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Skúvoy

Resting place of legendary Viking chieftain

Skúvoy is a gem in many ways. The lundaland (a grass-grown area facing the sea that puffins inhabit) is almost in the village. There are steep bird cliffs, beautiful valleys (one is called the beautiful Valley: Fagridalur), historical places, colourful houses, boathouses, and boats. The church is worth a visit, as is the graveyard Ólansgarður, with the grave of Chieftain Sigmundur Brestisson. The local guides in Skúvoy will know all the best stories and will tell you more about them.
You can go to Skúvoy for a day-trip, as the ferry connection is excellent, keep in mind that the ferry operates by request only, so you need to call the ferry if you want to go. You can also stay for a few days or longer because there are holiday houses for rent in Skúvoy and a B&B. There is even a grocery shop in Skúvoy that sells regular convenience goods, and if you want something out of the ordinary, you can call them a few days or a week in advance, and they will have it ready for you when you arrive. And if you don’t feel like cooking yourself, Elisabeth & Tummas Frank and Inga offer heimablídni (dining with a local).

The population in Skúvoy is 30 people.

THE SCHOOL
The school in Skúvoy is now used as a village hall. It has room for 25 people and a kitchen with up-to-date amenities.

THE CHURCH
The church in Skúvoy was inaugurated in 1937. H.C.W. Tórgarð drew the church. Its design is unique in that it faces south and north, not east and west, as is common.
The first church in the Faroe Islands was built in Ólansgarður í Skúvoy around the year 1000.

HISTORY: SIGMUNDUR
According to Færeyinga Saga (Saga of the Faroese), the chieftain ­Sigmundur Brestisson (961-1005) christened the Faroe Islands. You can find his grave in Ólansgarður just outside the village. 
Sigmundur built the first church in the Faroe Islands in ­Skúvoy around the year 1000. The current church is from 1937.

BIRDS
West of Sandoy, the tiny island of Skúvoy is located.
Upon arrival on Skúvoy, prepare to be enchanted by the sight of Puffins, who graciously breed by the village, offering a unique and delightful welcome.
Skúvoy is named after Skúgvur, the Faroese name for Great Skua – some even say that the bird might be named after the island. The island contains one of the largest colonies of Great Skua in the Faroe Islands. You should be careful if you walk through the Great Skua colonies, as the birds are likely to dive towards you to scare you away
from their breeding grounds.
In the heathland, you can also find Arctic Skua, Oystercatchers, golden plover, Common Snipe, Whimbrel, and Rock Pipit, to name a few.
Skúvoy also contains the largest colony of Manx Shearwaters in the Faroe Islands. The birds can be seen in large flocks in the summer evenings off the coast as they prepare to fly towards their breeding grounds. Towards the northwest of the island, Høvdin is found. On the steep sea cliffs, thousands of Guillemots breed.

HISTORY: SKÚVOY ALMOST IN RUINS
Skúvoy almost fell into ruin twice. The first time was during the Black Death in the 14th century, and the second was during smallpox in the 18th century.

Address

16 Bakkavegur, Skúgvoy 260, Faroe Islands

Sandoy

Amenities

  • Historic landmark
  • Restrooms
  • Family friendly
  • Groups