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The complete guide for exploring the Swedish island of Gotland

Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea. It is a wonderful island for walking or cycling on quiet country roads, along white beaches and roadsides full of colorful flowers. Gotland has a mild climate with lots of sunshine and is therefore popular among the Stockholmers. The island is easy to combine with a city trip to Stockholm. The crossings to the island from Oskarshamn and Nynäshamn take only 3 hours. Here you’ll find the complete guide to exploring the island of Gotland.

“Discover the serene beauty of Gotland, the Baltic Sea’s largest island, where quiet country roads, white sandy beaches, and abundant sunshine create a haven for walkers and cyclists alike.”

a narrow cobblestone street lined with buildings

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The island of Gotland has a large coastline of around 800 kilometers, and you will also find the fantastic Gotska Sandön park on this island. A trip to the medieval town of Visby is also highly recommended.

How to get there

Gotland is located 90 km from the Swedish mainland. Traveling to Gotland is now easier than ever. You Fortunately, traveling to Gotland has become easier than ever before, with several transport options available to visitors. You can choose to take a ferry or plane to the island or even sail in on your own boat. However, taking one of the ferries that leave from Nynäshamn and Oscarshamn is still considered the best and most convenient way to get there. The Gotland website provides a comprehensive timetable and rates for all available transport options so you can plan your trip with ease.

“Discover the beauty of Gotland, just 90 km from the Swedish mainland. With convenient transport options like ferries, planes, and personal boats, your unforgettable island adventure awaits.”

Discover the nature of Gotland

The nature of Gotland has plenty to offer. The “Raukar”, an ancient limestone formation that rises high above the sea, is known far beyond Sweden. Below that you will find the Hoburgsgubbe on the south side and Digerhuvud in the North on neighboring island Faro. Faro is definitely worth a visit when you stay in a holiday home in Sweden. The fascinating landscape and the dune area Ulla Hau is also fun for children and with its unique animal world definitely worth it. The stalactite caves of Lummelunda are a beautiful natural work of art. The caves are among the largest in Europe and have a total length of no less than 4.5 kilometers.

“Explore the wonders of Gotland, from the majestic Raukar limestone formations to the enchanting Lummelunda caves, and embrace nature’s artistry in Sweden’s unique landscapes.”

The historic town of Visby on Gotland is one of the oldest places of Sweden

Explore the rich culture in the historic capital of Visby

From a cultural-historical point of view, Gotland is also extremely interesting. The inner city and the city wall of capital Visby are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The wall that was built in the year 1300, the small alleys, the viewpoints and the many roses gives you a typical medieval feel. The history of Gotland comes alive when you visit one of the 92 medieval churches that are scattered throughout the island. In Klintehamn you can admire the true beauty of archeology. Go back in time and visit the Gotland museum in the capital. The museum houses many stained glass windows, wooden statues and runic cities.

“Discover the rich history of Gotland through its enchanting medieval streets, ancient city walls, and the echoes of the past found in its 92 medieval churches.”

Taste the delicious cuisine of Gotland

During your stay in an apartment in Gotland, try the special Safran pancakes or the Kajsoup (type of potato soup). Lovers of the modern kitchen cannot get lucky here. There are 7 of the 199 best restaurants in Sweden here. Join the fishermen on the water in Bohuslän for the mussel or lobster safari. Spring, summer and fall is the high season for crustaceans. The island is known for its fresh vegetables, fruits, berries, and cheeses. In the fall you will find an exclusive range of truffles. Each region has its own specialties. Sample the delicious local cuisine on the island of Gotland!

“Discover the flavors of Gotland with Safran pancakes and Kajsoup, indulge in 7 of Sweden’s best restaurants, and explore fresh produce, cheeses, and truffles – all while experiencing the excitement of a Bohuslän crustacean adventure.”

shallow focus photo of fish on stainless steel surface

Gotland: A Haven for Nature, History, and Gastronomy

In conclusion, the enchanting island of Gotland offers a myriad of experiences for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and food connoisseurs alike. From exploring the unique landscapes and geological formations to immersing yourself in medieval history at Visby’s UNESCO World Heritage site, there is no shortage of adventure on this Baltic gem.

“Discover the enchanting island of Gotland, where nature’s beauty, medieval history, and culinary delights create unforgettable memories.”

Savor the local flavors as you discover Gotland’s diverse culinary offerings and delight in the picturesque beauty that makes this island truly unforgettable. Embark on your journey to Gotland and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Last Updated on June 3, 2023

Mr Nordic

Mr Nordic

I'm a passionate travel blogger captivated by Scandinavia's stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and Viking history. I explore offbeat destinations in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, providing authentic insights into Nordic life. When not adventuring, I share my experiences, photos, and love for Scandinavian cuisine. Join me as I uncover Scandinavia's hidden gems and magic!

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