The town of Sandavágur lies on the south coast of the Faroese island of Vágar, and has been voted the most well-kept village in the Faroes twice. The name Sandavágur means sandy creek and refers to the beach down by the inlet. From one point in Sandavágur you can get a view of all the southern islands in the Faroes.
- Population: 804 (April 2008)
- Postal code (Zip): FO 360
- Municipality: Sandavágur
- Football team: SÍF and 07 Vestur
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 this area. The stone can be seen in Sandavágur Church. Excavations in the town have also uncovered ruins from the Middle Ages.
in Sandavágur was the residence of the Lagman
, the lawspeaker and leader of the Faroese parliament, until 1816, when the office was abolished and the islands became a Danish administrative district. 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.
There is a freestanding rock to the east of the town called Trøllkonufingur
, which means Witch’s finger
. It is said to have been climbed only once, and the story goes like this:
- Frederick VIII of Denmark visited the Faroe Islands in 1844, and a man climbed the Witch’s finger so that he could wave to the King as he sailed past. Later, when the man had come down, he realized that he had left one of his gloves on the top of the rock, so decided to climb it again. On his way to the top he fell and died.
Question: What does this mean? Frederick VIII was born 1843 and he became king 1906, so probably it was some oher monarch the man was waving to.
The beautiful red-roofed Church has a distinctive architecture and was built in 1917. A memorial was erected outside the church to one of the many ships that were sunk during the Second World War.
Sandavagur takes turns in hosting a civic festival called Vestanstevna
which takes place annually at the beginning of July. The other participating villages are, Miðvágur
. The festival is similar to Olavsøka
, the canning factory in Sandavágur produces canned fish products: primarily shrimp
, but also roe
and normal fish meat. It also produces various kinds of pâté
, for example from salmon
, shrimps and tuna