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Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland

by Patricija

What is the Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland?

The Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland is a vast area (140,000 acres) on the Swedish island called Öland. It is known for its extraordinary biodiversity, prehistory, agrarian landscape, fields, and pastures.

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Areal view of a fortress or walled town in the middle of fields. The fortress has a brick wall around in in a circular shape, with crenellations along the top. The entrance is a building with a gateway into the wall. Inside the wall are rows of low long buildings.

Öland island is the second biggest island in Sweden and the landscapes here are unlike any other in the country. There are plenty of things to do in the area and the best time to visit is in the summer when everything opens up.

From ancient fortresses and ruins to beautiful beaches and charming villages – there is something to do in Öland for everyone.

Why is Southern Öland a UNESCO World Heritage site?

According to UNESCO, the reason the Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland is a World Heritage Site is due to the uniqueness of the landscape, with “abundant evidence of continuous human settlement from prehistoric times to the present day.”

An ancient system of division of farmland, with linear villages, is still visible in this landscape today, where the land has been farmed and grazed in the same way for centuries. The area also holds a number of prehistoric archeological sites.

A field with a double row of standing stones, mostly small, but with a larger one at each end. In the distance a windmill.

What can you expect on a visit to Southern Öland?

If you want to see diverse and stunning Swedish landscapes, then Öland is the place to be. Most visited in summer by both local and foreign tourists, make sure you plan your trip in advance as the accommodations tend to be quite booked up.

Zoom in on the map below to find accommodations on the island:

Is Southern Öland worth visiting?

Öland’s southern landscapes are by far the most beautiful and diverse Sweden has to offer. It is a must-visit if you are coming to Sweden in summer and I suggest spending at least three days here.

Any traveler will find something interesting in Öland. Beaches, ruins, hiking trails, cozy cafés – you’ve got it all, easily accessible with a car.

A solitary small house in a hill covered in short grasses, against a sunset sky.

Tips for visiting Southern Öland

There are many things to do in this area, so make sure you have at least two days to explore. In this guide, you will see the top 30 things to do in Öland, where 15 of them are in the southern part.

Where is Öland ?

The island Öland is a 5-hour drive from Stockholm or Gothenburg. Once you arrive at the island via the 6km long bridge, the best way to get around Southern Öland is also by car.

The landscape is available for anyone to visit, any time. There are several sites and places to visit in southern Öland, so plan depending on the places you’d like to see. The majority of the attractions are free; only a handful of places charge an entrance fee.

Have you been to Öland? If so, do you have any additional information or advice about this UNESCO World Heritage site? Please add your comments below!

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