LivingTravelA travel guide to the island of Öland

A travel guide to the island of Öland

Öland is the second largest island in Sweden (after Gotland) with an area of 1,300 km2 over a length of 137 km.

Öland is a sunny summer destination that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer. The island has a permanent population of approximately 26,000 and is located in the Baltic Sea.

The Kalmar Strait is located between Öland and mainland Sweden, spanned by the Öland Bridge. Borgholm is the largest city on the romantic island of Öland.

How to get to Öland

From Stockholm, it is a 6 hour drive to Öland. Head south on the E22 to Kalmar and then drive east to the island of Öland over the bridge. From Malmö, just take the E33 east to Kalmar.

You cannot book a flight that goes directly to the island of Öland, but there is an airport in Kalmar, Sweden, just to the east of the island.

An alternative is to take the ferry to Öland. This car and passenger ferry runs between Oskarshamn and Byxelkrok during the summer months.

Accommodation in Öland

Since Öland hosts so many vacationers every year, there is a wide variety of accommodations. You can choose from numerous camping sites, literally thousands of rental houses and good hotels on Öland, most of which are located in the town of Borgholm.

Things to do in Öland

As a popular summer destination, Öland offers a variety of things to do. Some suggestions would be:

  • Borgholm Castle
  • Källa gamla kyrka, the 12th century church.
  • Karlevistenen, the 10th century runestone from Öland
  • The summer festival
  • Öland Sun and Water Festival
  • The annual Skördefest harvest festival in September

So no matter who it is, you are likely to find something fun and interesting to do if you make the trip to visit Öland.

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