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The forests of Öland

I spent the weekend on the beautiful island Öland, in the eastern part of Sweden. Among other things I found the time to wander through the forests of Halltorp, famous for the relict oak trees some of which are estimated to be 500 years old. Most of the old trees were chopped down in 1918, but a few are preserved and it feels like walking among the Ents of Tolkien lore.

For most people, I guess Öland is synonymous with the barren plains called Alvaret (the Great Alvar), so this forest is a bit unique for the region. Not far north is the Borgholm ruin, which I also really recommend.

Halltorp forest Walking through the area.
Halltorp forest Hey look, an oak (or rather, an ent).
Halltorp forest Walking through the area.
Halltorp forest Walking through the area.
Halltorp forest The Kalmar strait is nearby.

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