Bolungarvík a Traditional fishing harbour

Bolungarvík is the northernmost village in the Westfjords, situated on an eponymous cove.
The village has been a fishing port since settlement, so naturally the most popular tourist attraction in Bolungarvík is the Ósvör museum, a fascinating replica of an old fishing outpost. There, the museum curator greets visitors wearing a skin suit similar to the one Icelandic sailors wore in the 19th century. In addition there is a natural history museum in town that hosts an extensive bird and mammal collection, including a polar bear.
Another popular visiting point is the top of Bolafjall Mountain offering a staggering view. There is a road all the way to the top to service the radar station up there. It is open to tourists in the summer months only.
Amenities include a gas station, shops and different types of accommodation, as well as an indoor swimming pool and a sports centre. Just outside the village, there is a nine hole golf course.

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Bolungarvík
GPS Points N66° 9' 31.459" W23° 15' 1.074"
Postal codes

415

Population

933

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Sigurður Bjarni Hjartarson
Tour Operators
  • Miðstræti 14
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 892-3652
vaXon.is
Hotels
  • Aðalstræti 9
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 862-2221
Shell - Service Station
Angling
  • Þuríðarbraut 13
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 456-7554, 456-7284

Others

Bolungarvik Camp site
Camping
  • Höfðastígur 1
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 456-7381
vaXon.is
Hotels
  • Aðalstræti 9
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 862-2221
Einarshúsið
Guesthouses
  • Hafnargötu 41
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 456-7901, 864-7901
Doctorshouse in Hesteyri
Guesthouses
  • Læknishúsið Hesteyri
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 456-7183 (vetur), 899-1515 (vetur), 899-7661 (sumar)

Others

Doctorshouse in Hesteyri
Guesthouses
  • Læknishúsið Hesteyri
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 456-7183 (vetur), 899-1515 (vetur), 899-7661 (sumar)
Einarshúsið
Guesthouses
  • Hafnargötu 41
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 456-7901, 864-7901
vaXon.is
Hotels
  • Aðalstræti 9
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 862-2221
Shell - Service Station
Angling
  • Þuríðarbraut 13
  • 415 Bolungarvík
  • 456-7554, 456-7284
Nature
Lignite mine

Syðridalur in Bolungarvík is known for an old lignite mine which is situated in the valley. Lignite was mined from the mine in the years of 1917 until 1921 or while and after the first World War. The reason why the mining was shut down is because coal from Europe became more accessible after the war. Lignite in Iceland is worse than coal due to the fact that volcanic ash is one of the main contents. Lignite in Iceland only includes 60% carbon but European coal includes 70-80% carbon. The mine in Syðridalur actually consist of two mines, one on either side of the river. Gilsnáma is the one that's more known but Hanhólsnáma is the lesser known mine. Gilsnáma is more than 100 meters long but the other is around 10 meters. Inside Gilsnáma you can see some of the equipment that was used to mine, including a few hammers and a scale. To get into Gilsnáma you almost have to crawl, but once you're in the ceiling gets higher and you can stand upright. The walk up to the mine takes around 20-25 minutes on a marked trail and it's well worth the stop.

History and Culture
Osvor Museum

The museum consists of a replica of a 19th century double fishing booth, salt-shed, fish drying platform and a fish drying shed. It also has on display the fishing boat Ölver that represents the type of boats that were used for fishing at earlier times. The museum gives a realistic picture of the accommodation offered to fishermen of the 19th century, during the harsh winter fishing seasons. Dressed in the traditional protective clothing, made of skin, the curator guides visitors around the museum, offering a unique glimpse of a long gone past. The museum is located beside the road into Bolungarvík on the east side of the bay.

Tel.: (+354) 892-5744, (+354) 892-1616, (+354) 456-7505.
osvor@nave.is
www.osvor.is

Opening hours:
15. May ? 15 June: 10-17.
15 June ? 30. August: 9-18.
1. September - 30 September 10 ? 15

Also by appointment.

Nature
Bolafjall

The most popular visiting point in Bolungarvík is the top of Bolafjall Mountain. The place offers a staggering view over Ísafjarðardjúp, Jökulfirðir and some people say all the way to Greenland. To get to Bolafjall mountain you have to drive up the road from Bolungarvík the way to the radar station on the top. The station was built by the Americans but is now controlled by the Icelandic coast guard. The route is open from the middle of june until august september. After a visit to Bolafjall, or even before, We recommend a coffee break and a nice walk at the black sand beach in Skálavík.


The road up to the mountain is open when situations in the mountain allow it to be. Usually that is from middle of june until the middle of september.

Nature
Skalavik

Skálavík is the next creek westwards from Bolungarvík. People lived in Skálavík until around 1960's and since then the creek has been uninhabited. People from the area and people who have relations to Skálavík have restored some of the houses and new summerhouses have been built. In a good summer day the people from the area like to build sandcastles on the beach, take a walk and even swim in the river. Skálavík is a paradise for kids and a perfect place to stop the car and play around. On the way from Skálavík, we recommend driving all the way up to the top of the moutain and take a look at the view from the top.

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