IN NORTH­ERN GOT­LAND

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Val­le­viken Head­ing north, we reach Val­le­viken and stay there awhile. This for­mer min­ing vil­lage has been con­verted into a ho­tel and restau­rant with its own small ma­rina, beach and pon­toon. The hand­some manor house dom­i­nat­ing the port dates from the early 20th cen­tury and must have be­longed to the wealthy own­ers of the mine, only a few re­mains of which still ex­ist. Bit­ten, who could eas­ily have been a Bergman hero­ine, now takes care of the es­tate. Since her hus­band left to sail around the world in a Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 47, Bit­ten runs the ho­tel, com­posed of six red wood cab­ins that can each sleep up to six, and the restau­rant with a ter­race where a lo­cal chef will rule the kitchen this sum­mer. Kayak­ing, fish­ing trips, laz­ing on the beach and scram­bling over the ruins are all on the menu, too. Not for­get­ting the sauna which is open to the pub­lic ev­ery Fri­day. val­le­viken.se Fabriken Furillen The for­mer lime­stone quarry on the Furillen penin­sula re­sem­bles a space sta­tion on the Moon. Pho­tog­ra­pher Jo­han Hell­ström, who pur­chased the 500-acre site nearly twenty years ago, has turned it into an end-of-the­world des­ti­na­tion with su­perla­tive ar­chi­tec­ture. The cold lines are soft­ened by black Got­land sheep­skins and while the ho­tel ap­peals more to fash­ion-con­scious cou­ples, a tour of the sur­round­ing area with the chil­dren is re­ally worth­while. The fur­ni­ture in the café-restau­rant is made en­tirely out of Got­land pine and the bar serves an ex­clu­sive gin dis­tilled on site and based on the is­land’s wild flow­ers and herbs. furillen.se Bun­genäs On one side are old army bunkers con­verted into de­signer lodgings by the Got­land ar­chi­tects col­lec­tive Skälsö. On the other, clus­tered around the chim­neys of the ex-lime­stone in­dus­try are a bar-restau­rant, art gallery and a cinema. By propos­ing an trendy al­ter­na­tive venue, Bun­genäs now draws a hip pop­u­la­tion to the north of the is­land. Only ac­ces­si­ble on foot or by bi­cy­cle, which means kids get to go on a nice walk. bun­ge­nas.se

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