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Dúvugarðar in Saksun
Saksunarvegur 31, Saksun
Opening hours
Admittance fee:
Adults: 30 kr
Seniors: 20 kr
Children: Free

Dúvugarðar in the magnificent setting of Saksun is an old medium-sized King’s farm, supporting a flock of some 300 breeding sheep. The buildings, some of which date back 200 years, are today an out-door museum.

The farmhouse
The farmhouse is built step by step. The oldest part is the living room (roykstova), the barn, and the small rooms in between.

The roykstova is the outer room of the traditional Faroese farmhouse and was used as all-purpose kitchen, workroom, and main living area. The present construction of the roykstova is from c. 1820.

All indoor work took place here. Around the fireplace are various utensils which were used for cooking. There are also tools for working wool and mending clothes. For meals people would sit on the benches along the paneling, or on stools with a wooden bowl on their knees. For the main meal they would all sit around a large wooden trough and eat from it together.

In the cow house there were stalls for six cows and one calf. They shared a bull with the neighboring farms. In the summer, the cows were outside day and night. There were also three horses which were kept outside all year round.

The glasstova was built around 1900 and replaced an earlier glasstova on the same spot. The glasstova was the inner room of the house, which was reserved for use on Sundays and holidays, and when guests came. The farmer and his wife slept here. The rooms were heated with an oven which was fed with embers through a hole in the wall behind the fireplace in the roykstova.

In the early 1850’s an extension was built on the north end of the house. This coincided with the construction of the church in Saksun. The priest from Kvívík spent the night in Dúvugarðar, when he came to the village.

The surroundings
Food was kept in the meat shed and the fish shed, either hung up to dry or salted in kegs.

Ducks and hens were only kept for their eggs. Geese were bred to be eaten.

East of the hay yard is the angelica garden. Angelica was used both as food and as medicine.

Drinking water was taken in the stream east of the angelica garden. Upstream is a small round hollow in the rock. Here the root of the plant tormentil (Potentilla erecta) was crushed. The crushed root was used e.g. for tanning skins for shoes.

The ruins of a water mill, built in the mid 19th century, can be seen further north.

The stone building to the east of the farmhouse is a peat shed. Here they kept the peat, which was cut and dried in the fields and carried home for use as fuel on the fire.

The farm also had a sheed for drying grain, and a boatshed. Because of the wet climate it has always been difficult to dry grain without the help of fire.


1. “Roykstova” Living room
2. Barn
3. Entrance
4. Hen house
5. Old roykstova
6. Potato shed
7. “Glasstova” Inner room
8. Retirement house
9. Kitchen
10. Bedroom
11. Entrance
12. Larder
13. Sitting room


Storehouse for meat
Storehouse for fish
Smithy, formerly barn
Hay barn
Hay yard
Angelica garden
Hollow in rock for crushing tormentil root
Brook from which water was taken for cooking
Storehouse, now toilets
Peat shed
Shed for drying corn

   Jóhan Jógvansson
   Phone: +298 594455 / 422696
   [email protected]

Dúvugarðar 5246F060

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