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There’s something very special about Gotland. It might be the light, the beaches and the ever present sea. The fact that the island is one of the sunniest places in Sweden – even in November – certainly helps. Or it could be the cultural heritage, the history you can see and feel everywhere. Or the people: down-to-earth, hospitable folk who make the most of life. Perhaps it’s the bustling street life in the walled city of Visby, or the scenery, the open and inviting landscape. You’re welcome to discover and explore this one-of-a-kind island.

The Island

Gotland’s exciting history is what makes magic. People have been coming here since the stone age. The Vikings set out from here on their trading voyages and kings fought to be able to say the island was theirs. Pirates harried its shores, merchants brought their peerless ware here and erected imposing houses. People of every period have left their traces, alive and visible to this day!As soon as you approach the island of Gotland, you notice the unique environment: dramatic cliffs and miles of beaches facing the ocean, which is sometimes stormy, sometimes calm. Regardless of the weather, you leave your stress behind and feel calm. The barrenness and simplicity overwhelms, the mind opens up to new impressions. In this beautiful calm, far from noise of the big city, you receive inspiration and strength for new ideas and thoughts.Another year, another list of great reasons to visit Gotland. Unique scenery and culture, fascinating history, fabulous shopping and activities to blow your mind. A superb climate and mouthwatering cuisine create magical memories to think back on when everyday life seems dreary and you long for something different, relaxing, inspirational and fun. More and more, visitors are finding their Gotland outside the summer season. Many of them come here in the spring, autumn and winter for particular events. It might be to compete in the Gotland Grand National – the world’s biggest enduro event – to go on a truffle safari, or to visit Ingmar Bergman’s Fårö. Or maybe it’s to savour the early vegetables at Primör-Premiären, to attend a meeting in the world heritage city of Visby, or to walk on the beach and feel energized by lungfuls of fresh air. There’s so much of Gotland to enjoy year-round. You’ll discover a different island, that’s for sure, but one that’s perhaps even more magical.

Visby in 4 hours

Visby was the main centre of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. The Hanseatic town of Visby was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995 with the following justification: Visby is an outstanding example of a north European medieval walled trading town which preserves with remarkable completeness a townscape and assemblage of high-quality ancient buildings that illustrate graphically the form and function of this type of significant human settlement.

Top 10

Gotland is perhaps best known for its sea stacks, which originates from a time when Gotland was located near the equator. Much has happened since then but sea stacks stands there still, proud and strong monuments from a past era. The world heritage site of Visby is another obvious point on the to-do list, both as an attraction in itself but also as a backdrop to the bustling street life. This is obviously just a small sample of what the island has to offer but it’s a good start. Additionally, you will surely find further adventures along the way.



Gotland’s mild climate allows a golf season from April to October – often even longer. Six courses of different character work together under the name GolfGotland. Play one of Sweden’s best seaside courses with all the challenges it brings. There is never more than 45 minutes drive between any of the island’s six courses.


On Gotland there is lodging to suit all preferences. You can choose to stay in a cosy hotel in the middle of the World Heritage town of Visby or in high-class designer accommodations along the coast, with the sea on view like a stage setting outside your window. There are many cottages and crofts to rent throughout the island if you and your family want to be on your own during the holiday. For those who want to get even closer to nature, there are several campsites.

Do & See

Gotland is a place for summer holiday with sun and sea , but also a place for leisurely disruption of everyday life during autumn, winter and spring. A place for excursions , discoveries and adventures. Or energy when you need to relax and renew your strength .The experiences of Gotland are many. Let yourself be inspired by what this beautiful island has to offer.


Gotland is often said to have the highest density of restaurants, bars and cafés in all of Sweden. All over the island there are about 20 restaurants that are included in the prestigious White Guide.


Visby's many outdoor cafés blossom early in the spring. And the mild maritime climate enables them to remain open longer in autumn. Most life and activity revolves around Stora Torget and the guest harbour. There you can enjoy good food and drink while watching the boats and other happy holidaymakers. All under the open sky, or an awning if the sun beams too brightly.


Gotland design and form have often been acclaimed at home and abroad. You can choose from a broad array of unique products, something for every taste from small potters and glassblowers to concrete, wool, leather and textile designers. Most artisans open their doors to visitors and gladly show how they work. Throughout the year and all across the island, signs along the road point the way to studios and farm shops.

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