The largest island in the Baltic Sea is one of Sweden’s most fascinating destinations. Among Gotland’s historic and natural attractions, nearly 100 medieval churches are packed into a Long Island-sized area.
From the UNESCO-certified historic Viking town to miles of tranquil coastlines and paths, Gotland has long been popular with Swedes during the summer vacation. For international travelers, Gotland has something to offer whenever you visit.
Visby, the island’s main town, has a rich history of the Viking era and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walled town is a great place to wander around and absorb the medieval atmosphere that was once one of the most influential cities in Northern Europe.
Walking tours are available to dig deeper into history, but history lovers have other options as well. The fun octagonal tower of Visby Cathedral and the Gothic Revival altarpiece inside are eye-catching. If possible, try one of the intimate summer concerts.
Most of the Viking era silver coins found in Sweden were found on Gotland. The island also produced Roman wealth and Bronze Age jewels. All of these help emphasize its historical importance.Much of this is on display along with the story behind the discovery at Visby’s. Gotland MuseumA must-see for anyone visiting the island.
Visy’s food scene is highly regarded, and local restaurants mainly use the island’s numerous farms, and of course, the bounty of the sea.
Scandinavia isn’t exactly known for beach vacations, but Gotland’s sandy beaches are one of the best places to try. Otherwise, the temperature of the cold Baltic Sea will be warm enough to swim in the summer.
The long sandy beach between Sjaustrehammaren and Ljugarn on the east coast is supported by pine forests, and the shallow waters of Tofa beach on the west coast are ideal for families.
Enjoy the Gotland coastline
Gotland’s endless coastline isn’t just about beaches. Sea kayaking is a popular activity in and around protected bays, and guided tours are available for those unfamiliar with kayaking in sea conditions.
One of Gotland’s most famous features is the impressive limestone stack created by the Last Glacial Period’s natural erosion.Known as LaukaaThese natural sculptural fields are ubiquitous on the island, but the most striking is Faro, which borders the north coast of Gotland.
Completely limestone, Faro is a small island on the northeastern coast of Gotland that can be reached quickly by ferry.Acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman I spent decades here in his life. This fact was celebrated at the Bergman Cultural Center on the island.
Fårö’s Sudarsand is considered one of the best beaches in the country. The additional benefits of restaurants, beach bars, mini golf, boat rentals and campgrounds will help make the area a perfect place for a family vacation.
How to get to Gotland
Most people travel to Gotland by ferry.Regular service runs from both Nynäshamn in the south Stockholm Oskarshamn in Småland. Both intersections take about 3 hours.
If you wish to fly, SAS operates from Stockholm Arlanda to Gotland all year round, with Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shut operating in the summer. Braathens Regional Airlines operates routes from Bromma, Stockholm, and Finnair serves the island from Helsinki.