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Published: July 19th 2010
on the mainland across from Oland island bridge
Glorious weather has returned - blue sky and hot sun. Made even better by the news from the UK (which has been having a drought / heat-wave), that it is now wet and chilly.
We left our very nice campsite at Gamleby and headed for our last stop in Sweden on the popular holiday island of Oland off the East coast. Easy drive there through pleasant countryside and we stopped at Kalmar to admire the castle, the beautifully maintained cemetery next door and the most wonderful scented roses which filled the air with their perfume. Good to see that down here in the south of Sweden not all the wooden houses are painted the deep red of the north but are in lots of lovely colours. Especially like the bright yellow and egg-shell blue ones.
From Kalmar we crossed the exceedingly long (4 km and one of the longest in Europe) bridge to the island of Oland. The bridge is very low over the water for most of its span, just one arched section to allow for passage of boats underneath. An impressive drive across such an expanse of water.
We knew that this is very much a holiday island and
one of the longest in Europe
that most of the campsites are very big and busy so tried to find one which was a little quieter. Most popular sites are higher up on the west coast or the east coast at the northern tip so we avoided these and went south west.
Had a little drive down the coast and checked out the couple of sites there but rejected them as one had no wifi and the other looked too big. We eventually chose the only campsite on the East coast at Stenasabadets Camping. The view to the sea looked amazing so we decided to stay though I really was hoping for a pool or at least a good sea swimming area. The campsite is very nice. The sanitaires are excellent, the best we have seen in Sweden which is good as most have been sadly lacking.
The sea however is not excellent. Looks superb through the camera lens as the water is very shallow so very reflective.. but… the water is too shallow to swim in and the sea bed is either covered in smelly seaweed (it reeks of sulphurous odours) or soggy, muddy sand or, unexpectedly, sheets of rock just right for scraping knees
one of many on the island
in shallow water ! None of this is conducive to good swimming. A floating jetty has been built so I used this and swam a little from the steps at the end but even here the water is barely deep enough and it is icy cold.
The sea is odd. No movement at all, not a wave or a ripple in sight, which probably explains the temperature. Probably explains the iffy smell as well which comes from rotting seaweed (ooh the flies !) along the shore line which must rarely get washed by the sea as it were. We tried walking through the sea, wearing our swimming shoes as impossible otherwise but Bob’s kept getting sucked off in the rather disgustingly sludgy sand in one area.
This is a bird watchers paradise island and we walked a little way along beach where we could see several dozen swans and thousands of geese. Also unfortunately rather a lot of flies.
Tomorrow we will use the scooter to explore a little of the island and will also attempt to find a beach where it is possible to swim.
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