Guðrunarløkur – Skarvanes – Dalur

Guðrunarløkur – Skarvanes – Dalur

Bus route 101 runs from Tórshavn to the harbour Gamla Rætt. From there, you take the ferry Teistin to Skopun. Take bus route 601 from Skopun towards Dalur and get off by the small river Guðrunarløkur. You can also take bus route 600 towards Skálavík and ask to get off at the crossroad Skálavík/Húsavík, then walk 200 m towards Húsavík
to Guðrunarløkur along a path that runs by a sheepfold.

Walk from the sheepfold at Guðrunarløkur onwards under the rock ledge to the south. Under the rock ledge is Runtaurð (Runti’s skree). The story is that Runti was a sheep thief who hid himself there. On Christmas Day, he risked leaving his hiding place in order to cook himself a meal as he thought that people would not be out. But this was not the case, so he was seen and caught.

A short way further on, the path comes to Klovnastein. These are two stones standing in such a way that they appear to be a single stone cleaved in two. There was a superstition that if you walked between them, you would die before the end of the year.

The land you are walking on here is old peat land.

When you curve south at Líðarøkur, you get a beautiful view of Dúnjavatn with Stóra and Lítla Dímun and Suðuroy in the background. You can also see Salthøvdi and the village of Sandur. A little north of Stóra Dímun is Øssursdrangur, named after Øssur Havgrímsson, a chief from the Viking Age, who was killed by Sigmundur Brestisson in a power struggle.

South of the towering rock lies Grønaskor. Øssur asked to be buried so that his head faced Grønaskor. In good visibility, you can see all the way to Mykines. To the right, is the island of Skúvoy which has a bird life and is worth a visit.

Further up Skarvanes, go through the opening in the fence closest to the river. Make sure you walk down between the river and the electricity pylons and not through the meadow.

From Skarvanes to Dalur

From Skarvanes, there are two parallel paths. Go south along the upper one. The path ends by a broken stonewall, and there, the path to Dalur begins. Past Dalsrók, about ½ km from Skarvanes, there is a short steep stretch downwards.
Otherwise, the path slowly inclines up towards Handasti Varði. While you walk up to Handasti Varði, you can see marsh land and Vatnsdalur lake on the right. After the last cairn in Dalur, you walk along the road down to the village.

Bus route 601 runs from Dalur to Skopun


Source: “Walking in the Faroe Islands” published by the Faroese Tourist Board in 2003