The Walled, Swedish Town of Visby // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

I made the long trek from Stockholm to the island of Gotland partially as a pilgrimage to one Pippi Longstocking, but mostly because I wanted to cycle through some Swedish countryside. And, as always, I like to get off the beaten path whenever possible.

Getting to Gotland involved a 3.5 hour ride on the largest, most comfortable ferry I’ve ever been on: think movie theater, lounges, and private rooms. My accommodation once on the island? A bunk bed in an old jail cell at the Visby Prison Hostel.

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I did get some serious cycling in during my few days on Gotland. Someday I’ll write about that fiasco, which involved getting caught in a massive storm and having to knock on a stranger’s door for an entirely unrelated reason. But I also spent time frolicking around Visby, the town in which I was based. During summer, it’s a poppin’ vacation spot for Stockholmers and other Scandinavians – but as soon as summer’s over Visby is all but dead, as it was when I was there in mid-September 2010. Pastel-colored buildings line Visby’s streets, while a stone wall surrounds the city center. This medieval town makes for a great side trip from Stockholm, I only wish I’d had more time to spend exploring the rest of Gotland!

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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