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Gotland and Öland
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Gotland and Öland are Sweden’s largest islands, located off the southeast coast in the Baltic Sea. There is more sunshine here than elsewhere, making it a favourite summer holiday spot with the Swedes, so as a result, the beaches are quite crowded.

The islands are of particular interest to botanists and ornithologists and there is a wealth of historic sites, there are Bronze, Stone and Iron Age sites on both islands.

Many ferries serve both islands and daily coach trips are available to Öland over one of Europe’s longest bridges, which starts just outside Kalmar on the mainland. Bicycles can be hired on the islands.


Gotland contains the Lummelunda Caves with their spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and a conserved medieval town at Kattlundsgård. Visby is the main town of Gotland.


The royal summer residence at Solliden, Borgholm Castle exists on Öland, which is a restored medieval church at Gärdslösa, a recently excavated equipped village at Eketorp, and many Viking stones and local windmills. Borgholm is the main town of Öland.
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Gotland website information on Gotland - various language
Öland website information on Öland - various language