Looking for things to do in Gotland? Gotland is one of Swedens most popular destinations during summer and attracts almost a million visitors each year.
Gotland is a beautiful island that’s popular among both nature lovers, photographers, families, couples, and party people. There’s everything from fun clubs and beautiful landscapes to cozy cafés and fun activities in Gotland. Here are my best tips of things to do in Gotland as a tourist:
Visby is a medieval town that’s been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1995. It’s an incredibly beautiful town with an old city wall and well-preserved cobbled stone streets.
In Visby you can visit the old cathedral, ruins, the city wall, a botanical garden, Almedalen and much more. In addition to that you can also visit several cafés, restaurants, and shops.
Go swimming at Sudersand
If you feel like going to the beach one day you should visit Sudersand. It’s one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in Sweden and is perfect for families. Here the sand is soft and the water is shallow, and there’s also a nice restaurant and café nearby.
Sudersand is located on Fårö northeast of Gotland. It’s an island that’s separated from Gotland’s mainland, but can be reached by ferry.
Take a guided tour in Lummelundagrottan
The Lummelunda Cave is a 400 million year old limestone cave located north of Visby.
It’s a beautiful place where you can go on guided tours to learn more about the cave and how it was discovered. It’s definitely one of the most interesting things to do in Gotland for those who like to be out in nature.
Shop pottery from Gotland
There are many locals on the island who have their own ceramic workshops where you can shop everything from beautiful bowls to colorful coffee mugs.
Some ceramic workshops worth visiting are; Charlotte Karlsson in Hablingbo, Ingela Karlsson at Fide Fajans and Jan Sandbloms in Burgsvik.
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The peninsula of Närsholmen offers a beautiful open landscape where you can see several unusual plants and a number of bird species. The landscape almost look like the savannah with its few bushes and trees.
This is one of the best things to do in Gotland for those who like to take photos, go hiking and spend time outdoors.
Spend a day in Langhammars
This is one of Gotland’s main attractions and is a place that you need to visit at least once during your stay. It’s a beautiful nature reserve located on Fårö where you can see cool stone formations.
These stone formations, also known as “raukar” in Swedish, are around 10 meters high and surrounded by a beautiful landscape of pebble beach and deep blue waters.
If you like to take photos, this is a place you need visit when you’re in Gotland.
Admire the medieval churches
There’s almost one medieval church in every parish on Gotland, so you’ll see plenty of beautiful historic buildings during your stay on the island.
Most churches are open between May 15 and September 15, but there are also those open all year-round.
Go swimming in the blue lagoon
The limestone quarry in Gotland is a popular place among tourists since it offers beautiful turquoise waters to swim in during the hot summer months.
The locals normally avoid this place as it gets very crowded during summer. But if you still want o visit I can recommend visiting from mid-August onwards – it’s much fewer tourists during that time of the year.
Go see Hoburgsgubben
At the southern tip of Gotland you’ll find Husrygg Nature Reserve where you can see the famous Hoburgsgubben. It’s a rauk (stone formation) that looks like an old man from a certain angle and it has been looking out over the sea for thousands of years.
In addition to this famous rauk, Husrygg is a beautiful place where you can go hiking and enjoy some of the best views of the Baltic Sea.
Besök Gotlands museum
In Gotlands museum you can see the world’s largest Viking silver treasure, Spillingsskatten. In addition to Spillingsskatten, you can also see picture stones and learn about the history of Gotland from the Stone Age to present time.
Gotlands museum is located in Visby and has been around since 1875.
Stay at Pensionat Grå Gåsen
Pensionat Grå Gåsen has become famous in Sweden thanks to the Swedish television show “Så Mycket Bättre”. It’s a beautiful guest house where you can live and eat delicious food.
They have a pool where you can cool down during the hot summer months, and you can also rent bikes to explore the surrounding areas.
If you want to stay like one of the Swedish stars for one or two nights, then it’s a must to stay at Pensionat Grå Gåsen.
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Go shopping at flea markets
Around Gotland you’ll find flea markets where you can shop old gadgets and furniture. When driving or cycling along the roads in Gotland you can look out for flea market signs, and stop by when you feel like it.
I can recommend visiting the Kuriåsa store, which is located in a barn in Hemse, as well as “Fint och Fult” in Bunge.
Things to do in Gotland with children
Gotland is an excellent destination for those traveling with children. Here you’ll find everything from family-friendly beaches and scenic places to educational museums and fun activities for the whole family. Below you have some tips on things to do in Gotland with children:
- Explore the city walls of Visby
- Visit Gotlands museum
- Visit the playgrounds “Pannkaksträdet” and “Lekträdet”
- Stroll around in the botanical garden
- Visit När Lighthouse
- Explore Lummelundagrottan
- Go snorkeling in the blue lagoon
Things to do in Gotland when it rains
There are plenty of things to do in Gotland when it rains. Here you’ll find everything from educational museums and flea markets to beautiful churches and caves to explore.
- Go shopping at flea markets
- Visit Gotland museum
- Take shelter in the Lummelunda Cave
- Go to the cinema
- Visit Visby Cathedral
- Have a Swedish fika at a café
- Visit ceramic workshops
- Buy an umbrella and explore Visby in the rain
What are your favorite things to do in Gotland? Leave a comment below!