After spending four nights in Visby, we got a good weather window for the 40 nm crossing to northern Öland. We anchored in the Grankullavik bay in the northern tip of Öland. There is also a small and pretty low-key harbour called Nabbelund in the western part of Grankullavik, but after spending many nights in the busy Visby inner harbour, we were happy to stay at a quiet anchorage in the middle of the bay. Grankullavik is a fairly large bay, but it is quite shallow so you cannot anchor close to the shore. Thus, dinghy with an outboard engine is almost a must, if you want to visit for instance the lighthouse. Another option is to stay at the harbour, from which there is a trail to the lighthouse or to the Trollskogen. The bay is open to the northerly winds, but low flying islets act as a reef and during our stay they blocked most of the swell from the bay.
On the following day, we visited Långe Erik’s lighthouse (Ölands Norra Udde), which is open to the visitors during the summer months. On the northeastern side of the Grankullavik there is a must-see nature reserve forest called Trollskogen. The name ‘Trolls’ forest” comes from old and crooked pines and oaks, of which the oldest are almost 200 years old.
In the afternoon, we hoisted the anchor and made a short 6 nautical miles leg to Byxelkrok, which is a popular and lively guest harbour and summer village in Northern Öland. We arrived there quite early, but the harbour was already quite full. We had some good memories from our previous visit to Byxelkrok in 2011, so it was nice to visit this cosy small harbour again after some years.