Island Sweden

The sacrificial place


Natasha wanted to reach Visby and a little more walking around and shopping. Because quickly the morning went. Perhaps somewhat to the detriment of some of the sights that passed by. Among them caves

The island of Gotland is at a distance of 90 kilometers from the mainland of Sweden and was once part of the seabed. And as the seabed is characterized by a thick layer of malleable limestone, and on the island this feature resulted in such natural phenomena as the cave.

The most famous cave of the island called Lummelunda. Its length is 4 km and there are two routes: one short, main and secondary, available on request for those who like to crawl on the belly. Honestly, I don't like caves, and I do not understand people who like it) Especially to crawl through narrow passages on your stomach. I think it is the realization of some complexes.

Cave Lummelunda (Lummelunda) is a unique underground world with stunning preserved underground passages, recesses and niches. But not only is the cave itself, and the whole complex is a Museum and sheep and gardens and a complex of waterfalls. Located 13 km from Visby.

In General we unfortunately or fortunately slipped. Stopped only once Natasha saw thickets of cherry and we void sumnyashesya hovered there for half an hour) is not stripped from the branches all that was ripe

Another place near Visby which we did not have time to visit — but it is worth it is Högklint ("steep hillside") - one of the highest slopes of the Gotland, rising 45 metrov above sea level.

It is located South of Visby near the camping Kneippbyn where we were in the beginning of the path around the island. In this slope there is also the cave from the sea.

In order to get into his cave, you must first pass a few meters from the road - then get on the edge of a steep cliff, offering a view of Visby and the sea. Here always blows a very strong wind, so get to the edge of the cliff will dare not everyone. They say if you stand on the edge and throw him in the sea an empty plastic bottle, she will not fall, and will long whirl in the air above the abyss until you land on the rock behind you. Go down to the cave by a wooden staircase - the slope is so steep that the staircase is almost vertical.

"Here in the gorge a long time ago lived a famous outlaw, whom everyone called Lilja: he made raids all over the country, but no matter how hard people tried, they could not discover his lair, each time returning home, he strapped the shoes on backwards, so no one could follow in his footsteps. But in the end his numerous pursuers managed to get to the cave that now bears his name."

Medieval Visby is very interesting.
First of all, its wall. It is almost completely preserved, and largely by the Swedes that it is thoroughly protected. In this ancient structure of the 13th century there are gates some of which can be accessed directly on the Baltic coast (although the main part of Visby, facing the sea, not separated from it by a wall), and 29 towers, almost all of which has its own legend.

The earliest of 42 thousands of finds made on the island by Swedish archaeologists, belong to the stone age and indicate that in those ancient times, the locals are mostly hunted fish.

The name of the Gotland reminds us that these places were RodiNoah ready – Germanic tribes of Scandinavian origin that is before the VIII century played an important role in the history of Europe, capturing a significant part of the way to the Crimea, and the territory of the present Italy and Spain. Goths are the first Germanic tribes adopted Christianity.

The name "Visby" dates back to pagan times and means "sacrificial place".

We rode into the city for dinner and very hungry. So first of all decided to find a "gratinee place" and sample the local cuisine. Knock in the centre of the old town I supremetech most crowded restaurant is a sign that people like it there. We parked the bikes near the wall sat down to dinner, more local business lunch cost us three thousand rubles for two. If you eat there in the evening, there will be at least twice as expensive. The prices are not small by our standards)

I decided to try a local beer factory Gotlands Bryggeri. I must say the beer in Sweden is overpriced and not particularly tasty. Buy it here there is no economic and gustatory sense. Gotland beer was no exception. The average Swedish Pilsner. Bland, expressionless. Nothing special.

But all food and products are beyond praise. The portions are large size , not the pygmy as we have in Russia. Still the salary is 3000 euros here and generally could be the belly to grow)

In the old part of the city's many cafes and restaurants, the prices are quite high.

So, a small piece of the famous rice pudding saffranspannkaka (or gotlandspannkaka) costs 5-8 euros. This traditional gotlandiciy dessert made from rice, milk, sugar, almonds and the saffron. Serve the pudding with whipped cream and jam from local blackberries. This is a different BlackBerry than the one commonly eaten in Europe, but this is known only to nerds.

In the afternoon we rode through the old town and beyond. Visited the shops and just enjoyed the atmosphere. Our ferry back to the mainland again was at night. Because there was a problem how to pass the evening and at night — to put the tent nearby, like it was not possible. In the end, decided at the station to wait. But before we go to the local supermarket to gather supplies for the road)


In Sweden is about 30 dairy plants, 13 of which belong to 8 major enterprises and engaged in the manufacture of cheese. They account for more than 99% of the Swedish cheese production. Total cheese production in 2008 reached 114 200 tons. The share of exports in production is rather small and is about 20%.

Because you can buy it in Russia is almost impossible. Which is a pity.

Grevé® (Greve), Herrgård® (Herrgard), Präst® (Prest), Svecia (Sweden), Hushållsost (Mushallal) and Västerbottenost (Vasterbottens) - six of the most popular Swedish varieties of hard cheeses. These cheeses (except Västerbottenost) are manufactured in several places more than one manufacturer.

One of the most famous Swedish semi-hard cheese is JustHost. Unlike most of JustHost cheese made from whole milk, not skim. He has a pretty long story, it was done by Housewives at home, hence the name "cottage cheese". Currently JustHost is made into cheese plants. Creamy, delicious fresh the taste makes JustHost unique. The maturation period lasts from 1 to 3 months.

In the photo he is in the form of a cylinder with a weight of 2.2 kg

Price 60, - CZK per kg ( 420 rubles approximately) Think about it!!! We have, for the price, only what is palm koshkinskiy cheese product you can take

But I like cheese Präst® is the pride of regions, Smaland (Småländ) and Skane (Skåne) in South Sweden. In the 18th century this cheese was considered the best and even used to pay Church tax. Today, thanks to its sharp taste, it is often used in cooking. We bought it three times in different versions — delicious cheese

In the evening leaving his niece in the Park on the shore I ran to the port to check where the landing occurs and whether it is possible to sleep in the waiting room of the port. Then we drove off aside from urban areas on the shore and boiled the water, brewed coffee and filled bought click a small thermos. It was already dark. Pokachevskoe half an hour in the hammocks stretched between the trees still went to the port. Was getting cold

In the building, found a bench and Natasha slept a couple of hours. I guarded her sleep. And then the same thing happened. For loading on the ferry we went as late as possible bearing in past the long wait. And after 4 hours nynäshamn greeted us with morning mist and icy coldness