Gotland Sweden: Travel Tips?

June 16, 2016

Hello friends! I’m excited because I’m leaving in a few days for the island of Gotland, Sweden! You can travel with me via my Instagram @decor8 all next week to see what we do, where we shop, eat, etc. I won’t be bombarding IG with posts but I’ll definitely get some Gotland content up there for sure — all beautiful and inspiring things for you to see in case you want to travel there too. Gotland is an island in the Baltic sea off the coast of Sweden and I am so happy that I can escape from the responsibilities of work and family life to just think, collect flowers, make salads from our garden and take in fresh salty air along with my travel partner, Leslie Shewring.

Gotland Sweden: Travel Tips?

My question to you is, dear friends, what are some must-see places? It can be anywhere on Gotland, we have a car. We love the idea of group dinners, eating outdoors, eating on organic farms, rustic bakeries, shopping in pretty lifestyle stores, seeing beautiful windmills, old homes and the beach… I want to walk the beach for hours… Our goal is really to soak in the natural surroundings and be immersed in Swedish island living for a week.

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Anything you can imagine. We would love it. I’ve already done a ton of research but before I put my finds on decor8, I want to travel to Gotland first and see them first hand. As I go, I’ll Instagram them, and when I return from Gotland, I’ll blog my travel tips during the first week of July here on decor8.

So, loves… Any good ideas for Leslie and I?

Back soon with a fun contest for you to win pretty stuff for your home from Sukha in Amsterdam. One moment please!

(Photography: The Waves We Make – you gotta go to this blog, it’s amazing)



  • Reply Maria Carolina June 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Amazing place!

  • Reply Cattie June 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Oh, I am so envious! I grew up on Gotland but after my parents passed away (10 years ago) I haven’t been back. I’m hoping to go back with my brother later this summer though (fingers crossed). In my opinion, a must see is Fårö, especially the rock formations and Sudersand beach. A fun stop on the way is Creperie Tati. I also love Rute Stenungsbageri, which is a bit off the beaten track I grew up in Slite, which is a tiny town on the northeastern part of Gotland and often overlooked by tourists, because it’s mostly known for a huge cement factory. But it also has a nice, sandy beach, a small harbor and a few shops. Oh, and definitely have some smoked fish (flounder especially) and / or shrimp. You’ll find tiny “smoke huts” in a lot of places on the island. Have a fantastic time!

    • Reply Holly Becker June 16, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you Cattie, I have Rute Stenungsbageri already on my list, glad to hear you’ve confirmed it. I hope we can make it up to Fårö. I have heard and read so much about it but it’s a few hours from our house so I’m not sure we’ll make it this trip.

  • Reply Bee June 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Looks like Gotland is THE place to be! My friend Lean is there right now co-hosting a workshop. Please check out the Instagram accounts of the workshop hosts for some ideas: Lean (@leanandmeadow), Beth (@local_milk), Matthew (@matthewlud), Aaron (@studio_neon), and Sadie (@londonrose). You can also see more pictures from the workshop by searching for #localmilkretreats. Cannot wait to see pictures from you and Leslie!

    • Reply Holly Becker June 16, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Hi Bee, I just learned this today when I was googling and found Beth’s IG stream and photos. I couldn’t believe it, the timing! Too bad they leave when we arrive, would have been fun to meet other creatives who are roaming the island for inspo and photos. :)

  • Reply jette June 16, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    My dream is to visit Åsa Lindströms shop and creperie (Halingbo)

    Unfortunately, there’s not much information to be had on the website. It says that the shop is closed but will reopen in summer 2016. It’s not far from Slite either.

    Looking at their Facebook site it seems they open the shop on Gotland at Midsumer so maybe it will be possible for you to go there after all.

    • Reply Holly Becker June 16, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Jette – Thank you for that tip, I’ve never heard of her, I have to send her a quick email and see if she’ll be around. She’s not far from the house we’re staying in. Thank you so much for the tip!

  • Reply Françoise June 17, 2016 at 12:08 am

    You’re so lucky! We stayed there with our kids in the summer of 2011. I mostly remember cycling a lot, eating kanelbullar and watching breathtaking sunsets everyday (we were on the west coast of the island in a rented summer cottage) Faro is definitely a must see, the raukar are quite a sight, especially the one shaped like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (get there at sunset, it’s unforgettable). As a Bergman fan, I also enjoyed seeing the spots where he shot several of his movies.
    We also visited Asa’s shop, the tiny shelves with all her cups are irresistible. She’s a very lovely person but only opens her island shop when school is out. She otherwise lives in Stockholm. I remember a tiny train museum and you can ride an old train during the summer.(Fun for the kids). All in all, it is a marvellous place and June is a good time to visit. I remember a large home and decor shop in the middle of nowhere where everything was on sale (House Doctor, Rice and so on) I couldn’t believe my luck! You’re going to have a lovely time there, that’s guaranteed. Wish I could go back myself!

  • Reply Hanneke June 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Not sure if you’re still in Gotland, but my favorite place was the island of Faro in the North. Beautiful quiet place! And make sure you go to Elsie’s Crêperie; the best 50’s pancake place you will ever find. It is quite close to the Ferry when you arrive on Faro.

  • Reply iHanna June 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Fika and a visit to the craft area at Skolhuset if it’s open is a MUST

    I’ve been to Gotland several times these past years and love snapping photos of every stone and cute thing I see, here are some of my blog posts about the island:


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