According to vaoltedwatches, Gotland is an island in the Baltic Sea (Europe) and together with a number of smaller islands (including Fårö, Stora Karlsö, Lilla Karlsö and Gotska Sandön) forms the Gotland region. This region is part of Sweden. The capital of Gotland is Visby.
Gotland has a long history due to its central location in relation to several European countries. Already in the Middle Ages and during the Viking era, the island was widely used as a trading center. The landscape of Gotland is hilly with a mostly rocky coastline. There are also some pebble beaches. Tourists often come for nature, tranquility and the many cycling and trading opportunities. Gotland is also known for the many churches that can be found on the island. Almost every village has its own church. Gotland’s economy is largely based on agriculture and tourism. See picktrue for how to travel to Sweden.
Where is Gotland located?
Travel information of Gotland
Official name: Gotland
Area: 3,183 km²
Country code: SE, SWE
Population: 57,265 inhabitants (2012)
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
Highest point: 78 m (Follingbohöjden)
Distance (Amsterdam – Visby): 1,030 km
Flight time: approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Gotland may have (temporary) measures that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Gotland, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Gotland. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Gotland?
Weather and climate
Gotland has a mild climate. During the summer months the temperatures are around 20 to 25 degrees and during the winter months around freezing point.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Gotland can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Gotland can be found at Climate info.
June, July and August are the best months to travel to Gotland. In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures.
Swedish is the official language on Gotland.
Would you like to translate from or into Swedish for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Sweden: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Swedish Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Swedish consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Gotland.
Money and Currency matters
On Gotland you pay with the Swedish crown (SEK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs on Gotland can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices on Gotland are slightly higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +6% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (5% cheaper), food (24% more expensive), imported beer in catering (66% more expensive), cigarettes (1% cheaper) and public transport (5% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
It is not customary to tip on Gotland. In most hotels and restaurants, the tip is automatically calculated in the price.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Gotland is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Gotland can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
On Gotland you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Gotland.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Gotland.
On Gotland the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Gotland can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
The international number 911 can also be used.
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Gotland can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Gotland can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Gotland end in.se.
Gotland official websites: gotland.info and gotland.se.
Swedish Tourist Board: visitsweden.com.
The country code (international access number) to call someone on Gotland is 0046 or +46.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Gotland? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Gotland Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in Gotland’s Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Gotland.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Gotland.
Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays on Gotland can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Sweden (Gotland) in the Eurydice school guide.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Gotland, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Gotland?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Gotland. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Gotland can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on Gotland can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Gotland? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Sweden, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Sweden, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Gotland.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking ranging from 18 to 23 years.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.2.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…The capital Visby is known as the city of roses, because of the many rose bushes?
…One can find the Gotland pony on Gotland?
…Black truffles grow in the deciduous forests of Gotland?
… Gotland was an important trading center of the Vikings?