Village of Kunoy
Village of Kunoy
Location within the Faroe Islands
Location within the Faroe Islands
Coordinates: 62°18′N6°39′W / 62.300°N 6.650°W / 62.300; -6.650Coordinates: 62°18′N6°39′W / 62.300°N 6.650°W / 62.300; -6.650
State Kingdom of Denmark
Constituent country Faroe Islands
Municipality seat Kunoyar kommuna
 • Total 35.5 km2 (13.7 sq mi)
Area rank 8
Highest elevation
830 m (2,720 ft)
 • Total 156
 • Rank 11
 • Density 4.4/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (WEST)
Calling code 298

Kunoy (meaning Woman island, is an island located in the north-east of the Faroe Islands between Kalsoy to the west (with which there is no physical link) and Borðoy to the east (to which it is linked via a causeway).

Settlements and transport [ edit ]

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.[1]

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.

People [ edit ]

  • Símun av Skarði (1872-1942), the 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, which was abandoned in 1919. He wrote the Faroese National Anthem, Mítt alfagra land.

Geography [ edit ]

Important Bird Area [ edit ]

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).[2]

The brown rat, was introduced on purpose by people from Klaksvík, to the island in 1914 over some slight,[3] and it has done tremendous damage to the bird population since then, most notably the Atlantic puffin.

Mountains [ edit ]

Map of Kunoy

The island has the following eleven mountains, shown with their overall rank in the Faroe Islands:[4] The top of Klubbin is well known for its vegetation, as it is one of the few areas where there never have been grazing sheep.

Rank Name Height
4 Kúvingafjall 830m
5 Teigafjall 825m
6 Kunoyarnakkur 819m
7 Havnartindur 818m
8 Urðafjall 817m
9 Middagsfjall 805m
18 Galvsskorafjall 768m
42 Suður á Nakki 703m
73 Klubbin 644m
198 Lítlafjall 471m
219 Klettur 444m

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ de:Kunoy
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2012). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kunoy. Downloaded from on 2012-02-23.
  3. ^ av Skarði, Jóhannes (1 January 1956). "Føroyski Leypurin". Fróðskaparrit 1956.
  4. ^ List of mountains of the Faroe Islands

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