Military base in the war
Rasmus Ganting, priest in Vagar ( 1614 – 1627 ), went on a journey to Sørvág, along with a servant. When they came to the hedge, it was open and a woman was in the opening inviting them in. Another woman appeared with a silver chalice filled with beer. He blew the froth back in her eyes before he drank so she could not see well. She said, “It was smart of You” and the priest answered, “Was I not a more learned man then You, I would not have come here”. They spent the night. The servant was afraid but the priest told him to hold on to his leg or foot and for Gods sake pull it if the priest overslept. Dawn came and the priest was pulled out of the hedge. When they were both safe. He closed the hedge shut and said, “Never again shall this hedge be opened”.
Around 700 soldiers of the British Royal Air Force and Royal Engineers, were stationed at Vatnsoyrar during the second world war. They lived in 150 barracks big and small, all along the valley. To the north of Zarepta they erected two large barracks as dance-halls, theaters, cinemas and other forms of entertainment. The officers mess-hall was by the river, with a roundabout and a large fireplace. The petty officers mess was above the road, it also had a fireplace, still visible to this day.
An sea-airplane repair platform was constructed on the western side of the lake, and a little further out they built barracks for blacksmiths and repair-shops. To the north of the lake stood two large searchlights.
Stories from Vatnsoyrum
The youngest village in the Faroe Islands. People first settled here in 1921. It is the only village in the Faroe Islands without direct access to the sea.