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19 Photos That Show the Solitude of Öland

Picture of Judi Lembke
Updated: 22 November 2017
Öland is the second largest island in Sweden and also home to the smallest province. Located off the southeast coast of Sweden, it is full of winding, narrow roads that lead to farms and small villages. The population is a mix of locals and people who own second homes here, including the Swedish Royal Family – in fact, the royals traditionally celebrate mid-summer in their home close to Borgholm Castle.

Öland by the sea

This is Öland in a nutshell: the sea, the farm, the windmill.

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Farm overlooking the sea | ©Stefan Sundkvist / Flickr

Ottenby Bird Station

Located on the south end of the island, Ottenby Bird Station is one of Sweden’s most famous and exciting bird habitats. It attracts bird watchers from not just the country but from around the globe.

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Ottenby Bird Station | © Ann Louise Hagevi/WikiCommons

Lonely roads

One of the many winding, narrow roads that snake through Öland.

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Road along the sea | © Jon Ottosson/GoodFreePhotos

Beach life

Like any island, Öland has a lot of beaches, but don’t mistake them for the Miami or Riviera kind. Instead, most are quiet, secluded, and have no bars or restaurants, although you might come across the occasional ice cream stand.

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Secluded beach | © TSA01/Pixabay

Stunning fields

Fields surrounded by traditional stone fences are around every corner, often dotted with grazing animals.

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Vast fields that blanket Öland | ©Henrik Ahlen/Flickr

More fields

Clouds sweep across the many fields quite quickly, pushed by the strong winds from the sea.

Famous windmills

Öland is famous for its windmills. They are wooden and made in the traditional Swedish style that reflects the farming heritage of the island.

Around every corner…

Some windmills are just for show and some are still in use. This one is very old and has become a tourist attraction.

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More windmills, Öland | © www.twin-loc.fr/Flickr

Viking burial ground

There’s an old Viking burial ground in the village of Gettlinge, on the southern tip of Öland. This place is brimming with the island’s long history, which dates back to 96 AD.

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Viking burial ground | © Hstad/WikiCommons

Fertile farmland

Öland has a strong farming tradition, and many villages are populated by generations of the same farming families.

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Freshly ploughed field | © Jonas Löwgren/Flickr

Serenity at sunset

A solo swan makes its way across the gentle sea as the sun comes down.

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A lovely sunset, Öland | © Allie_Caulfield/Flickr

Making hay

Harvest time is an important time of the year here. Crops are gathered and fields prepared for the coming spring.

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Make hay while the sun shines, Öland / | © Arcaion/Pixabay

Twilight

As the sun moves across the sky, it plays on the water that surrounds Öland, creating picture-perfect moments.

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Twilight, Öland | © Jens karlsson/Flickr

Peaceful afternoons

Late afternoon is the time for exploring and hanging out, just after leaving the beach.

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Late afternoon during the summer | © Kentlarserik/WikiCommons

Stormy seas

The sea is often quiet on Öland, but when there’s a storm, the waters rage.

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Waves hugging the shore | © Johan Blomström/Flickr

Forest walks

The forests are perfect for quiet walks and foraging for berries and mushrooms.

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Walk through the forest | © Jonas Löwgren/Flickr

Remote north

The northern end of Öland is even more remote, wild and secluded, with houses grouped in tiny villages and wide, open spaces in between.

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Wooden path through the forest | © Marubatsu/Wikipedia Commons

Biking

Öland attracts bikers from all over who are drawn to the relatively flat surfaces stretching across long distances. That said, biking to a store for merely some milk can take an hour or more.

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Biking on Öland | © Kentlarserik/WikiCommons

The end of another beautiful day…

With its slow-moving lifestyle and sense of solitude, Öland has the kind of subtle charm that you don’t even notice – until one day you say to yourself, “I need a trip to Öland.” Once there, you end up never wanting to leave.