Culture och history

Good fishing and meagre land

Jungfruskär used to be a good fishing area, which is probably why people settled here at the beginning of the 19th century.

There are crofts on both Jungfruskär and the neighbouring island of Grönskär. There was probably too little arable land for farming, just enough to grow potatoes and food for the animals. Fishing complemented the meagre plots. The water edge consists mostly flat rocks and reedy patches. The islands are surrounded by beach meadows and shallow water. Jungfruskär was one of the Archipelago Foundation’s earliest acquisitions: The main part of the island was purchased in 1963, and Grönskär in 1979.