Saltangará lies on the south side of the eastern arm of Skálafjørður fjord on the southeast side of Eysturoy.
Saltangará, also known as Heiðarnar, sits in pleasant moorland terrain by the shore. The town is a settlement dating to 1846, which has now blended together with Glyvrar and Runavík to form a continuous 10-kilometre stretch of residential land.
Gamli Handil opened in 1866 and has been a valued centre for traders over the years.
This area has now developed to include most of Eysturoy’s grocery, furniture and clothing stores, along with banks, a liquor store, a post office, and an arts centre.
As the largest and safest natural harbour in the Faroes, Skálafjørður fjord has a great deal of activity within fishery, fish farming and supply services for the North Sea oil industry. The buzzing marina is also a popular port for cruise liners.
Peace & tranquillity
- Sit between the boathouses and enjoy the play of colours as the wind touches the water.
- Lie on your stomach in the grass above the village and watch the mountains mirrored in the calm water.
- Walk barefoot up the hill towards Høgaleiti where the silence is only ever broken by twittering birds.