"Love at first sight" Fårö by Sjalen

Fårö Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 33 photos

Fårö was a must for me during our Gotland trip. The island north of an island, so famous for being Ingmar Bergman's home for almost half his life. Here he found a place to fall in love with and I can only say I know exactly why. Some people do not like it at all, thinking it too strange and barren, but most people get fascinated and I hope to be amongst those returning again to explore it in depth as it took me about one minute flat from getting off the ferry to be overwhelmed almost to tears by a strange homely, yet passionate feel. I really cannot explain it in any other way.

On Fårö you find a landscape that shows you what Gotland itself might have looked like before modern agriculture when swamps where suddenly dyked and cultivated. Here you find local Gute sheep all over the island, stopped only by English style cattle grids known in Swedish as a "färist" and by countless thin drystone walls in a style I have never seen anywhere else. The sea is ever present too, with long horizons and with rocky beaches full of those peculiar stone stacks known as "rauks" here. Fårö has some of the best rauk fields in Gotland and sometimes it is like being on another planet.

Fårö, despite its name and all the sheep, does not mean "sheep island" as one would think since "får" is Swedish for sheep. Here the language is another, and it might mean either a place far away or it might be an old word for four, since it is thought that the island might have been split in four before the landrise which still continues after the latest ice age.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:extremely scenic and unusual, peaceful, sea everywhere, hard to reach
  • Cons:I cannot afford a house there, nor make a living yet.
  • In a nutshell:Unique
  • Last visit to Fårö: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Aug 9, 2007
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