History of Djurhamn

Djurönäset has a long and rich history. Djurhamn was first mentioned during the middle of the 15th Century when Sweden existed in a political union with Denmark and Norway under the Danish king, Kristian I – the man who Swedes call ‘The Tyrant’. During the 17th Century when Sweden was one of the most powerful nations in the world, Djurhamn became one of the country’s most important shipping harbours.

In 1623 the ship ‘Riksvasan’ sank on her mooring just outside Djurhamn. She still lies there today, 40m underwater although somewhat lighter after all the ‘souvenirs’ which have been collected by divers over the years. The shipwreck was a huge catastrophe, almost in the same league as the sinking of the ‘real’ Vasa in 1628.

Djurhamn is now a protected heritage site and is situated a few kilometres north of Djurönäset beside the church. Why not take a bicycle ride there, sit down for a while and gaze out over the Kanholmsfjärden (bay) and imagine all the ships that have passed through its waters? You are looking at what was for almost a thousand years Stockholm’s, and therefore Sweden’s, gateway to the world.