Helgumannen was Fårö’s most important fishing village for herring.
In the barren landscape and with the sea as the only witness, you will find Helgumannen’s fishing village. Here you can sit down for a while and get peace of mind. It was once full of activities here when the herring fishing was at its best. Helgumannen is one of Gotland’s 200 fishing villages and it is located in Gotland’s largest seastack area, Digerhuvud.
Two of the fishing huts in Helgumannen’s fishing village are built in a prehistoric tradition. They consist of a roof placed directly on the ground or on a foundation made of stone. Behind the sheds is the fenced drying place for the nets, which in Gotlandic called Gistgarden. Boats and fishing gear are still present.
Today, only fifteen fishing huts are preserved, but despite this, much is still the same. The fishing huts are located in a row to protect against the wind and sea. They are built according to old tradition.
Legend has it that when the fishing village was at its greatest, a holy man – a priest or monk – lived here who held morning and evening prayers every day.
It is after him that the fishing village is named. The freshwater well is located near the beach and it is also called the Source of the Holy Man. The water comes from springs in the rock. According to folklore, the god Thor chased a giant across the island and in the giant’s footsteps springs sprang up.