Skarð

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This article is about the abandoned village in the Faroe Islands. For the Icelandic village, see Skarð (Iceland).
Skarð
Village
Ruined building in Skarð
Ruined building in Skarð
Skarð is located in Denmark Faroe Islands
Skarð
Skarð
Location in the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°19′27″N 6°39′09″W / 62.32417°N 6.65250°W / 62.32417; -6.65250
State  Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent Country  Faroe Islands
Island Kunoy
Municipality Kunoy
Population
 • Total 0
Time zone GMT
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC+1)

Skarð (pronounced [ˈskɛaɹ]) is an abandoned village on the east coast of the Island of Kunoy in the Norðoyar Region of the Faroes. Skarð means pass.

On December 23, 1913, all seven able-bodied men of the village perished while out fishing in the village boat.[1] In the following years, the women and children left the town for Haraldssund. The last one left in 1919. One of the old boats from Skarð now hangs in the Christianskirkjan in Klaksvík.

Two footpaths run to Skarð. One runs along the coast from Haraldssund; the other is a high mountain trail over the pass Skarðsgjógv, from the west coast town of Kunoy. The latter climbs about 600 metres and is a challenging route recommended for experienced mountain hikers only, though the villagers frequently used it to walk to Kunoy for church services.[1]

People from Skarð[edit]

References[edit]

  • The information in this article is based on a translation of its German equivalent.
  1. ^ a b Brandt, Don (2006). More Stamps and Story of the Faroe Islands (pdf). 2. Tórshavn: Postverk Føroya. p. 352. ISBN 99918-3-191-6. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 

Coordinates: 62°19′27″N 6°39′09″W / 62.32417°N 6.65250°W / 62.32417; -6.65250