With six mountains higher than 800 meters, Kunoy is the highest island in the Faroes. The landscape is rough, may appear unfriendly, but it is fascinating. It makes one feel small, standing below these grass-grown giants.
The northern end of Kunoy, the cliff Nakkur, rises 819 meters straight up from the rough North Atlantic Ocean. The cliff is widely known for its birdlife, which includes puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes.
Today there are two villages on Kunoy, the village of Kunoy on the western side and Haraldsund, named after the narrow waters between Kunoy and Borðoy, on the eastern side. Haraldssund is also the where the famous farmer Rasmus í Haraldssundi, mentioned in legends, resided. The island is reachable from Borðoy by a bridge over Haraldsund, the strait separating the two islands. The village of Kunoy is reachable by a tunnel from Haraldssund.
The third village, Skarð, located at the northern end of Haraldssund, was abandoned in the winter of 1919 in the wake of a great tragedy that occurred right before Christmas in 1913. All the grown men in the village were lost at sea, and the only survivors where the women and children, a 14 year old youth and an old man.
Today, it is popular to hike from Haraldsund to Skarð. The trip takes several hours. The experience of hiking this historical path, once walked by these men engulfed by the sea, will make you feel small compared to the power of nature.
Kunoy is the oldest of the villages on Kunoy and is a popular recreational place. Kunoy is a cosy village with a stunning view of the neighbouring island of Kalsoy. There is an old park, where the local youth often barbeque and hang out in the gentle summer evenings, maybe challenging each other to climb the large rock in the centre of the park.