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View of Saksun from the lake
View of Saksun from the lake
Saksun is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°14′56″N 7°10′33″W / 62.24889°N 7.17583°W / 62.24889; -7.17583Coordinates: 62°14′56″N 7°10′33″W / 62.24889°N 7.17583°W / 62.24889; -7.17583
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country  Faroe Islands
Island Streymoy
Municipality Sunda kommuna
Population (1 January 2006)
 • Total 30
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)
Postal code FO 436

Saksun is a village near the northwest coast of the Faroese island of Streymoy.

Saksun lies in the bottom of what used to be an inlet of the sea, surrounded by high mountains. The inlet formed a good deep natural harbour, until a storm blocked the inlet with sand. This made the old harbour become an unaccessible seawater lagoon (only accessible by small boats on high tide).

The village has a church and museum. The church was originally built in Tjørnuvík, but in 1858 it was disassembled, carried over the mountains and reassembled in Saksun. The Museum occupies a seventeenth century farm house called Dúvugarður. The house belongs to the Dúvugarður farm, still an active sheep farm with approximately 300 ewes.


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