Island Sweden

The earth is ready

The alarm clock woke us up in the first half. Darkness completely enveloped the archipelago. Was pretty cool. Natasha again donned all the clothes and hat.

Charges were short-lived and soon the cozy hill sheltered us for a few hours behind us. The port of Nynäshamn slowly to get there in twenty minutes.

The ferry was already docked. All of the cars snake curled to the back, where there was a load in the hold. We naturally drove forward all. There have been several other cyclists.

Ferries to Gotland differ from the ferries on the line Helsinki-Stockholm. They are more high-speed and high ramp only to have them back. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the sea here is more open and less quiet. Our ferry was called SF 1500 - M/S GOTLAND

The Swedish company "Destination Gotland" in 1998 specializiruetsya on regular ferry traffic between the ports of Visby and Nynashamn. It possesses four amazing sea ferry is different from other courts, such as technical capabilities and perfect design.
Cargo ship "Gotland" refers to the class of fast passenger ferries and the locals call them "water planes".

Two monohull passenger ferry "Gotlandia" was built in 1998 in the French shipyard "Alstom Leroux Naval". Intended for the carriage of passengers and vehicles on cleaner waters of the Baltic sea. The third vessel "Gotlandia II"in 2006 in Italian shipyard "Fincantieri". Sea ferry "Gotlandia" is considered to be the fastest ship. With four water jet units created by "Rolls-Royce" capacity of each 10,000 HP, accelerates to a passenger ferry speed 40 knots.

In contrast to loading on Viking in this ferry we launched at the very end, after all the cars. Sense sooner was no. We are just wasting are frozen waiting almost an hour for their turn.

The wind on the shore, the night was biting and escape had no chance. Basked pressed against each other.

Inside the ferry is divided into zones, depending on the ticket price. The most expensive cabins. A little cheaper on the bow is a separate soft Seating with power outlets, TV and Internet

The remainder in the middle is a common area with tables. Economy class. There are all sorts of shops and cafes. Where rhinestones lining up the long queue to eat sandwiches for 700 RUB

Well long them then it's pennies) to Sleep damn I was warm after Holodny us worn out. After wandering around the ferry I saw that people did not hesitate to lay directly on the floor between the tables. In fact, we also followed this example. Natasha fell asleep, and I didn't sleep a wink. In front of me were charged our phones and camera. Of course it is unlikely someone would steal it , but life in Russia has left me with certain habits and precautions. Better safe than sorry

Outside the window the dawn began to break. I ran up on deck to take pictures of the surrounding area. Squally wind and bitter cold forced them to do it quickly. In the distance appeared the land the island of Gotland.

The Swedish island of Gotland ("Land ready") owes its name to the Germanic tribe is ready (or Goths) that lived in the first century ad in southern Sweden.

The Gotland area of 2.9 km2. It is the largest island of the Baltic sea. Its banks are little indented, the height is 83 m. there are frequent dense fogs, and in autumn and winter, stormy South-West winds raise the sea wave height of three meters.

The people inside the ferry zasobiralis to the exit. Motorists snake reached into the hold to his carriage. Well, we including. Cars were parked so tightly that hug between them was impossible even for such skinny people like us. Had to carry out a quest — searching passages in different places to get to the bikes.

And here the ferry spat out the freedom of all our human-mechanical mess. And we caught sight of the medieval city of Visby is the capital of the island.



Visby is a medieval Hanseatic town, surrounded by ancient stone ramparts with a length of 3.5 km. it would Seem that it is not so big, but also Visby is a very petite, fairy-tale town.

In addition, the wall is only the Central part of the city, which eventually grew, and now in its surroundings you can easily see quite a modern house, which, however, is not very high - only 3-5 floors.

Today in the "center" Visby (that is, the part which is surrounded by the wall is around 200 medieval stone two-storey houses) is home to around 3,000 people.

However, so little of Visby was not always the case. They say that in its heyday in the middle ages, the urban population amounted to 10,000 people. At that time Visby was a very modern city, the most powerful in the whole of Sweden, and some of the buildings, reaching 50 meters in height, was a such a spectacular sight (in those days not every city could boast of so many tall buildings), which many compare medieval Visby with modern Manhattan.

The temperature sense was degrees 10. At six in the morning the rising sun has not warmed the cold stones and the earth.

The city was still asleep, but the ride on it when complete solitude is also interesting. Crowds of tourists prevent to take pictures and see the beauty.

In the 13-14 centuries in only one of Visby, there were a few dozen churches, the ruins of which can still be seen today. In the 16th century during the invasion of lübeck, almost all churches were destroyed, and the stones of which they were built, or stolen and used for building houses or went on sale. Today the only surviving Church is St. Mary's Cathedral, which was originally considered the German Church. It was his lofty tower with a height of almost 50 meters and the first to greet you when you approach the city.

All cafes and restaurants have opened up closer to 10-12 hours, and we decided to dedicate myself to explore the city on your way back. We stopped at McDonald's, drank coffee, and headed South.

Just South of Visby, there is the town of Vibble. It is famous for the fact that there is a large water Park near the camping Kneippbyn and Villa Chicken a fictional house in which she lived Pippi Longstocking is the main character in several children's books by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren.

In the late 1960-ies in Sweden decided once again to film the adventures of Pippi Longstocking, which has built a Villa "Chicken", making it new, clean and well-groomed, in contrast to the original description. The structure was just in town Vibl (Vibble), on the island of Gotland. After filming, the structure was moved to the outskirts of the neighboring town of Visby, but then returned to almost the former place. Today the Villa is three kilometers from where the shooting took place, and is a tourist attraction.

="line-height: 24px;">...Blackened by the time the old house... This old house surrounded by a neglected garden, father [peppy] bought many years ago. He was going to live there with Pippi when I get old and can't drive ships. But after dad disappeared at sea, Pippi went straight to his Villa "Chicken", there to await his return. Villa "Chicken" was the name of this old house. In the rooms there was furniture in the kitchen hanging utensils — everything seemed made to Peppi was able to settle here.

With steep high banks camping offers breathtaking views of the Baltic sea and Visby is seen in the background. Camping is the most expensive and well-known on Gotland. Night in a tent here costs around 2000 RUB All this because of the water Park , villas and proximity to the capital.

We decided to ride away . But a sleepless night was had, eyes were stuck together. Natasha went slower and slower. Although not complained. She however never complained even if it was hard and you had to watch himself for her condition)

Because when the next camping appeared after the turn I decided to stop it, though the time was about three hours

The rest of the day we spent at TOFTA camping. Washing, washing, dining and lounging at a local beach. The rest was as it is impossible by the way