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 A Trip to the Isle of Gotland, Sweden July 2001                                                                  dansk
Lilla Karlsø og Stora Karlsø
 Lilla Karlsö seen from Stora Karlsö, Gotland                                                                                                         © Ole Jacobi July 2001

Saturday 21 July 2001

The weather report last night promised rain all over Gotland, but by some lucky fluke, we see no sign of it. The trip to Stora Karlsö starts at 10, and for once we leave the bikes behind in Klintehamn harbour. It’s a very fast boat, and the trip takes half an hour. On this small island there’s only one car which is used to bring people’s luggage from the jetty to the houses around the lighthouse where most of the lodgings are. The island is known for its rich bird life, and a guide takes us around the island to show us the vertical cliffs where thousands of birds have been hatching, and also the rich vegetation, unspoilt by sheep and other cattle which are banned on the island. It’s wonderfully peaceful here, a joy to listen to and watch all the different birds.

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