Eve boarding Skyways plane for Gotland in Stockholm

Practical Information

about Gotland

by Eve Andresson

Avis rental minivan on ferry to Faro.  Northern Gotland.  Sweden

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When to Go

Most of the attractions in Visby are only open to the public during tourist season, from June 11 - August 16. Visby is extremely crowded during that time, but it would be a complete shame to go there and not experience the most beautiful things like the medieval church ruins and the towers in Visby's surrounding wall.


Although Gotland is known for having milder weather than the rest of Sweden, note that "mild" is only used as a relative term. It can be windy (especially on the coast), a bit rainy, and not particularly warm. Check the weather before you pack your bags.


Rent a car or a bicycle. During the summer, your car will not be allowed inside the walls of Visby, but there is so much more to Gotland than just Visby, and you'll want to be able to see it at your own pace.

Getting there

It's a short flight from either the Stockholm Arlanda airport or Stockholm Bromma airport (it takes less than an hour). You can also catch ferries from Nynäshamn (just outside Stockholm). The ferries run quite infrequently during non-summer months.

Planning your trip

The best source of information for planning is Gotland.net. While there, the Blue Guide will be useful when driving (see Guidebooks). You can also pick up maps/guides at the Visby tourist information office.


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