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Around Gotland - Part 1

skapad 2012-05-10 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

A few years back I remember that I started to think about wanting to go to Gotland. It seemed to be such a different and beautiful place to visit, but of course I had lots of other ideas as well, so Gotland kind of fell out of my list. I didn't forget about it, I just put it on hold for a while. So during a few years I cycled across the USA, paddled the whole Swedish coastline, went on scuba diving trips to Thailand, did a ski season in Chamonix and did lots of paddling in other parts of the world.

Last year me and Nick Cunliffe went to Denmark to paddle "around" the country but after thieves had stolen our equipment and evil autumn storms got in our way, we abandoned the last part of the trip. We paddled 900 km out of 1200 km. But after that I felt I just wanted, and needed, to do something new. A paddle somewhere nice and that didn't have to be very far away from home.

So when Maria, my friend from Gothenburg, invited me to her birthday party on Gotland I saw my chance to finally go to the island and why not bring my kayak then? So I started to plan for my departure. I got my kit together, which always gives me at least a few surprises, before going on a trip. I can't understand how the tent poles can break, while they are in their bag, waiting to be used... Thankfully my friend Peter lended me his tent.

On this trip I had to paddle my SKUK Romany, which is a great boat, but maybe not the most suitable for longer trips, since it's rather short and the packing volume is not really something to brag about. But the Arrow Nuka I also have, it still in Wales, so that wasn't an option. And I have to say that I was a bit worried that some of the kit wouldn't fit in the boat. But as long as there would be room for the chocolate, then everything would be fine!

I contacted Henrik on Kajak Gotland, who was very helpful and sent me a map with some top tips about the island. And I did as much reasearch on internet as I wanted to. In general I don't want to know too much about the destination, cause that is a very big part of the experience for me.

So after a weekend with birthday dinners, lovely walks in the old medieval town of Visby, BBQ's, games in the park and a few glasses of red, I checked the weather forecast on Sunday morning and realised that the winds would be very good for me on Sunday afternoon. So I tried to forget about the headache and started to get ready for departure.

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Let's Go(tland)...

Let's Go(tland)...

Is it a space ship? A prison? A rockabilly gathering? Or just the ferry to the island?

Is it a space ship? A prison? A rockabilly gathering? Or just the ferry to the island?

Leaving the harbour of Oskarshamn looking out on Blå Jungfrun in the distance.

Leaving the harbour of Oskarshamn looking out on Blå Jungfrun in the distance.

Even a boring ferry can be beautiful in the right light.

Even a boring ferry can be beautiful in the right light.

Empty feeling on the winding streets of Visby.

Empty feeling on the winding streets of Visby.

A typical tiny little house in Visby, the main town on the island.

A typical tiny little house in Visby, the main town on the island.

It's low season on Gotland, can you tell?

It's low season on Gotland, can you tell?

A mini Visby, for mini people and bugs.

A mini Visby, for mini people and bugs.

Wooden houses and stone houses blend together in a historical mix in Visby.

Wooden houses and stone houses blend together in a historical mix in Visby.

I wish I had a dog...

I wish I had a dog...

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Trekking to the far end of the world - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Hidden away from the rest of the world, Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Patagonia, Chile is a beautiful gem that completely blew my mind during our 5 day trek last week. I still dream about it every night and can't wait to go back.

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What is it about lighthouses?

I love lighthouses. And I know I'm not the only one. The attraction lighthouses has on me is equivalent to what lots of people feel when they see a brand new Aston Martin in the street or probably how a horse enthusiast feels when a proud Arabic horse is running across the fields in the sunset. There's something magic about them.

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Green Adventures is not only about work. It's about a passion, not only for kayaking but for all the amazing things we can do in the outdoors. Last weekend I had a wonderful time on a mirror calm sea just outside my door step. fake rolex

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