Purkey belongs to the Dalir District.
The channel Skalastraumur separates it from Island Skaley and is
passable on foot at the lowest tides.
Island Purkey is indented with coves and surrounded with reefs
In the past it was called Sviney (Pig’s Island).
At that time it was occupied by a woman, Aesa Kjallaksdottir,
whose son, Eyjolfur, assisted Eric the Red to prepare his departure to
home island is furthest east and north.
The farm stood there and the home meadow to its southwest.
Still further southwest is the Farm Cove.
The church at Skard possessed a prayer chapel on Island Purkey
for a long time and the number of topographical names on the island is
The tidal currents were used to drive a grain mill on the island.
Stekkjarey is to the northwest of the home island.
Just east of the Stadur Cliffs is Aesudys, the burial mound of
one kilometer north of the home island is Island Helganaust, which was
named after a drifted corpse.
The island was haunted and most of the workers staying there
during the haymaking did not want to fall asleep.
last farmer stayed on the island until 1982 except during the darkest
time of winter.
Conventional farming was abandoned in the seventies, but the
reaping of the advantages of the island has continued to this date.