Gamle Hamn

Seastacks, a burial ground and a viking age harbor

Just northwest of Fårö church, on the way to Digerhuvud seastack area, is Gamle hamn nature reserve.
Here are a few seastacks of which ”Hunden” (the dog) or ”Kaffepannan” (the coffee pot) is the most fascinating, however, its original name is St. Ole’s gate. The name ”Kaffepannan” is very old – perhaps the seafarers here saw an encouraging coffee pot when they finally came to Fårö’s coast.
Inland there are about 15 graves that are probably from the viking age and a little southwest of the burial ground are the remains of a church, St. Olof’s Church.
North of St. Olof’s Church is a small body of water. During the viking age, it was a harbor (Gamle Hamn), but the land uplift and strong storms have made it overgrown and today, if there is no drought, it is a beautiful body of water.
In the same area, but to the west, there are also the remains of a shoe exhibition. Today, however, there is only a pile of shoes left…

The name St. Olof comes from Olof Haraldsson, a successful former Viking and looter and later king from Norway.
King Olof landed on St. Olofsholm on Gotland in the early 1000s and is said to have come to the island to make us Christians.
Even though Olof was a cruel ruler, he became one of the most popular saints in the Nordic countries. In Swedish churches, he appears on frescoes and altar cabinets as a statue where he carries the national apple, the crown or a large battle ax.

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