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Travel Diary: Gotland day 1 & 2

Time really flies. 
I got home this Sunday after spending a week on my beloved island Gotland and now I'm repacking my bag because I'm traveling to a city in Sweden called Sunne tomorrow morning. Had an amazing time on Gotland and I have a lot of photos and stories to share so I’ll just kick it of straight away! Here is my Gotland travel diary, day 1 and 2!
Me and my family got to Gotland in the afternoon of July 15 and started buying groceries at a local store before heading to the place we were going to stay, an apartment hotel in Mulde. We have actually stayed in one of their cottages before but that was like 10 years ago so I obviously needed to get out and explore the area. I bought a drone the day prior so I needed to take it for a test flight in the forest.
Even though it was cloudy, our second day at Gotland was extremely hot so we drove to a beach called Nisseviken and spent most of the day there. The water was way too cold to swim in according to me (even though there were a lot of (crazy) people in the water!) so I spent my day laying on a towel, reading.
There is a restaurant next to the beach in Nisseviken which was just the cutest with a sort of Carribean feel to it. I ate a pizza with beetroot, honey, and goat cheese and it might have been the best pizza I've ever had. SO DELICIOUS!
After we felt done at the beach we drove to a to a town on the east side that we hadn't been to before (which is really uncommon since we have been pretty much everywhere on Gotland) called Ronehamn. Ronehamn itself wasn't that interesting, to be honest, but we stopped to stretch out legs at a quite well known Bed & Breakfast called Gula Hönan which has the cutest garden that I obviously had to take some photos off.
Then my camera apparently stayed inside my backpack the rest of the evening which we spent half asleep at the couch in our apartment where we had yogurt for dinner since we all were tired after a day at the beach, haha!

15 Reasons Why You Should Visit Gotland this Summer

I'm currently located in one of my favourite places in the world - the island Gotland.
My "Swedish Summer" just isn't complete before I've visited the island and walked the cobbled streets in Visby, driven on the roads with flowers on the side and witnessed the fields that go on for miles and miles. Not to mention the fact that it's an Island which means that the ocean is never far away. I might not update the blog quite frequently this week, but check out my insta-stories where I post daily from Gotland. My name is @wanderlustbyjona on Instagram.
It's really easy to get to Gotland from Sweden's capital Stockholm. Either you fly from Bromma airport to Visby airport (which only takes about 30 minutes) or you use public transportation from Stockholm to the town Nynäshamn and take a boat from there which takes 3 hours.
So why should you visit Gotland then? Let me explain!

Roma 2014

My favourite shop in the world, which is located in Visby! They make their own tea and I think that I’ve tried about every single one of their flavours. My favourite ones are currently ”Munkblandning” and ”Jubileumsblandning”.

The low tempo
This might only be in perspective to living in Stockholm, but the tempo on Gotland is really slow and everyone just let everything take it’s time and do not stress everywhere.

Hoburgen 2013 

The accent
You might only really enjoy this if you understand Swedish and can hear the different accents but gosh how cosy the accent on Gotland is! Even though I sound horrible when I try to mimic it, I can’t help doing it pretty much all the time. 

1900 sunshine hours
Did you know that Gotland usually has the most sunshine hours during summertime in Sweden with its 1900 hours of sun? Well, now you do!
Fröjel 2015 

More lambs than people
Yes, it’s true, there are more sheep on Gotland than people, but they for some reason call sheep for lamb, and lamb for ”lammungar” which can translate to  ”lamb children”. Don’t ask me why because I don’t get it either.
The Visby world heritage site
Remind me to write a proper post just about Visby, because it’s just such a beautiful town with heritage from medieval times and a great wall surrounding the town. Just spend a day or two walking the cobbled streets and discovering flower covered alleys could make anyone fall in love with this town.
 Visby 2014

All the cute cafés, museum and stores along the road
The best way of exploring Gotland must be with a road trip where you just can stop whenever it suits you because the most beautiful cafés, museum and stores are not located in a city somewhere, they are located along the many roads.

Nisseviken 2018

Church Ruins
You should know by know that I’m a sucker for ruins, and Gotland is filled with them! For some reason, there are about a 100 churches on Gotland, and a couple of them have been abandoned throughout the years, leaving beautiful ruins for dorks like me to explore.
One of the most famous things with Gotland is all of the ”raukar” which is basically very old stone formations. Some areas filled with raukar on Gotland are Folhammar and Hoburgen and in the second one, there's a rauk shaped like a man.
Folhammar 2013 

All the nature reserves
Gotland offers a lot of nature reserves to explore either by foot or by bike so bring a good pair of walking shoes and go out and explore!
800km coastline
Let’s just say that you're never far away from the ocean when you're on Gotland, and there are a lot of beautiful beaches and viewpoints facing the ocean.
Högklint 2014 

Flea markets
You don't have to drive far to spot a sign that says "Loppis" which means that there's a flea market nearby. Some are just a table on a yard somewhere while others can be a big building filled with great bargains.
Creperie & Logi
This is a restaurant in Visby that I have to visit every time I’m on Gotland since they serve the most delicious crêpes imaginable. Go for the dessert ones with berries and ice cream!
 Creperie & Logi 2015 

Travel Diary: Hammersta

Earlier this week, me and my friend Annie went on a quite spontaneous trip to Hammersta nature reserve.
Our original idea was to visit an island in the Stockholm archipelago named Huvudskär which only is accessible by boat like two times every week during summer. Unfortunately, there was a big power failure in Stockholm that day which knocked out the public transportation so much that we missed the only boat to Huvudskär that day with about two hours, haha. Since we were already dressed for adventure we simply looked at a map and took a bus to the closest green spot which was Hammersta nature reserve. 
We were not sure about what to expect when the bus dropped us off in the middle of nowhere but we started to walk along an asphalted road into a forest.
The asphalted road continued for a long time, but then we got to a big paddock with cows. This was the first interesting thing we had seen in the half an hour since we got off the bus which lead to us spending a lot of time photographing the cows, haha. The calves were just so cute!
Since our original idea was to stay on a small island all day we pretty much were set on spending some time by the ocean which was harder to find than we imagined. After an even longer time on the asphalted road, we finally found a good spot with a view over the ocean where we took a lunch break.
We got pretty tired of walking on the asphalted road so we tried to find some smaller paths to follow - which only ended with us either being lost in the forest or walking inside the fenced paddocks for cows so we got back on the asphalted road that after a while turned into a graveled path which was a lot nicer to walk on but still quite tedious since everything looked pretty much the same.
Then we found a sign pointing to an old castle ruin which honestly wasn't that spectacular, but after hiking for two hours with quite some uninteresting views (and most of the time on an asphalted road!) I suddenly thought the ruin was the best place on earth, haha. Perspectives.
After spending some time at the ruin we almost didn't find our way out of the nature reserve since there was a lot of private roads which belonged to a farmhouse. The only way out seemed to be walking between two paddocks with horses, so that's what we did.
Straight after the farmhouse, we got back to the big road where we had got off the bus so we had circled around all of Hammersta nature reserve in about three hours. The nature reserve honesty wasn't that exciting and I would probably never have visited it if it weren't for the circumstances, but every place I visit can't be a jackpot. I got to be outside for a couple of hours, leave all stress from the everyday life inside the city and have a nice time with Annie. What more do you need, really?