Öland Island Walk and Finspång

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
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Trip End Jun 28, 2012


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Flag of Sweden  , Östergötland,
Saturday, June 23, 2012

Amazing walk this morning on the island of Öland, Sweden's second largest. We added this walk after-the-fact when we hit snags for our scheduled activities due to Swedish Midsummer celebrations. Dr Eje Rosen, a professor at Uppsula University (Sweden's oldest) with 40 years of field experience, led us across country through the southeast section of the island.

Along the way, we learned a ton about the foliage on the island, Eje's specialty, stopped at an iron-age grave, got to see a rune stone used in the late Viking and Christian era to mark a special event or memorialize a person. Everywhere we walked, tiny little wildflowers blanketed our path with a kaleidoscope of vivid colors and shapes.

After tromping around Kalmar Castle, strategically set on the shores of the Baltic back on the mainland, we headed north to Finspång. A very long but experience-packed day ended with the best salmon dinner of the trip in Finspång with our local walking friends Åke and Lillemor, then an after-dinner 5 km walk through delightful Finspång. Needless to say, even though the day was long, it was still light when we finished about 9:45 pm! 
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