Öland is Sweden's second largest island, only Gotland is larger and of more importance. It lies in the Baltic Sea just off the coast of Småland, connected to the mainland by a bridge from Kalmar. Öland is popular among domestic tourists, many Swedes have had a summer cottage here for generations. Öland can be crowded by vacationers from Midsummer to mid-August.
Öland is rather sparsely populated, with most of the land consisting of farm land or in the north woods. Much of the southern cultural landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland. The island is also popular for summer vacations and among bird watchers.
- Borgholm — Historically the major settlement on the island, with the castle and Solliden palace.
- — With some 6,000 inhabitants this is the largest community on Öland. It's on the western shore of the island, facing Kalmar on the other side of the straight.
- Mörbylånga — A tiny community with less than 2,000 inhabbitants.
Most tourist information signs will be in Swedish, English, German and in rare cases Dutch and/or French.
By plane or trainThe nearest airport and railway is in Kalmar, see that page.
By car, bike or busYou get in by car or bus (Kalmar Länstrafik) from Kalmar over the Ölandsbron bridge, the longest bridge in Sweden. Biking over the bridge is prohibited, instead take your bike on the special bike buses summertime or ordinary buses otherwise, or take the ferry.
By ferryIn summertime, there's a ferry from Kalmar to Färjestaden and back, on which you can bring your bike. It runs from mid-April to mid-August, from around seven in the morning until six in the evening during weekdays. Check Ressel Rederi for current schedule. It costs 50 kr for adults and takes about half an hour.
By yachtÖland is a good destination for small craft.
See KLT for bus connections from Kalmar and inside Öland.
Borgholm CastleRuins of a castle burnt down in the 19th century. It is not open all year round, but you can always admire it from a distance.
Stora AlvaretThe southern agricultural landscape of Öland is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a unique landscape with rare species and evidence of human settlements from prehistoric times. This place is often listed as one of the must-sees in Sweden by Swedish, as well as international, travel magazines.
phone: +46 485-153 56The summer residence of the Swedish Royal Family, it has a beautiful garden.
VIDA Museum & Konsthallphone: +46 485-774 40A museum and art gallery showing the works of among others Bertil and Ulrika Wallien and Ulf Trotzig.
phone: +46 485-66 20 00An old fortification stemming from the middle ages with activities for children.
- The villas in Borgholm have a lot of character, and it is rather entertaining to walk around and look at them.
- The rock formations, called raukar, on the beautiful Byerum beach. These formations have been created by natural erosion over thousands of years. If you're interested in seeing more of these 'raukar' they are in fact even more plentiful on Sweden's largest island, Gotland.
- The Northern tip of the island, with its lighthouse (Långe Erik), natural preserve and Neptune's fields (Neptuni ängar)
- The Southern tip of the island, with its lighthouse (Långe Jan) and bird sanctuary/centre (Ottenby Fågelstation).
- The only lake on Öland, Hornsjön
Böda SandSweden's biggest camping site with 1,350 camp sites and 125 cabins. It lies close to a beautiful beach, and its size makes it an attraction in itself. There was a reality show filmed here.
- Spend a day at one of Öland's many beaches
- Bike along the Öland trail (Ölandsleden), or the shorter Sweden trail (the part that runs on Öland, that is)
- Spend a day or two in the beautiful town of Borgholm with its charming villas and cosy cafés. Close to the town are also the Borgholm castle and the Solliden (royal residence), which are well worth a visit. The massive castle on a hill with a stunning view of the town of Borgholm and the sea and Solliden with its beautiful architecture and gardens.
- Buy pottery and other ceramics from the many skilled potters. (Paradisverkstan is one of the big, between Färjestaden and the Öland bridge. Resmo krukmakeri is also worth a trip.)
- Hike on southern Öland, where there are 110 km of marked trails, some which go through Stora Alvaret. Mörbylånga kommun has maps and information on the hikes (in Swedish).
phone: +46 491 77072address: Byxelkrok ferry harbourTours to Blå Jungfrun National Park, an island in the Kalmar Strait. From 1 July to 14 August.
phone: +46 485-388 87address: Torslunda 102Swedish cuisine, with a special focus on the local dish Kroppkaka.
phone: +46 485-310 37address: S. Hamnplan 4A cafe, restaurant and hotel in the Färjestaden harbor.
phone: +46 485-203 50address: Hornvägen 35Offer pork carved by the chefs in the restaurant and whole roasted lambs.
phone: +46 485-12501address: Storgatan 3 KPizzas and burgers.
phone: +46 485-12277address: Sollidenvägen 6Restaurant and cafe with a view of Borgholm castle and the Borga Hage natural reserve.
phone: +46 73-974 83 38address: Kullenvägen 12A cafe and restaurant in a beautiful villa.
phone: +46 485 221 27address: Landsvägen Böda 48, 380 74 LöttorpBakery, café, pizza and own coffee roasting. Seasonal opening hours.
address: Övra Vannborga by 11, 387 96 KöpingsvikVineyard and destillery. Produces wine, whisky and gin.
phone: +46 48520656address: Marknadsvägen 6
phone: +46 48577060address: Trädgårdsgatan 15-19The hotel restaurant has been awarded a star in the Michelin Guide.
phone: +46 48530530address: Tingshusgatan 1Has a sauna, spa, gym and pools. The hotel bar has Sweden's largest whiskey cellar.
phone: +46 48536333address: Stora Frögården 12A hostel operated by the Swedish tourist association (STF).
phone: +46 485-888 88
- Kalmar is just across the eponymous strait.