Skúvoy; Knútur and Fagridalur
The small island of Skúvoy is only 12 km2. Despite its small size there are many mesmerizing places to see. On this walk you will experience the amazing view from the highest point of the island, called Knútur, where you can see the islands Stóra Dímun, Lítla Dímun and Suðuroy to the south, Mykines and Vágar to the west, Sandoy to the east and the rest of the Faroe Islands to the north.The landscape is unspoiled and beautiful. One moment you walk on flat grass and the next moment the cliff drops vertically into the ocean, which is why you have to be extremely careful when approaching the edge of the mountain.
Once we have been on the highest point of the island, we move to the beautiful valley on the north end of the island, called Fagridalur – The Beautiful Valley. Beautifully covered in its green summercape it spreads over the north end of the island. Only one rock can be seen on the grassy slopes. A rock that has its own place in the history of the Faroe Islands. The rock is called Tróndarsteinur. It was there that one of the two mighty leaders of the Faroese people, Tróndur í Gøtu, sat and worked his magic, while fighting the other for the power over all the islands in the year 1,000 A.D.
About 100 m from Tróndarsteinur you can find the remains of a little bothy. A spring with delicious clean drinking water runs just outside the bothy. A young woman, named Rannvá, lived here. She was sentenced to live in solitary confinement for the rest of her life, for giving birth to her son out of wedlock. A story about love and sorrow, about happiness and hard work, about judgement and of justice.
If you would like to join us on this walk through history – and the fantastic scenery – on the island of Skúvoy, please join us every Tuesday. The bus (route 101) leaves Tórshavn at 6.55 to Gamlarætt. The ferry, Teistin, then sails from Gamlarætt to Skopun at 7.20. The bus (route 600) then takes you from Skopun to Sandur at 8.00 o’clock, where the smal ferry Sildberin sails at 8.30 from Sandur to Skúvoy.
At around 9.00 in the morning, we meet in the small coffeshop Hjá Ingu (the red house in the north end of the small village of Skúvoy). There everybody has a bottle of water (included in the price) and a short briefing of the walk. It is possible to buy something to bring with you on the walk (packed lunches must be ordered two days before the walk).
At around 9.30 we start walking. This is a fairly long route – a semi hard hike, some would say. It will take 3 -4 hours, before we are back at the coffehouse. When we get back, we’ll sit down and have a cup of coffe or tea (also included in the price). In Inga’s coffehouse you can always buy something to go with your coffee or tea.
At 14.50 the ferry Sildberin leaves the island of Skúvoy again. If you want to stay just a bit longer the ferry Sildberin sails again at 17.10