Bíldudalur is nested by the fjord Arnarfjörður, a location which is not only beautiful but also responsible for Bíldudalur's reputation as the "good-weather-capital of the Westfjords". The main industries in this picturesque village are sea mineral processing and fish farming, while tourism has also been increasing. Although the population of Bíldudalur is only about 200, music and culture have thrived there for decades. The village hosts an annual folk music festival and don't forget to visit Melodies of the Past, an exhibition of Icelandic music memorabilia.
The fjord Arnarfjörður is well known for its numerous sea monsters. Tales of such creatures have played a colorful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries. The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum in Bíldudalur offers an action-packed multimedia display of such tales, something the whole family can enjoy together.
Bíldudalur is accessible from Reykjavík by flight six days per week. A fly-bus connects Bíldudalur to the neighboring villages Tálknafjörður and Patreksfjörður. Bus connection from Reykjavík, via Brjánslækur (ferry Baldur) and Patreksfjörður, is offered all year. If you travel to Bíldudalur by car, make sure you check the road conditions before you start your journey. Please note that the mountain roads Dynjandiseheiði and Hrafnseyrarheiði on road #60 (between Bíldudalur and Þingeyri/Ísafjörður) are closed during winter.

 

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Bíldudalur
GPS Points N65° 41' 8.198" W23° 35' 56.605"
Postal codes

465

Population

171

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Museum of Music - Jón Kr. Ólafsson
Museums
  • Reynimelur / Tjarnarbraut 5
  • 465 Bíldudalur
  • 456-2186, 845-5518
Bíldudalur Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Hóll
  • 465 Bíldudalur
  • 456-2569, 895-2500

Others

Bildudalur Hostel
Hostels
  • Hafnarbraut 2
  • 465 Bíldudalur
  • 456-2100, 860-2100
History and Culture
Samuel's Sculptures in Selardalur

Samúel Jónsson´s outstanding naive sculptures and buildings in Selárdalur valley in Arnarfjordur had been rapidly decaying when a society for it´s restoration was founded in 1998. This society is a non-profit organization and has had collaboration with the German sculptor Gerhard König and some others to work on the restoration during the past years in cooperation with the landowner, the ministry of agriculture. Groups of volunteers from Germany have been working together with Gerhard König during the past summers. In the summer of 2008 the plan is to pull down Samúel´s living house in order to build there a new house with a similar front that can serve as a guesthouse for artists and scholars. It´s planned to have the museum ready in 2009.

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