Wooden building below ruins

Jul på Gotland

We went rogue for Christmas this year and booked a mini break on Gotland. It was quite a last minute decision but we fancied getting away for a few days after being cooped up at home with Covid for so long. Plus it’s somewhere we always come away from feeling mentally and physically recharged — we were in desperate need of both.

Grey ocean and sky

The three and a half hour ferry journey is always a nice opportunity to decompress. It was too cold to sit out on deck, even for part of the journey, so we sank into our assigned seats and fought the urge to sleep. We passed the time eating sweet treats our friends sent us away with. I went up on deck later in the journey and it was snowing!

Electric candles in window

Dog sitting with lady
Ferry dog <3
Marshmallows in bowl

The bowl of marshmallows in this window display represents julgröt (rice porridge). You’re supposed to make some for Tomte on Christmas Eve — Tomte is gnome that watches over your home throughout the year. He lives in the barns and pantries of farms, and under the floorboards in urban homes.


Dinner on the night we arrived was a Sichuan meal at Surfers restaurant. Six dishes and two piña coladas later, we were absolutely stuffed and ready to sleep.

Wooden cabin with veranda

We went for a frozen coastal walk on Christmas Eve and cooked instant ramen on the beach. I wrote about that separately in this post, if you are curious.

Calm sea

Christmas Day gave us eerily calm sea and low sun. The water was so still, you can barely see it in the photo below. Of all the times we’ve visited, this was definitely the calmest; there wasn’t even any wind.

Pebbles in the ocean

We bummed around on the beach for a while and then went for a walk around town with our cameras. It was “warmer” than the previous day but we still ventured out with another layer under our trousers.

Small waves on ocean

Woman stood on the beach

Stepped rooftop

Light shining on building

Tiny patches of sun weaved through gaps between buildings.

View down old street

As you can see, the town was deserted. Everything was closed apart from a couple of steamy windowed cafés but feeling like we had the place to ourselves was actually really nice.

Wooden building below ruins

Snow on wall

Snow on road

Old windmill
Lågan, Gotland

Walking up to Lågan gave us a great view over the harbour. It also helped us discover a whole new residential area full of nice houses; I mentally moved us in to a few.

Small old building
Visby Crêperie & Logi
Paper star hanging over table
Inside the Crêperie & Logi

Bokeh lights

2 comments on “Jul på Gotland

  1. Utterly lovely photo series! Gotland needs to go on our list, we haven’t travelled nearly enough around Sweden.
    All the best from Strasbourg, France
    Stéphanie and Jérôme

    • Gemma Evans

      Thanks so much Stéphanie and Jérôme! Definitely add Gotland to your list, it’s a magical place. We still have so much of it left to explore — would love to cycle all the way around the island at some point. Sweden is a lovely place to explore 🙂

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