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    Ulla Hau

    by Sjalen Written Aug 16, 2007

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    The nature reserve with this strange name is in fact a question in the Swedish Trivial Pursuit version and I remember always wondering what it was like. Now I know :) It is a place which looked almost like a desert some generations ago when sand dunes were absolutely everywhere. Since then, a local teacher assisted in planting trees to stop sand erosion and today you can walk along paths in a small pine forest. Still, you can definately see that it is all sand underneath. Fascinating place.

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    Langhammars rauks

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    The other major rauk field on the island, this has more stack like rocks, notably the Langhammars Man which is shown closer in the second picture. There are also many more images in the travelogue below. This is also much more open and full of lose stones down to the sea rather than embracing like Digerhuvud. Langhammars too is a nature reserve and you are not allowed to remove any stones so fossil gathering is out of the question here. I think this is because at Langhammars the stones are more a part of the shoreline and therefore more sensitive.

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    Digerhuvud rauks

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 16, 2007

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    The stone stacks at Digerhuvud are amazing as it feels like you walk around inside the stone at times rather than around it - like being in a giant bowl. There are more images in the travelogue below. The road here runs along the sea a good while and you have parking places here and there as the area is quite stretched out. Despite being a nature reserve you are allowed to collect fossils here. I guess it is because there are plenty of lose stones around the parking areas too and not just by the sea.

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    Fårö houses

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 9, 2007

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    Here and there on the island you come across the traditional Fårö houses with their characteristic crosses on the roof, all whitewashed. A great sight for anyone enjoying architecture or art. This one is in the Ringvida area, not too far from the hostel and neighbour with Stora Gåsmora, a farm where you can stay in a windmill and other old but carefully renovated houses.

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    Gamle Hamn

    by Sjalen Written Aug 9, 2007

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    I don't have any photos of this but Gamle Hamn is the "Old Harbour" which has silted up since the days when it was used, leaving what looks just like a small pond. In fact, Roman artefacts have been found in the waters here, suggesting that this was once a very important port for traders. There is also the foundations of a former chapel here, once St Olav's Chapel in fact, since he is said to have Christened these islands. Finally, one of the most famous rauks (stone-stacks) can also be found here. It is known as the "Kettle" but I think it looks more like a camel. You see it on almost all Gotland postcards, accompanied by a sunset.

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    Ice age seaboard

    by Sjalen Written Aug 9, 2007

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    Fårö is the ideal place for studying landrise issues. Around Digershuvud and Langhammars you can really see how the seaboard levels have changed during the long time since the ice left us. Here and there it is really obvious such as in this picture, but you can also turn your head inland and see it further up the small pine and juniper forests if you look properly.

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    Helgumannen

    by Sjalen Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Helgumannen is probably the most famous of all the famous Gotland fishing villages and it is stunning in its simplicity, thrown out on the deserted beach with ancient huts and boats. A place for real contemplation. Just sit down and breathe.

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    Ingmar Bergman sites

    by Sjalen Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Bergman moved to Fårö in the 1960s as here he found settings for several of his films in the very special seaside light and with old fashioned farms and spooky stone stacks to add flavour to the unfolding dramas. He moved to the part of the island called Dämba in the south-east, but every time you tried asking a local for directions, they would send you in the opposite direction, that is how much Bergman fitted the Fårö people's mentality. I visited the island only two days after his death and there was a subdued atmosphere here and there with people stopping to write greetings at the local assembly hall.

    If you want to see Bergman locations, there are several pointed out to you in Fårö's little information centre. The rauk fields are obvious but there is also the old school which today is the island's hostel, as well as a farm between Langhammars and the church.

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