An Artists Haven | Fårö
In the Baltic Sea, off Sweden's east coast lies the beautiful, rugged island of Fårö. Located just north of the large island of Gotland, Fårö is a popular destination for Swedish tourists who are drawn to its remote beaches and rustic living. The island is also famous for having been the place where world-renowned Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman lived and used as a location in many of his later films.
The island has a population of less than 500 and can only be reached by ferry from Gotland. It is a peaceful and unspoilt destination where people often visit to get away from the stresses of everyday life.
These unusual rock formations are called 'rauk'. They were formed by erosion during the Ice Age and are unique to Fårö and neighbouring Gotland. The large stack in the centre of the picture looks like a dog looking over it's shoulder!
The Bergman Estate is still based on Fårö, in Ingrid Bergman's former home. It is now used as a retreat for artists, scholars and directors, who can apply to stay at the home for for a period of up to three months to allow them the peace and solitude to concentrate on their work. In return, the individuals are to make a 'cultural or artistic contribution' to the local community, such as a reading from their latest works. What a beautiful place to spend time, we are sure it's very inspiring!