On Wednesday 9 May, The Crown Princess carried out her ninth walk through the provinces of Sweden on Öland. The walk on Öland took in the southeast of the island, from Seby to Ås Church in Ottenby.
The walk began at Seby, and then continued to Gräsgård Harbour. From Gräsgård Harbour, the walk continued onto the Alvaret plains to Eketorp Fort.
Eketorp Fort is a fully excavated hillfort where the walls and buildings have been recreated. At the fort, The Crown Princess learnt about Öland's food strategy and Sweden's Second Terroir Atlas, a description of the region's unique geographical conditions.
After lunch at Eketorp Fort, the walk continued south to Össby, Enetri and Näsby. In Össby, representatives from the municipality described their world heritage work and the importance of walking trails.
During the walk to Enetri, representatives from the county administrative board talked about the work involved with water shortages and how they are working to prevent these.
The Crown Princess's walk on Öland concluded at Ås Church in Ottenby. The Crown Princess climbed the church tower to see the views of Alvaret.
The Crown Princess's walk on Öland included birdwatching, outdoor teaching and archery.
Öland is both Sweden's smallest province and the country's second largest island. The island is linked to the mainland by Öland Bridge, which at just over 6 kilometres is Sweden's longest bridge. The south of Öland is dominated by the Stora Alvaret plains, which are around ten kilometres across.
The province has just over 25,000 inhabitants living in an area of 1,347 km². The largest town is Borgholm.
Province flower: Hoary rockrose
Province animal: Thrush nightingale
In September 2017, The Crown Princess began a series of walks through the provinces of Sweden. The walks through the 25 provinces of Sweden will be carried out over the coming years.
The Crown Princess aims to discover new parts of Sweden during different seasons, and to showcase the wonders of Swedish nature for all those who live and work here.
So far, the following walks have been carried out:
Västergötland on 9 September 2017
Västerbotten on 6 October 2017
Östergötland on 26 October 2017
Värmland on 17 November 2017
Blekinge on 13 April 2018
Närke on 20 April 2018
Lappland on 25 April 2018
Gotland on 4 May 2018