Öland limestone was one of Sweden’s dominant rock exports during the 1600’s. The islands rock formations are stark and unusal and “rauk” or stone columns created by natural erosion can be found here as well as on the islands of Gotland and Fårö.
Carl Linnaeus himself noted in 1741 that the shallow soil and limestone topography creates a unique environment and haven for wildflowers such as Burnt Orchid (above), Henbane and Pasque Flower.
The limestone of Öland is still being quarried today but on a much smaller scale. Wonderfully rich, mellow red and grey limestone slabs and tiles can be found at Sjostrom Stenforadling http://www.sjostreomstenforadling.com/.