June 29th, 2006

Thursday Thirteen Fårö

Posted by Lifecruiser in Travel, Odditys, Swedish


1. Fårö is our favorite island outside Swedens east coast above the island Gotland in the Baltic Sea, where we go every summer in July. At least. Last year we were there 6 weeks.

2. If you translate the word Fårö it means Sheep island. Though the permanent living folks there don’t call the sheep får, they call them lamm (lamb) even if it is an adult sheep. I have no idea why. But there is a lot of sheep there. I mean lambs… And the lambs have very cute little lambs.

3. Fårö’s beaches is on our top beaches list, even when we compare it to beaches abroad. It’s the sand that does it. Fårö’s sand is outstanding, very very fine with a lot of sand dunes. And it’s just enough shallow when you’re going for a dip in the sea. I dip the whole of me, but Mr Lifecruiser mostly dip his toes….

4. You can always find the best weather and water temperature conditions on one of the beaches, since you have beaches in three different cardinal points. The island is shaped like a bumerang. The beaches are Sudersand, Ekeviken and Norsta Aura - which is several kilometers long and happens to be our engagement beach.

5. Fårö has awesome areas with big rocks (sea stacks I think it’s called in english) that is called raukar, that truly rocks :-). Digerhuvud, a nature reserve, is the biggest of them 3,5 km long and it’s Swedens biggest. Langhammars have some cool formations. some of them are 8 metres high. The sunsets are unbelievable in these areas. Very romantic!

6. Amazingly idyllic fishing hamlets can be found all over the island, since the local people have been living of what the sea could offer. They’re still doing some fishing.

7. It has a remarkable drifting sand area called Ulla Hau, that nearly buried the island in sand if they hadn’t planted trees and other plants in the early 1900.

8. Fårö took it’s shape around the Iron age, but the islanders of Fårö were first registrered in written documents in the 16th century.

9. Norsholmen is another area which is fauna protected and a real heaven for birdwatchers at the breeding season. No vehicles is allowed here and you have to keep at the few paths at the peninsula. At the end of it there is remains of a limestone industry. Limestones is very common on both Fårö and Gotland. There is also a Medevial cemetery and graves from the Iron Age. And a rosty ship wreck.

10. There is several places to go in the evenings to have fun too. One of the most famous, but most modest places are Kutens bensin, fuel for the soul. The best gas station and rock’n roll club in the world ;-). There you can meet bikers, rockers, tourists and local farmers listening to a genuine 78 rpm SUN RECORDS Single that was once touched by Mr Elvis Presley himself! The owner is a real collector of things from this period and there is a lot of stuff laying around that truly are fascinating to see. You just have to admire this man’s commitment.

11. Fårö only is about 114 square km, so it’s a small island. They have a very nice church, several lighthouses, one grocery store open in the winter, two in the summer - with very long lines because of all the tourists. It’s very popular among tourists.

12. It’s a very popular resort for famous people too and hm, some swedish politicians…. *making some funny faces*. The most famous person is of course our film maker Ingmar Bergman. He hide out on an own part of Fårö.

13. We rent our own little heaven at a local farmer, which Mr Lifecruiser has done for about 21 years now. He is a real pearl, so we love him. No Fårö without Per. He is a hard worker, but he goes to the Philippines during a couple of months in the winter nowadays when he don’t have so many animals any longer and that’s very good for his old aching body. It’s a tough life out on the island year round.


Photos Fårö summer 2005
Photos Fårö summer 2004
Photos engagement on Fårö Feb 2004
Tourist site about Gotland

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  1. Happy and Blue 2 said:

    :smile: The place sounds great. I’m going to look at some of your pictures now..

    Lifecruiser: hope you had a pleasant photo viewing moment :-)

    June 29th, 2006 at 2:17 am

  2. Mysterious Lady said:

    Your Island sounds beautiful. Peaceful.

    Lifecruiser: Yes it is. Very refreshing for both body and soul.

    June 29th, 2006 at 2:21 am

  3. Chi said:

    Fårö sounds like a really fascinating, beautiful place! I’d love to visit one day. *s*

    Lifecruiser: It truly is. With very special nature and athmosphere. Hope you get the chance some day to visit, it’s so worth it!

    June 29th, 2006 at 10:27 am

  4. Francesca Gray said:

    It sounds perfect. Added to my ‘places I want to go one day’ list.

    Lifecruiser: Yes, it’s certainly worth going there!!!!

    June 29th, 2006 at 12:40 pm

  5. Jennifer said:

    Sounds beautiful, but all I could think of while reading was that I don’t even think my keyboard could type Swedish. :lol:

    My 1st 13 is up–about being 35.

