In late June 2012 I took a long overdue holiday to Gotland (via Stockholm) which is a beautiful island off the east coast of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Although some parts of Gotland to the north of the island are popular with Swedes as a holiday destination, the south is far more “off the beaten track” and we were fortunate enough to be staying at my friends summer house in Fide in the south.
As a Londoner I don't get to see a lot of wide open spaces and big panoramic skyscapes so I went a bit crazy photographing everything. This page is a kind of photo diary of my trip. All pics were taken with my iPhone4.
Hoburgen is a rocky peninsula on the southern tip of Gotland. The rock formation is nick-named Hoburgsgubben and is fabled to be an old man looking out to sea.
Holmhällar is a rocky beach in the far south east corner of the island with seemingly endless curious rock formations and shallow pools.
We stopped off one morning for a coffee at Fabriken Furillen which is a hotel situated on the site of an old quarry. The hotel's surroundings have a beautiful yet very bleak, almost eerie quality and the abandoned limestone refinery has a certain lunar landscape feel to it that I really liked.
Kutens Bensin is a gas station and crêperie on the island of Fårö to the very north of Gotland. It is well known for the bizarre array of rusty old cars, motorbikes, fridges, petrol pumps, signage and anything else old and/or American that are scattered all over the place. It is quite a surreal place and the crêpes are fantastic and all named after famous actors (I had the Brando).
Blå Lagun (or Blue Lagoon) is a stunningly picturesque old quarry site that has been reclaimed and reimagined as a public bathing and barbeque area. The water is turquoise blue and warm(ish) as it's an inland lake with no rivers coming in or out.
Although the medieval town of Visby is the most well known part of Gotland we only went there briefly while we were waiting for the ferry home. The town is encased by a castle wall, I only managed this shot whilst there.
I was sad to leave Gotland but happy to be going back to Stockholm. I didn't expect to find any good photo opportunities on the ferry home but I guess it's always when you least expect it that things pop up.