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Gotland Island Travel Guide

The island of Gotland, Sweden, lies off the east coast of Sweden, about 200 km south of Stockholm.

Gotland is the largest island in the entire Baltic Sea, with an area of about 3,000 km² surrounded by 800 km of coastline. The beautiful island offers long beaches and has approximately 57,000 residents. Gotland’s main city is Visby.

How to get to Gotland

Gotland is easy to get to by plane or ferry. If you are traveling by plane, there are direct flights to Visby from Stockholm that last only 35 minutes. Popular airlines on this route are Golden Air and Skyway Express, and a return ticket starts around 1,000 SEK (115 EUR).

If you want to take a ferry to Gotland, a three-hour trip, you can depart from Nynäshamn or Oskarshamn. Ferries to Gotland operate throughout the year. Some cruises on the Baltic Sea also go through Gotland.

Gotland Hotels

There are several hotels in Gotland; most are in the town of Visby. I can recommend the Visby Hamnhotell and the Hotel Villa Borgen. Both hotels are mid-priced and offer clean rooms with many amenities and a friendly atmosphere.

Things to do in Gotland

Well, the most popular thing on Gotland is definitely strolling along the long beaches, as the island is one of the best beach destinations in Sweden. Cycling and hiking allow you to enjoy nature on the island and are also popular.

Gotland also has 94 beautiful churches, most from the 12th to 15th centuries.

Going to the city is also very interesting. Visby is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site in its own right, and the historic city wall was selected as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden, so don’t miss it.

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