Gotland Travel Guide

  • Gotland
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  • Gotland
    by PALLINA
  • Visby's medioeval old centre
    Visby's medioeval old centre
    by PALLINA

Gotland Things to Do

  • Just go and see it

    A very nice lady running a creperie in Visby (unfortunately I cannot remember the name in order to write a tip about it) raccomend us to go and visit this place. It's a sort of luxury hotel built with eco materials and very high design architeture. It was a sort of adventure to find it but yes, nice to see. I didn't even check the rates, must be...

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  • The medieval churches of Gotland

    On Gotland you can find almost different 100 medieval churches, many of them are built between year 1100 and 1300. Must churches are still in use and open for visits. Visiting a medieval church is a great way to get an experience of both history and architecture.You can see some photos on my Boge Church travelogy

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  • Rute Church

    Yet another 13th century church, this one stands at a road crossing in the countryside which makes you notice it even more. There is a 1260 crucifix as well as a 13th century font but as for the architecture, things have been altered since. For instance there are square columns inside which are not normally associated with ancient Gotland churches....

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  • Fossil hunting

    Looking for fossils is great fun on Gotland as they are everywhere along the coast. Just bear in mind that there are certain nature reserves (such as Langhammars on Fårö) where it is strictly forbidden as the whole shoreline consists of pebbles and would disappear. Please respect this and leave some of the beauty for others. Snäck and Fridhem are...

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  • Bunge and Fårösund

    Fårösund is the village where you find the ferry across to Fårö but it also merits a stop for being a generally nice place itself with its harbour life and restaurants. Its most famous sight is the Bunge Open Air Museum which I strongly recommend you to visit. I never had time to stop this time myself as I was with others, but I guarantee that I...

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    The Pippi films were mostly shot in Visby and its surroundings so if you are a fan, don't wonder why you recognise the odd street corner even if shop fronts and so on have changed. A classic is in the first film when Pippi moves in at Villa Villerkulla, the colourful house, and comes riding through a city gate. The house itself was found when SF,...

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  • Högklint

    Hög(e)klint is a cliff and nature reserve a couple of kilometres south of Kneippbyn which has great views back towards Visby as well as southwards from its top. I however enjoy it just as much from below - it's best seen from the beach at Fridhem where you can have a coffee before or after your photo session (see tip) and enjoy some calories if...

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  • Lärbro Church

    Lärbro has one of Gotland's most interesting churches since it is octagonal. In Scandinavia, you only see this in two other church buildings; Helge And ruin in Visby and Trondheim Cathedral in Norway. This is interesting since St Olav is Trondheim and Norway's major saint and he is also the one thought to have brought Christianity to Gotland. There...

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  • Gnisvärd

    Gnisvärd is an ancient fishing village - in fact its name means "Rub Swords" since warriors came here to clean their swords in the sand. Today the little fishing huts lining the main road have been turned into summer cottages but it is still a pleasant place. There is also a tiny chapel down by the harbour and being on the west coast, Gnisvärd gets...

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Gotland Hotels

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  • Villa Alskog

    Alskog, Ljugarn, 620 16, Sweden

    Good for: Couples

  • Fabriken Furillen

    62458, Sweden

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Gotland Restaurants

  • French crepes and galletes

    We just wanted have something light and we crushed into this comfortable and lively creperie, running by an extraordinary kind Swedish lady. Employees can be also foreigners and many languages can be spoken. They have a small but very cosy balcony: you can eat there and ejoy a beautiful sunset. There is not more than creps and gallets but they have...

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  • Gotland speciality

    The "national dessert" on Gotland is not to everyone's taste but personally I love it. It is called saffron pancake and is in fact not a pancake but more like a rice pudding with saffron. It is baked in an oven tray like a Swedish savoury "oven pancake" which is probably why it is still called a pancake. You are served a square of this delicacy...

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  • Great selfmade icecream

    This is a nice and cosy place were you can buy some original and homemade icecream! You can find it in the center of Visby! Belgian chocolate icecream of course... ;)

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  • A cosy and good restaurant

    This is a very nice restaurant on the main square of Visby! There's a wide kitchen with pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes! The food is very good and the price is also okay and the nice thing is that you can sit outside and watch the people. pepper steak

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  • Restaurant in Gotland (Island off of...

    Very good food and a lively young crowd. We would have stayed for drinks (turns into a club) but all bars in Gotland close at 2pm and we needed to get to some other places. The one bad thing I would say is the doorman wouldn't stamp us to let us back into the club if we were to come back. We just spent a ton of cash on dinner and he said we would...

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  • the wine and olives!

    This was the coolest open-air cafe i´ve ever been!!! Nice relaxing atmosphere; there was even a little fontaine! sit on the pillows & listen the good chillout music...and don´t forget the wine!Unfortunately i don´t remember the name of this place...we got a hint from a nice guy on the street :-)!

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Gotland Transportation

  • Destination Gotland

    We booked tickets at an agent in Stockholm. It includes a 1hr bus ride to the ferry pictured which takes about 3 hrs to Gotland. The boat is extremely roomy and comfortable. Make sure you book in advance for the way back as they do fill up. We were lucky to make standby on the return.

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  • Destination Gotland

    The way most people get here is by ferry since then they can bring their car, caravan and so on along on holiday, or all sorts of things should they be locals shopping in mainland Sweden. Gotlanders have a discount on the ferry since they don't have much of a choice if they want to bring their vehicles but the rest of us pay a bit more. The...

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  • Bicycle

    Gotland is perfect for going on bicycle, it's flat and there are many small roads and not too much traffic.

