Stamp FR 352 of Postverk Føroya (issued: 25 May 1999; photo: Per á Hædd)
Location within the Faroe Islands
|State||Kingdom of Denmark|
|Constituent country||Faroe Islands|
|Municipality seat||Kunoyar kommuna|
|• Total||35.5 km2 (13.7 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||830 m (2,720 ft)|
|• Density||3.8/km2 (9.8/sq mi)|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC+1)|
Settlements and transport
There are two settlements on Kunoy: Kunoy (population 64), on the west coast and Haraldssund on the south-east coast. These have been connected by a tunnel since 1988. Haraldssund is connected by a causeway to the neighbouring island of Borðoy to the east of Kunoy. Before the causeway was built, travel to the island was by ferry. Nowadays the 504 bus runs a regular service across the causeway, with a route from Klaksvík through Ánir then across to Haraldssund and through the tunnel to Kunoy.
A third settlement, Skarð, was the site of a fishing accident on Christmas Eve, 1913 which killed seven men (all the male population except a 14 year old and a 70 year old). The women decided to move to Haraldssund, and the area is now deserted.
- Símun av Skarði (1872-1942), Faroese poet, politician and teacher and founder of the Faroese Folk High School (Føroya Fólkaháskúli) was born in Skarð, which was a small settlement on Kunoy, it was abandoned in 1919. He wrote the Faroese National Anthem, Mítt alfagra land.
Important Bird Area
The coastline of the northern tip of the island has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because of its significance as a breeding site for seabirds, especially European Storm Petrels (250 pairs) and Black Guillemots (200 pairs).
The island has the following eleven mountains, shown with their overall rank in the Faroe Islands:
|42||Suður á Nakki||703m|
- "Kunoy". German Wikipedia. Retrieved 2006-07-22.
- BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kunoy. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2012-02-23.
- List of mountains of the Faroe Islands
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