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Stora Karlso, Gotland
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Stora Karlsö is an island off the west coast of Gotland, Sweden. 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 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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  • Lived in the lighthouse one time and couldn't have been happier! Absolutely superb guides and accommodation hosts gilded days and environment are hard to beat. Will come back.
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  • Only for nature loving people. A large bird life on steep cliffs. Clear the visitors ' host. Boats take one out to stora Karlsö.
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  • Really nice excursion. It includes a long and very pleasant tour around the island. We came a bit late to see the large colony of Guillemots, but thanks to the nice guide, it was still very prsivärt. We ate lunch in the restaurant before the tour, both the chicken and veggie casserole was clearly approved.
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  • The rugged beauty of this island makes you sad you cannot move to live there permanently! Be sure to visit after 15th of August though, because that's when you're allowed to go to the coastal cliffs. Before that, you have to stay more inland in all but a few places, because the bird-life on the island is very delicate and can't handle close human presence. The birds themselves are a sight to see too though, even if you're not a hobbyist. The old lighthouse makes for some of the best photos, but is worth an inside visit as well, although I'm not sure if you can go on your own or need a guided tour for it (I stumbled on a tour and went in with them). I didn't get to spend a night on the island, because I didn't book far enough in advance and all the beds were taken. There are very few, so be sure to book at least a month in advance; the earlier the better. The place you want to stay at is definitely the western 'cove' area -- a 'jungle-like' environment with some huge waves amid the jagged rock formations!
  • We had solar hot/hardly any wind. It tends not to be as good conditions at st Karlsö, we were told by the guides. The guides were very helpful and told me during the 2 1/2 hour tour very describes with compassion about historical and nature. The food was very good in the restaurant. This was the best thing about our 1veckas vacation on the island of Gotland. Can highly recommend making a day trip here.
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  • Was there in May and saw the bird life and Adam and Eve. Super interesting and something you just must see! The island was not nearly as windy as I thought. A negative, however, for ticks.
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  • Windy today!
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  • Stora Karlsö with beautiful scenery and unique bird life. Unfortunately, the voyage not an equally pleasant experience, along with trash bins for compost. Desirable could be better marked trails for those who do not want to join the guided tour.
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