Optional Fall Excursion to
The Island of Gotland
The Island of Gotland is one of the most beautiful and historically significant islands in the world, sitting about 56 miles east of mainland Sweden in the Baltic Sea. The first Stone Age settlers came to the island 7,000 years ago and many traces of their dwellings can still be seen, along with limestone picture stones, unique to Gotland, covered with mythological scenes and depictions of ships and warriors.
We’ll stay on the island’s northwest coast in the medieval city of Visby, a popular tourist destination and home to a Viking village during the 9th century. Today, the city is a UNESCO world heritage site and arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. Outside of the city, Gotland’s landscape ranges from desolate heaths to lush meadows, spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches. Activities typically include a tour of Medieval churches and burial grounds, a guided visit to the Fornsalen Viking museum, the opportunity to bike or hike in the surrounding countryside, and a tour of a local microbrewery.
The cost for this trip is $550 and includes round trip transportation, accommodations, all meals, and activities. If you receive financial aid from your home school but your aid doesn’t cover this cost, you can request a fee waiver during registration. You will receive more detailed information upon acceptance to the Program. We hope you will join this Viking adventure on the island of Gotland!