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En Närsholmen.jpg
The savanna-like landscape on Närsholmen
Närsholmen is located in Gotland
LocationBaltic Sea
Coordinates57°14′0″N 18°41′0″E / 57.23333°N 18.68333°E / 57.23333; 18.68333Coordinates: 57°14′0″N 18°41′0″E / 57.23333°N 18.68333°E / 57.23333; 18.68333
Area2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)[1]
Additional information
Official websitewww.nar.se

Närsholmen is a peninsula and a nature reserve on the southeast coast of Gotland, Sweden, adjacent the village of När. The landscape is savanna-like and has a rich birdlife, about 45 species has been spotted, and a number of orchids. In the late part of summer, the peninsula is covered with echium vulgare.[1] The reserve was established in 1986. It was also designated as a Natura 2000 area.[2]

The När Lighthouse is situated on the southern tip of the peninsula.[3] The lighthouse played a role during the end of World War II when it was used as a beacon for refugees from the Baltic states crossing the Baltic Sea to Gotland.[1]

Närsholmen was an island until the 18th century. During the Middle Ages and until the 16th century, the island was used as grazing grounds for the livestock of the Roma Abbey. The area was confiscated from the abbey by the Swedish government during the Swedish Reformation and is still used for grazing.[1]

Närsholmen is most noted for being the location where film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky filmed the last scene of his last film, The Sacrifice.[4]

In 2011, singer Lykke Li filmed the video for her song "I Follow Rivers", on Närsholmen. The music video was directed by Tarik Saleh and features Li and actor Fares Fares.[5][6][7]



  1. ^ a b c d "Närsholmen". www.nar.se. När Heritage Society. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ Pettersson, Lena. "Närsholmen". www.lansstyrelsen.se. The County Administrative Boards of Gotland County. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Sweden: Gotland". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Vintersång och toner till minne av Tarkovskij" [Winter songs in the memory of Tarkovskij]. www.sverigesradio.se. Sveriges Radio. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  5. ^ Adams, Gregory (27 January 2011). "Lykke Li". www.exclaim.ca. Exclaim!. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  6. ^ Slater, Luke (27 January 2011). "Watch: New Lykke Li video for 'I Follow Rivers'". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  7. ^ "'I Follow Rivers' Video". lykkeli.com. 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.

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