The 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.
In 2013, 100 years after the tragedy, a memorial stone was raised in Skarð, in memory of those lost at sea. The stone was formed by Hans Pauli Olsen.
Photo: Ólavur Frederiksen