Visit Stora Karlsö

Useful information

Nature reserve

A bird restriction area covers the coastline of the island, except for the beaches in Norderhamn and Hien, from 15 March until 15 Aug. The bird restriction area is marked with yellow signs. Dogs and other pets are not allowed and all fossils must remain on the island.

Do you offer guided tours in English?

We strive to offer our visitors all information in English and also to offer the tour in English. If we do there are not enough English speaking visitors to form a separate group, you will be offered to join a Swedish tour with a booklet in English.

Can I use a credit card on the island?


Is there a restaurant?

Yes. Our restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also find beverages, ice cream and snacks and souvenirs in the café.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Dogs, cats and other pets are not allowed on the island.

Can I bring a stroller or a wheel chair?

Yes, but be aware that accessibility is limited due to the rocky terrain . You cannot walk the guide path with a stroller or wheelchair, but you can reach Norderhamn (where the boat arrives). ”Off-road” strollers can also push a stroller on the gravel road (which runs from Norderhamn to the lighthouse). In Norderhamn there are concrete paths leading from the boat up to the restaurant, the museum and a handicap toilet.

Can I fly a drone on the island?

No. A flight restriction area covers Stora and Lilla Karlsö from 15 March until 15 August and flying with drones is not allowed during this period. Moreover, it is not allowed to start or land any airborne equipment (aircraft, helicopter, drone) without permission from the County Council (Länsstyrelsen Gotlands län). Please note that our promotional video was shot off season and with due permission.

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