Sweden's Island of Gotland is located in the center of the Baltic Sea. It is famous for its and historic capital of Visby, medieval architecture, and limestone hills and rock formations which give the island somewhat of another-world look. It is crowded in the summer months, when the Swedish archipelago and coastline become a sunlit paradise with some of the most green and dazzling landscapes imaginable.
Gotland is also the location of the remote Furillen peninsula, home to an abandoned rock quarry and a starkly modern hotel which takes it inspiration from the industrial landscape which surrounds it. Furillen is the inspiration for a beautiful and realistic Second Life region which has quickly become a blogger and photographer favorite, and which stands any preconceived notion of what makes for a gorgeous Second Life winter sim on its head. Never has winter looked more desolate and overwhelmingly powerful then in the cold drifts of Furillen.
The island's programmed Windlight Sky Setting is Bryn Oh's Immersive Grey Dust, and the Windlight Water Setting Blackwater. These settings yield a rich grey sky and chilly and dark ocean and are evocative of a snowy winter's night in the Baltic. I show the programmed setting in the photograph of the trailer above, and the last photograph of the beach furniture below. I used some different settings including several custom ones the remainder of these images since Winter in Scandinavia actually yields varied and beautiful lighting effects.
To visit this highly recommended destination:
Furillen Flickr Group:
The Fabriken Furillen Hotel Web Site includes photographs which look similar to the Second Life virtualization:
Wiki Entry for the Furillen Peninsula (with evocative photographs):
For more blog coverage:
Real Virtual (Echt Virtuell)
To find more places to visit for the Christmas and New Year's holidays, go to the Second Life Destination Guide for Winter Attractions:
To see my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for current coverage of more great destinations to visit:
See more of my December 2015 Winter Snows Destination Coverage:
"A Silent Night" - Winter in the Rocky Mountains (December 4):
The Island of Frisland in the First Snows of Winter (December 8):
Regency Buckingham Palace -- A Christmas Extravaganza (December 10):