WESTERN COAST OF GOTLAND AND VISBY
In a nutshell Let us visit the magnificent island of Gotland on a tour dedicated to history and nature through its unique landscapes and the many Medieval churches of its exquisite towns. Learn more about the typical funeral monuments dating back to the Bronze Age and remain enchanted by the spectacular views offered by one of the tallest cliffs on the island before strolling around the Medieval town of Visby.
- Gnisvärd and Stone ship
- Gallows hill
- Our destination is the beautiful island of Gotland, the largest in Sweden characterised by thousands of years of history as testified by the countless artefacts that have reached the present age, the most ancient of which date back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. The itinerary takes us along the western coast of the island.
- Let us visit one of the almost 100 Medieval churches on the island before continuing towards our next stop, a so-called “wooded lawn” typical of the two main Swedish islands. We admire a vast grassland covered in over 200 species of flowers and plants growing on limestone soil not suitable for agriculture and dotted with thick tree and shrub groups.
- We continue towards the western coast as far as Gnisvärd,a picturesque fishing village. We also visit a typical monument from the later Scandinavian Bronze Age located nearby: a so-called stone ship, a burial ground made up of stone slabs or monoliths arranged to form a ship.
- There are many of them around Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Baltic region. Of the various “stone ships” found in Gnisvärd, we will see the largest in Gotland, which is in excellent state. It is 47 metres long and made up of approximately 100 stone slabs. On our way back to Visby, we make another brief stop at the Gallows hill to enjoy a lovely view over the coast and Visby.
- Before returning to our ship, we go on a stroll around the exquisite Medieval town of Visby, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.