Jauvika fishing village

On Fårö’s northern coast is the large approximately 4 km long seastack field which the people of Fårö call Bjerget – dialectally for the mountain – but which for some unfathomable reason has been named the Digerhuvud Nature Reserve. Outside Bjerget, the sea is deep all the way to the beach and here they had a very significant cod and herring fishery. At Bjerget itself it was difficult to get ashore, but at each end of this seastack area there was a large fishing village where the boats could be pulled up and where small sheds were built for storage of gear and for temporary overnight stays.
East of Bjerget is the well-known and frequently visited Helgumannen fishing village and west of Bjerget the larger but perhaps lesser known fishing village Jauvika in the southwest corner of Lauterviken.
The fishing village consists of boat landings and a collection of small picturesque sheds, well cared for by the owners. Here as well as at Helgumannen, there is no permanent summer accommodation, but the fishing villages are cared for primarily for cultural-historical reasons.

Jauvika had its heyday in the 1940s. Then the herring fishing was good and was a desirable food during the shortage years. The herring was fished with nets and the catches were taken care of here in a salter jointly built by the fishermen. Most of the sheds in Jauvika are of relatively late date built in wood, but there are also a couple of stone sheds here.

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