If you have a car or are a great biker, you can also view some attractions in the environs. Borgårdsten lies 9km (5 2/3 miles) north of Rønne along the road to the hamlet of Hasle. This is the most significant runic stone on the island. First found in 1868, it dates from the beginning of the 12th century. Some long-ago Viking inscribed SVENGER HAD THIS STONE PLACED HERE FOR HIS FATHER TOSTE AND FOR HIS BROTHER ALVLAK AND FOR HIS MOTHER AND SISTERS. Apparently, women weren't considered important enough to list their names.
If you visit Borgårdsten, you can continue for 2.5km (1 1/2 miles) up the coast to the little port of Hasle, with its stone church from the 1300s and a half-timbered tower. Inside the church is an intricately carved and painted altar, the work of an unknown Lübeck artist, dating from the mid-15th century. In July a "herring festival" is celebrated here.
If you'd like to check out a west-coast Bornholm beach, you'll find the best one south of Hasle. It's quite sandy and set against a backdrop of pine trees.
While at Hasle, you can see five smokehouses in a row, lying on the coastline. One of the smokehouses (which can be visited free) is preserved as it was originally built in 1897, the Silderøgerierne I Hasle, Sdr. Bæk 16-20 (tel. 56-96-44-11). In one of the other smokehouses, you can watch herring and other kinds of fish being smoked the traditional way, in open chimneys. Afterward you can purchase smoked fish, pick up a beer, and find a nearby spot for an idyllic and quintessential Bornholm experience.
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