To many people, it is not summer unless you have visited the island Öland. If you have been once, it is most likely that you would want to return. Öland has something to offer everybody. During summer it is lively and movement all around, but there are also places with peace and quiet, as it is with us here at Sjölunden.
There is much to experience in the area. A few kilometres south of Sjölunden you will find the small fishing village Djupvik, with a small swimming jetty. Here you will also find a small restaurant where you can enjoy a pizza and enjoy the sunset over the inlet.
Just north of Sjölunden you will find Sandvik, a small summer idyllic place with a marina. A lovely place to stroll around in the evenings and look at all the nice boats. By the marina there are a few restaurants and an ice cream shop. The best view over Sandvik is from Sandvikʹs mill. Here you may eat a nice meal and play some miniature golf.
If you follow the coastal road going north from Sandvik you will come to Jordhamn that has the island’s only preserved wet-scrubbing mill. A popular motive to take photos of.
On the island Öland it is never far to a beach. Here you will find wonderful swimming beaches, and the nearest sandy beach is located in Sandvik 1,5km from Sjölunden. At Böda, we have a 20km long sandy beach and is said to be one of Europe’s best. There are several swimming spots to choose from and you will surely find your favourite. At Byrumʹs sea stacks one can enjoy a lovely sandy beach and the sunset, and on the east side there are children friendly beaches with shallow water.
We can recommend several nice day trips, hiking trails and bicycle tracks here at the northern island Öland. To mention a few, there are Skäftekärrʹs Iron Age village, the Troll forest and the light house Långe Erik. In Byxelkrok there are plenty to see at the port in the small sheds and from here one can make a day trips by boat out to the island Blå Jungfrun an island in Kalmar sound.
A must for families with children is the coaster car land in Löttorp. Here the children can ride little cars and buses, which is very popular. Furthermore we can mention the ostrich farm in Marsjö, or you can try out riding camels in Ormöga. An evening concert at Borgholm castle is also a lovely summer memory to bring home. As you can see there are many things to experience on the island Öland!
A sure sign of spring is when the bird formations comes and fly north. The island Öland is really an eldorado for the bird lover.
Sjölunden is located in the nature reserve Knisa Mosse. There is a hiking trail that goes around Knisa mosse where you may enjoy flowers and birds during spring. There is also a bird watching tower with good possibilities to watch the birds at the bog, and see the views over Kalmar sound.
Other nice spots to watch birds and flowers near by is Södra Greda lövängar, Petgärde träsk, Södviken, Lilla-Horns lövängar, Högenäs orde and Lake Hornsjön.
If you are into fishing there are plenty of opportunities to catch a salmon in the spring. Many fishermen enjoy the relaxation of fishing with a rod in the sunset.
If you didn’t have any luck fishing you don’t need to be without fish. In Sandvik there is a fish boutique/restaurant where you can buy both fresh and smoked fish of many different kinds.
I usually fish with a net that I set out with wading trousers since the salmon comes so close to the shore. It’s always exciting to see next day if you’ve caught something.
Walpurgis night is an old tradition in Sweden that celebrates the coming of the spring and is held on the last eve of April (30th). It’s a custom to lit a bonfire and sing songs about the spring. There’s a local tradition, over 100 years old, for the villages surrounding Sjölunden to come together and lit a huge bonfire at the headland south of Sandvik. The cosy crackling from the fire is accompanied by a choir singing the traditional folksongs. When the fire starts to decrease, coffee is served at the great windmill in Sandvik!
On the island Öland there is a diversity of orchids. When they blossom during May and June it is very beautiful. But they are sacred, so you may only look at them! You do not need to walk very far to experience the orchid’s beauty, since they are just around the corner at Knisa Mosse. During June, the rare viper's-bugloss blossom together with the flax flower along the coast line.
During spring and autumn we have recurring "fishing groups" that come and have Sjölunden as their base for the fishing.
Spring festivity at the island Öland! Always during the weekend of week 19. The Team for the weekend is the garden, nature experiences and country life. Over the entire island you, as a visitor will be offered activities in this spirit. Go shopping, eat a nice meal and discover tourist attractions on a lovely spring island. Art, music and literature are the cultural features that spice your stay.