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Vágur is a town on Suðuroy.
Vágur is situated in the southern part of the island Suðuroy, between the villages Porkeri and Lopra. It is situated on the east coast, but the west coast is not far away, only around 1 km from where the town ends. You can travel to Vágur by car or by bus (line 700), but first you must travel to Suðuroy either with the ferry Smyril (2-3 times daily) or by the helicopter (2-3 times a week). There is a new road tunnel between Øravík and Hov, it has made travelling in Suðuroy much easier and faster. Now it takes only around 15 minutes from Tvøroyri to Vágur and the road has two lanes all the way. The old road between Øravík and Hov is worth to take, if one comes by car and has enough of time.
The best way to get around in Vágur is by feet or by car. One can walk around in the town and visit museums or shops or just have a look at local life. The main road is called Vágsvegur. The first road you come to when arriving to Vágur is Marknoyrarvegur, the road then splits into two, the left one is the main road Vágsvegur and the road to the right is Toftavegur. Vágsvegur continues all the way to the end of the fjord, where it splits into two, one road goes straight ahead to the west coast and the road changes its name at some point to Eiðisvegur, and the other road follows the curve of the fjord and continues the the southern villages Lopra and Sumba, the name of the road along the southern side of the fjord is Líðarvegur. If you wish to visit a breathtaking viewpoint just south of Vágur in a place called Eggjarvegur, than you should look out for a narrow side road to Líðarvegur, which is called Eggjarvegur. It is just a few hundred metres after the Magn petrol station, turn right. The road has a few curves and it is narrow, but there is not much traffic and the view towards Beinisvørð is fantastic up there. The road stops only around 20 metres from the edge, which goes vetically down to the North Atlantic Ocean.
- Ruth Smith Art Museum (Ruth Smith Savnið), Vágsvegur 101 (In the western part of the village next to the DJ Vilhelm supermarket.), ☎ +298 597368, . By appointment. Ruth Smith (1913-1958) was born in Vágur and grew up here too. Later she moved to Denmark, where she studied art. She is famous in several countries. In the museum you can see art works by Ruth Smith. 30 DKK.
The nature around Vágur is beautiful and breathtaking. One of the places, which are werth visiting is Vágseiði on the west coast, only around 1 km west of the village. Just follow the main road and drive or walk strait ahead in stead of following the bay. The road goes all the way to Vágseiði, a rocky place where the sea often is rough. There is an old harbor there, which only occasionally is used now, but in the old days it was very important for the fishing boats. They were rowing out from this harbor, when the wind came from the east, north-east or south-east. There used to be many boat houses, but they were blown away in the hurricanes in the eighties and the nineties.
- Torgið - Shopping Centre in Suðuroy (Torgið - Handilsstaðið í Suðuroy), Vágsvegur 62 (In the center of the town on the main road, opposite of a shipyard, a few 100 metres west of the church..), ☎ +298 612096. This is the only shopping center in the island Suðuroy. There are two floors with a few shops, on the ground floor there is: a Samkeyp supermarket, a shop with sweets and bakeries and a café. The tables are in the hall, you can buy coffee and cakes from the shop to the right on the ground floor. There are also toilets on the ground floor. On the second floor there are two-three shops, where you can buy: Homeware, Glassware, Kitchen Accessories, Bathroom Accessories, clothing, Sirri (Faroese design, wool wear).
- Bakkin Restaurant and Pizzeria, Vágsvegur 69 (On the mainroad in the center of the town.), ☎ +298 373961. Restaurant Bakkin is situated on the Hotel Bakkin. The restaurant is normally open in the evening from 17-22 and sometimes also at noon for 1 hour (12-13). In the evening you can order fish and chips, pizza, steak etc.
- Messan Restaurant, Vágsvegur 109 (At the bottom of the fjord.), ☎ +298 374222. 12-13 and 17-22. Opening hours may be different than they were, when this was written, please check. Open at noon from 12-13 and in the evenings from 17-22. They serve steaks, fish & chips and fast food. Messan has permission to serve wine.
- Broadway Restaurant (Broadway Bovlinghøllin), Bryggjan 4 (In the harbor.), ☎ +374999, . The Broadway Restaurant is in the Bowling Center. They serve mainly fastfood. The restaurant is open when the bowling center is open. In 2009 that is thursday-sunday from 17-22. Website: www.broadway.fo. E-mail: [email protected]
- Bakkin Bar, Vágsvegur 69, ☎ +298 373961. The Bakkin Bar is in the Hotel Bakkin in the center of Vágur, but seperated from the Bakkin Restaurant. Nice sea view.
- Hotel Bakkin, Vágsvegur 69, ☎ +298 373961. Hotel Bakkin is a small hotel/inn, which is situated in the center of Vágur. Hotel Bakkin has 10 rooms: 2 single rooms with bathroom, 2 double rooms with bathroom, 3 single rooms with shared bathroom and 3 double rooms with shared bathroom. There is a restaurant and a bar on the hotel. Sea view.
- Holiday Homes Self Catering (Kunningarstovan, Tourist Information), Vágsvegur 30 (Next to the school, near the church.), ☎ +298 733090, . The Tourist Information in Vágur rent out houses (holiday homes) in the southern part of the island in the villages: Vágur, Lopra, Akrar and Sumba.
The Tourist Information in Vágur is on Vágsvegur 30 in the same building as the Town Hall of Vágur. Phone: +298 733090, e-mail: [email protected], website: www.visitsuduroy.fo.