Provided by: Region Gotland/Turistbyrån
The Island The guide was updated:Gotland’s exciting history is what makes magic. People have been coming here since the stone age. The Vikings set out from here on their trading voyages and kings fought to be able to say the island was theirs. Pirates harried its shores, merchants brought their peerless ware here and erected imposing houses. People of every period have left their traces, alive and visible to this day!As soon as you approach the island of Gotland, you notice the unique environment: dramatic cliffs and miles of beaches facing the ocean, which is sometimes stormy, sometimes calm. Regardless of the weather, you leave your stress behind and feel calm. The barrenness and simplicity overwhelms, the mind opens up to new impressions. In this beautiful calm, far from noise of the big city, you receive inspiration and strength for new ideas and thoughts.Another year, another list of great reasons to visit Gotland. Unique scenery and culture, fascinating history, fabulous shopping and activities to blow your mind. A superb climate and mouthwatering cuisine create magical memories to think back on when everyday life seems dreary and you long for something different, relaxing, inspirational and fun. More and more, visitors are finding their Gotland outside the summer season. Many of them come here in the spring, autumn and winter for particular events. It might be to compete in the Gotland Grand National – the world’s biggest enduro event – to go on a truffle safari, or to visit Ingmar Bergman’s Fårö. Or maybe it’s to savour the early vegetables at Primör-Premiären, to attend a meeting in the world heritage city of Visby, or to walk on the beach and feel energized by lungfuls of fresh air. There’s so much of Gotland to enjoy year-round. You’ll discover a different island, that’s for sure, but one that’s perhaps even more magical.