öland's southern headland, you first walk north along the wall up towards Hahn's fisherman's cottages. The trail is marked with blue marks. Here you get the opportunity to experience the so-called herring pits in the landscape. They are traces from the time when Ottenby was a large fishing camp. The fishermen's simple home consisted of excavated pits with a rammed earth floor and a sailcloth as a roof.
The walk past Hahn's fishermen's cottages takes you up to the remains of St John's Chapel. The remains are marked with a cross. During the time that Ottenby was a large fishing community, the chapel was an important gathering place. When the chapel was destroyed by the passage of time, the stones from the chapel became building material for Långe Jan.
The road up through the tok lands of the reserve takes you past lands where the sheep and cows roam freely. The song larks are heard in the sky. The warblers are sneaking in the bushes. On the ground, the gunpowder burner and the almond blossoms stretch up to the sky. From the tokmarks, the road goes straight out towards the sea. The views are wonderfully beautiful.

Get here: Start from Öland's southern headland or Kungsgårdsparkeringen.
Golden grain: The rich cultural history along the hiking trail sparks the imagination. Bird life and plant life are rich in the toklands. If you're lucky, you'll get to hear the song of the storspoven.

Source: Naturum Ottenby