Time for a day trip?
Pack your picnic basket and explore Öland!
With Haga Park as your outpost during your stay at Öland you will find that you are very close to a lot of exciting and interesting day trip destinations. Below we will offer you some tips, and if you want even more information we recommend you to visit Öland’s Tourist Agency’s website.
Getting around on Öland is very simple, the bicycles roads are in a excellent condition and the normal roads as well. If you are interested in renting a bicycle or a car you may ask us, we have many great tips.
The nature around Haga Park
Many of Öland’s characteristic nature types are possible to explore during a walk not far from the campsite. Broad beach meadows, beautiful pastures, ancient monument, the Great Alvar and Beijershamn.
Stora Alvaret (The Great Alvar) – Eastwards there are leading fine hiking trails, for example ”Stora Alvarleden”, straight out on the Great Alvar which is a 37 kilometres far and 15 kilometres wide area. Broad heaths only covered by a thin layer of dirt provides a completely unique flora. Here is literally Öland’s history right underneath the palm of your feets. Passage graves, old rock walls and ancient monuments have been able to remain as they were first built and today they inspire us to think about life during the Bronze and the Iron Ages.
Beijershamn Nature Reserve – Westward there are leading trails towards Beijershamn, a historic place which at the same time is well renowned among bird watchers. The isthmus poking out to the sea is actually the residue of a port with the name Fröbygårda and it has ancestry from the 4th century. Here, among others, ruled an ancient people called the Venderna. They used the port as their den of thieves and among others they attacked Ansvar during his travels.
Other greats who used this port was Gustav Vasa, and the name Haga Park arose when his daughter built a farm with that name next to the port. The area was also being used during many years for tthe annual Fröbygårda market. The open space is still there and is therefore called the ”Market place”.
During the 19th century’s first half the port was starting to be filled up with silt and sand. After an intiative by royal equerry Beijer they started to build another harbor around the year 1850. The idea around the new port was that it should be a deep water port that should cover the ship traffic for the whole southern Öland. But unfortunately also this harbor was filled up with silt and was closed 1867. The two kilometre long pier that strechtes out into Kalmar straight is the only thing that is left, like a monument for the humans fight against the nature.
But wind and waves continued the slitation of the port and during time the nature itself created unique conditions for a rich birdlife. The charadrius, the Northern lapwing, the common redshank, the common snipe and many more species are nesting here. In the area there are also a wide variety of butterfly species, the widest variety on Öland actually – with over 600 species.
The unique wind conditions around Beijershamn eventually made the area to a paradise for windsurfing. Still today Haga Park is seen as having one of Sweden best conditions for wind and kitesurfing.
Art, handcraft and some coffee
Handcrafted products made of ceramics, wool and tin is the pride of Öland. Why not start with a visit at potter Malin Adner’s studie in Mörbylånga, maybe you will take the opportunity to take a look at the studie Formgiveriet on Öland east coast. Just south of Färjestaden is Resmo Pottery and in the small village of Norra Möckleby you will find that a visist at Berglunds Creative Technics is well spent time.
Going north towards Borgholm you will find Lamm & Lera in Strandtorp. Here you can watch sheeps and by lambskin as well as handcrafted ceramic products. While in Borgholm there are of course plenty of handcrafters and coffee shops to pick from. Do not miss ”Paradisverkstaden”!
Capellagården in Vickleby is a well renowned school that is still runned in the same spirit as when it was first started by Carl Malmsten. But Capellagården is so much more, here you will find a nursery-garden, a garden store with an ecological mindset, a herb garden and exhibitions of student’s work. Come here and be inspired!
If you still have an appetite for exploration we recommend a visit to Ullcentrum in Löttorp. Here you will find fine products made of wool and linen and felted products such as trivets, soles and slippers.
Farm shops and local farmers
On Öland the love of locally produced products lives on, maybe that is why this Island can proudly present two harvest festivals. Öland Spirar in the middle of May and Ölands Harvest Festival in September.
Apart from this there are about 25 farm shops that invites you to smell, taste and buy Öland’s goodies. At a cycling distance from Haga Park you will for example Mirabellgården, Öland’s quality products (Ölands kvalitetsprodukter) and Arne Olssos Farm shop.
Öland’s exciting history
Just during a walk on the Great Alvar you will get a close up on Öland’s history. Passage graves, old rock walls and ancient monuments are still there today.
Gustav Vasa built five royal farms on Öland: Horn, Norra Gärdslösa, Rälla, Borgholm and Ottenby, which perphaps is the closest one for a short visit.
The linear villages on the east side of Öland has a very interesting history, like Dröstorp Ödeby och S:t Knuts Chapel in Algutsrum. Moreover there are around 21 known hillforts, but if you would like to see only one we recommend a visit to Eketorp Castle.
Close to nature destinations
Broad beach meadows, beautiful pastures, ancient monument and of course the Great Alvar. At a walking distance from Haga Park there are a lot of opportunities to experience these nature areas that are so characteristic for Öland.
A bit more unusual sight is the stacks at Byrum just south of Byxelkrok. This unique work of art was created by the waves of the Kalmar straight och de tallest one measures around 4 metres. With boat from the harbor of Byxelkror you will get to the Island Blå Jungfrun (The Blue Virgin), a storied Island making a perfect day trip.
The Nunnevalley (Nunnedalen in Swedish) which runs along the west plateau is a remarkable strip of leaf forest with a lot of walking and hiking paths. Oak, common ash and some varieties of the elm runs along the paths and during the spring the flora is both colorfull and fragrant.
There are also a lot of nature admirers who will pilgrimage to ”Naturbokhandeln” in Stenåsa. Except binoculars, maps and nature guides you can buy gifts, souvenirs and t-shirts here.