An easy bike ride along the Klarävlven, perfect for a day of picnicking, bird watching, swimming, good food and historic surroundings. Takes a round from Karlstad center over the old Jakobsberg bridge, along Hammarö’s bymyljövägen, down to Lillängshamnen, to Mörrudden, past Skärdgårdmuseum and cultural environments around Hammarö church.
At Grytudden you will find “Saint Olof’s pot”. It is a so-called giant pot from the end of the ice age.
The pot is part of a category of sacrificial sources, which bear the name of the saint Olof. The pilgrims came in boats across Lake Vänern and offered coins in the sacrificial well out of gratitude for having completed the sea journey. Afterwards, they went to Hammarö church, near which they could spend the night, and then continue the pilgrimage with Nidaros (Trondheim) as their destination.
Hammarö church is one of Värmland’s beautiful clapboard churches. That the place has been important for a very long time is clear from the burial ground and the judge’s ring, which is located approximately 800 meters northwest of the church.
North of Hammarö church is Hammar’s promontory. Here is Hammarö’s largest and Värmland’s second largest burial ground from the Iron Age. North of there is a referee’s ring, rather badly damaged after sand mining. The nine stones, which were originally 12, no longer form a regular ring, but the original appearance of the site can be guessed. Within the judge’s ring there was a cottage in the early 1800s.