Skrudur rises steeply out of the sea just east of
the Faskrudsfiord Bay. Two flat and small islets are closer to land,
The Duck Islet and The Eider Islet. The island Papey, the largest off
the east coast, is the only one that was constantly inhabited until it
was abandoned around the middle of the 20th century.
On the island Skrudur is a large cave where fishermen
stayed during the fishing seasons. People collected eggs and
hunted birds every year on the island and still do. The lush vegetation, which
hardly looses its green colour during winter, is richly fertilized by
the myriad of birds nesting there.
The farmers used to ferry some of their sheep
over to the island during summer to graze them there. Somehow, they
never seemed to find all of them again in autumn and blamed a
mythological being for their disappearance. They even went so far as
to ask one of the catholic bishops at Holar in the North to come and
drive it away from the island. The bishop never found time for this
task. One of the stories about this being, or the farmer of Skrudur,
as it was more commonly called, tells us about how great a help it was
to people in need, such as shipwrecked fishermen.
Iceland Saga Trail