Adventures in Sweden – The Island of Gotland

Posted on in Adventure + Travel, by Jaclyn Paaso

This summer I've been spending time in Åre, Sweden. Summer in Åre has a tendency to turn into fall in the blink of a day. We decided it was time to head south in search of some warmer weather, so we caught the end of summer in Scandinavia. Our travels took us to the island of Gotland. Gotland is Sweden's largest island located in the Baltic Sea. Visby, Gotland's largest city is the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We decided to start our tour of Gotland on bicycle. Riding from campsite to campsite with all our gear packed in a bike trailer.

bike tour gotland

If you ever make your way to Gotland, I highly recommend touring it by bike. It's incredibly flat so you'll be amazed how far you can travel in one day.

After a few days on bike we decided to head back to the car and check out a few more spots in Gotland. Along the coast,  you can find lime rocks that have been weathered into characteristic karstic rock formations known as rauks.


rauk 2

Along with a medieval city you can find ruins from the Viking era, including ship molds, burial sites and runestones. They have also built up replicas of old Viking long houses.

viking longhouse

With all the history and beauty to explore, I definitely recommend exploring the island of Gotland.

Jaclyn Paaso

After many years as a competitive mogul skier, with one title as Jr. World Combined Champion, Jaclyn decided to take a break from mogul skiing. Jaclyn moved out to Lake Tahoe, California where she became a freestyle coach for the Alpine Meadows Freestyle Team and then the Squaw Valley ski team.

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