Fort Eketorp is a historic site on Öland that was ‘born’ in the iron age and went through different stages in its history. Not only the three stages in the far past (Eketorp I from 300-400 A.C., Eketorp II from 400-650 A.C. and Eketorp III from 1170-1240 A.C.) are interesting but also the very lastest. After excavations between 1964 and 1973 the fort has been completely rebuilt on the ancient foundations and a living museum was established which gives the perfect insight into the life in such an ancient fort. I really enjoyed to visit the place.
For further information about Eketorp you can have a look at the webpage of VisitÖland and of the museum itself. I have linked these pages and you can access them by clicking on the emblems at the end of this post.
Here some impressions of the Fort Eketorp…
These are another set of remins from a chapel. It was used by traders that lived in the adjacent village of Kyrkhamn. After the reformation in the 16th century the church was not used anymore and started to get into a state of decay. With the construction of the Lighthouse just a little south, some of the remains found a new. Nowadays only these small uneven areas indicate the remains of foundations. Nevertheless the holy grounds kept their peaceful atmosphere in this spectecular scenery.
Google maps shows you the location of the church remains…
Another archeological place close to Ottenby are the Kungstenarna (Kings Stones). It also originates to the iron age. The stones mark graves, which belong according to a legend to two kings. Around them there are more graves to be found, but they are harder to be seen.
There is so much to see on Öland for those who are in archeology. Many places can be found which were important locations already in the bronze age. You will also notice by the amount of blog entries that are coming, how dense these places are on Öland. In particular in the southern part of the island I can show you many of these. I did not make it to the far north of Öland. Too much was here drawing my attention.
In this blog I show you the Ottenby Gravfält (the gravefield of Ottenby). In the landscape you will notice quite a bunch of circular hills. These are ancient graves. According to the sign set up here, these graves originate to the iron age. I took a picture of it and added it to the photos below to give you a more detailed idea.
Please also check the satellite image from google maps as you can see the graves there.
Here now some photos I took here. Not only the graves are interesting, but the photos also give you a very good idea of the landscape in the south of Öland… I liked it!
Travelling on Öland this thing is something that places a big question mark over your head at first. I came driving down the road 136 and suddenly the road went through a huge stone wall that basically goes straight from coast to coast dividing the southern part of Öland from the rest.
Stopping the car for some photos I found a sign that explains a little about the history of the wall. The wall with its length of 4611 meters was raised after the order of Karl X Gustaf (the guy who lived in the castle in Borgholm) in 1653. At that time he was still the heir to the throne and ‘rented’ Öland from the Queen Kristina. Still nowadays it is not really clear what the purpose of the wall was, but it seperates the kings yard Ottenby from the rest of Öland. Purpose could have been to keep the deer herds in or to keep out the cattles from the farmers.
Have a look at the satellite image, you can see the wall there dividing Öland west to east…
In the east of Borgholm on Ölands east coast you will find a lonely place called Kapelludden. Here you can visit the ruins of the Saint Brita’s Chapel. It used to be Ölands largest chapel. I can not tell you from when the church originates, but signs say that the church most likely was built when the market place here on the coast was growing significantly (The homepage of the länsstyrelse Kalmar (page of the federal state) says it originates from around the 12th century). As ships were an important transport vehicle, places where they could bring goods on land played an important role.
In the background on some of the photos you can see the lighthouse Kapelluddens Fyr. I have to say that I enjoyed the place very much. It was very peaceful and the late afternoon light gave it its special atmosphere.
One time travelling along the Swedish coast northwards, I decided to stay a couple of days on Öland, the long stretched island east of Kalmar. On Öland I found a nice Nature Reserve called Knisa Mosse, which features one of very few wetlands that remained on the island during a wave of draining. So the area remained a wonderful place for birds that live here. If you want to visit Knisa Mosse, be aware that it has a periode of access restrictions to protect the bird life. It was from 1st of April to 15th of August during the year that I came here (2009). This time I was lucky being on my vacation off-season, so I could do the hike. For infos about Knisa Mosse, you can have a look on the links that I put on the emblems on the bottom of this blog post.
What I like here is the varying terrain as you have this for Öland so typical dry land, but also the lake landscape. It makes it to a very interesting place. Only the markings of the trail were partly not so easy and I had to improvise from time to time. But as said, it was in 2009, so I hope it has improved. Nevertheless, it is absolutely worth to come here.
Please click the emplems for more details on external pages…