Utklippan, Sweden


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We were the first visitors of the season when we made Swedish landfall at Utklippan on March 27th. We were excited to finally reach Sweden and were looking forward to some fabulous cruising. Utklippan itself is an incredibly beautiful island full of migrating shorebirds, lots of history to see, and a lighthouse. It’s a wild place at the southeast extreme of the country and we had it all to ourselves.

Below are trip highlights from March 27th, 2019 en route from Bornholm, DE to Utklippan, SE. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps

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Hammershus Castle
Hammershus Castle, just barely visible in the mist, as we pass along the west coast of Bornholm en route to Sweden.
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Ara Liverpool
The 462 ft (141m) Gibraltar-flagged container ship Ara Liverpool heading south of Bornholm Island.
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Traffic
Lots of traffic as we cross the lanes north of Bornholm Island.
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Genca
The Netherlands-registered RO/RO cargo ship Genca.
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Danish Flag
Lowering our Danish courtesy flag. We won’t have that one up again until we pass through the Copenhagen area this fall.
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Swedish Flag
Raising a Swedish courtesy flag for the first time. We’re really looking forward to cruising Sweden.
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Swedish Customs
On the phone with Swedish Customs to report our arrival with our cat Spitfire. Sweden requires that any animals brought into the country be declared to customs.
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Utklippan
Approaching Utklippan, the most southeasterly islands in Sweden and our first Swedish port.
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Cannon
Lone cannon standing guard at Utklippan.
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Utklippan Lighthouse
A light at Utklippan was first lit in 1789. The current tower was built in 1870, replacing an older one built in 1840 on top of a fortress. The light was automated in 1972 and deactivated in 2008.
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Sweden Arrival
Olof Hernmarck, the harbourmaster at Utklippan, sent us this image from their web cam of Dirona arriving into our first Swedish port. Utklippan is an incredibly beautiful island full of migrating shorebirds, lots of history to see, and a lighthouse. It’s a wild place at the southeast extreme of the country and we have it all to ourselves. We’re excited to reach Sweden and are looking forward to some fabulous cruising.
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Welcome to Utklippan
We’re so excited to finally arrive in Sweden as the first guests of the season at Utklippan.
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Utklippan Harbour
The harbour we’re in was originally built as an emergency shelter for local fisherman, with an east and a west entrance to allow protected entry depending on the sea conditions. It’s now a popular guest harbour.
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Web Cam View
The view to our moorage at Utklippan from the island web cam.
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Sodraskar
Utklippan is made up of two islands, Norraskar where we are moored, and Sodraskar, where the lighthouse is. The islands aren’t connected, so we dropped the tender in to walk around Sodraskar. We wore our Mustang suits, not because it was particularly cold at 45°F (7.2°C), but to take the tender around the outside of the island.
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Lighthouse
To help defend the Swedish Navy base in nearby Karlskrona, a lighthouse was built on Sodraskar in 1842 with a quadratic defense tower. It is one of the few fortified lighthouses in the world.
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Cannon
In times of war, twenty men would be based on Sodraskar to defend the island with four cannons.
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Sauna
The wooden buildings around the original lighthouse structure are a guest hostel, complete with sauna.
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Swans
We usually see swans only in sheltered waters, but have seen several “surf swans” over the past few days.
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Foundation
Several foundations like this are present on Utklippan, likely the remain of fishermen’s huts dating from at least the 17th century.
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Breakwater
Jennifer walking along the northwest breakwater at Utklippan, towards the entry we came through earlier. A ship is just visible in the distance to the south.
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On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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