Gotland - A tropical coral reef in the Baltic Sea

Trip location
Gotland (Island) / Sweden

Start & end dates
Sat. 11. - Thu. 16. July 2020

Host/Contact
GeoPark Nordisches Steinreich
+49 4547 159 315
info@geopark-nordisches-steinreich.de

Target group
Scientists, partners  and students

Full description
Gotland is one of the most important sites for Silurian corals worldwide. It’s over  400 million year old fossil remains can be found almost everywhere on the island. Many are strikingly beautiful. Formerly located in tropical latitudes, Gotland is now the largest island in the Baltic Sea. During Silurian  time corals lived in different habitats. Many colony-forming species were reef formers, single corals were attached to suitable hard substrates or lay loosely on the sediment. Here on Gotland you can marvel at the development of the corals in a unique way. Walking along the beaches on the southern shores of the island you cannot fail to find nicely preserved corals, such as Tabulate and Rugose Corals. Tabulates were colonial Corals thought to have been ecologically similar to modern Scleractinian corals, and like modern corals, their colonies were capable of forming a variety of shapes.

Gotland is perhaps best known for its sea stacks, which originates from a time when Gotland was located near the equator. Much has happened since then but sea stacks stands there still, proud and strong monuments from a past era.

For geotourists seeking scenic landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere, mixed with a strong taste of history, Gotland is the place to visit. For fossil-collectors the island is a true treasure chest. Magnificent picture stones, found only on Gotland, give visitors an exciting insight into the Viking world with their picture motifs. Visby was the main centre of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. The Hanseatic town of Visby was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995.

The fieldtrip will lead to the most important geological outcrops of the island.

Day 1 (July 11): from Bremen – Växjö by bus
Day 2 (July 12): Växjo – Gotland by bus and ferry; in the afternoon first Field trip
Day 3- 4: Stay in Gotland; Field trips
Day 5 (July 15): Last Field trip; in the afternoon return to Växjö by ferry and bus
Day 6 (July 16): return from Växjö to Bremen by bus

For a potential return flight the following airports are on the way back from Visby: Visby, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Bremen

Accommodation
Gotland: 3 star hotel Suderbys Herrgård.
It’s around 12 km from the popular Tofta Beach and around 7 km from Visby away. It is a typical house of a former estate in beautiful nature. The rooms are simple but functional and have a TV. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the excellent food with your warm hosts. www.suderbysherrgard.com

Växjö: 3 star hotel Royal Corner.

Number of participants
30 - 42 participants

Fees (EUR)
€ 978.00 per person
Single room supplement: € 200.00

Included in the fees:
* Geology Guide to the most important geological outcrops of the island.
* Travel in a first class long-distance coach
* Bus transfers on Gotland
* 5 x overnight stays in 3 star hotels
* 5 x breakfast
* 4 x dinner as a 2-course menu in the hotels or on July 15th as Dish of the day on the Gotland ferry

Total duration of the trip: 6 days