Öland is Sweden's second largest island (after Gotland) covering an area of 1,300 sq km over a length of 137 km.
Öland is a sunny summer destination attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer. The island has a permanent population of about 26,000 and is found in the Baltic Sea.
The narrow Kalmar Strait lies between Öland and mainland Sweden, spanned by the Öland Bridge. Borgholm is the biggest town on the romantic island of Öland.
How to Get to Öland
You can't book a flight going directly to Öland island, but there is an airport in Kalmar, Sweden, just east of the island.
An alternative is taking the ferry to Öland. This car and passenger ferry runs between Oskarshamn and Byxelkrok during the summer months.
Accommodation on Öland
Since Öland houses so many vacationers each year, there is a large variety of accommodation. You can pick from numerous camping sites, literally thousands of rental cottages, and good hotels on Öland — most of which are found in the town of Borgholm.
Things to Do on 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, Öland's 10th-century runestone
- The Midsummer Festival
- Öland's Sun and Water Festival
- The annual harvest festival Skördefest in September
So no matter who you are, you're likely to find something fun and interesting to do if you make the journey to visit Öland.