Imagine untouched nature on an island the size of Long Island, but with only 60,000 people inhabiting it. You land in Gotland, pick up a rental car and can drive around the island. There is no traffic, only farmlands, little towns and breathtaking beaches. It is, however, much colder than a summer in the Hamptons so prepare to be packed for brisk weather. This roughness lends to the authentic experience one can have in Gotland. It’s main town Visby, used to be a Viking settlement and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site as it was a Hanseatic village from the 12th century. It is also one of the best preserved medieval cities in all of Europe. We stayed at Fabriken Furillen, had farm-to-table dinners, gins and tonics with juniper berries and spent the days going to surrounding islands and towns or just simply driving the coastal roads, the wind in our hair.
DO. VISIT Fårö ISLAND and PLAY CHESS WITH DEATH
The home of Ingmar Bergman, and now second largest island surrounding Sweden and secluded oasis for artists and craftsmen.
Join the Rock Piles at Langhammars Sea Stack Field
Eat and Stay. Stora Gåsemora Gård, Fårö Stora Gasmora 4200, 624 67 Fårö, Sweden
Ebbas Mat & Kaffe, Fårö Sudergarda, 624 67 Fårö, Sweden
Crêperie Tati, Fårö Broskogs 1156, 624 66 Fårö, Sweden
Bike Rentals: Sudersands Vintage Cykeluthyrning, Fårö Sudersand 1242, 624 67 Fårö, Sweden
DO. ON GOTLAND ISLAND
Visby Cathedral, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
St. Nicolai Ruin, Smedjegatan 19, 621 55 Visby, Sweden
Visby Town Wall, 621 55 Visby, Sweden
Gotland Museum, S:t Hansgatan 21, 621 57 Visby, Sweden
Bungemuseet, 624 64 Bunge, Sweden
Visit island and nature preserve, Gotska Sandön
Naturreservat Furilden, nature preserve and cool rock structures near the hotel
Folhammar Beach, 623 65 Ljugarn, Sweden
Bla Lagunen, 624 60 Lärbro Sweden
EAT. WIND SOAKED BERRIES
Fabriken Furillen, Rute Furilden, 624 58 Lärbro, Sweden our hotel had truly some of the most delicious traditional but modernized farm-to-table feasts .
Krakas Krog, KRÄKLINGBO KRÄKLINGS 223, 623 70 Katthammarsvik, Sweden
Bad Wolf BBQ, Adelsgatan 1B, 621 57 Visby, Sweden
Surfers Visby, Södra Kyrkogatan 1, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
Bakfickan, Stora TORGET 1, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
Amarillo Mat & Malt, Schweitzergränd 5b, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
Kränku Tea & Coffee, S:t Hansplan 4, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
Bolaget i Visby AB, Stora TORGET 16, 621 56 Visby, Sweden
SHOP. THE COLLECTIVE
GKF - Gotländska Konsthantverkare & Formgivare, Wallérs Plats 5, 621 56 Visby, Sweden Coolest store of collective of artisans & artists from the artist. I got a dope take on the hawaiian shirt here, but with Swedish patterns.
Gotlandssmycken, Strandgatan 32, 621 56 Visby, Sweden Fossil jewelry store
Fröjel Retro & Design, Adelsgatan 29, 621 57 Visby, Sweden Cool furniture store in Visby
Yllet inredning, S:t Hansgatan 19, 621 56 Visby, Sweden Beautiful home goods store
Etelhems Pottery, 623 74 Stånga, Sweden Stunning pottery shop with a cafe