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Visit Gotland – A Travel Guide to nature

Do you plan to visit Gotland? If the answer is yes - keep reading! We have been on Gotland many times the last couple of years.

In fact we have a summer house on the south part of Gotland, so we have a lot of experience. In this travel guide to Gotland, we will share our best tips and advise to get as much as possible out from your visit. 

Inspiration - From our latest visits to Gotland:

https://youtu.be/o5elBGhFWq4

Our top 3 places on Gotland:

1. Herrvik / Östergarnsholm

The nature and tranquility of Herrvik and Östergarnsholm is something special. The places are located on the middle east side of Gotland, about 40 min drive from Visby. On the mainland (Herrvik) the water is clear and there are many cool rock formations you can climb on. If you park your car in the harbour, you just continue east towards the sea. There you'll find a small beach and nice rock formations. Below you'll find two videos from Herrvik and Östergarnsholm. Hopefully you can get some inspiration before you decide if you want to visit these places. https://youtu.be/MGogYY2k69ghttps://youtu.be/nxzCzlkTw7k

2. Holmhällar / Heligholmen

Holmhällar and Heligholmen är located on the southern part of Gotland. It's quite far away from Visby, but the long drive it totally worth it. The landscapes are beautiful and when you get down to the sea, you will find very unique rock formations: Raukar!  The English term for "Raukar" is Sea Stacks. Holmhällar three major areas of sea stacks. Usually there aren't that many people here, so you can be rather undisturbed. You are allowed to climb the sea stacks, but be mindful of the environment and don't leave any trash behind. Heligholmen is a small island located just south of the third sea stack area in Holmhällar. If you want to walk or swim over to the island you have to think about two important thing: 1. Birds are nesting here, and you are not allowed to visit the island during specific dates: 15th of March - 30th of June. 2. There can be strong currents between the mainland and the island. There have been accidents at this spot. So if you want to go out, make sure you are a good swimmer, have a mask and snorkel with you, a wetsuit helps with the cold. You can also use a stand up paddle board or kayak if you have access to one.  https://youtu.be/nRNUhF04JDw

3. Hoburgen / Hoburgsgubben

Hoburgen is one of the most famous spots on Gotland! Plenty of tourists come here every year, and the reason is simple - it's beautiful!  Hoburgen is also located on the south part of Gotland, in fact it is the most southern part of Gotland. There are plenty of things to explore here. You can clime the cliffs and get a magnificent view over the sea. You can walk along the beach (quite far if you have stamina). There are natural caves you can enter and the famous rock "Hoburgsgubben" is something worth taking a photo of! https://youtu.be/VPELz5tlpWE

Surfing on Gotland?

There are four major surfspots on Gotland, and they are all located on the middle and northern parts of the island: 1. Tofta strand (middle west coast - south of Visby)  2. Högklint (middle west coast - south of Visby) 3. Kappelhamnsviken (Ireviken - north of Visby) 4. Fårö (north of Gotland on the island Fårö) We have been to two of the spots, se the videos below. I truly recommend that you check out Magic Sea Weed to see if there are any swells when you are on Gotland. If you don't have your own board, you can rent one from Surflogiet Gotland. They are located on Tofta strand. https://youtu.be/cKpMXbVYtzk

Summary

Gotland is a beautiful island worth visiting many time, especially if you like nature, hiking and snorkeling. The best season for visiting is early summer - June.  I hope you found these tips and guides useful. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven't done that already!

What to do near Nice, France?

Adventures in South of France

I've been in France more times than I can count. Ever since I was 1 year old, we've always spent our summers near Nice in Villeneuve Loubet. We have been on countless adventures, but some are more special than others. Le Loup (the Wolf) is a river that flows from the mountains down to the sea. 

In the video below, you'll find our local forest. Walking distance from our summer house. There's something special about this forest. This was our first day of our vacation!


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Arctic Snorkeling & Adventures

A couple of weeks ago we traveled to the north of Sweden on an artic snorkeling adventure. We stayed in the arctic for 8 days and visited many amazing places in Sweden and Norway.



Trollsjön

The first day we hiked 5 km to Rissajaure (a.k.a. Trollsjön), the clearest lake in Sweden with crystal clear and cold water:

trollsjon diviing

Å

Next stop was Å and the lake Ågvatnet. High mountain tops surrounds the lake and it's really quiet and beautiful. In the sea nearby, there was plenty of fish, kelp and other sea creatures.

tent camping lofoten

diving a lofoten

Kvalvika

Then we went to Kvalvika Beach. A 2 km hike took us to the hidden but popular sandy beach, with clear water and mountains on both sides. One of the coolest places during our adventure.

kvalvika beach sunset

kvalvika low tide

kvalvika beach

kvalvika beach waves

Ballstad

In Ballstad we went out on a snorkeling tour with Lofoten Diving: https://www.lofoten-diving.com/. An awesome experience and really beautiful water. This is perfect if you don't have your own wetsuit or gear, since you can rent everything from them. Highly recommended!

