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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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  • You ♥Mögen nature? Pur? ♥ Here, you may enjoy an intact world ♣ please review! observe birds, rocks and peace ♥ maybe would or should prepare ♥ what you need to know? about the history of the Geologie♥ a small simple restaurant! ♣ forget you not your swimwear! the Pebble Beach is worth a visit. ♥ Lycka till good luck =
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  • An incredibly beautiful island (only 2 months a year open to tourists!), and from that it builds in the Bay ferrietje you feel a completely different man! 5 minutes later you sit on a sand beach and enjoy the incredibly handsome rock formations and constant on-land of the local colony and alken. Later that day, I am under the direction of a guide on the island hiked to at the impressive colony of Guillemots (10000 breeding pairs) on the very high and steep rocks, an experience I will never forget, add to this that you see during your walk a few rare species, among others. the barred Warbler and as Avid nature lover you sail after about 5 hours on the island back to Gotland (but you see on the way back the colony seals of Lilac Karlsö delicious in sunny). I visited this, happy, protected paradise in July 2013 but I now 3 years later still back every minute. Although it is so incredibly beautiful and untouched, the crowds quite remarkably. According to me because Gotland itself, except for Sweden and Finnish, for the rest of the world for a small expedition means to get there and that you still have a little boat on to Stora Karlsö, I was there at the time, the first Belgian since the computer was introduced, because my boat ticket creation took longer because Belgium as a country not yet in their system was created. For nature photographers and ornitholgen an absolute must!
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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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