Summer Town: Visby Source: Anita / Spring in Visby

Summer Town: Visby

Visby is a Swedish town located on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. It is only accessible by boat and air and this summer town is a great tourist attraction for thousands of Scandinavians during the summer season.

This past week 10 students from around the world who study in Sweden got the chance to present their Masters fieldwork at a session held by ICLD in Visby. In my previous post on fieldwork abroad, I mention the different grants available to international students and this fieldwork grant was for thesis focusing on local development.

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Visby Havsbad

University

Our workshop was held on Uppsala University – Campus Gotland (previously known as the University of Gotland) and I was amazed to find that they offer programmes in humanities, law, technology, social sciences and languages!

The views from the library are to die for! You can literally see the sea from your seat.

Summer Town: Visby

Uppsala Campus Gotland

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Visby Havsbad two minutes from campus

Center of Town

The first thing everyone mentioned when we arrived in Visby was the fact that it did not look like it was Sweden. I know that sounds strange but after watching a million seasons of Game of Thrones, Visby is reminiscent of cities like Braavos.

The streets are narrow with small passages and are built adjacent to each other. It reminds you of Gamla stan in Stockholm but with a more Medieval feel.

Summer Town: Visby

Credits: Anita / Walking down the streets of Visby

Summer Town: Visby

Visby Centrum

The best view of Visby as we were informed by our hosts, is up from Visby kyrkan where you climb up what feels like 5000 stairs to get to the top of a hill. But it is totally worth it. Pictures really don’t do the view justice.

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / View of Visby from the top

Summer Town: Visby

Visby Views from the top

It’s been an exceptionally warm spring and the flowers are in full bloom making Visby extra beautiful.

Summer Town: Visby

Credits: Anita / Spring in Visby

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Doorplace in Visby

Summer Town: Visby

Credit: Anita / Walking in Visby Centrum

Glass

My extreme sweet tooth led me to pester my colleagues to take a walk to an ice cream store that I heard was famous across Europe. Icream shops are in plenty supply in Visby. Like this homemade ice cream shop.

Summer Town: Visby

Glas och Glas!

Finally we arrived at the famous Glassmagasinet! If I could choose where to spend all summer long it would be camped outside this ice cream ‘restaurant’ until I tried all 305 flavors. Their website counts how many new flavors they have and as of today it is 305.  It literally took me half an hour to choose which flavor I wanted. With flavors like Dom Pérignon, cheesecake and licorice. The choices were endless!

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Glassmagasinet

So, I finally ended up with popcorn and rocky road chocolate and salted caramel. I even splurged and got a lyx (luxury) cone dipped in chocolate and nuts.

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Flavors of Glass

I will never forget Visby and I can thank ice cream for that! That popcorn flavor was something out of a musical! I think I hummed while I ate my cone.

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Glassmagasinet Visby

Be sure to check out Marina’s post on her visit to Gotland here.

Gotland Får

To my delight, Gotland is famous for its sheep (får). This is easy to notice as all around the city there are pictures and statues dedicated to sheep. A quick google search reveals that the Gotland breed is famous for its fur. 

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Gotland får

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Gotland får at Visby Havsbad

I even got myself a cute little får fridge magnet. My Chinese zodiac is Year of the Sheep so I was quite happy!

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Min lite får

Architecture

Visby domkyrkan (cathedral) is the third oldest church in Visby. It was built in 1225 as a guest church for German traders. Today, it is used for most of the towns weddings, baptisms and funeral services.

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Visby Dormkyrkan

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Visby cathedral

The gargoyles on the sides of the building were so cool! So were the spires and the statues that surround the massive church.

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Inside Visby dormkyrkan

Summer Town: Visby

Credit: Anita / Visby Cathedral

Stora Torget

The Stora Torget is a square located in the central part of Visby that was reconstructed in 2011.

Summer Town: Visby

Credits: Anita / Stora Torget

Sankta Katarina Churchyard is located in the center of the square and is a well known landmark in Visby.

Summer Town: Visby

Source: Anita / Sankta Katarina kyrkoruin

Take Away

Visby is completely worth the hype! It’s beautiful to visit in the Spring and I’m sure it’s even better in Summer. If you have some time to kill in the summer. It’s worth visiting Visby to see a different side of Sweden and of course to try one of the 305 flavors of glass at glassmagasinet. I highly recommend popcorn.

From Sweden with Love

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A Kenyan student studying a Masters degree in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. If you have any questions about studying in Sweden or general feedback email me on anita.studyinsweden@gmail.com
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