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Gotland 3 Oct. 2006

GotlandPosted by Vidar Thu, November 16, 2006 11:20:09

My wife and I drove across Sweden and took the ferry to Gotland. We had booked a room in Frejs magasin in Ljugarn on the east side of the island. October is low-season in Gotland, most things outside Visby is closed, which meant that we went to Visby to eat, and also that we had most of the sights to ourselves!

Not far from Ljugarn is Gålrum (Alskog) a site with a worn, viking-age picturestone, six stone ship-settings, one large bronze-age burial-mound and several other stones. The road goes right through so it's not hard to find.

Blog ImageThe largest ship-setting in Gårlum, in the background to the left is the picture-stone (to the right of the tree).

We drove a few minutes further south of Gårlum, and found this:

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There was a 1 kilometer walk through the woods to this ship-setting (the largest of about 5?) and past a large burial-mound.

Then we drove to the southernmost part of Gotland, Sundre. We found a scenic road along the east-coast that went to the cliff Hoburgen, the southernmost point. Here's a picture of the sea and sky taken from under the cliff:

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But we had more stones on the days list!

Here I am inside the stones at Gunnarve (Fröjel), the most famous of ship-settings in Gotland. Its very close to the road and has fine views over the sea.

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The next were the 4-room ship at Rannarve (Klinte). We had some problems finding it, but it was more that we prefer finding our own way than looking for signs (my wife would have put it another way), on the way back we found it was well marked. You had to drive about 1,2 km on a forest-road to find it.

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This was a very impressive site.

Apart from the large ship, there were one small ship and a small stone-circle. Not far away through the wood there was a bronze-age burial-mound.

Blog ImageThe small ship at Rannarve.

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Posted by Dave Swindlehurst Fri, November 17, 2006 23:52:05

Beautiful pictures, fantastic area! Good on you Vidar. Were the "ships" actually used as burial sites, or as part of a ritual (as an altar maybe) before the body was disposed of elsewhere?