Saksun has a population of 30 inhabitants (As of January 2011) which has been declining for the past fifteen years.
The population is located entirely at the village, including the surrounding areas, with a closed shape, with all the houses next to each other, for keeping warmth in and to keep away the rough winds of the North Atlantic.
The village buildings are all old, mostly old sheep farms (Seyður Garður in Faroese) which were built mostly in the 1700-1600 hundreds. Saksun was an important fishing village due to its position in a sea inlet, right next to the Atlantic Ocean, but also as for communication and transport between the other settlements.
Sheep farming and fishing has always been the main economy and source of income in the Saksun, with recently tourism becoming very profitable.
Turning to left from the road to Tjornuvík up the east side of the island.
Good for short and longer walks.
The wonderful setting of the Settlement just above the road to its right, including one ex-farm turned into a museum, the church down a short lane to the left, perched on a cliff and below, a lagoon created by the sea. The lagoon is only a short passage through steep cliffs from the open Atlantic and yet the place has an air of serenity as well as magnificence.