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Gotland Shopping

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    various: Sheepskin products

    by Sjalen Written Aug 25, 2007

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    Since Gotland is full of sheep, this is the obvious souvenir with things like slippers, vests, hats, gloves and things for your home and your car. Most of it in the dark grey colour of the local sheep. You can buy things all over the island, both at Visby souvenir shops and local farms you pass in the countryside. Look out for "fårskinn" on signs.

    What to pay: Prices vary enormously depending on what and where you buy it but it is generally a more exclusive souvenir.

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Gotland Local Customs

  • Wind power

    Being on an island there is a fair bit of wind, and here it is used. About a fifth of Gotland's electricity is produced by wind by 160 or so windmills. One of Sweden's biggest wind farms is in the south, at Näsudden, and is the most dense land-based windfarm area with around 100 of those mills. Summertime you can visit it and learn about the...

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  • Windmills

    The Gotland windmills look like no other Swedish windmills and there are times when you expect Don Quijote to appear along the limestone roads. The one in the picture has lost its wings but you will find plenty in good shape still.

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  • Cikoria

    Summer on Gotland means flowers everywhere along the roadside, and the "national" flower of Gotland is the wonderful light purple "cikoria", in fact one of my favourite flowers it's so pretty.

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Gotland Warnings and Dangers

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    Rauk swimming

    by Sjalen Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Whatever you do, do NOT swim by the rauk fields. Yes, it looks very tempting with a white and pebbly beach and even more tempting to jump from some of the cliffs, but the beaches here consist of aeons of coral seabed development and different stages of landrise which mean that you have one shelf on a certain depth you think you can handle, and then without warning the next shelf appears like a pit, much deeper than where you've just stood. Moreover, the rauks and their position on cliffs mean that there are all sorts of odd currents and you might drift out to sea or even worse, get dragged under water in no time.

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    • Family Travel
    • Water Sports
    • Beaches

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Gotland Off The Beaten Path

  • Bro

    I have only passed this village by bus so I have no photos, but just about 10 kilometres north-east of Visby, along the Fårösund road, you find this amazing place. First you come across a huge cairn (stone mound) where some local chieftain has his final resting place. Then you arrive at the village itself where the old medieval church has both a...

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  • Själsö

    About 8 kilometres north of Visby is this pretty little harbour with its old fisherman's huts where you can sometimes stumble upon someone selling their catch. If not, you might want to time the sunset instead. You come across Själsö if you bike along the Gotland trail northwards and it is also signposted from the main road 149.

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  • Off the beaten paths

    Dare to leave the main roads, and just see where you get. Gotland is full of narrow forest roads, and many of them will lead to something worth seeing, even if it's not the main tourist attractions as described in the guide books. Gotland is full of such hidden things to explore.

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Gotland Sports & Outdoors

  • Horsey holiday

    Gotland is known for Sweden's only wild horse, the Gotlandsruss or simply "russ". In English, it is called the Gotland (or sometimes Viking) Pony and it runs wild at the Lojsta Heath in the inland south of the island. The closest I can come to describe them is if you are familiar with Exmoor ponies, as they are similar in size and colour....

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  • Gotland games

    Gotland has a bunch of games not found elsewhere in Sweden, even if the old game of kubb has spread to the mainland, but only as late as in the 1990s. You can try the Gotland version of tossing the caber ("stångstötning") as well as plenty of others for instance at Lärbro. If watching the games instead of participating is more your thing, then head...

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  • Hit the beach

    If you have spent a long time in Scania (Skåne) or Halland you are not that impressed by the Gotland beaches, but the Stockholmers are, and they are still amongst the best in Sweden. Tofta Strand south of Visby and Sudersand on Fårö (see page) are the most famous beaches. The first one also for its party life along with Snäck beach just north of...

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Gotland Favorites

  • History and wild nature

    Gotland is amazingly nice, especially if it is sunny. It's capital town, Visby, was an hanseatic Town and is extremely rich of churches. Actually, Gotland has the highest concentration of churches of all Scandinavia, due to its flourishing past as hanseatic town. Most of them are simply ruins but, nevertheless, very nice. Gotland is a very common...

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  • Fridhem fossils

    At famous Fridhem south of Visby, there is a little cafe down by the beach which is famous for its Swedish waffles. We didn't think them that extraordinary compared to all other Swedish waffles but still, they are delicious by definition :) The best thing about this place though, is its position right by the sea, along a pebbly beach full of...

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  • Gröna Gården

    A great place which I could also have put under "restaurants" but prefer to put here for the reason that you stop here when you see the lovely setting rather than the menu and it is a great break on a cycle trip along the northern coast from Visby. The cafe consists of a hole in the wall in the farm outhouse, and here you have sandwiches and cakes,...

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Lummelunda
Things to Do
Visby
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Fårö
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Do a walk in Visby
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Rent a tandem bycicle
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Snäck beach
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Tofta Beach
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Flowers
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Churches
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Old houses
Off The Beaten Path
The Fårö car ferry
Transportation
Sheeps everywhere
Local Customs
The shipsetting, grave of Tjelvar
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Watching the sea stacks
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To Gotland by boat
Transportation
Stenkusten
Off The Beaten Path
Kutens Bensin
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Visit Torsburgen - the old fortress 400-500 A.D.
Off The Beaten Path
The house of 'Pippi Longstocking'.
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Silja Opera & Baltic Sea Cruises
Transportation
Study the churches at Gotland
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Definately for the outdoor person.
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The 'Rauk' - admire the natural formed stone
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Map of Gotland

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