Geology on Öland

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On Öland, from the north to the south, visitors can catch exciting glimpses of the island´s fascinating geological history. In the limestone quarries with their steep walls, you can ponder the evolution since the time when clay particles and chalky sludge deposits started to form Öland´s sedimentary bedrock with its fossilised octopi and other prehistoric animals. Each millimetre of limestone represents 1,000 years!

In many places on the island, small shallow quarries and ox-driven or wind-driven stone scouring mills tell us how important the limestone has been to the people of Öland through the centuries. When Carolus Linnaeus visited Öland in 1741, he was troubled to see that farmers often took time off from other important tasks in order to work the limestone quarries. To this day, the limestone is quarried and processed by a number of businesses on Öland, and stone handling is still one of the island´s most important trades.

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Highway 136

Distance: 16.9 km
Highway 136 is a Bed & Breakfast in central Öland about 15 km north of Borgholm. Close to Highway 136 there is a camel ranch, mini zoo, hiking trail, bike trail, wonderful nature and a beautiful beach. Pets are allowed.
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Marsjö Farm Bed & Breakfast (R)

Distance: 6.5 km
In Marsjö between Borgholm and Löttorp. In the countryside. Our rooms are located in a barn above the restaurant, surrounded by beautiful pastures with horses and sheep. Our guests will not be disturbed by any traffic. Marsjö lies in the countryside between Borgholm and Löttorp. Pets are not allowed in the house.
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Hagaby/Lantgården, STF Hostel

Distance: 9.2 km
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