Fårö – more to see than just sheep

Fårö – more to see than just sheep

On our last whole day on Gotland we decided to head out to Fårö, which is a separate island north of Gotland. To get to Fårö from Gotland you take a car ferry across the narrow Fårö strait.

Our adventure on Fårö started with a visit to the Fårö church and its cemetery where Ingmar Bergman is buried. Bergman lived and died on Fårö and several of his films were filmed there. We also stopped by the Bergman Center but decided we were not big enough fans to pay SEK 100 for entrance. Our next stop was the Sudersand Resort and its lovely beach. The weather wasn’t warm enough to warrant a swim, but we did dip our toes in the sea.

Fårö church from the early 14th century
Inside Fårö church, the ship reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea and is a reminder of those lost at sea.
The altar of Fårö church
This lovely lantern display is a cremation memorial
At the beach
Sudersand beach

Next, we headed to the Fårö lighthouse. The lighthouse was constructed in 1847 and it is 30 meters high. The lighthouse became remote-controlled in 1976 and is owned by the Swedish Maritime Administration. As the lighthouse is still active you cannot visit the inside. It started to get hungry out, so we drove to Crêperie Tati på Kutens Bensin. This was a very confusing place and well worth seeing. Walking from the parking lot to the creperie you will pass several old rusty cars, buses, mopeds, etc. It all looks more like a junkyard than a restaurant. However, when we saw the line to get food, we decided to find another place for lunch. So, we drove back to Sudersand and Carlssons Restaurang & Vedugnspizzeria and shared a decent pizza. Our final stop on Fårö was Langhammars rauk (sea stack) field. This area has around 50 rauks with the highest being over 8 meters tall. The landscape here is very rugged. Heading back to catch the ferry to Gotland we came across a herd of sheep leisurely crossing the road.

Fårö lighthouse
The waters near the lighthouse are really rocky so the lighthouse is certainly needed.
Langhammars rauk field
The main herd has already crossed the road

Driving back to Visby we stopped at a few churches of which there is no lack on Gotland. There are nearly 100 medieval churches that are still in use on Gotland. The following morning, we said bye-bye to Gotland and headed to Stockholm for a couple of days. A post will follow on Stockholm.

Altar in Bunge church
Fresco in Bunge church from around 1400
Tingstäde church from the 13th century
Old gate at Tingstäde church from the 14th century
Inside Tingstäde church
Beautiful ceiling fresco in Tingstäde church
Wall fresco in Tingstäde church
Time to say goodbye to Gotland and Visby
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