Gotland: Day 3 – Lummelunda Cave

Ferry Nynashamn to Visby
Cycled Visby to Stenkyrka

Date: 14th July 2010

The ferry we went for was sold out, but they allowed us to get standby tickets and, after waiting in line with other cars and motorbikes for some time, we got on. They were expensive tickets for a three hour trip though – around 500 SEK each. There’s a very nice view of Visby as the ferry approaches.

View of Visby from the ferry

Again there’s a bike route signposted immediately when you get off the ferry (Gotlandsleden). There were a lot of cycle tourists in Visby. Looking at the gear some of the bikes are carrying most of them were probably new to the activity. There were families with huge family tents, backpacks sitting in buckets on the rack, and even a rolled up foam mattress (a proper mattress, not a camping one) tied to a pannier rack.

We arrived in the afternoon and left from Visby at about 3:30pm. Following the Gotlandsleden north, it was flat apart from the climbs to get from the beach to the main road, and very little traffic. Even though it was a late start we still managed a stop to see the Lummelunda Cave along the way. It was a fairly regular tourist cave, but a little overhyped. Apart from Visby itself it’s one of the main tourist attractions of the island, but it would be OK to give it a miss.

Accommodation is easy to find in the area. We passed a few signposted campgrounds, and managed to find a small cabin for the reasonable price of 400 SEK at a “Mix Ranch” near Stenkyrka. The place had a bar and restaurant, and a bunch of goats and other animals on the property.

Gotland: Day 2 – Stockholm to Nynäshamn

Cycled Stockholm to Nynäshamn

Date: 13th July 2010

There’s a bike path called the Nynasleden that goes the entire distance between Stockholm and Nynäshamn. It’s a reasonably short ride from the Stockholm ferry terminal to central station, and the bike path starts near the station. It’s about an 80km route, with some of that on off road bike path. The route is also one of the best sign posted bike routes I’ve seen. We got confused a couple of times, but were on track within a few minutes each time. At the time of writing there’s an excellent map available on OSM cycle maps. I’m not sure if it follows the Nynasleden exactly, but I’m not sure we did either.

Swedish cycle route signs - Nynasleden was our route

Sweden was going through something of a heatwave, and I hadn’t ridden a bike in a few weeks so found this day pretty hard. It’s a little hilly. A fair amount of up and down, but no long climbs at all. After Stockholm the path only passes through small villages. There aren’t that many opportunities to stop for food or water, but enough to make it comfortable. If you want to stop for a swim there are a few lakes that looked very tempting.

There was a camping ground in Nynäshamn where we stayed the night. It’s reasonably priced at about 150 SEK. We had to get a Camping Scandinavia card for 130 SEK, but they provided that at the checkin and once we had it we didn’t need to worry about it again. I’ve read a few websites recommending getting a Camping Scandinavia card before the trip, but I wouldn’t bother.

Gotland: Day 1 – Tallinn to Stockholm ferry

Cycled Viimsi to Tallinn ferry wharf
Ferry Tallinn to Stockholm

Date: 12th July 2010

The ride to the ferry from our place in Viimsi is a pleasant ride by the sea. The Estonian bike route No. 1 starts in Pirita (near Viimsi) and goes into Tallinn and beyond. That part of it is entirely off road bike path and is mostly used by recreational cyclists and rollerbladers. It passes through the ferry terminal, which is very handy if your destination is over the sea. The ferry tickets to Stockholm cost 1900 EEK (130 euros) for two berths in separate single sex cabins and bikes. It was 3500 EEK if we wanted a cabin for the two of us and we went for the cheap option. It turned out there was nobody else in either of our cabins, so we just moved in together anyway.

The Tallin to Stockholm ferry ride went from 6pm to 10am and was non eventful for the most part, but there’s the opportunity to see a nice sunset and enjoy the bar. The ferry passes through a whole bunch of nice islands (the Stockholm Archipelago, and I think also the Ålands if you’re awake early enough.