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Gotland at Leisure

Enjoy this intriguing and scenic island at your own pace including time in the Viking city of Visby and the lush countryside. You decide.

Overview

Being on the same latitude as Edinburgh and Aberdeen, but also sheltered by the bulk of Sweden and the rest of mainland Europe, Gotland enjoys longer summers and marginally milder winters than most parts of mainland Sweden.

This has made Gotland a popular Swedish holiday island. Located in the Baltic Sea approximately 100 miles south of Stockholm, Gotland is Sweden’s largest island at a little over 100 miles long. The national park, and over 100 nature reserves, create an intense experience of the true beauty of nature as dramatic cliffs, rare birds, bogs and marshes are protected for future generations.

A very deep Viking history provides an endless array of attractions and places of interest. This has been recognised by UNESCO who have made the capital of Gotland, Visby, a world heritage site. Visby was an important centre for the Vikings between the 12th and 14th centuries and is currently the best-preserved fortified commercial city in northern Europe. Fårö (Sheep Island) is one of Gotlands major attractions.

Accessible only by a five minute free car ferry, you could easily spend a day or more visiting Fårö. When the sun is shining the long uncluttered sandy beaches on the northern tip provide an irresistible draw for those looking for a little peace and quiet. This is not far from Fårö lighthouse which was built on the eastern most tip of the island in 1847.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Visby (via Stockholm).
Transfer from the airport to your hotel in central Visby.
Explore the cobbled streets of Visby.

Day 2
Explore Visby’s hidden corners and secrets.

Day 3
Collect your rental car and take a circuitous journey towards Hotel Stelor to the South of Visby.

Day 4 to 6
From Hotel Stelor the entire island is easily accessible by car.
Drive east coast to west coast.
Explore the nature reserves.
Just take it easy.

Day 7
Short drive to Visby airport.
Drop off your rental car.
Return flights (via Stockholm).

Accommodation

Hotel Stelor - Gotland

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A delightful small and personal hotel 25km south of Visby perfect for exploring this extraordinary and fasciating island. Immaculate attention to detail across just 7 bedrooms on a farm house dating from the 18th century. 

There are no TVs and you'll find no minibar. Instead you get a personalized service and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful evenings in peace and quiet. While the house's history has been handled with care during the renovation, the rooms still have the highest standard with fully tiled bathrooms, underfloor heating and wireless internet. 

Wisby Hotel, Visby - Gotland

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Wisby Hotel is perfectly located in the centre of Visby so exploring is a piece of cake! The centre of Visby is protected from intruders by the medieval city walls, no longer required but a symbol of the history and culture that Visby has to offer. The Hotel was completely refurbished in 2007 maintaining the historical heritage in a modern and comfortable environment.

The airport is just 4km from the city centre, the harbour and ferry terminal are just a short walk away and the beach is just a couple of minutes’ stroll. The tourist information centre, the main point of contact for activities and excursions, is located by the harbour.

 

Activities & Excursions

Gotland Activities

This holiday is about enjoying the local scenery and culture. There are many excursions available on Gotland. We recommend renting a bike, hiking, bird watching and many historical sites. More information can be found on the Gotland Tourism website.

Dates

June, July and August only.

Prices

Prices from £1350 per person on a double / twin room

Price includes
Flight from UK to Gotland
Transfer from Visby airport to your hotel in Visby
3 nights in central Visby
Car hire during your stay at Hotel Stelor
4 nights at Hotel Stelor
Flights back to the UK

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Information

Overview

Being on the same latitude as Edinburgh and Aberdeen, but also sheltered by the bulk of Sweden and the rest of mainland Europe, Gotland enjoys longer summers and marginally milder winters than most parts of mainland Sweden.

This has made Gotland a popular Swedish holiday island. Located in the Baltic Sea approximately 100 miles south of Stockholm, Gotland is Sweden’s largest island at a little over 100 miles long. The national park, and over 100 nature reserves, create an intense experience of the true beauty of nature as dramatic cliffs, rare birds, bogs and marshes are protected for future generations.

A very deep Viking history provides an endless array of attractions and places of interest. This has been recognised by UNESCO who have made the capital of Gotland, Visby, a world heritage site. Visby was an important centre for the Vikings between the 12th and 14th centuries and is currently the best-preserved fortified commercial city in northern Europe. Fårö (Sheep Island) is one of Gotlands major attractions.

Accessible only by a five minute free car ferry, you could easily spend a day or more visiting Fårö. When the sun is shining the long uncluttered sandy beaches on the northern tip provide an irresistible draw for those looking for a little peace and quiet. This is not far from Fårö lighthouse which was built on the eastern most tip of the island in 1847.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly to Visby (via Stockholm).
Transfer from the airport to your hotel in central Visby.
Explore the cobbled streets of Visby.

Day 2
Explore Visby’s hidden corners and secrets.

Day 3
Collect your rental car and take a circuitous journey towards Hotel Stelor to the South of Visby.

Day 4 to 6
From Hotel Stelor the entire island is easily accessible by car.
Drive east coast to west coast.
Explore the nature reserves.
Just take it easy.

Day 7
Short drive to Visby airport.
Drop off your rental car.
Return flights (via Stockholm).

Accomodation

Hotel Stelor - Gotland

Click on the image for more photos.

A delightful small and personal hotel 25km south of Visby perfect for exploring this extraordinary and fasciating island. Immaculate attention to detail across just 7 bedrooms on a farm house dating from the 18th century. 

There are no TVs and you'll find no minibar. Instead you get a personalized service and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful evenings in peace and quiet. While the house's history has been handled with care during the renovation, the rooms still have the highest standard with fully tiled bathrooms, underfloor heating and wireless internet. 

Wisby Hotel, Visby - Gotland

Click on the image for more photos.

Wisby Hotel is perfectly located in the centre of Visby so exploring is a piece of cake! The centre of Visby is protected from intruders by the medieval city walls, no longer required but a symbol of the history and culture that Visby has to offer. The Hotel was completely refurbished in 2007 maintaining the historical heritage in a modern and comfortable environment.

The airport is just 4km from the city centre, the harbour and ferry terminal are just a short walk away and the beach is just a couple of minutes’ stroll. The tourist information centre, the main point of contact for activities and excursions, is located by the harbour.

 

Excursions

Gotland Activities

This holiday is about enjoying the local scenery and culture. There are many excursions available on Gotland. We recommend renting a bike, hiking, bird watching and many historical sites. More information can be found on the Gotland Tourism website.

Dates

June, July and August only.

Prices

Prices from £1350 per person on a double / twin room

Price includes
Flight from UK to Gotland
Transfer from Visby airport to your hotel in Visby
3 nights in central Visby
Car hire during your stay at Hotel Stelor
4 nights at Hotel Stelor
Flights back to the UK

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