Signature Trail Öland is one of STF’s 12 signature trails.
Signature Trail Öland in brief
- Length: 84 kilometres in total, 12–22 kilometres per day
- How much time: Five days hiking, 3–9 hours per day
- Number of overnight stays: Four
- Water/food along the trail: It is possible to get supplies at a small number of locations. Water and lunch should be brought each day.
- Accommodation during the hike: Ölands Skogsby Hostel, STF Mörbylånga/Stora Frögården, Allégården Kastlösa, Gammalsbygården, STF Ottenby Hostel
- Fully licensed restaurants: STF Mörbylånga/Stora Frögården, Allégården Kastlösa, Gammalsbygården.
- Link to map
The soil on Öland begun being cultivated as early as in the Stone Age; then as well as now, arable and livestock farming have co-existed. Mörbylångaleden runs through this landscape of pastures, villages, wetlands and arable land.
The trail starts at the Öland Tourist Information Centre in Färjestaden and goes all the way down to the southern tip of Öland. It begins with inland hiking and, on day two, runs right by the eastern coast of Öland. On the third day, you traverse to the east side of Öland and the hike heads directly south on the following days. There is accommodation at the end of each stage. On the first and the last day you should make sure you bring food for dinner. There are restaurants available on the other days.
See and do along the trail
The hiking trail passes large parts of Öland and there are therefore a number of different activities along the way. Go swimming, rent kayaks, visit second-hand shops or galleries, for example. Öland has plenty of workshops for both design and crafts.
The very southern tip of Öland has the famous lighthouse Långe Jan, as well as Ottenby Bird Station. There is a bird museum, public recreation areas, a nature visitor centre and a restaurant. There are also various types of guided bird tours on offer.
Show off your Öland!
Stages of Signature Trail Öland
Day 1: Färjestaden-Skogsby 18 kilometres, 6–7 hours of hiking.
Stay here: Ölands Skogsby Vandrarhem (Not STF accommodation, which means your membership discount does not apply and you cannot book via STF).
The start of the trail is at Öland Tourist Information Centre, just next to the bridge. The whole section is an easy hike and it mainly runs on tarmac roads, gravel roads and tractor roads. At Station Linné (a research station with guided tours), continue on road 136 and walk north for one kilometre to reach the hostel. Limited availability of food and water along the section.
Day 2: Skogsby-STF Mörbylånga/Stora Frögården 12 kilometres, 4–5 hours of hiking.
Stay here: STF Mörbylånga/Stora Frögården
The second section begins on road 136, heading south, but quickly turns off onto smaller roads and then turns into footpaths and narrow tractor roads that run right along the coast. The hiking is easy and pleasant, sometimes through lush woodland and sometimes next to the sea. There are barbecue spots and toilets along the way. There are plenty of places to go for a swim! The trail runs just right past the hostel. Limited availability of food and water along the section, a fully licensed restaurant and self-catering facilities are available at the hostel.
Day 3: STF Mörbylånga/Stora Frögården-Kastlösa 20 kilometres, 7–8 hours of hiking.
Stay here: Allégården Kastlösa (Not STF accommodation, which means your membership discount does not apply and you cannot book via STF).
The trail continues along the coast until Mörbylånga. This is the last place along this hike where you can buy food. From here, the trail runs on gravel roads and tractor roads. At Klovenhälls Läge, approximately four kilometres from the end of the stage there is a nice rest stop by the sea. There is a restaurant at the end of the stage.
Day 4: Kastlösa-Gammalsby 22 km, 7–8 hours of hiking.
Stay here: Gammalsbygården (Not STF accommodation, which means your membership discount does not apply and you cannot book via STF).
The trail now runs from the west coast to the east coast. For large parts of the day, the hike takes you through the vast, barren Stora alvaret, occasionally with a view over the Baltic Sea. In the middle of the section, the trail runs in a straight line on an old railway embankment, which may sometimes be a bit uneven. In total, there are three official rest stops along the section. There is a toilet at the beginning and just before the end of the section. No food or water are available along the section. There is a restaurant at the end of the stage.
Day 5: Gammalsby-Ottenby 12 km, 4–5 hours of hiking.
Stay here: STF Ottenby Hostel
On the last day, the trail first continues along the old embankment, before heading through fields, paths and finally a country road. There is no available food or water along the section. There are self-catering facilities at the hostel.
Recharge or relax before or after your hike at STF Vickleby/Bo pensionat
"I needn’t have worried about the long stages, they were easier than I had thought!"