Orchid Safari in Gotland
Enjoy Gotlands rich blooming landscape during a day tour.
Meet many of Gotlands beautiful orchids during a guided day our. Gotland is one of the best places in Sweden to explore those fascinating and special plants. More than 35 species regulary occur in this landscape full of limestone. Around first of May, you will find the first specimen of Early-Purple Orchid and Green-winged Orchid in graced meadow fields. The blooming of different species last to the end of August. The best time to watch orchids in Gotland, with many blooming species, starts in the beginning of June and continues to mid July.
A lots of rare species.
The orchid White Helleborine (Cephalanthera damasonium) is only recorded (endemic) in Gotland. Other species like the very rare Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidanis) is unique for the landscapes Gotland and Öland.
A fake insect.
The Fly Orchid (Ophrys insektifera) is a beautiful and fascinating orchid. The flowers use mimicry – they are very like a female Hymenoptera-insect. The flowers attract the male-insect which try to copulate with the flower. The insect then got some pollen on its body and help the orchids to reproduce. The flower also produce a ferromone, which attract the male insect with the smell. We will offer a fantastic tour to beautiful secret places in Swedens best orchid habitats. During a tour 2016 around 20 species were spotted. This orchid safari can also be arranged by request.
• Experienced orchid guide.
• Transport in mini bus.
• Relevant litterature during trip.
• Small group – maximum 8 guests.
Schedule for Orchid Safari.
07:45 Meeting GotlandActiveStore, Hamngatan 4, Visby.
08:00 Transport to suitable orchid places. We visit several localities to get as many species as possible. Outside lunch break.
16:00 The Orchid Safari ends up in Visby.
Bring your own lunch or book at GotlandNature.com.