S a k s u n | High above the lagoon, 'Pollurin', and the village church lies the beautiful old Dúvugarður, a farm dating back to the 1600s. Dúvugarður is still an active sheep farm with approximately 710 ewes and also contains a museum which provides an intimate look into the rural life of the Faroes in the past. The Museum occupies the farm house, dating back to the 1600s. It's a beautiful turf roofed stone building, surrounded by smaller wooden and stone outbuildings. Sadly, the museum wasn't open when I was there, so I didn't get to see the inside. On the upside, we had Saksun to ourselves.
Sheep farming and fishing has always been the main economy and source of income in Saksun. The village buildings are mostly old sheep farms. With it's location at the head of a sheltered sea inlet, Saksun was once an important harbour. That all changed in the 1600s, however, when large amounts of sand blocked the narrow entrance to the natural harbour during a storm, transforming it to a lagoon, which today can only be entered by small boats during high tide.
In most Faroese villages, buildings are organised in clusters, huddled together to provide shelter from the strong wind. This, however, is not the case in Saksun, where settlement is more widespread. I'm guessing the unusually sheltered location is the reason, as most other villages are far more exposed to wind.
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