split photo diving

over under

split photo snorkeling

Gimsøya

After the snorkeling tour we went to Gimsøya and found a big whale skull!

whale skull lofoten

Henningsvær

Later that same day we went to Henningsvær and set up our tent with a nice view.

camping lofoten henningsvaer

Unstad

Unstad was our next stop! A small surfer village. There were almost no waves when we arrived , but we rented stand up paddle boards (SUP) from Unstad Artic Surf: http://unstadarcticsurf.com/ and paddled out on the crystal clear water and did some snorkeling on the same spot afterwards! We also met some friendly goats on the way.

stand up paddle lofoten

goats lofoten

Abisko

Last but not least, we went back to Sweden and Abisko national park. There is a river that runs though the national park and on some spots the water is calmer and you can dive there. Plenty of fish and strong currents. If you go here, make sure that you are experienced and have the right gear. It could be very dangerous if you don't know what you are doing.

adventure abisko

abisko river

abiskojaure diving
The whole trip was awesome! Hope you enjoyed reading about it. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube-channel, so you don't miss our next adventure!

Best of Madeira – 7 days on an amazing island

There are so many things to do on Madeira, but this is what we did during our travel.


We stayed at the amazing Roca Mar Hotel, east of Funchal (10 min drive). The FIRST day we did some snorkeling outside the hotel. The water was clear, plenty of fish and things to see under water. I even saw an octopus that said "hello"

It was an amazing encounter with a very intelligent octopus. I saw him / her 2-3 meter down and started waving. Slowly the octopus came closer and finally decided to say "hello" and taste my fingers:



Roca Mar Hotel is perfect if you want to stay super close to the sea, with a fantastic view, beautiful sunrises and great service. We even saw dolphins and whales from the balcony of our room!

The SECOND day, we went to hike the Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço. Really beautiful with friendly lizards along the way. Remember to bring sunscreen and light clothes - it can be very hot.

The THIRD day we went to Funchal, the capital of Madeira. We bought a combination ticket with the cable cars to the Botanical Garden Jardim Botanico. It costs around €30 per person, so it's quite expensive - but totally worth it. If you suffer from fear of heights, the cable cars can be a bit scary. The botanical garden is massive, with a lot of variation. The cacti were really cool.

Later the same day, we went to Cabo Griao - the highest cliffs in Europe! They have a glas skywalk you can walk out on - awesome! We also went to Ponta do Sol.

The FORTH day we went to the northern parts of Madeira. I did some snorkeling close to Ilheu da Ribeira da Janela - a beautiful cliff in the sea. The waves were quite big, so you should be carful going out here even if you have a lot of experience.

Further west we came to Porto Moniz. They have a really cool area with natural pools. You only pay 1.5€ per person to get in!

The FIFTH day we did some hiking along Levada do Caldeirão Verde (green waterfall). This was amazing! One of the most beautiful and different hikes we've done. It's 6.5km long (13 km back and forth) and the path can be very narrow sometime. Remember to bring a flashlight since there are several pitch black tunnels you have to go though (mind your head). The end of the hike takes you to a magnificent waterfall with crystal clear (but cold) water.

Later that night I tried my new dive lamp:



When you travel and go on adventure, it's really important to have good gear. Yesterday I did a night dive (freediving), and tried out my Bigblue head light 1000 Lumens. It was just outside hotel Roca Mar on Madeira. The visibility was OK, and with the lamp I could see many sleeping fishes and other sea creatures.

The head light is mounted on an adjustable head-strap which is perfect for when you want to use both hands. In my case I wanted to film with my GoPro camera.

Bigblue HL 1000 Lumens is powered by a rechargeable 18650 Li-ion battery and has a battery life of 20h when on full effect. It has also been tested down to 100 meters. My review: 4.5 / 5

The SIXTH day we wanted to do some more hikning, but the weather was not good at Pico do Arieiro. We wanted to walk from Arieiro to Pico Ruivo. If you want to do the same, check the weather before going! Search for "Pico do Arieiro webcam" so the the conditions right now ;) We went back to the hotel, to do some more snorkeling and swimming at the hotel pool.

The SEVENTH and last day, I got a surfing lesson from Carlos in Seixal harbor. A black sandy beach with smaller waves - perfect for surf beginners. Even if you don't plan to surf, Seixal is really beautiful and they also have "natural pools" you can swim in.

We did some other stuff, like the volcanic grotto tour in Sao Vicente (which was great), but we decided to only show "the best" footage from of our trip to Madeira.

We will come back soon, 7 days is not enough ;) We hope you enjoyed watching our video. Give it a thumbs up, comment and subscribe for more awesome videos!

Here are some photos from our trip


Botanical Garden

botanical garden madeira

Roca Mar Hotel

roca mar hotel

Hiking

hiking madeira

Surf lesson

surfing madeira