Skarvanes is a settlement in the west coast of Sandoy, one if the Faroe islands. Other settlements on the island are Húsavík, Sandoy, Dalur, Sandúr (the main town) and Skopun (the main harbour).
Skarvanes is a tiny hamlet - there are only three families living there.
The old watermill with grass roofs is still well preserved.
Coordinates: 61°47′ N, 6°44′ W
Population : ~ 13
The faroese painter Díðrikur á Skarvanesi (1802-1865) was born in Skarvanes. Another Faroese artist, Ruth Smith, has a few paintings of Skarvanes:
Sandúr is the largest village on the island Sandoy. Sandúr means ‘Sand’ and Sandoy means ‘sandy island’.
The settlement is located between an inlet and the largest lake on the island , the Sandsvatn, rich in trout and salmon.
Sandúr was a site of the Viking parliament, the Thing, where every year the spring assembly Várting was held.
Coordinates: 61°50′ N, 6°48′ W
There are two main attractions in Sandúr: the museum and the church.
Sands Listasavn Art Museum
The museum and the art works displayed inside were a gift from Sofus Olsen. It was built in 2005.
The church, also under a grass-covered roof, was built in 1839 over several other previous older churches - the oldest found to be from the 11th century!
Excavations have shown that around year 1000 a norse stave church was standing where the present church is now.
The island of Sandoy is rather flat, with good farming land, and not so spectacular as some other in the Faroese archipelago.
But its coast allows fabulous views to neighbour Stóra Dimun and Lítla Dimun, rough cliffs near Sandúr, and there are more sand and beach areas on Sandoy than on the other islands.