In order to reach any of the other villages, the locals had to take the strenuous route over mountains more than 400 metres high. This explains why the village population has become smaller and smaller. In 2002 there were only 16 people living in Gásadalur, and several of the houses stand empty today. It had a population of 18 in 2012. In 2004 a tunnel was blasted through the rock, and it is possible to drive through by car.