Fall Term: The Island of Gotland
During the fall semester, The Swedish Program organizes an optional trip to the Island of Gotland. Gotland is simply beautiful. This large island sits about 56 miles east of mainland Sweden in the Baltic Sea. The first Stone Age settlers came to the island about 7,000 years ago and many traces of their dwellings can still be seen. Visitors can also see limestone picture stones, unique to Gotland, covered with mythological scenes and depictures of ships and warriors. We’ll stay on the island’s northwest coast in the medieval city of Visby, a popular tourist destination full of attractions and culture. Visby was home to a Viking village during the 9th century and the city’s port has been an important trading hub for much of history. Today, the city within the 13th-century walls is a UNESCO world heritage site and arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. We’ll also visit Gotland’s countryside to enjoy its varied landscape, with everything from desolate heaths to lush meadows, spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches.
The cost for this trip is $495 and includes round trip transportation, accommodations at a beautiful hotel in the heart of Visby, all meals, and activities that typically include a tour of Medieval churches and burial grounds, a guided visit to the Fornsalen Viking museum, a trip to the countryside, and a tour of a local microbrewery. If you receive financial aid but your aid doesn’t cover this expense, you can request a fee waiver during registration.