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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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  • We came here in a boat after the go-ahead from the Superintendent. We had booked a double room next to the jetty and restaurant. A cottage with two rooms and in good send, fairly new. A low building that melted well in location. We took a walk around the island, saw a white-tailed eagle and all the free grazing sheep. Visit to the lighthouse and a healthy bath at the pier. Here we will be happy to go again!
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  • A completely unforgettable experience of nature with the Baltic Sea's largest bird mountain. The boat goes from Klintehamn and takes about 35 minutes. Select a tour which includes a guided tour of the island. Please book in advance. Once on the island to gather all of the information about what happens on the island. There is a small beach where swimming is permitted. Possibility of lunch and refreshments are available at the island's restaurant. Report upon arrival to you if you wish to have lunch. For those who for some reason do not want to go along with the common guided hike on the island, you're welcome to follow the same step itself. There is a small script to borrow to get around on their own. I took the opportunity to eat lunch. It was fish soup with salad and bread. Tasted very good. It went to sit both inside and out. Would you rather eat your own packed lunch, there are tables and chairs along the trail. The tour began with the very talented biologists told me about the island's history, birds and plants. There was a place where one could leave his purse so we did not have to carry around the during the hike. The tour was of about 2.5 km and took just over two hours. Met with unforgettable views. All these birds were nesting on the cliffs was absolutely amazing to see. The beautiful nature with its special plants and the lighthouse with the lighthouse dwelling. On the island there was also something as unusual as a raukport. For those who want to stay a bit longer accommodation facilities. Would add that dogs are not welcome on the island.
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  • 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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  • Great nature reserve either for a day visit or staying overnight. Interesting fauna, flora and history. A must for birds lovers.
  • Beautiful island with rich flora and fauna and much history. Lived in Nice hostel next to the lighthouse and bird mountain. Very well-kept and quaint. Nice guide staff on the island.
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  • A nice nature had the misfortune to get a poor guide as often retorted I don't know actually, tried to get information about the lighthouse but the up down fast we have to go now, not interesting to know that this is 4 guiderum 60% information rest blue. MUSEUM very information-giving. Put up information on boards for guided the way.
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  • Wonderful nature reserve, with historic flair and magical views!
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  • Amazing scenery and knowledgeable guides for the visit to a big shot.
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