Port of Call: Kalmar, Sweden


Kalmar is situated in the county of Småland, in southeastern Sweden. One port, three destinations (Kalmar, Öland and Orrefors), Kalmar offers visitors a rich historical heritage as well as world-class art and design, including handmade Swedish crystal from Orrefors Glassworks. The southern part of Öland (pictured) is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Excursions include Orrefors Glass Museum & Exhibition Hall, where visitors enjoy watching craftsmen transform glowing melt into crystal masterpieces and have the chance to purchase crystal products in the tax-free shop; Himmelsberga Museum, an Öland village preserved as a folklore museum; Paradisverkstaden, a ceramics center; Vida Museum; Borgholm Castle; Palace of Solliden, an Italian-style white palace, built by Queen Victoria of Sweden in 1903-06, still used as a summer residence by the Swedish Royal Family; the Village of Eketorp, an ancient settlement that has been reconstructed within the original ring wall; and Ottenby, on the south of the island of Öland, one of the top areas for bird watching in Sweden (Visit the tourist exhibition center Ottenby Naturum to learn more about the wildlife and culture of the area.)

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