Gotland Island

Overview

Introduction

Surrounded by beaches and white cliffs 100 mi/160 km south of Stockholm, Gotland is Sweden's largest island. The weather is fairly mild, and its size—110 mi/170 km long and 30 mi/50 km wide—makes it a good place for beach-combing, watersports and relaxation. It's where many Swedes vacation.

Gotland's main attraction is Visby, the island's capital. Attractions in this walled, medieval city include museums and church ruins, and visitors can interact with knights and damsels during the spectacular medieval festival that is held in August. History-minded travelers should also see the Viking Village (http://www.vikingabyn.com), the area of Gervide Gard where you can rent horses to ride, and visit the numerous churches, abbeys and monasteries, including the 13th-century St. Maria cathedral.

Spelunkers will enjoy seeing the dramatic stalactites and stalagmites in Lummelunda Caves (http://www.lummelundagrottan.se). Nature lovers won't want to miss a trip to the stony shores of Faro, a northern island easily reached by car ferry.

The best way to get around Gotland is by rented bicycle. The island is easily accessible from the rest of the country: Modern car ferries whisk travelers back and forth between Gotland and Nynashamn (just south of Stockholm) or Oskarshamn (west on the mainland). There is also daily air service from Stockholm and Malmo. http://www.gotland.info.

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