Gotland

On Gotland, the large Swedish island in the Baltic sea, there is a lot to explore. At this time of year, mid winter, you are litterally alone in your adventure, i.e. quite opposite to the summer crowds. In this harshness and loneliness you find an overwhelming beauty. 

 

A photographic evening seyour, a quite windy day at "Gamle hamn" on "Fårö", resulted in some nice shots of waves and sea stacks in the setting sun. The local name of these fantasy trigging stacks is "raukar". Many of them have their own names and stories.

"Jungfrun" (=the virgin) is the name of this "rauk" just outside the village of  "Lickershamn" situated on the western side of Gotland.

At "Gamle hamn" on "Fårö" stand this very famous dog. The light was not that attractive this day but still enough to inspire my imagination.

The old boat houses on "Fårö" are really picturesque and gives a sense of eternity in their remote location.

The eastern side of the island shows a different type of landscape, with more gravel beaches and farming land instead of cliffs. This particular photo is taken just south of "Katthammarsvik". 

 

Bird life is outstanding on these shallow waters. On our short visit here, we saw an impressive adult sea eagle.

 

 

Visby, the capital of Gotland, is one of the oldest cities in Sweden. Each step you take in this old town is on cultural ground. In focus you find its famous ring wall, almost 3.5 kilometers in length, surrounding the old inner town. Most of it is quite well preserved even though the first parts were built in the 12th century, i.e. 900 years old. 


During some hundred years in the medeveal time, Visby was a Hanseatic center of trading due to its strategic location. Follow that, Visby was a place of interest for both the danish, the germans and the russians. Since a lot of them settled down during this period they profoundly influenced the city.


Common ivy or "murgröna" in Swedish, is a very nice plant, but its not that good for old heritage walls, as its roots slowly penetrate and breaks the plaster that holds the stones. It can also have a mild poisonous effect on humans, so don't eat the berries!

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