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Stora Karlso, Gotland

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Stora Karlsö is an island off the west coast of Gotland, Sweden; part of Eksta socken. It is mostly known for its rich birdlife with large colonies of common guillemot, and flora. Stora Karlsö is a nature reserve, the second oldest in the world after Yellowstone National Park.GeographyStora Karlsö is a small Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, situated about 6km west of the island of Gotland. It has an area of about 2.5km2 and is up to 52m high. Most of the island consists of a limestone plateau, bordered by steep cliffs along the shore. It is mostly covered with alvar, with many juniper bushes and some small groves of deciduous trees.Birds and plantsThe island is mostly known for its rich birdlife and flora. It has large colonies of common guillemot (about 7500 breeding pairs) and razorbill (4500 pairs). In spring, there is an extraordinary number of orchids, mostly elder-flowered orchid and early purple orchid. There are also several very rare plants for Sweden such as Adonis vernalis, Lactuca quercina (called Karlsösallat in Swedish), hart's-tongue fern and Corydalis gotlandica (the only endemic plant on Gotland).
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  • August 17, 2017
    A day trip is really amazing! The boat over the o back is fine, the island is quite incredible! Good guides, good receiving station, everything was wonderful! Really recommended!
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  • July 21, 2017
    Very peaceful and beautiful. A great excursion for even the minimum, but you can not go yourself, you need to have something to carry your baby in went smoothly and the boat trip over; you could run a little back and forth in time as it crept a little too much in the body. Both birds and sheep was very easy to look at and get close in the limited areas, besides, it was a treat to find fossils on the beach. A wonderful day for the whole family, but next time we go to lilla Karlsö.
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  • July 3, 2017
    You feel almost transferred to the Greek archipelago when seeing the island rise Rocky out the sea. It is very beautiful and very interesting to hear nature guides talk about plants and especially the rich bird life on the island
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