Europe,  Öland,  Sweden

Byrums raukar, Öland

Hi! I actually left my apartment for something other than going to work och going to the vet (my cat broke a toe haha!) this week. I hopped into my car and drove over to Öland which is an island on the east coast of Sweden. I’m very fourtunate to live 5 mins away from the crossing bridge but I can count the times I visited on one hand. So when they called from work and asked if I wanted to take a day off I said HELL YES! And planned an adventure. My plan was to drive up to Byrums Raukar and hike and take some photos. Raukar is a Swedish word for a special stone formation which is formed when relatively softer rocks at beaches are eroded by the surrounding sea and a harder limestone core remains. Look at the pictures and you will understand! I’ve never seen them IRL and I wanted to. I drove the 1,5 hrs there and was greeted with a storm and -3ºC meaning that it was very cold! So I didn’t hike as much as I planned but I still got some nice photos.
Everything was covered in ice and I had to be extremely careful not to fall over even with my hiking boots on. But it still looked beautiful and I got there just in time for sunset which made the whole experience so much better! In these pictures you can see what I meant with the rocks, they’ve all been formed by the ocean which is pretty cool if you ask me.
Do you explore the place where you live often? I’m a big believer in “exploring my own backyard” but I don’t do it enough! A personal goal for 2018 must be to explore the city I live in and it’s surroundings more. I’ve only lived here for 1,5 years and I’ve not seen nearly enough. There will definitely be another trip over to Öland soon.

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