Í Koytu is an ancient settlement and cadastres tell us that people lived there in 1584.

The local village museum is the homestead in Norðara Koyta, which was built by Hanus Jóhannesarson, later known as Hanus í Koytu. He settled there in 1812. The word koyta means “hollow”.

In 1988, the Sandur village Museum bought the house and began restoring it. This gives us a chance to see what an ordinary home looked like and how people used to live.


From June 1st – September 1st:

Monday – Saturday: 14.00 – 16.00.

The museum is also open upon appointment outside of these opening hours and all year.


Admission is DKK 60 per person.

For groups of more than 10 people: DKK 40 per person.

If you want to visit us before or after of our regular opening hours, the price is DKK 400 plus DKK 60 per guest.

The museum is also open by appointment with VisitSandoy. Please contact us by e-mail: or call +298 222 078.

The village Sandur was probably where people first settled on Sandoy. Archeological excavations by the graveyard, á Sondum and Junkarisfløttur prove, that people lived there in the 10th century.

By the graveyard there are remains of what archaeologists believe to be a longhouse. The content of graves found there indicate that those buried there were of high social standing. Moreover, this is the only place in the Faroe Islands where a coin treasure has been found.

Today, Sandur is a bustling Faroese village, where fisheries and agriculture are the mainstays.

People have settled in two main areas in Sandur, east and west of the lake Sandsvatn. East of the lake you find Traðir and the á Sondum settlement and the village itself lies west of the lake.