In addition there was an opportunity to see another piece of Gotland's history.
The harbour at Klintehamn is not the most attractive as it is mainly commercial with a grain silo and a large forestry and timber operation.
|The harbour, the silos are much further away than they look!|
In the afternoon we cycled to Gannarve where, in a field, there is a late bronze age ship grave, one of around 350 that have survived on Gotland.
|Ship grave, cremated remains were buried in pots within them|
|Old wooden windmill on farm|
|Traditional Gotland sheep|
|More story telling headstones, this time 16th century|
|A delightful morning as the sun came up|
We were heading to the island of Oland and we crossed the N tip In early afternoon. A little while later, after 44nm, we reached the harbour of Byxelkrok on the W coast. Oland is long and narrow, about 120km long and at the most 12km wide. It also claims a unique landscape with a limestone bedrock.
We walked around 3km N from Byxelkrok along the coast to the Neptuni Nature Reserve. This is an extensive shingle field.
|Viking grave field|
|The horizontal layers of rock and shale|
|Fossils abound in the slabs, this one just below the surface|
On Thursday morning we had a visitor for breakfast. A brave young sparrow perched on the edge of the cockpit and then helped himself to some titbits put on a fender waiting to be stowed.
|Muesli made a tasty breakfast!|
|Bikes outside HM office, harbour in background|
|Windmill, one of the largest in northern Europe|
|Sailing is not all sunshine!|
|Rain has stopped but still a threatening sky|
|The harbour, Whileaway in the middle distance|
In the afternoon we cycled nearly 20km through the drizzle to see two areas of interest. Firstly the Stora Alvaret landscape which covers a significant part of the South of Oland. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site it is a limestone plain with a thin layer of soil and with the extreme climate there are unique flora and fauna.
|A glimpse of the Stora Alvaret|
Then on to Barby borg, an ancient fortification from around 400-500AD, one edge being on a natural steep scarp, near the islands highest point of only 57m above sea level. On the trip we saw half a dozen of the 400 or so windmills on the island.
|Historic windmill and water pump|
Sunday dawned much more brightly. We set off with blue skies and light NE winds. We did manage to sail slowly for a couple of hours and eventually found the narrow channel and arrived in Bergkvara just before noon. By early afternoon the temperature had reached 20C and the pressure climbed to 1028. We went for a walk around the rather spread out village but apart from some historic houses found little of note.
|Smart American car|
|Not so smart old Volvos!|
|Just gliding past|
|Tea time for sparrows|
|Seems like the houses are now holiday apartments|
|Still a small fishing fleet in Sandhamn|
|Some of the landscape was similar to that on Oland|
|Plenty of bird life, but big telephoto lens required!|
At six o'clock on a weekday evening there were more than a dozen bird watchers with their high power cameras and binoculars surveying the shore. On a beautiful evening it was good to see so much bird life.
Now we have reached the bottom of Sweden's main E coast we will head W and S towards the S coast and then on to Denmark.