The little village of Sandavágur with around 1000 inhabitants is on the south coast of Vágar. The name means sandy bay and refers to the sandy beach which used to be much larger than present.
The town has an ancient history. A 13th century runestone, discovered in 1917, bears an inscription stating that the Norwegian Viking Torkil Onundarson from Rogaland was the first settler in the area. The stone can be seen in Sandavágur Church. Excavations in the town have also uncovered ruins from the Middle Ages.
The picturesque village church stands out with its distinctive red roof.
Next to the church there is a large bronze and stone statue of The Shepherd of Sondum (Seyðamaðurin av Sondum) and the huldre woman.
Á Steig in Sandavágur was the residence of the first Lagman. This was called Løgmansgarðurin (The Lagmans farm).
The clergyman V. U. Hammershaimb, who was born in Sandavágur in 1819 and became the father of the Faroese written language, was the son of the last law speaker. In 1919, the 100th year of V. U. Hammersheimb, a memorial monument was built in his honours.
There is a freestanding rock to the east of the town called Trøllkonufingur, which means Witch’s finger.
Places in Sandavágur
The Church of Sandavágur
The church of Sandavágur is the oldest Faroese church that is both designed and built of Faroe islanders. The church is also home of a runic stone, that was found in the village.
The Runic Stone
The runic stone is an ancient finding from around year 1200. The stone is kept and preserved in the church of Sandavágur.
The shepherd of Sondum statue
The shepherd of Sondum in Sandavágur is a man of legend.
V. U. Hammershaimb memorial Statue
Hammershaimb is the father of the Faroese written language.
Jens Pauli Heinesen Memorial Statue
Memorial statue for famous writer Jens Pauli Heinesen from Sandavágur
Løgmansgarðurin á Steig
First Official ressidence of Løgmaður - the leader of the Faroese parliament.
Trøllkonufingur, meaning the Troll woman’s finger, is a 313 m (1026 feet) tall monolith on the south-east side of Sandavágur.
Café located by the historical fish drying area in the village of Sandavágur
Úti á Gjógv
The warehouse ÚTI Á GJÓGV. A hundred-year-old warehouse that has been freshened up and is the perfect place for meetings, conferences, parties et cetera.
A series of living room concerts in the village of Sandavágur.
Sejbjerg Keramik, Sandavágur
Vakstrarhúsið - The Greenhouse
Former greenhouse which today functions as a venue for various events
TATink Tatoo parlor in Sandavágur
Reika Adventures offers various experiences to choose from, such as hiking, climbing and rappelling
Blue Cross Charity, Sandavágur
Second hand shop "Endurnýtslan" sells home goods - furniture and home accessories etc.
Hairdresser, stylecoach and makeup artist in Sandavágur
Local food store in the centre of Sandavágur
All year camping for vans and tents on Vágar
Timber business located in Sandavágur
Asian Shop, Sandavágur
Asian food shop selling a large variety of Thai, Philippines and Chinese food products.
Knitting yarn and accessories such as knitting needles and recipes. It's also a paint store
Thorfinn Nielsen, Sandavágur
Auth. electrician and electrician shop
Sandavágur Playground by the old school
Small playground by the old school in the village of Sandavágur
Plantation in Sandavágur
Small plantation in the village of Sandavágur
Sandavágur Playground Sarpar
Playground in the village of Sandavágur
Sandavágur Playground Giljanes
Playground by the public school on Giljanes