    Lifecruiser: Well, the Swedish language isn’t that easy I guess ;-)

    June 29th, 2006 at 1:43 pm

  6. carmen said:

    Does that mean no Lifecruiser blogs for a month? Withdrawl symptoms ensue. :)

    Lifecruiser: We have access to internet on a café nearby, so don’t have any fear…. or hopes to be totally Lifecruiser-free ;-)

    June 29th, 2006 at 2:08 pm

  7. Michelle said:

    It sounds wonderful. I want to visit :)

    My TT is up

    Lfiecruiser: I truly recommend it to any one that have the possibility, because it’s a very special experience.

    June 29th, 2006 at 2:19 pm

  8. sisiggy said:

    …and it has it’s own shawl. The land is legendary for knitters!

    Because of that, I always thought it was very cold there year round. Now it sounds like heaven! Knitting in the winter, beach in the summer!

    Lifecruiser: Yes, it’s a vacation paradise in the summer, very popular to visit.

    June 29th, 2006 at 2:28 pm

  9. Tricia said:

    Oh that sounds like a beautiful place. No wonder you love it. :)

    Lifecruiser: It’s very hard not to love it. Very special athmosphere.

    June 29th, 2006 at 3:53 pm

  10. colleen said:

    Very exotic. It makes me really want to go on a vacation. I’ve seen sea stacks in Oregon but nothing like the narrow strange shapes on your island. They look more like canyon rocks or stalagtites!

    My 13 are up and popping.

    Lifecruiser: Yes, they are very interesting indeed. Unusual shapes. Making it an almost unreal experience.

    June 29th, 2006 at 4:05 pm

  11. mar said:

    Sounds like the perfect place for a nice vacation…:smile: Happy TT!

    Lifecruiser: Yes it is. An amazing place.

    June 29th, 2006 at 4:45 pm

  12. Frances said:

    Sounds like a slice of heaven to me.
    My TT is up.
    Safe Journey,

    Lifecruiser: Thanks Frances, we will. And it’s like heaven to us, really.

    June 29th, 2006 at 5:02 pm

  13. EmilyRoseJewel said:

    Sounds like an amazing place. I will say that I love my Gulf Coast Beaches the best of all. White, white sand, beautiful! Neat list! Mine is up!

    Lifecruiser: I wonder what it is that makes us all love the sandy beaches so much. I feel really relaxed and so happy when I’m strolling on the beaches. Alive.

    June 29th, 2006 at 5:44 pm

  14. Momma Bee said:

    Wow, sounds fabulous. Can I come?! ;)

    Lifecruiser: Actually i wish that every one could experience this fabulous island. It’s that fantastic.

    June 29th, 2006 at 5:57 pm

  15. Stacy said:

    Sounds heavenly! I love reading about places I’ve never been to, or even heard of. Makes me realize what a small tiny corner of the world I live in. Enjoy your trip, it sounds so amazing!

    Lifecruiser: Yes, it’s very itneresting to read about other travels. It’s like a mini trip in the mind :-) Thanks, we’ll enjoy it as much as we always do! It’s impossible not to…

    June 29th, 2006 at 6:18 pm

  16. Gayle said:

    Oh! Wonderful! It’s so beautiful. Have a lovely time.

    Lifecruiser: Thanks, Gayle, we most certainly will!

    June 29th, 2006 at 7:45 pm

  17. Dot said:

    Faro sounds like a great place for a vacation. Reading your report on it makes me wish I lived closer so I could go there myself.
    Sorry to hear you had such a time getting your comp working good again. I used to have Norton, but wasn`t very satisfied with it. I now have McAfee. But I have heard that the free one you mentioned is a good one.
    Hope your Mom is doing ok. Give her my love.

    Lifecruiser: Yes, you would LOVE Fårö, it so much to see there, so much great nature and birds!!! Yes, my mom is OK, nice of you to send her your love :-) Hope you’re doing fine too.

    June 30th, 2006 at 1:30 am

  18. Mandy said:

    Hello Mrs Lifecruiser. I can hardly keep up this week with the Thursday 13’s. Anyway thanks for sharing all that information about Fårö, it seems to be a little haven. One where I wouldn’t mind travelling to either. The pictures are also lovely, I looked at the 2005 pics and the Gotland one’s.

    Happy T13!
    Mandy :)

    Lifecruiser: Yes, it has really increased, the T13’s. No need to keep up with all of them, that’s only a stress factor. We do what we have time to :-) Glad you enjoyed our Fårö photos.

    June 30th, 2006 at 11:15 am

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