After two nights at Valleviken, we headed north again. We cruised back through Fårösund, rounded the northern tip of Gotland and then traced south along the coast. We had our aim set at Visby but decided to make a few stops along the way.

On the northern end of the island, there is a deep bay where there are further remnants of the limestone industry. We made our first stop at a place called Bläse, where there is an old jetty with just enough room for two guest boats. At Bläse there is a museum which depicts the history of the limestone industry. There is also a still functioning railroad, where you can take a trip to a limestone quarry, a few kilometres inland.

 

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We moored alongside the jetty, and as I stepped ashore and started walking towards what looked like an information board, I heard birds screeching above my head. Just a moment later I felt something poking at my hair, and as I looked up, I was being attacked by a couple of Silver Terns (Sea Swallows)! This bird will aggressively defend their nest, and they had apparently made the Jetty their home. Any trip we took to ashore, we had to look out for the birds, and on more than one occasion, we had to make a run for it, to avoid being poked in the head.

After one night at Bläse, we motored just 4 nm further in in the bay. We moored at the harbour in Kappelshamn. This is an old fishing harbour which also serves as a storm shelter and harbour for the ferries going to Visby. The number of places for guest boats has been greatly reduced, and now there is only place for about 4-5 guest boats to moor alongside the concrete jetty. We moored on the outside of a smaller sailboat. Later that evening, we had to move, as the boat on our inside was heading out early in the morning.

We went for a run and then had dinner in the cockpit. The next day, our plan was to head for Visby, so we set the alarm for 7.30 to get an early start.

Another lesson learned thus far is that the number of cruising boats visiting Gotland has declined over the past ten years. As a result, many harbours have converted guest dock spots to permanent boat owners. This also means that the level of service in many of the lesser visited harbours have been reduced. Shower facilities have closed, and water taps have been closed. If you are cruising and are consulting the most common guidebook available – Arholma till Landsort (med Gotland) – then be aware that it was printed eight years ago and a lot of things have changed since.

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Kappelshamn