Sandavágur Church

Sandavágur, Faroe Islands

Sandavágur Church is a distinctive red-roofed church built in 1917. A memorial was erected outside the church to one of the many ships that were sunk during the Second World War.

The church is known for its runestone. The inscription on the Sandavágur stone tells that the Norwegian Torkil Onandarson from Rogaland was the first settler on this place. It is believed to be dated back to the 13th century.



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Founded: 1917
Category: Religious sites in Faroe Islands


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Dana Johnson (12 months ago)
Free to enter but visiting hours to view the inside are very limited at Monday through Friday, 14:00 to 16:00. I've tried to add this to Google. We visited in late May. The interior is lovely and features the Sandavagur runestone behind the altar. Nice woodwork and colors. I recommend also viewing the statue behind the church by the water and the nearby sign describing the legend of the Shepherd of Sondum
George Zaharieff (16 months ago)
The black sands are unique and the ocean view is really nice. Beware of the freezing wind and the cold weather in December!
Joy Wong (2 years ago)
Beautiful Faroese church. You’re welcome to sign the guest book, as beckoned by the friendly staff.
Alison George (2 years ago)
Well worth the visit. Opening times on third photo. Wednesday to Friday, 2pm - 4pm.
David Smith (2 years ago)
Beautiful coloured church in Sandavagur. Also check out the statue opposite regarding the legend of the shepherd and the giant.
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