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Kitesurfing - Sweden: Gotland

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

There are a number of ways to get to Gotland. The ferry from Nynäshamn takes about three hours and costs SEK198 - 469, including your car. Nynäshamn is 50 minutes from Stockholm city by car or you can take the number 35 commuter train from Stockholm central station, which will take about an hour. By air, flights from Bromma/Stockholm take approximately 30 minutes.

Expect a round trip ticket to start from SEK607. Taxis from the airport to Visby town are about SEK150. Car/van rental is recommended. Cars from SEK1500 and minivans from SEK3000 (7 days). Visby Munkkällaren in Stortoget is a nightclub that does food all year around. You must also check out the Vinyl bar and Hamra Krog in southern Gotland which is owned by pirates and surfers!

There's lots more to check out in the little towns and the major advantage is that everyone speaks English.


NON-KITING KICKS

The people of Gotland love the outdoors, so there are plenty of options, including: paintballing, climbing, go-carting, horse riding, archaeology and fishing. The medieval town of Visby has been entered as a site of the UNESCO World Heritage programme, so there's plenty for you culture vultures to get your teeth into, too


POCKET MONEY

CURRENCY: Swedish Kronor (SEK) £1 = SEK12 / €1 = SEK11 / $1 = SEK8.
BEER = SEK42.
AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL (no alcohol) = SEK65 (burger) SEK150 (meal).
AVERAGE HOTEL = SEK320 - SEK500 (2-4 beds) summertime.


SNAPSHOT

90 kilometres east of the Swedish mainland, Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea at 3140km2. With a population of just over 57,000, roughly half live in the capital city of Visby. Head 30 minutes from there and you'll find yourself on wide open, sandy beaches that take on the wild elements.


THE KITING

Gotland provides locations for all wind directions and, being a small island, the surf is almost always on somewhere. Here are two of the best kiting spots: Tjurudden (in Swedish means 'Cape of Bulls', so please close the gates!) is just 30 minutes south of Visby along the Toftavägen coast. Coming from Visby, go past Kovik, past the tanning crowds at Tofta beach and take the first road off to the right from Toftavägen.

This is a big spot with good launching areas and steady winds. A spit of land provides shallow, flat water for beginners. Blast past the spit for some waves and kickers to jump off. No rescue boat or centre. Ljugarn on the east coast of Gotland is 50 kilometres SE from Visby. Another big beach with relatively shallow waters on launch that give way to open water and some waves. On sunny days this beach can get busy, but there are good food facilities. Again, there is no centre or rescue boat here.


WATER, WIND AND WEATHER

Tjurudden is best on southwest but also OK on south or west winds. Ljugarn works in east or southeasterly winds, but is doable on southerly. Kiters ride here all year round when the sea is ice-free! October - March you'll definitely need your 5mm.
Some of you may be surprised to note the air temperatures in summer average 20 - 28°C / 68 - 82°F. with waters of 16 - 22°C / 61 - 72°F.
In the winter air temperatures anywhere between 7°C / 45°F and - 7°C / 19°F!

Gotland Sweden

Gotland Sweden

Gotland Sweden
Gotland Sweden
Gotland Sweden

 


Added: 2008-03-19

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